WATCH: Newcastle 2-1 Stoke
Last Updated: 17/09/17 8:59pm
Jamaal Lascelles was Newcastle's hero for the second time in a week as Rafael Benitez celebrated his return to the dugout with a third successive Premier League victory.
Skipper Lascelles powered home a 68th-minute header to help Newcastle edge out Stoke 2-1, in the process securing a third back-to-back top-flight win for the Magpies for the first time since November 2014.
Christian Atsu had fired the home side ahead after 19 minutes, but Xherdan Shaqiri levelled 14 minutes after the restart to set the stage for Lascelles to repeat his feat at Swansea last Sunday, albeit with the help of goalkeeper Rob Elliot, who produced three excellent saves to deny Shaqiri twice and Mame Biram Diouf.
Matt Ritchie, whose cross evaded the men in the middle, fell perfectly for Atsu at the far post as he got ahead of Diouf to fire home from close range.
There was nothing Elliot could do to deny Shaqiri six minutes later when he collected Choupo-Moting's pass, stepped on to his left foot and drilled a low effort past the keeper's out-stretched arm and into the bottom corner.
The Magpies regained the lead when Lascelles met Ritchie's corner with an unstoppable header.
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