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Christian Atsu put the hosts in front from a wonderful Matt Ritchie ball in the first half, before Xherdan Shaqiri curled in an equaliser from long range.

It was the flawless way for Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez, recovered from a post-operation infection, to celebrate his return to the dugout after he missed Lascelles scoring the victor at Swansea last weekend.

But Ritchie picked out his skipper from a late corner for the second week to extend Rafael Benitez's unbeaten streak against Stoke to six matches.

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Rafa Benitez says he was "pleased" with Joselu's performance against his former club Stoke City.

Benitez was in the dug-out after being forced to miss the 1-0 win at Swansea a week ago due to complications from hernia surgery.

Joselu was again guilty of failing to make the Potters pay just moments later, the 27-year-old this time unable to beat Butland in a one-on-one when Ayoze Perez's deflected strike fell kindly in the area.

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Magpies goalkeeper Rob Elliot was required to make a rare save when he palmed away Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's firm drive as Hughes' side warmed to the contest.

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

Atsu who arrived in the English Premier league in 2013 when he signed for Chelsea has had to wait four years to score his first goal largely because who was loaned out so many times and hardly got a Premier league game in a Chelsea shirt.

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Lascelles headed United's victor for the second week in a row.

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

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