"They can enjoy it, we have to enjoy it, but we have to be sure that the next training session, we start correcting things and improving things and doing things in the way we are doing things at the moment".
Few chances were to follow in the following quarter of an hour but, on 19 minutes, Ritchie whipped a cross towards the back post where Atsu got the better of Mame Biram Diouf to slot home and score his first ever Premier League goal.
Without suspended striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, Newcastle looked to Joselu up front but the former Stoke forward squandered three chances to increase Newcastle's lead. We'd be looking at each other like 'who's going to step up?'More news: Crystal Palace 0-1 Southampton
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".
A good run of form and securing all three points against Stoke means that the Magpies are now sitting inside the top four and hopes of European football next season are already brewing in the hearts of fans.More news: Three children found dead inside West Sacramento apartment