Yohan Cabaye produced a midfield masterclass as Newcastle cruised past Stoke to edge themselves closer to Champions League qualification.
The France international scored twice and provided the glorious pass from which striker Papiss Cisse took his tally to 11 goals in 10 games in a stunning individual display.
His contribution helped to claim a sixth successive Barclays Premier League victory for the Magpies which leaves them four points clear of Champions League semi-finalists Chelsea with just four games to play.
Alan Pardew's men were simply too good for Stoke and having gone ahead through Cabaye's 14th-minute header, never looked back.
Cisse made it 2-0 with a cool finish four minutes later, but Cabaye's second, an inch-perfect curling shot 12 minutes after the restart, was the pick of the bunch on an afternoon when the bulk of a crowd of 52,162 headed for home dreaming of Europe.
Newcastle ran out knowing victory would take them into fourth place, for a few hours at least, but perhaps more importantly, give them a healthy advantage over sixth-placed Chelsea.
Edited by:COSMOS CHUKWUEMEKA