Atsu grabs first EPL goal in Newcastle's third straight win

Atsu grabs first EPL goal in Newcastle's third straight win

Atsu grabs first EPL goal in Newcastle's third straight win

Benitez was back in the dugout after a health scare but under orders to keep calm and was delighted to see his side take the lead after 19 minutes when Christian Atsu connected from close range for his first Premier League goal after a superb Matt Ritchie cross.

The Republic of Ireland worldwide clawed Shaqiri's curling effort out of the top corner and beat away another shot before repelling Diouf's goal-bound header.

King Kev is right at the top of course with a points per PL game of 1.76, incredible what he achieved from such a low starting point - staring the third tier of English football in the eye when taking over. 31% of bettors believe that a top six finish is on the cards, which would complete an incredible turnaround orchestrated by Benitez after managing in the Championship for the first time in his career last season. Stoke were out-worked and out-hustled by their hosts.

Elliot also managed to beat away Shaqiri's powerfully-struck 51st-minute snapshot.

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Midway through the half the home support was enraged when Atsu felt he was fouled in the box but Stuart Attwell pointed only for a corner.

But Lascelles, who headed wide from a similar opportunity before the break, met another Ritchie delivery to win it.

In the dying embers, Stoke missed two great chances to level. Stoke: Jack Butland 7, Kurt Zouma 6, Bruno Martins Indi 6, Kevin Wimmer 6, Mame Biram Diouf 7, Darren Fletcher 7, Joe Allen 7, Erik Pieters 6, Xherdan Shaqiri 8, Jese 7, Maxim Choupo-Moting 7.

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