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STOKE, England (AP) Peter Crouch headed in the only goal as Stoke beat Newcastle 1-0 for its first home victory of the season in the Premier League, ratcheting up the pressure on visiting manager Alan Pardew.
Crouch rose above Fabricio Coloccini to head in a cross from Victor Moses in the 15th minute, which proved enough against a Newcastle side that struggled to create scoring chances and remained without a win this season.
Moses was lively throughout at a rain-drenched Britannia Stadium and appealed unsuccessfully for a penalty when he was pushed down in the area by Yoan Gouffran shortly afterward. Substitute Marko Arnautovic hit the post for Stoke early in the second half.