Ghana winger Christian Atsu is very happy to have started the year on a winning note with Newcastle beating Stoke City by 1-0 on Monday.

Atsu was unlucky not to have been on the scoresheet after missing a couple of great chances, he was substituted off for Gayle in the 64th minute.

A solitary strike from Ayoze Perez in the 73rd minute was enough to snatch all three points from Stoke at the bet365 Stadium on Monday.

After the game the Ghana international took to his twitter page to express his joy and to thank the fans for their support.

Newcastle have won back-to-back away Premier League matches for the first time since November 2014.

By Daraja Mutari/