Mar 10, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​St James' Park
NewcastleNewcastle United
2-1
StokeStoke City
Cabaye (72'), Demba Cisse (90')
Demba Cisse (64')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Walters (67' pen.)
Wilson (64')

Glenn Whelan apologises for Stoke City's defeat to Newcastle

Fulham's Bryan Ruiz battle with Stoke's Glenn Whelan during a game on February 23, 2013
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Stoke City midfielder Glenn Whelan accepts the blame for the Potters' defeat to Newcastle United at the weekend.

Stoke City midfielder Glenn Whelan has apologised to his teammates and the supporters for giving Newcastle United the opportunity to get back in the game at the weekend.

The Magpies secured a late 2-1 victory following their equaliser, which Whelan gave away by gifting Newcastle with a free kick on the edge of the penalty area.

"It's frustrating for us all, but even more so for me because it was my fault that Newcastle were allowed to get back in the game," Whelan told the club's official website.

"It was my error, and I can only apologise because up until that point they hadn't really caused us too many problems. I hold my hands up for it, and have apologised to the lads.

"Obviously I want to apologise to all the supporters too, especially those who travelled all the way up here. It's a hard one to take, especially for myself."

The Potters are 11th in the Premier League table with nine games left to play.

Nick Blackman
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