Swansea City v Newcastle United

Jonathan Hernandez
September 11, 2017

Jamaal Lascelles scored Newcastle United's goal in the entertaining match.

Newcastle, in contrast, executed their game-plan perfectly, aided throughout by Benítez's open telephone line to his backroom staff.

Newcastle went closer after 33 minutes when Ritchie's cross was met by the head of Joselu and Fabianski sprang to his left to pull off a fantastic one-handed save.

The match was nothing like as enjoyable for Paul Clement. They kept going but overall it wasn't good enough. "It was just down to me to put it in the back of the net and this game I did". We got the overload in midfield but we never got control of the game.

De Miguel said on Friday: "It will be Rafa's decision, but also he is taking into consideration our feelings, I think in this case even more because he hasn't seen the players training and Rafa normally has this feeling for the momentum of everybody".

Assistant boss Miguel Moreno is likely to lead the Toon when they travel to Swansea on Sunday
Assistant boss Miguel Moreno is likely to lead the Toon when they travel to Swansea on Sunday

The Magpies will play at home against Stoke City on Saturday in their next Premier League game. It's a good team, a great group that's got us promoted.

Swansea switched at half-time by pushing Sanches into a more central position, immediately them offering a better balance and chances for Kyle Naughton and Carroll.

Swansea should have taken the lead on the hour mark when Leroy Fer released Abraham, and the striker rounded Elliot for what looked a simple finish. "He was there watching and hopefully he is back soon and can join us", said Lascelles. - Matt Ritchie has registered an assist in all three of his Premier League appearances against Swansea.

A win over Swansea could further help boost confidence, but a loss would only complicate matters for Newcastle and its management. That means manager Clement will have to decide if he opt for the experience of Bony, or whether will stick with his younger in-form alternative in Abraham.

As for Swansea boss Paul Clement, he has lost his top two goalscorers from last season in Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente but he brought in Wilfried Bony and Renato Sanches on transfer deadline day to surprise everyone. "But, at the same time, we've got to wake up quickly".

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