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Christian Atsu on target as Newcastle United brilliantly beat Stoke City

17 September 2017

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 bad finishing from the home team. "When I had the offer to come, it was the only place I wanted to be".

In the event, coaches Francisco de Miguel Moreno, Mikel Antia and Antonio Perez held the fort, and did so to such good effect that Benitez joked he might not be needed for Stoke's visit to St James' Park.

They will be further charged up with Rafael Benitez now returning from illness.

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

Atsu drifting in at the back post, poke home a well-weighted cross for the opener before Xherdan Shaqiri curled in an equaliser from long range. Now I have a manager who does.

"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".

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Star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is also out suspended for Newcastle.

Joselu was facing Stoke for the first time since leaving in the summer, and the forward could have had a hat-trick on another day.

However, Mark Hughes' side was unable to make the most of the reprieves as their five-match unbeaten run against Newcastle came to an end.

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"We are going to face teams like Newcastle, who show us respect in terms of our ability and what we can do to teams and will sit back and invite us on, so we have got to be a little bit better and a little bit more accurate in our work and we'll be fine. He's just got up over Wimmer so that's disappointing but it was a good header", Hughes added.

Christian Atsu on target as Newcastle United brilliantly beat Stoke City