Newcastle 3 Swansea 0 – Full Match Report

After Sunderland had demolished Norwich 3-0 in the early game yesterday, Newcastle followed suit with a fantastic 3-0 win against Swansea at St. James’ Park to keep our hopes alive that we may still be able to avoid relegation – although that still looks to be very tough.

But it was our first win since February 6th when we won at home 1-0 against West Brom and today Andros Townsend again put in another great display for Newcastle, but there were other good performances too including one from 22 year-old Jamaal Lascelles who was very good in central defense today.

This lad is quickly becoming  a leader on Tyneside.

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Moussa Sissoko after scoring first goal of the season yesterday

The goals came from Jamaal Lascelles (40), Moussa Sissoko (82) and Andros Townsend (89) and it was a well deserved win with a good second half display urged on by the crowd.

There were however about ten minutes of dodgy stuff in the second half after 70 minutes when Swansea came right back into the game and missed three decent chances, but overall Newcastle really deserved to win this game.

Rafa is right – we can get some wins at home if the fans stay behind the team and maybe all the hard work Rafa has done with the players may be starting to pay off.

His man-management from the touchline today was just fabulous and all the players seem to respect the man.

And it was fitting that Rafa’s 56th birthday was yesterday and the crowd sang Happy Birthday Dear Rafa towards the end of the game as two goals in the last 10 minutes sealed a vital win for us.

Benitez made five changes to the side that was so pathetic at St. Mary’s last week and he dropped both acting captain Jonjo Shelvey and Aleksandar Mitrovic – and it was a surprise when Moussa Sissoko was given the role of acting captain.

Newcastle started OK in the game  but we couldn’t really make any impact in the final third of the pitch, but it was obvious the players were awake for this game and sully prepared as they closed down the Swansea players when they got the ball.

After 33 minutes a good ball from Papiss Cisse through to Jack Colback in the inside left position gave the local lad a chance, but Jack’s left foot shot was straight at the goalkeeper.

Swansea then had a chance but the shot was blocked by Cheick Tiote and the ball lobbed nicely into the waiting hands of goalkeeper Karl Darlow.

Then after 40 minutes from a left wing corner from Andros Townsend – Jamaal Lascelles showed great conviction as he got to the ball and headed home, even through he seemed to be held back by Swansea’s Sigurdsson.

Jamaal headed the ball into the goal off  the goalkeeper Fabianski and if he hadn’t scored it looked like it was a foul by Sigurdsson and a penalty.

Jamaal has shown before he can be dangerous from corners and set plays and it was a vital goal for the Magpies and that’s Jamaal’s second goal from a set piece this season.

Half time came and it was still 1-0 but Newcastle had looked a little nervous because of the sheer importance of this game.

Newcastle had six shots in the first half and four shots were on target and one goal.

There were no changes at the break and after 50 minutes a useful ball into the box from Townsend looked inviting, but no Newcastle player was able to get onto the end of it and it eventually the ball went straight through to the goalkeeper.

After 66 minutes on came Jonjo Shelvey for Cheick Tiote.

But Swansea fought back and they were getting on top and after 71 minutes Ashley Williams had a great chance to equalize, but he blazed his shot just inches wide of the post.

On 73 minutes Ayoze Perez replaced Gini Wijnaldum who had another quiet game.

Four minutes later it was Jefferson Montero who for once had slipped Vurnon Anita in the inside left position,  but he then managed to somehow screw his shot wide of the post and should have done a lot better.

And  former striker target Bafe Gomis then blazed the ball over the bar when he was well positioned just outside the penalty box and should have at least hit the goal.

On 80 minutes on came  Aleksandar Mitrovic for Papiss Cisse and the Serbian gained a left win corner after a minute or so.

From the Andros Townsend corner Mitro headed the ball towards goal and it hit a defender and within an instant it was Moussa Sissoko who slammed the ball home with his right foot and then went crazy running to the sidelines and to Rafa Benitez.

That was Moussa’s first goal of the season and he had a good game yesterday as stand-in captain.

That was a  goal that should calm the nerves of the Newcastle players.

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Andros Townsend scores after 89 minutes

And then after 89 minutes Jack Colback played a long ball out to Mitrovic on the right wing and he took the ball forward beating a defender and then he brilliantly slipped the ball through in the penalty area to Andros Townsend on his right.

Andros then took his left foot shot quickly and scored and he raised his arm in sheer triumph.

3-0 with two late goals and St. James Park was really jumping at this point and the chorus of Happy Birthday Dear Rafa rang out from the Gallowgate end.

The four minutes of stoppage time were played out and Mitrovic found himself straight through on goal but somehow he sent his shot wide of the goal – it’s a pity Aleksandar couldn’t have scored  – he was great in his 10 minute cameo appearance yesterday.

Swansea have been poor all season from set plays and it seems Rafa Benitez exploited that weakness and we got our first two goals from set plays.

Dare we say that was good coaching?

The fans stayed behind to applaud the players for a very good display and a crucial 3 points when it really mattered.

At the end of the game Newcastle had taken 12 shots with seven on target and three goals.

It was a fantastic win.

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Newcastle: Darlow, Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett, Townsend, Tiote (Shelvey, 66), Colback, Sissoko, Wijnaldum (Perez, 73), Cisse (Mitrovic, 80). Subs not used: Woodman, Obertan, Aarons, de Jong.

Swansea: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Fer (Barrow, 57), Cork, Sigurdsson, Montero, Ayew (Gomis, 71), Paloschi (Routledge, 84). Subs not used: Nordfeldt, Naughton, Amat, Britton.

Goals: Lascelles 40 Sissoko 82, Townsend 90
Bookings: Fer 11, Mbemba 22, Anita 73
Referee: Lee Mason (Bolton)



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20 comments so far

  • SuperShearer

    Apr 17, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #1

    Lascelles is proving to be the leader and inspiration we’ve needed in this squad since Nolan left. Glad he came out and was harsh against the players last week, you need someone with that competitive edge to them to inspire the rest.

  • toon kk

    Apr 17, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #2

    The fans will always get behind the team when we see commitment and effort.
    So it’s down to the players to keep the fans on side.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 17, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #3

    It’s pointless even thinking it as it’s water under the bridge but what a shame Mclaren wasn’t sacked after the Chelsea game when it was totally obvious the players had downed tools under him. That game against Stole was so winnable it was unbelievable and Bournemouth would have been beaten with effort from the players. We could have been home dry by now and dreaming of a brighter future.

  • beermonkey

    Apr 17, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #4


    i dont think the players ever picked up their tools from the start of the season that then spread to the new guys

    we have had lots of chances when results have gone our way to get out of this but week after week players couldnt be bothered

  • lesh

    Apr 17, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #5


    Whether Rafa stays or not post-relegation depends to two Club officials – Ashley ultimately but primarily, Charnley.

    Charnley’s stupid enough to think that if Rafa’s keen to stay, he’s in a strong position to try to negotiate his and his staff salary costs down. Doing that would result probably in Rafa’s departure. It’s important therefore that Ashley gets involved early – again without trying to play clever buggers – and confirms that he wants Rafa to take on the massive task of repairing a seriously damaged football club.

    Time will tell but in any event,the sooner Ashley puts his former chief clerk back into a role that capitalises on his skills and vision.

    Everybody’s got some purpose in life and Ashley should be able to find a suitable role for Charnley somewhere in SD – doing what though presents a problem.

  • lesh

    Apr 17, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Surely Rafa can’t drop any of yesterday’s players and our performance against Citeh will depend on retaining the defence that was clearly well-drilled.

    He surely can’t risk subbing Tiote unless there’s no choice? And the difference Mitro made in his 10 or so minutes says that if he’s not to start the game, then he should be brought on earlier.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 17, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #7

    It’s interesting to see how people’s views on Lascelles have changed like the tide. Most on here who voiced an opinion didn’t think he was good enough. Only a few of us could see the makings of a good player and believed he should be starting. He’s still got a lot to learn but he’ll never do that by sitting on the bench. If some of you had had your way, he’d never have been given the chance.

  • beermonkey

    Apr 17, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #8


    i was happy we bought him and darlow

    while at forest laschelles was being fast tracked by england and had trained with the england first team i believe so for me there has always been talent there
    mclaren should have given him a chance earlier on in the season

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 17, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #9

    One of the best things for me in the game was that Gomiz didn’t score.

    I’d have chucked something through the Television if I had to watch his cr*ppy tiger crawl celebration!!!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 17, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Charmless would probably be a good fit in one of Ashleys shops.

    From what I have seen and heard about their staff he’d be perfect.

    I hasten to add that I have only ever been into one once and only at the insistence of my grand daughter as she had been told they might have something she needed for school, they didn’t. The kid who served us was abrupt and totally disinterested.

  • Pottsclock

    Apr 17, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Goodbye Taylor hopefully, He is abysmal.
    I think we were also helped yesterday by having someone at LB who actually is a LB despite his limitations


    Apr 17, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #12

    if mbabu can get himself fit and more importantly keep himself fit,we could have the basis of a decent young defence,not saying they are amazing and they will never conceed,or that the defence wont need strengthening and the left back position may need attention but after the crappy defending and half arsed gutless displays there has been this season,maybe the likes mbabu,lascelles,mbemba and dummett need a run of games,all decent size,all pretty quick and all young enough to learn…..mistakes will happen of course but who would you rather have make the mistakes,a aging,slow,blameless bunch of individuals or young lads learning the game as a unit with pace to recover a lot of mistakes they will no doubt do whilst they learn to gel.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 17, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #13


    And hopefully some of the reserves and academy players will improve under a new regime, the likes of Gibson, Barlaser and Streetly.


    Apr 17, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #14

    gibson looked ok in the friendly in spain,i know it was just a friendly but when you see the state of the under 21’s results,it looks like slim pickings tbh,think there may need to be a serious youth recruitment drive to bolster these sides to push the the first team on….its a big job,you have to wonder whether ashley is willing to do that much.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 17, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #15

    I wasn’t aware of that about England. There were plenty of bloggers on here writing him off. The turnabout in the space of a few weeks is incredible. Next they’ll be saying he should start ahead of Colo when he’s fit.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 17, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Springy @12
    I agree with that.


    Apr 17, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #17

    vardy at it again

  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 17, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #18

    We need a big push on Tuesday. A win will be fantastic. There is now some hope.


    Apr 17, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #20

    beer monkey
    canny players to be compared to in that article,if he gets anywhere near them players in ability,he’ll be better then anything we have here at the minute.


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