Paul Ince predicts Newcastle United vs Stoke City

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However, the Magpies beat the Hammers 3-0 before the worldwide break in the north east before recording a 1-0 victory against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium last time out.

A day short of 20 years since the promoted Magpies famously beat Barcelona 3-2 in a Champions League encounter at St James' Park, they found themselves sitting in the top four at the final whistle after skipper Jamaal Lascelles had headed them to victory for the second time in a week.

Jamaal Lascelles was the hero once again for the Magpies by scoring the victor 68 minutes in after goals from Christian Atsu and Xherdan Shaqiri had the game on a knife's edge.

"What is important for us was to start winning and now it is to keep the momentum", the Spaniard told BBC 5 Live. "Sometimes we have some problems, but with the chances we can create we know they can give us the points".

Rafael Benitez is refusing even to look at the Premier League table despite his Newcastle side climbing into fourth place with a win over Stoke.

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However, it was Lascelles who rose highest to hand Newcastle all three points - via a big deflection off Kevin Wimmer - leaving Stoke on five points after five games.

"We're doing okay after a tough period of fixtures. We had enough chances to manage the game better".

"It's about us learning and understanding when we play a team who will sit back".

"It is a very competitive league and we are learning from that".

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