Mark Hughes rues missed chances as Stoke fall to Newcastle

Mark Hughes rues missed chances as Stoke fall to Newcastle

Mark Hughes rues missed chances as Stoke fall to Newcastle

Christian Atsu put the hosts in front from a wonderful Matt Ritchie ball in the first half, before Xherdan Shaqiri curled in an equaliser from long range.

That was before Lascelles decided the destination of the points with a thunderous header from a corner kick, making it three consecutive wins for the Magpies in the process.

"We've played better than that in recent weeks and that's a bit disappointing", Hughes told BBC Sport.

"Sometimes we have some problems, but with the chances we can create we know they can give us the points".

"This group of players works very hard".

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The Magpies might have won more comfortably had former Stoke striker Joselu taken any of the three chances which came his way, although they were grateful to keeper Rob Elliot for three saves to deny Shaqiri twice and Mame Biram Diouf. It was not easy sometimes, because they are a good team.

"We weren't able to capitalise on that and made a couple of mistakes in terms of the goals that we conceded".

"We have to enjoy but we have to be sure the next training session we will start correcting things and improving things and doing things the way we are at the moment".

Hughes added that club captain Ryan Shawcross wouldn't recover from a damaged ligament in his back in time to face Bristol City in the EFL Cup on Tuesday, but he was optimistic the defender would return for the visit of Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday. "We'll try and get him ready for the weekend".

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