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Pardew: 'Stoke difficult to beat'

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew says his side face a tough test when they travel to Stoke in the Premier League tonight.

Speaking ahead of the match, he said: "They're very, very difficult to beat always.

"Tony sets his team up. They're a strong, physical unit. Set-plays they excel at. They're very good defensively, and that's hard for any team to go and break them down. That's something that we need to try and achieve.

"The one [fixture] there last year was one of our big results of the season and obviously we're going to have to try and emulate that."