Rafael Benitez influenced Newcastle win at Swansea, says assistant coach

Ruben Hill
September 12, 2017

Benitez missed the Premier League trip to Swansea as he recovered from an operation but was well enough to issue instructions to his skipper, who responded with a match-winning performance at both ends.

The Swansea boss admitting his team had been second best to the visitors in many areas, as Newcastle picked up three points and a clean sheet.

Lascelles' header was ultimately the difference, with the centre-half leaping above Alfie Mawson to convert Matt Ritchie's corner with 14 minutes left.

And the Premier League table now makes for much better reading for Toon fans than it did a couple of weeks ago. "He's a fantastic player and I think he will be one of the most exciting players in the league".

The first real chance of the game went the way of the Toon, with Spanish forward Joselu's header forcing stopper Fabianski to palm it round the post in sublime fashion. "He was there watching and hopefully he is back soon and can join us", said Lascelles.

On loan from Bayern Munich, the Portuguese worldwide struggled to make an impression in Carlo Ancelotti's side last season, but his talents are rated by many and Paul Clement, among several European suitors, were eager to snap him up.

The Swans started the brighter of the two teams in what was an intense first half, controlling possession through the midfield quartet of Clucas, Sanches, Carroll and Fer. There was flashes of brilliance and once he gets back up to speed he should be a very useful player.

Swansea summer signing Renato Sanchez will make his debut against the Magpies but Wilfried Bony did not get the nod. "We've not played well and we've lost the game".

'We have been working very hard during the week and now it is a good moment.

Clement said: "He did some good things; he did some things that were not so good".

Paul Clement's ties to Bayern played a major role in the deal, and Giggs believes the Premier League is the flawless place for a midfielder of the Portuguese youngster's playing style.

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