Jonjo Shelvey praises Newcastle United squad's character

Newcastle United were beaten 1-0 by Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium yesterday.

Jonjo Shelvey has told the Chronicle that Newcastle United’s squad cannot be criticised about their character, even after they were beaten 1-0 by Stoke City yesterday evening.

Newcastle lost their seventh consecutive away match at the Britannia Stadium, but Shelvey was in a defiant mood after the match.

The England international midfielder insisted that his teammates stood up to the challenge thrown at them in the Potteries, and that they were unfortunate not to take at least a point.

"The boys have been criticised about their character and things but I thought every single one of us stood up in poor conditions," he said.

“We stood up and fought. We gave it a good go. We just aren’t getting the luck.”

Newcastle came close to breaking their slump on the road, but they were undone by a Xherdan Shaqiri screamer.

The Switzerland international took aim from range in the 81st minute, and blasted the ball beyond Rob Elliot to give his side the victory.

Newcastle’s defeat has sent them down to 19th in the Premier League table, but Shelvey is optimistic for the future.

“If we keep performing like that I have no problems about us maintaining Premier League status,” the former Swansea City midfielder said.

Newcastle’s next match comes against Bournemouth at St. James’ Park, and if they are able to win they could move out of the drop zone.

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