Lascelles hails Newcastle character for Stoke win

Lascelles hails Newcastle character for Stoke win

But the 2-1 victory over Stoke at St James Park has a few giddy Toon fans dreaming of European Football for the first time in four years and it seems that bettors might agree with them!

The home side led at the interval through Christian Atsu's neat finish on 19 minutes but Stoke levelled against the run of play through Xherdan Shaqiri just before the hour.

Lascelles bagged the victor against Stoke on Saturday, his second winning goal in as many games, after also scoring an nearly identical header to earn all three points against Swansea the week before.

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.

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.




Elliot next pushed Mame Biram Diouf's header over the bar, before a recovering Kurt Zouma was deemed to have got a vital touch on the ball when he halted Atsu's progress in the area just as the attacker looked destined to double his tally.

After losing their first two games, the Magpies secured their third back-to-back wins in the top flight for the first time since November 2014, and have nine points.

Newcastle United are reportedly set to announce a new five-year deal for captain Jamaal Lascelles.

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

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