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Atsu scores first Premier League goal for Newcastle

Ramadan Sobhi features as Newcastle defeats Stoke City Atsu grabs first EPL goal in Newcastle's third straight win
Cecilia Poole | 17 September, 2017, 00:51

After 2 failed attempts at picking up Premier League points upon returning from the Championship, Newcastle finally got back to winning ways at the 3rd and 4th times of asking, with consecutive victories against West Ham and Swansea easing earlier pressure and putting talks of another possible relegation battle to bed.

Christian Atsu scored his first goal in as many games this season as Newcastle beat Stoke City to record their third successive Premier League win and climb inside the top four.

He adds that St James' Park will be a "tough" place to visit, and the atmosphere will be electrifying.

It was the ideal 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.

Stu Forster  GettyImages
Stu Forster GettyImages

"I put in the programme notes that this is something that's really important, players who want to stay, want to fight, want to defend the black and white shirt, and they are doing that".

Stoke were abysmal for long periods, but might still have snatched a draw after their former striker Joselu missed three wonderful chances for Newcastle. "We had enough chances to manage the game better".

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.

"The fans, when you win so many games in a row, they are excited and thinking about Europe".

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