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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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