Newcastle Utd 'to hand Jamaal Lascelles new five-year contract'

Jamaal Lascelles got the Newcastle match-winner at Swansea scoring a header deep into the second half to secure a 1-0 win

Jamaal Lascelles was Newcastle's star once again as the Magpies captain sealed a 2-1 win over Stoke at St James' Park yesterday.

Christian Atsu took the lead for Newcastle United in the 19th minute, as he buried the ball into the bottom left corner following an accurate cross by Matt Ritchie.

It was the flawless way for Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez, recovered from a post-operation infection, to celebrate his return to the dugout after he missed Lascelles scoring the victor at Swansea last weekend.

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

Then winning the Championship and finishing 3rd, 6th, 2nd and 2nd in the Premier League in the final four seasons of his first spell as manager, these stats below also including when he came back to try and save us from the madness of Ashley & Allardyce.

The 23-year-old, who is set to have his contract extended until 2022, told BBC Sport of how the boss makes the team demand so much from each other that there are often arguments during drilling sessions, while tempers could flare as things get heated up and "nasty".

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"But everyone steps up, the 11 of us".

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".

"We're an ambitious bunch of players, we're a really tight group of lads, and we're friends".

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