Newcastle United 2-1 Stoke City

Lascelles gives Newcastle third successive win

Jamaal Lascelles was Newcastle's star once again as the Magpies captain sealed a 2-1 win over Stoke at St James' Park yesterday.

Atsu who swapped Chelsea for Newcastle during the summer transfer window put the Magpies in the lead in the 19th minute of the game.

Lascelles bagged the victor against Stoke on Saturday, his second winning goal in as many games, after also scoring an nearly identical header to earn all three points against Swansea the week before.

The Spanish manager returned to the touchline after missing last week's match and watched compatriot Joselu spurn a hat-trick of chances against his former club. Christian Atsu ghosts in at the far post and hammers home from Matt Ritchie's cross.

The trend continued immediately after the restart as Joselu made it a trio of wasted opportunities by inexplicably firing over at close-range after Kevin Wimmer misread Atsu's left-sided cross. Shaqiri picked up possession and moved ominously towards goal before curling a low shot beyond Rob Elliott from outside the box just before the hour.

Skipper Jamaal Lascelles powered home a 68th-minute header to help Newcastle edge out Stoke.

Elliot did come to Newcastle's rescue with 64 minutes gone when he turned away Mame Biram Diouf's goal-bound header from Shaqiri's cross.

- Newcastle have won three consecutive top-flight games for the first time since November 2014.

Xherdan Shaqiri scored for Stoke, and was the center of attention for much of the match.

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