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Monday, October 31, 2011

Newcastle move to 3rd in EPL with 3-1 win at Stoke

Senegalese striker Demba Ba scored a hat-trick as Newcastle United continued their impressive start to the season with a deserved 3-1 win at Stoke City in the Premier League.

Newcastle climbed to third place in the table and remain unbeaten after 10 matches while Stoke remain 11th in the standings.

Ba headed home Gabriel Obertan's cross from close range after 12 minutes and he doubled Newcastle's lead with another neat finish five minutes before halftime.

Ba turned villian when he gave away a penalty with a clumsy foul on Peter Crouch which Jon Walters converted to give Stoke hope with 15 minutes remaining. But Ba quickly made amends when he coolly dispatched a penalty, his eighth goal of the season, after Robert Huth was adjudged to have shoved Leon Best in the area.

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