Mark Hughes rues missed chances as Stoke fall to Newcastle

Isaac Cain
September 17, 2017

Christian Atsu was on target for Newcastle United in their 2-1 victory against Stoke City in the English Premier League at the St. James' Park on Saturday.

They will be further charged up with Rafael Benitez now returning from illness.

It was Stoke's first loss in the league since an opening-day defeat by Everton.

However brief their stay may be, the locals among a crowd of 51,795 left St James' Park in jubilant mood after witnessing a third successive league win and perhaps dreaming, albeit fancifully, of the days when the club once mixed it with Europe's aristocrats.

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

Atsu drifting in at the back post, poke home a well-weighted cross for the opener before Xherdan Shaqiri curled in an equaliser from long range.

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Newcastle striker Joselu, who arrived from Stoke this summer, will be hoping to get one over on his former employers and add to the one goal he scored in the 3-0 win over West Ham.

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.

"We have to keep working hard and we know what we have in the team and the squad".

He said: "We didn't play particularly well today - I didn't think we were poor, we just weren't particularly as good as we have been in recent weeks, so that's the disappointment".

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

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