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Sunday Sun - - Football -

the Spa­niard right in front of goal but he blazed it over the bar.

El­liot was called into ac­tion again on 51 min­utes when he dealt with Shaqiri’s snap­shot.

New­cas­tle kept up the pres­sure and forced a suc­ces­sion of cor­ners but Shaqiri fired home with 56 min­utes played.

United stood off the Swiss in­ter­na­tional and he fired home from out­side the box with his left foot to tie the game up and make it 1-1.

The goal lifted Stoke and the vis­i­tors then started to ap­ply fur­ther pres­sure with El­liot hav­ing to make a fine save to push away Mame Bi­ram Diouf’s down­ward header.

United had a penalty shout mid­way through the sec­ond half af­ter Ay­oze Perez had slipped in Atsu.

The Ghana winger raced to­wards goal with Kurt Zouma get­ting a foot in and up­end­ing the United man – but ref­eree Stu­art away protests.

A few min­utes later though, the home fans in­side St James’ Park were on their feet again.

Matt Ritchie’s cor­ner on 68 min­utes picked out Las­celles and this time his header crashed off the bar to put his side back in front.

New­cas­tle threw Jonjo Shelvey on for the last quar­ter of the con­test and the mid­fielder tried his luck from just out­side the box, but he steered a shot into the stand.

Dwight Gayle was af­forded 10 min­utes, re­plac­ing Joselu.

United sur­vived a late scare when Eric Maxim Choupo-Mout­ing fired over the top af­ter a Peter Crouch knock down.

Diouf also had an­other late ef­fort but New­cas­tle held on to se­cure the three points and de­servedly record their third win a row. At­twell waved

New­cas­tle’s Chan­cel Mbe­mba wins a header de­spite the ef­forts of Mame Bi­ram Diouf of Stoke City Chris­tian Atsu of New­cas­tle United cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing the opener


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