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Ramadan Sobhi features as Newcastle defeats Stoke City

Ramadan Sobhi features as Newcastle defeats Stoke City Ramadan Sobhi features as Newcastle defeats Stoke City
Vera Richards | 17 September, 2017, 01:53

Newcastle registered their third win on the spin after beating Stoke 2-1.

Lascelles - who also secured his side victory with a header from a set play at Swansea last weekend - has been rumoured to be on the verge of penning a new five-year deal with Rafa Benitez's side, and his case will no doubt be strengthened after his exploits on Saturday afternoon.

But manager Benitez was keeping his feet firmly on the ground as he celebrated a successful return to the dug-out.

In the 68th minute, Jamaal Lascelles restored the lead for the home side making it 2-1.

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

"I put in the programme notes that this is something that's really important, players who want to stay, want to fight, want to defend the black and white shirt, and they are doing that".

"Ultimately it is three wins and we are really pleased, but today it could have been three, four, five goals".

Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle are again on the bench, while former Stoke striker Joselu continues up front.

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

"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".

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

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

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