Four Talking Points From Swansea City 0-1 Newcastle United

Ruben Hill
September 13, 2017

The ex-England global, who helped Newcastle to a Football League First Division title in the 1992-93 season reckons such an impressive feat is possible, if manager Rafa Benitez remains given the quality of the players.

It was Swansea's first piece of possession in the opposition penalty area, coming in the 39th minute, and reflected Newcastle's superiority in the creation of first-half chances. Abraham put himself about up front but did not receive the right type of service, while Wilfried Bony was unable to make much of an impact after replacing Renato Sanches in the 69th minute.

He added: "It was a great pleasure to win the Euros - for me and for all the Portuguese people, because it was a historic moment for us (players) and for our nation".

Swansea host Newcastle in the return to Premier League football after the global break.

He beats Mawson in the air and powers home a header from a corner from Ritchie. Swansea like to play football but we knew we could get at them and had a game plan.

Clement's decision to start with the Portuguese European Championship victor, despite just a solitary training session, underlined that confidence and appeared entirely justified with Sanches at the heart of most of Swansea's early probings.

"They played with two strikers which is very hard to manage, but we did it".

"We made too many mistakes, we gave the ball away too often. They're a good, well-organised side but we should have done better, there's no question about that".

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.

We can confirm that Rafa Benítez will not be at the Liberty Stadium today as he recovers from an operation.

Clement said: "He did some good things; he did some things that were not so good". "We've not played well and we've lost the game. The Premier League is tough, and that is why we need to be on it every week".

Speaking to the media (via Wales Online) for the first time since his deadline day move, Sanches said: "Swansea was a club that showed a lot of interest in me and I was very happy about it although I had other clubs interested as well".

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