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Newcastle boss Benitez praises players, fans for Stoke win

Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez was delighted with his players for their 1-0 win at Stoke City.

Ayoze Perez hit the winner on 73 minutes.

Benitez wished the media a happy new year and then praised his players' efforts after a second game in two days.

"Today was another example of a team working hard against a team working hard too who made it very difficult for us.

"The fans were really good. We have seen the fans away last year and this year really fantastic. It's a perfect day for them and like so many times last year they go home with smiles on their faces."

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