Swansea City vs Newcastle Match Preview


"After the game Rafa rang and he has congratulated everybody, especially the players because they have done a massive job". Swansea now have one more point than Newcastle, having won four points from the opening three games. Swansea's head coach sounded baffled, frustrated and annoyed by the way his team had played.

"Although the margin of the defeat is small I am more disappointed with our performance".

"Then there's the reality of going out and playing and for me, we were second-best all afternoon - in the combats, the duels, the first and second balls, in the tactics, in all aspects". Some of the basics we never got right, just that competitiveness.

The Magpies will play at home against Stoke City on Saturday in their next Premier League game. "I didn't think they were great against Palace but did what they had to do".

"They're a good, well organised side but we should have done better, there's no question about that".

Swansea offered little going forward and Lascelles rose high to head home the match winner
Swansea offered little going forward and Lascelles rose high to head home the match winner

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.

Tammy Abraham should have given Swansea the lead on the hour when he rounded goalkeeper Rob Elliot and seemed certain to apply the finish.

Lascelles who stopped Abraham from scoring would turn hero at the other end 14 minutes before full time with a header off a corner kick to put Rafa Benitez's men ahead. It is the second time this season that Swansea have conceded in that fashion although Clement, pointing to their excellent record when defending set-pieces last season, refused to accept that the zonal-marking system is to blame.

The Euro 2016 victor is, however, still only 20 years of age and Giggs is confident a player he considers to be "a gem" will get his career back on track after making a shock switch to the Liberty Stadium.

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.

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