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Stoke City had two first-half dismissals that aided Newcastle United as they maintained their fine form with a 5-1 win.
Loic Remy scored twice in the encounter at St James' Park, which meant Newcastle have picked up 22 points from their last nine Barclays Premier League matches.
Referee Martin Atkinson handed red cards to Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson - and also sent Stoke manager Mark Hughes to the stands - after Oussama Assaidi had given the visitors a 29th-minute lead.
Remy saw a penalty saved by goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen - who replaced the injured Asmir Begovic - following Wilson's exit, but found the net a minute later with the aid of a deflection.
The Alan Pardew’s side then made the most of their two-man advantage after half-time, with Yoan Gouffran scoring for the fifth successive home match.
Remy grabbed his 10th league goal of the campaign and Yohan Cabaye fired past Sorensen with a glorious first-time finish.
A second Newcastle spot-kick was converted by substitute Papiss Cisse in the 80th minute to round off an one-sided second half.
Hatem Ben Arfa returned to Pardew's starting line-up for the first time since October in the absence of the suspended Cheick Tiote.
Begovic was ruled out with a broken finger for Stoke, meaning Sorensen made his first Barclays Premier League appearance of the season in goal. Jack Butland returned from a loan spell at Barnsley and was on the bench.
After an eventful opening featuring long-range efforts at both ends, Stoke settled well.
Charlie Adam twice went close from distance, with Cabaye shooting from 25 yards with a dipping strike that Sorensen palmed away.
The Potters then took the lead in the 29th minute as Assaidi cut in from the left before finding the top-right corner.
Shortly after the opener, Whelan picked up two bookings in quick succession, the first following an altercation with Cabaye and the second for tripping the Frenchman.
Mark Hughes' side were reduced to nine men in the 43rd minute, when Wilson received a straight red card, having pulled down Remy as the striker moved in on goal.
Sorensen dived to his right to keep out Remy's resulting spot-kick, but was powerless a minute later when a deflected effort from the striker found the net.
Gouffran capitalised on a poor punch from Sorensen three minutes after the break to continue his scoring run.
Ben Arfa twice struck the woodwork and Remy scored his second in the 56th minute. Davide Santon's cross from the left was flicked on by Sissoko and Remy made no mistake with a simple header at the far post.
Cabaye curled home from 20 yards 10 minutes later and Cisse converted from 12 yards after Erik Pieters had upended Ben Arfa in the area.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "The team wasn't quite working as I'd liked, and I was looking to change it at half-time. The sending offs changed it. We were as clinical as you could be in the second half."
I thought the Stoke players conducted themselves brilliantly in the second half - against our strike force and down to nine men. It was a shame for Stoke because the two sending-offs were a major factor in us winning in the manner we did.
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.
On the next match: "This place will be rocking, and Arsenal know that. It's a difficult game for both of us, so let's see how we match up. We have depth and a lot of quality, and we're working very hard. We're difficult to beat. Our fans want to win things, which we haven't been near for years. It's nice to have a team which is competitive."
Stoke manager Mark Hughes: "Up to the point when the first sending-off was given I thought we were totally in control of the game. We were 1-0 to the good; Newcastle were finding it very difficult to really have an impact on the game and we had a number of other chances.
"We've got a big game on Sunday against Tottenham, and in the end we have to try and protect players. Going down to nine men here means we'll be physically tested. We have to put this one behind us. We were on our way to maximum points, but we have to dust ourselves off now.
"Asmir's got a bad break of the finger. He's possibly looking at five to six weeks out."
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