Newcastle moves into top 5 with 3rd straight EPL win

Newcastle moves into top 5 with 3rd straight EPL win

The Magpies saw off Stoke City 2-1 on Saturday to improve their Premier League points tally to nine points from five games, a tally they last managed to reach this early in the season when they finished fifth in the top flight under Alan Pardew in 2012.

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

In the 57th minute, Xherdan Shaqiri scored the equalizing goal for the away side as he found the bottom left corner from 25 yards.

"We had clear-cut chances with Choupo-Moting and Diouf".

"What is important for us was to start winning and now it is to keep the momentum", the Spaniard told BBC 5 Live.


"We weren't able to capitalise on that and made a couple of mistakes in terms of the goals that we conceded".

"That was the disappointment because at that point, we had got back into the game and I thought we were growing into our performance and we may well have got something out of the game".

Apparently, everyone gives their absolute best as they compete for playing minutes, with Benitez a rewarder of hard work as opposed to having favourites.

Stoke were abysmal for long periods, but might still have snatched a draw after their former striker Joselu missed three wonderful chances for Newcastle. "He's just got up over Wimmer so that's disappointing but it was a good header", Hughes added. It's no time to feel sorry for ourselves.

"It is a very competitive league and we are learning from that".

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