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Newcastle United clinch third consecutive win by overcoming Stoke City

Newcastle United clinch third consecutive win by overcoming Stoke City

Atsu who arrived in the English Premier league in 2013 when he signed for Chelsea has had to wait four years to score his first goal largely because who was loaned out so many times and hardly got a Premier league game in a Chelsea shirt.

But manager Benitez was keeping his feet firmly on the ground as he celebrated a successful return to the dug-out.

Newcastle United have clinched a third consecutive win after beating Stoke City 2-1 in Saturday's Premier League encounter at St James' Park.

The confidence in the team is high as the home side are heading into this match on the back of two successive league wins against West Ham United and Swansea City.

After Xherdan Shaqiri cancelled out Christian Atsu's opener, it was left to defender Lascelles to again prove the match-winner for Newcastle.

"We're doing okay after a tough period of fixtures".

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"The fans, they appreciate that and for us to do that every week and the captain leading by example is something that you have to be really pleased with".

Without suspended striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, Newcastle looked to Joselu up front but the former Stoke forward squandered three chances to increase Newcastle's lead.

"We're disappointed because we came into the game in good form".

Apparently, everyone gives their absolute best as they compete for playing minutes, with Benitez a rewarder of hard work as opposed to having favourites.

"That was the disappointment because at that point, we had got back into the game and I thought we were growing into our performance and we may well have got something out of the game".