Swansea, Newcastle clash in South Wales

Rosalie Stanley
September 11, 2017

Since promotion to the Premier League in 2011, Swansea have dominated this fixture, particularly at home.

Having earlier cleared a shot off his own goal line, Jamaal Lascelles headed home the victor from a corner in the 77th minute as Newcastle picked up a second straight victory.

Ciaran Clark has insisted Newcastle will produce the same performance at Swansea whether manager Rafael Benitez is there or not.

The Spaniard was not well enough to make the trip, but Moreno confirmed after Newcastle's second straight Premier League win that he was in contact with the club's coaching staff throughout the game.

Newcastle had arranged to put on a helicopter to fly Benitez to and from his Merseyside base.

Apart from when Tammy Abraham looked like opening the scoring, only to be denied by Lascelles' dramatic late intervention, Newcastle's main source of concern came when they were spared from being reduced to 10 men.

Ritchie might not have been on the field after he caught Alfie Mawson with a similarly risky high boot to that which earned Liverpool's Sadio Mane a contentious red card at Manchester City 24 hours earlier, but the Scotland winger escaped with a booking.

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Swansea, Newcastle clash in South Wales

They restricted Swansea to few goalscoring opportunities and would have taken the lead earlier but for Lukasz Fabianski producing a wonderful fingertip save to keep out Joselu's header.

The Welsh club enjoyed an impressive end to the transfer window, as they secured the deadline day signings of Wilfried Bony and Renato Sanches.

'Would you take a point now ahead of the Swansea match?'

"I told them Newcastle will do well to achieve that".

Alfie Mawson headed wide for the hosts before the break while Tom Carroll's left-footed volley was well saved by Elliot shortly before Lascelles's saving clearance. "Swansea have been there and done it and will have too much for Newcastle".

Lascelles was left unmarked as he connected for Newcastle's victor and made no mistake, giving Fabianski no chance.

They nearly did when Ayoze Perez forced Fabianski into saving with his outstretched left leg.

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