Christian Atsu on cloud nine after first English Premier League goal

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"Of course people want you to sign players for £25million and bring in big names - everybody wants to do that, but we're working with what we've got".

It was the former Chelsea winger's first Premier League goal and Newcastle would have been out of sight had ex-Stoke striker Joselu not spurned a hat-trick of chances before Xherdan Shaqiri levelled on 57 minutes.

While skipper Jamaal Lascelles saved the day by scoring the victor with 20 minutes left to give Newcastle a third straight victory, Benitez was far from pleased at his side's wastefulness.

"What is important for us was to start winning and now it is to keep the momentum", the Spaniard told BBC 5 Live.

"This group of players works very hard".

Christian Atsu scored

Matt Ritchie by his own admission lucky not to be sent off for a Sadio Mane-style high boot on Swansea defender Alfie Mawson, produced something more cultured this time. "We got promoted, we came first, why would he take the armband off me?" Mame Biram Diouf would normally knock the header in and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting would usually despatch the opportunity he had.

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".

"But it wasn't just the goal, it was how they got the corner, that was sloppy from us as well".

Much was made of the Scottish attacker's decision to join the north east outfit last summer, with the versatile attacker leaving Premier League side Bournemouth to move down to the Championship.

"If it's not next week it will definitely be the week after".

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