Rafa Benitez focused on keeping up momentum after third successive Newcastle win

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

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

Lascelles' goal secured the three points for Newcastle United, as Stoke City failed to score an equalizing goal until the referee blew the full-time whistle.

Rafa Benitez has revealed that his nerves were frayed during Newcastle United's 1-0 victory at Swansea last Sunday as he watched at home on television - because a storm knocked out his signal.

Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles scored the victor as Rafa Benitez's side beat Stoke City 2-1 at St James' Park on Saturday to post their third successive Premier League victory.

However, it is clear Benitez was happy with the win on his return to the dugout.

After Xherdan Shaqiri cancelled out Christian Atsu's opener, it was left to defender Lascelles to again prove the match-winner for Newcastle.

"We had a lot of chances and it was a great intensity from the boys from the start", Lascelles told Sky Sports.

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 won, so everything was good, but last week was not easy, ' he explained.

"Maybe we can lose games, but we have to believe we can win". It was a little bit different for us as Newcastle sat back, and they've got decent pace.

However, Mark Hughes' side was unable to make the most of the reprieves as their five-match unbeaten run against Newcastle came to an end.

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