Benitez shuns table as Newcastle enjoy lofty perch

Newcastle United's English defender Jamaal Lascelles celebrates scoring his team's first goal with teammates Newcastle United's Spanish striker Mato Joselu and Newcastle United's

Jamaal Lascelles claims that Newcastle United's "inexperience is a strength", as the side is full of energy with a will to win games.

Newcastle fans have been taking to Twitter in the aftermath of the win over Stoke, with many reserving special praise for winger Matt Ritchie.

After Xherdan Shaqiri cancelled out Christian Atsu's opener, it was left to defender Jamaal Lascelles to again prove the match-winner for Newcastle.

Benitez said: "The main thing is that, the togetherness, the work-rate, the character, the whole team, the connection with the fans because the fans appreciate that".

"Players will get hold of you and they're big, strong boys and they defend set-pieces well".

"I'm pleased, but what pleased me the most, is the opportunities we had".




"That's the disappointment. I think we were a little loose in our general play".

Newcastle host Stoke City on Saturday, and the manager would hope his team bring that fight and drive to the pitch as they attempt to make it 3 league victories on the tear.

"He knows himself he should have scored a couple of goals today, but good team-mates get each other out of the s**t".

"We're a good side and we can knock it around but in key moments you've got to be really clinical and make sure you give the right weight of pass to allow players to have those clear-cut chances". But obviously the right ball right on to his head, it's hard to defend under those circumstances.

"But it wasn't just the goal, it was how they got the corner, that was sloppy from us as well".

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

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