Captain Fantastic Scores Winner Again – Newcastle beat Stoke 2-1 – Go 4th Top Of League

It was another winning header by captain Jamaal Lascelles from a Matt Ritchie corner that gave a good-looking Newcastle side all 3 points against Stoke this afternoon and at the time of writing Newcastle are in 4th place with 9 points from our 5 games with a goal difference of 2.

But Rafa will know he needs a lethal striker in January or next summer because after going ahead we missed some chances and the game could have been out of sight by early in the second half.

We haven’t yet fixed that problem from last season, but we are again creating the chances which is the most difficult thing in football.

After 57 minutes Swiss winger Shaqiri equalized to make it 1-1.

But then the crowd got right behind Newcastle, and the winning goal came on 68 minutes when another Matt Ritchie corner was headed in off the cross-bar by captain Jamaal Lascelles – his second successive winning goal from a corner.

But if we had another striker or two who could put the ball in the back of the net this game would have been a lot easier against a well-drilled and hard-working Stoke City side.

After an even opening period, Newcastle took the lead after 19 minutes, and it was an excellent Matt Ritchie cross from the right that found Atsu at the far post and the Ghanaian International hit it home on the volley from close range.

And then three minutes later captain Jamaal Lascelles should really have made it 2-0 when he got his head to a right-wing corner from Matt Ritchie inside the six-yard box, but the ball flashed by the post – a big miss by Newcastle at the time.

Then Rob Elliott made an excellent save from a good Shaqiri shot that was going into his top right-hand corner of the net.

Newcastle then carved out some good chances, but we couldn’t get that second goal with Joselu guilty of missing some decent chances against his former club.

Halftime came with Newcastle ahead 1-0 and having played well.

The Stoke goal came when Joe Allen found Shaqiri in space 25 yards out from goal after 57 minutes, and he moved forward before hitting a sweet left-foot drive just inside Rob Elliot’s post.

But then captain fantastic Jamaal Lascelles did it again and scored with a header after 68 minutes to make up for his earlier miss in the first half.

Rafa let his assistant manager Mikel Antia issue instructions to players from the touchline during the game as he is still recuperating from his surgery.

The Newcastle side again looked compact and well organized, and we are up to 4th place in the league table.

This is the first time since November 2013 that we have won three league games in a row in the Premier League.

It is also the first time we have won three of our first five games in the Premier League since the great Sir Bobby Robson was manager back in 2000-2001.

Back then we got 10 points from the first 5 games in Sit Bobby’s second season in charge before losing the next two.

Another terrific win and performance from the lads.


Newcastle: Elliot; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Mbemba; Hayden (Shelvey, 69), Merino; Ritchie, Perez (Diame, 86), Atsu; Joselu (Gayle, 78).
Subs not used: Woodman, Lejeune, Manquillo, Murphy.

Stoke: Butland; Zouma, Martins Indi, Wimmer; Diouf, Allen (Crouch, 84), Fletcher, Pieters; Jese (Sobhi, 62), Shaqiri; Choupo-Moting.
Subs not used: Grant, Johnson, Berahino, Tymon, Adam.

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)

Attendance: 51,795

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15 comments so far

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 16, 2017 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Why doesn’t Ritchie ever start for the tartan rabble? Hardly awash with talent are they.

  • manxpie

    Sep 16, 2017 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #2

    chancel the point is he tbf ” luckily ” got a touch on the ball 1st before touching the player and was not from behind or a dangerous tackle so no foul

  • firebug666

    Sep 16, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #3


    On the pen or not pen, if it had been against us I think the ref would have been pointing at the spot before the player hit the floor. Just the way things are for Newcastle these days.

    Did anyone else notice how often and easily the Stoke boys fell over especially when the crowd breathed out at the same time?

    Still we got the points and that is all that matters in this game.

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 16, 2017 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #4

    Agree, Manxpie, it’s not dangerous play, I was stretching things to make a point. I just feel that if the touch is ineffective, the opportunity is prevented becuase of the foul and not the touch. I was wondering how this type of foul is stated in the laws of the game. Atsu was prevented from taking a shot becuase his legs were tapped together.

  • manxpie

    Sep 16, 2017 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #5


    wat i will complain about is i had a perfect link until linisfarne decided to post it on here and then it was totally gone
    don’t post links on here anymore its advertising where to shut them down its pretty simple to find a link ya lazy barstewards i’ll give you a hint its called google and try it out on a nothing match first till ya find a decent one!!!!

  • Shoulders knees

    Sep 16, 2017 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Thanks for reposting link.
    Good win we showed bottle.

  • toon1707

    Sep 16, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #7

    I voted Elliott simply because we missed a lot of chances today and that gave stoke some confidence where they came at us for about a 10 minute period in the 2nd half and Elliott pulled off some great saves to keep us in the game

  • c-dog

    Sep 16, 2017 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Rafa is genius. Great win again. Collectively we’re just solid.

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 16, 2017 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Obviosly if it was at the other end, I would be saying “good decision ref, got the ball first”.

  • manxpie

    Sep 16, 2017 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #10

    aye chancel it was lucky but right decision but as i said earlier it wouldn’t have happened the other way round lol

  • manxpie

    Sep 16, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #11

    in this occassion the lucky touch was very effective tho

  • Obertans_on_roids

    Sep 16, 2017 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Why isn’t Iniesta on the poll?
    Guess Ritchie will have to do..

  • SA Toon

    Sep 16, 2017 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #13

    Fantastic result today. The boys played really well. I thought Yedlin added something extra down the right flank and Perez had one of his best games for NUFC. Just in time too, cause I think he’s been missing for a few games. More than makes up for the Springboks getting a lesson in rugby from the All Blacks this morning!

  • why oh why

    Sep 16, 2017 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #14

    Got to say lacesselles is a very impressive captain . Leading by example . He was the last player on the pitch clapping . And thanking fans .
    He is what a captain should be . As for merino total quality How we got him for 8m I never know .
    All round good performance today .
    Thanks for the birthday win lads

  • carl

    Sep 16, 2017 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #15

    Sep 13, 2017 at 9:03 AM
    Comment #4
    Stoke’s defence doesn’t have much pace about it, I bet Rafa sets us up to exploit that.

    Spot on Spoof. Like me you called it and well ahead of the game. Maybe, there’ll be a few more taking note for a change.

    Anyway, maybe we’ll have a rest from endless talk of Ashley, demonstrations and s imply Rafa concentrate on talking about Rafa’s rotation of the team to beat opposition.


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