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Pardew jubilant as Newcastle but Stoke to the sword

Alan Pardew was thrilled to see his Newcastle United produce a clinical display in their 5-1 win over Stoke City on Boxing Day.

The Potters took the lead through Oussama Assaidi on the half-hour mark before Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson were sent off prior to Loic Remy's leveller late in the first half.

That gave the Magpies the ascendency and they went on to score four goals via Yoan Gouffran, Remy, Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Cisse in the second half which delighted manager Pardew.

"The team wasn't quite working as I'd liked, and I was looking to change it at half-time," he told Sky Sports.

"The sending offs changed it.

"We were as clinical as you could be in the second half."

He added: "We've got a lot of attacking options, which was nice.

"It was difficult for Stoke, and I have a lot of sympathy for their players. They were very professional, a credit to the game."

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