Half-Time Report: Erik Pieters gives Stoke the half-time lead

Erik Peters strikes towards the end of the half to give Stoke City the 1-0 lead at the break against Newcastle United.

Erik Pieters's 42nd-minute strike has given Stoke City the half-time lead against Newcastle United at the Britannia Stadium.

The home side went close inside the first 10 minutes when Peter Crouch struck the post after rising highest from Marko Arnautovic's cross.

Steven Taylor of Newcastle United battles with Geoff Cameron of Stoke City during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Newcastle United at Britannia Stadium on April 12, 2014© Getty Images

Newcastle hit back immediately as Shola Ameobi knocked down Vurnon Anita's cross, but Dan Gosling could only fire over the bar when well placed.

The visitors had a decent shout for a penalty waved away when Papiss Cisse went down under a challenge from Geoff Cameron on 24 minutes.

Arnautovic, who has looked lively throughout, played in Steven Nzonzi, and the midfielder's shot was deflected over for a corner with goalkeeper Tim Krul looking beaten in the visitors' goal.

The Austrian was again instrumental in setting up Peter Odemwingie and the Nigerian forward somehow managed to miss the completely with a wild swipe on the half-hour mark.

Mark Hughes manager of Stoke City gives instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and West Ham United at Britannia Stadium on March 15, 2014
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