Christian Atsu on target as Newcastle United brilliantly beat Stoke City

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Christian Atsu on target as Newcastle United brilliantly beat Stoke City

Newcastle United climbed up to fourth in the table with a third successive Premier League win as Stoke City were unable to capitalise on some awful finishing from the home team.

It was the flawless way for Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez, recovered from a post-operation infection, to celebrate his return to the dugout after he missed Lascelles scoring the victor at Swansea last weekend.

Jamaal Lascelles was the hero once again for the Magpies by scoring the victor 68 minutes in after goals from Christian Atsu and Xherdan Shaqiri had the game on a knife's edge.

"We had a lot of chances and it was a great intensity from the boys from the start", Lascelles told Sky Sports. "It's a long season, when you talk about the Premier League, any league, you talk about nine months so it's a long season and we have to make sure every week we have a player that has improved a little bit or a group of players that have improved a lot or whatever". "We had enough chances to manage the game better".

Newcastle United welcome Stoke City to St James' Park on Saturday for their 15:00 GMT Premier League clash.

"It's about us learning and understanding when we play a team who will sit back".

Stoke boss Mark Hughes was disappointed not to come away with anything as his side lost for the first time since the opening day of the campaign, but urged his players to learn the lessons of their reverse on Tyneside. "We have a game in the League Cup in midweek and Chelsea at our place, so they keep coming thick and fast".

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