Lascelles strikes again to lift Newcastle

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With a 2-1 win against Stoke City, Newcastle climbed into the Champions League places and confirmed their finest start to life in England's top division in six years.

Benitez was back in the dugout after a health scare but under orders to keep calm and was delighted to see his side take the lead after 19 minutes when Christian Atsu connected from close range for his first Premier League goal after a superb Matt Ritchie cross.

But Lascelles, who headed wide from a similar opportunity before the break, met another Ritchie delivery to win it.

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

The home side grabbed the victor though when Ritchie put a good ball into the box from a corner which was met and turned home by Lascelles, with 68 minutes played. However, Elliot managed to get a hand to the ball to prevent the equaliser.

The Spanish striker made a £5m move from Stoke to Newcastle United in the summer, despite being the Potters' most impressive performer in front of goal during pre-season.

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The visitors nearly went in front five minutes later, Shaqiri the provider this time but Diouf's downward header unable to beat Elliott.

However, Shaqiri got his goal after he cut back on his left foot and drove at the defence before shooting from outside the box, and finding the bottom left corner of the goal.

Elliot did come to Newcastle's rescue with 64 minutes gone when he turned away Mame Biram Diouf's goal-bound header from Shaqiri's cross. We won, so everything was good, but last week was not easy, ' he explained.

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