Benitez shuns table as Newcastle enjoy lofty perch

Angelica Greene
September 17, 2017

Lascelles struck with a second half header to give Newcastle a third successive Premier League victory for the first time since November 2014.

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.

The Magpies saw off Stoke City 2-1 on Saturday to improve their Premier League points tally to nine points from five games, a tally they last managed to reach this early in the season when they finished fifth in the top flight under Alan Pardew in 2012.

He adds that St James' Park will be a "tough" place to visit, and the atmosphere will be electrifying.

But Benitez, who returned to the touchline following hernia surgery, is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

Atsu drifting in at the back post, poke home a well-weighted cross for the opener before Xherdan Shaqiri curled in an equaliser from long range.

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"We're doing okay after a tough period of fixtures".

Star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is also out suspended for Newcastle.

The Newcastle winger scored the opening goal in their game against Stoke in Match Day 5.

He said: "We didn't play particularly well today - I didn't think we were poor, we just weren't particularly as good as we have been in recent weeks, so that's the disappointment".

"The fans, when you win so many games in a row, they are excited and thinking about Europe".

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