Sep 16, 2017 at 3pm UK at ​St James' Park
Attendance: 51,795
NewcastleNewcastle United
2-1
StokeStoke City
Atsu (19'), Lascelles (68')
Hayden (25'), Clark (73'), Merino (77')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Shaqiri (57')
Wimmer (30')

Rafael Benitez: 'We must keep the momentum'

Benitez: 'We must keep the momentum'
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Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez urges his side to "keep the momentum" after they make it three wins on the spin in the Premier League.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has urged his side to "keep the momentum" after they defeated Stoke City 2-1 at St James' Park this afternoon.

The result made it three wins on the bounce for the Magpies after defeat in their first two, and moves them up to fourth in the early standings.

"It is always good when you win and especially when the team is working so hard," Benitez told reporters afterwards. "Hopefully the fans are enjoying and the team can carry on winning. With this mentality it will be easy for us to win some games.

"At the end, we were suffering a little bit because we didn't take the chances we had. We had enough chances to manage the game a little bit better.

"What is important for us was to start winning and now it is to keep the momentum and make sure we don't play without confidence. We have to keep working hard and we know what we have in the team and the squad. Maybe we can lose games, but you still have to believe you can win."

Next up for Newcastle is a trip to fellow promoted side Brighton & Hove Albion a week tomorrow.

Real Madrid's Spanish coach Rafael Benitez shouts instructions to his players during the UEFA Champions League football match Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) vs Real Madrid, on October 21, 2015 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.
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