Newcastle fans rave over attacker after Stoke win - 'Invaluable', 'absolute…

Posted September 18, 2017

It mattered little though as Ritchie and Lascelles combined to restore Newcastle's lead, the defender credited with the goal as he challenged Wimmer in heading home a corner.

It might be early days for Rafa Benitez but no surprise to see which three NUFC bosses are in the top three spots when it comes to games played in the top tier since 1993/94 - Newcastle's first season as a Premier League club.

Newcastle United climbed to fourth in the Premier League table with a narrow win over Stoke.

Rafael Benitez's side earned a hard-fought 2-1 win at home to Stoke City, with Jamal Lascelles, who hit the victor in the victory at Swansea last week, the hero again on Saturday. Ayoze Perez's industry had won the ball from Joe Allen and the vision of Mikel Merino and Isaac Hayden to move it on to Matt Ritchie provided him with the opportunity to produce an inviting cross which was not wasted.

After his role in last week's victory, Scotland winger Ritchie was again the architect for the opener, curling a ideal cross to the far post for Atsu to volley home.

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

Elliot did come to Newcastle's rescue with 64 minutes gone when he turned away Mame Biram Diouf's goal-bound header from Shaqiri's cross.

Lascelles, the hero last week at Swansea, saw his goal-bound header deflect in off Kevin Wimmer midway through the second half to put the Magpies back in front.