Rolando Aarons confident Newcastle's friendly win will help them in next Premier League clash against Stoke

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The Premier League side defeated Lillestrom with the winger bagging the winner.

Rolando Aarons believes that Newcastle's victory in their mid-season friendly with Lillestrom will benefit them when they face Stoke in their next Premier League game, the Shields Gazette reports.

The Magpies faced the Norwegian side in Spain on Saturday, and after Bassel Jradi had cancelled out Georginio Wijnaldum's opener, it was Aarons who came off the bench to head home the winner after a cross from Jamie Sterry. And while the game counted for nothing in many ways, the 20-year-old suggested that it will give the side plenty of belief for when they face the Potters.

"I'm not known for my headers. It was a good ball in from Sterry, I flicked it on and it went in the top corner," he told the Shields Gazette.

"I love scoring goals so I'm happy I got one.

"But we also defended well, created chances at the other end and gave players minutes. It's going to help us for when we go to Stoke."

While some may criticise the decision to play a friendly while Steve McClaren's men are currently situated in the relegation zone, it may well prove to have been the perfect way to banish some of the painful memories of their last game. 

The 5-1 defeat to Chelsea could have been made all the worse by the fact that if they had not gone away, they would have had two-and-a-half weeks to dwell on the game before facing Mark Hughes' side. 

And while the intensity of the friendly is unlikely to have been anywhere near as high as it would for a competitive fixture, it provided the squad with the chance to build some confidence and momentum, while also allowing McClaren to continue to integrate the club's new signings into the side without the pressure of worrying what a defeat may mean for their season.

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