Atsu starts as Benitez makes three changes

Liverpool's Spanish Manager Rafael Benitez gestures while Mark Hughes Manager of Manchester City watches during a Premier League match at Anfield in Liverpool north west England

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.

Christian Atsu fired the home side ahead early, but Xherdan Shaqiri equalized 14 minutes after the restart.

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

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.

"Maybe we can lose games, but we have to believe we can win". "In fairness, their keeper made a couple of outstanding saves so we created a fair number of chances", Hughes told Sky Sports after the match.

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".

Apparently, everyone gives their absolute best as they compete for playing minutes, with Benitez a rewarder of hard work as opposed to having favourites.

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

It was Stoke's first loss in the league since an opening-day defeat by Everton. "We have a game in the League Cup in midweek and Chelsea at our place, so they keep coming thick and fast".

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