Lascelles strikes again to lift Newcastle

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A day short of 20 years since the promoted Magpies famously beat Barcelona 3-2 in a Champions League encounter at St James' Park, they found themselves sitting in the top four at the final whistle after skipper Jamaal Lascelles had headed them to victory for the second time in a week.

Christian Atsu had fired Newcastle ahead before Stoke's Xherdan Shaqiri levelled after the interval.

Having netted the victor against Swansea last weekend, Jamal Lascelles again rose high to head the hosts to a third straight top-flight victory for the first time in nearly three years.

Joselu didn't realize the time he had with Chancel Mbemba's cross into the box, flicking a first-time effort wide of the far post against his former club.

Newcastle won 2-1 at the end.




The trend continued immediately after the restart as Joselu made it a trio of wasted opportunities by inexplicably firing over at close-range after Kevin Wimmer misread Atsu's left-sided cross.

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.

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.

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

But the Toon boss played it cool after the game, insisting: "When you win so many games in a row, the fans are excited and thinking about Europe for me it is one game at a time".

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