Newcastle Player Ratings v Swansea: Jamaal Lascelles man of the match

Ruben Hill
September 13, 2017

The 57-year-old Benitez wasn't at Liberty Stadium after having a procedure on Monday to address an infection resulting from an earlier hernia operation.

Skipper Jamaal Lascelles sealed the win with a header from Matt Ritchie's 77th-minute corner. The captain is going to be a vital figure this season for the Magpies. "So between the four of us we were making a plan of communication and it worked perfectly". Although Lascelles made a superb goal-line clearance to deny Tammy Abraham in the second half, Newcastle generally looked comfortable.

"If we can keep performing like that, we'll be fine".

For Benítez, the outcome was just what the doctor ordered.

'I take responsibility for it, ' said the Swans boss (pictured). Swansea's head coach sounded baffled, frustrated and annoyed by the way his team had played.

He showed that he finds the spectacular easy and the mundane hard.

Give Sanches ten training sessions with Leon Britton and see how many times he gives the ball away after that. "He was watching and hopefully gets well and can be back with us soon".

"He has been active in the game and kept in touch with us throughout the game". We pushed to the end but never really created anything.

"I am not satisfied with the way we played. They are a good side but we were the better team on the day. the Premier League is tough and that is why we need to be on it every week".

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.

Newcastle set a club record of 14 away wins on their way to winning the Championship title last season.

"I said to players, there's no crisis - we've not played well and we've lost a game". He'll run, go at you, he makes decisions to go at you, has a low centre of gravity.

Clement has, however, been given some good news about who he can select for their fixture with Newcastle, after Jordan Ayew was cleared to be involved.

The defensive insecurities prompted Clement to urge his players to squeeze higher up the field and the restriction of space nearly created a goal for the home side. We are very happy with the performance and so is Rafa.

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