Next Match: away to Spurs, December 29
Stoke boss Mark Hughes hit out at referee Martin Atkinson after being sent to the stands as his nine men succumbed to a 5-1 drubbing at Newcastle. The Welshman was ordered from the dug-out after he reacted in fury to the dismissal of midfielder Glenn Whelan, and he was still making his way to his new vantage point when defender Marc Wilson followed inside three dreadful first-half minutes at St James' Park with the visitors leading 1-0. Asked if it had simply been one of those days, Hughes said: "One of those days? For certain individuals, I think. I think the referee needs to look at his performance. From one of our arguably most senior referees, I was absolutely dismayed by his performance, to be perfectly honest."