Newcastle beat Stoke City for third straight league win

The Newcastle captain ensured that Rafa Benitez's absence from the Liberty Stadium was not keenly felt

Former Manchester United player turned football pundit, Paul Ince predicts a 2-1 victory for Newcastle United against Stoke City in the Premier League.

Several reports claimed all was not well at St James' Park with Benitez unhappy at the lack of transfer activity and West Ham United ready to make a move for the Spaniard, who has been linked with a switch to the London Stadium before.

Newcastle displayed all the battling qualities Stoke used to take pride in.

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. "In fairness, their keeper made a couple of outstanding saves so we created a fair number of chances", Hughes told Sky Sports after the match.

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It was Stoke's first loss in the league since an opening-day defeat by Everton. "We had enough chances to manage the game better".

"They can enjoy it, we have to enjoy it, but we have to be sure that the next training session, we start correcting things and improving things and doing things in the way we are doing things at the moment".

However, it was Lascelles who rose highest to hand Newcastle all three points - via a big deflection off Kevin Wimmer - leaving Stoke on five points after five games.

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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