Newcastle United clinch third consecutive win by overcoming Stoke City

Jamaal Lascelles got the Newcastle match-winner at Swansea scoring a header deep into the second half to secure a 1-0 win

Newcastle 2 Stoke City 1: Jamaal Lascelles the hero again as Rafael Benitez celebrates return to dugout

Jamaal Lascelles was Newcastle's hero for the second time in a week as Rafael Benitez celebrated his return to the dugout with a third successive Premier League victory.

A Matt Ritchie masterclass guided Newcastle United to a 2-1 home win over Stoke City as the Magpies recorded their best start to a Premier League campaign since 2011-12.

Lascelles putting pen to paper on a new lengthy deal is, as Daily Telegraph reports, an indication that Benitez plans to be at St James' Park for the long haul despite tensions between him and the powers that be - which surfaced in the summer due to their transfer business.

Asked how he felt when he looked at the table, he replied: "I haven't seen the table and I don't want to see the table, believe me".

Atsu gave Newcastle an early lead, but Xherdan Shaqiri levelled for Stoke after Joselu failed to convert three good chances either side of the break.

"The fans, they appreciate that and for us to do that every week and the captain leading by example is something that you have to be really pleased with".

The 23-year-old, who is set to have his contract extended until 2022, told BBC Sport of how the boss makes the team demand so much from each other that there are often arguments during drilling sessions, while tempers could flare as things get heated up and "nasty". But obviously the right ball right on to his head, it's hard to defend under those circumstances.

A good run of form and securing all three points against Stoke means that the Magpies are now sitting inside the top four and hopes of European football next season are already brewing in the hearts of fans.

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

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