Newcastle beat Stoke City for third straight league win

Jamaal Lascelles got the Newcastle match-winner at Swansea scoring a header deep into the second half to secure a 1-0 win

LIVE Newcastle United - Stoke City Premier League - 16 September 2017

Benitez's side take on Stoke City at St James's Park (3pm kick-off) looking for a third successive Premier League victory.

Newcastle handed Stoke their first defeat since the opening day of the Premier League season thanks to Jamaal Lascelles' second half victor.

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.

Asked how he felt when he looked at the table, he replied: "I haven't seen the table and I don't want to see the table, believe me".

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

Jamaal Lascelles was the hero once again for the Magpies by scoring the victor 68 minutes in after goals from Christian Atsu and Xherdan Shaqiri had the game on a knife's edge.

Benitez said: "The main thing is that, the togetherness, the work-rate, the character, the whole team, the connection with the fans because the fans appreciate that".

"Ultimately it is three wins and we are really pleased, but today it could have been three, four, five goals".

Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle are again on the bench, while former Stoke striker Joselu continues up front.

"It's about us learning and understanding when we play a team who will sit back. We had enough chances to manage the game better".

"The lad [Lascelles ] scored against Swansea the other week as well, so we'd talked about his threat".

"Maybe we can lose games, but we have to believe we can win".

"But in the end, it wasn't to be".

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