By Russell Edge

16th Sep, 2017 | 5:32pm

Newcastle player ratings v Stoke: Forward fails to shine, midfielder is crucial in victory

Christian Atsu – 7

Recalled to the side after being dropped to the bench for the Magpies’ clash with Swansea, he repaid his manager’s faith with a well worked goal, his first in the Premier League, after Ritchie’s superb ball which left the Ghanaian with near enough a tap in at the far post.

With Stoke aiming to target Newcastle’s left hand side for the majority of the match, his defensive efforts were also tested, but he demonstrated his work ethic with a tenacious performance.

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