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19 September 2017

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.

The United captain perceives it as Newcastle having certain advantages and especially the level of commitment: "We've got the right mentality, we've got the talent".

"Matt Ritchie's deliveries are unbelievable, I feel like I can get a few goals this season with his crosses, especially when teams are marking zonal as well".

"When I came here, we couldn't afford to make any mistakes".

"We'd be looking around asking, 'Who's going to step up?' It's not like that now".

"We've been watching videos of Newcastle and then we concede an identical goal to theirs last week".

"Now, we know we have time to improve things".

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In 36 holes played, he has made a remarkable 18 birdies, his relentless pace stringing out the field in behind. Leishman finished third two weeks ago at the TPC Boston and moved to No. 7 in the FedEx Cup.

But the Toon boss played it cool after the game, insisting: "When you win so many games in a row, the fans are excited and thinking about Europe for me it is one game at a time".

"We know they're going to be strong in that area, but still we have to make it as hard as possible when they come charging in and we didn't".

"We're a good side and we can knock it around but in key moments you've got to be really clinical and make sure you give the right weight of pass to allow players to have those clear-cut chances". "We'll try and get him ready for the weekend".

The 23-year-old believes it's easier to score from set-pieces in the Premier League.

"In the Premier League, it's a little bit different because in the Championships it's more of a wrestling match in the box".

"We lacked the accuracy to release players in good areas to get clear-cut opportunities", he said. "I'd like to aim higher".

Newcastle fans rave over attacker after Stoke win - 'Invaluable', 'absolute…