Yesterday, Newcastle beat Stoke City 2-1 at home to move up to fourth place in the table.
Newcastle started brightly and opened the scoring on 20 minutes through Atsu from close range. Ritchie got the ball on the edge of the box and delivered a perfectly weighted standing cross into Atsu who was never going to miss. The home side found themselves another opportunity a few minutes later when Perez got into the box but could only force a corner. Joselu should have made it two when Mbemba beautifully beat his man and crossed it in but the Spaniard missed a sitter of a chance. Again Joselu should have scored when he went one on one but hit it right at Butland. The home side went in 1-0 up.
To add insult to injury, Joselu completed a hattrick of sitters after he put a brilliant Atsu cross wide. Ultimately the home side were made to pay for their missed chances from Shaqiri scored a great goal from just outside the area. Chupo Moting maybe should have done better with a chance outside the box but Clark was there to brush him aside. From the resulting corner, Elliot produced a wonderful diving save to keep the scores level. Newcastle should have gotten a penalty when Atsu surged into the box and Butland went in on Atsu with his studs up. In the end, that decision didn’t matter when Ritchie whipped in a corner that Lascelles powered into the net. Poor defending from Stoke, letting a player as big as Lascelles have so much space. Newcastle were lucky to be let off when Chupo Moting was given too much space in the area but blazed his shot over, 5 more minutes to hang on for. With possibly the last chance to nick a point, Diouf put a header wide. Poor finishing for both sides. Despite the scares, Newcastle ran out 2-1 winners.
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