Good Organization Plus Team Spirit And Terrific Work Rate Give Newcastle Another 3 Points

Newcastle played like a Rafa Benitez team today – we were very compact, very well organized with each player knowing exactly what his job was and the lads, as usual, worked their socks off for the cause.

This was our first away win in the Premier League since 13th December 2015 when we beat Tottenham 2-1.

It was a very satisfying win for the Magpies today with captain Jamaal Lascelles the hero with a brilliant headed goal from a corner on 76 minutes to get the win.

In the first half, it was very even but Newcastle almost scored when Joselu had a great header after 35 minutes that was going in but Swansea goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski made a fantastic world-class finger-tip save to send the ball around the post for a corner.

That was so close and great play from Newcastle!

Jamaal also provided some heroics at the other end just after the break when Tammy Abraham was through and rounded goalkeeper Rob Elliot,  but Lascelles somehow got back to block the shot and send the ball out for a corner.

Great work at both ends by the Newcastle captain today.

Jamaal Lascelles after scoring today

There were some surprises in the starting line-up with Jacob Murphy replacing Christian Atsu on the wing.

Jacob had a good chance to score in the first half when he took a snap shot but sent the ball over the bar from about 12 yards out – that was simply a lack of experience from the 22-year-old.

Newcastle were very solid in the first half with Mikel Merino noticeable in midfield for his work rate and strength and our defense looked solid the few times it was challenged.

Then Jacob Muphy had his chance and the great Joselu header were our best chances to score in the first 45 minutes but it was 0-0 at the half with the game very well-balanced between two well-organized sides.

Then there was a great chance for Swansea just after the break when Tammy Abraham was put through by Leroy Fer but somehow Lascelles got back to brilliantly block the shot otherwise Abraham would have scored the all important first goal.

Swansea then began to tire in the second half and after 73 minutes Perez had a decent chance when he was clear after good interplay with Javier Manquillo, but Fabianski saved with his feet.

And then a corner from the left was sent over after 76 minutes and it was Jamaal Lascelles who rose and headed the ball past Fabianski for the winning goal and the Newcastle fans went crazy.

The Swans came back strongly in the last 14 minutes of the game and goalkeeper Rob Elliot made some good saves.

But our lads hung on for our first Premier League away win since almost two years ago when we tore Spurs apart 2-1 at White Hart Lane on 13th December 2015.

A great win by the Magpies today and it just shows how a world-class manager can take a bunch of players and make them into a good team.

Compliments to the experienced coaching staff too who prepared the lads without Rafa last week.

All is now rosy in the Newcastle garden – well at least for a day or two.

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26 comments so far

  • Nufc-83

    Sep 10, 2017 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Firebugg how can you say that! Joselu has been quality and would have scored if not for a great save. If we were creating chances and he was missing I would understand but he’s linking the play really well and finding the target with half chances.

    Crazy to think mitro would offer anything like that.


    Sep 10, 2017 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #2

    Not bad this winning lark. Better side won. On to Stoke and another win

  • Mag52

    Sep 10, 2017 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #3

    That’ll make Rafa feel a bit better.
    Well earned three points.

  • Krul To Be Kind

    Sep 10, 2017 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #4

    Gamez showed more than I expected from him today. Cool as a cucumber, excellent positions taken up and a desire… Why doesn’t he start would be my main question if that’s what he brings to the side… Is that why Murphy was given a run today too… Was it because we had that calming presence with experience behind him. Merino looked class again today and Joselu makes teams think about us, Perez put a shift in and MoM for my money was Ritchie purely for his willingness, workrate, delivery and composure. All in all a good game and we matched them if not bettered them in most areas. Mawson seems like a canny player for the swans today… One to watch there!

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 10, 2017 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Hibbett, that’s why I don’t bother on here during the game mate. Whine whine whine. Bores the pants off me. We are what we are and Rafa is happy to carry on regardless. He’s put his trust in these players and every one of them wants to be here and play for us. The least people can do is get behind them.

  • firebug666

    Sep 10, 2017 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #6

    I voted Lacelles as my MOM, in an end to end game he proved to be the difference at either end, I know the whole team played really well and others are contenders like Merino and Ritchie. Can’t wait for the Stoke game now.

  • lesh

    Sep 10, 2017 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Mag, it’ll make Ashley feel better – he’ll have it we can do without him should West Ham offer £6m to get him. Oooooh, thinks Ashley, oooooh six million quid….. as he salivates onto his pot-bellied shirt!

  • Krul To Be Kind

    Sep 10, 2017 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #8

    Oh and big Lasc… Boys a beast with a never say die attitude why a lot of folk were questioning his place in the summer is beyond me… Good competition there for the first time since howey peacock and Albert…. But in them days we just outscored others! 🙂

  • Bambams

    Sep 10, 2017 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Joselu has impressed me so far, looks a bargain.

    Great 3 points today and I thought Swansea were poor. I am more concerned at the amount of 50/50 decisions for fouls seem to go against us – but then I wonder if I am biased.

    Moreno will get better as will Atsu. It’s just Perez looks like a schoolboy on a man’s pitch, needs to be able to stay on his feet more so easily knocked off the ball.

    Up to 10th !!!

  • Readingmag

    Sep 10, 2017 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #10

    WOW…..I am so happy…. amazing….No player deserves less than a 7 …. so many MOM. I thought Clarke, Ritchie were 10’s …no doubt Lescelles will get it, ( after Oxford last season I am not his biggest fan) but some redemption today

    Will make my week

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 10, 2017 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #11

    From the Beeb:

    Since the start of last season, no side in the top four tiers of English football has won more away league games than Newcastle (15, level with Chelsea and Exeter).

    Matt Ritchie has registered an assist in all three of his Premier League appearances against Swansea (three in total).

    Jesus Gamez – aged 32 years and 152 days – became the second oldest Premier League debutant of 2017/18, behind Bruno of Brighton & Hove Albion (36 years and 314 days).

  • Krul To Be Kind

    Sep 10, 2017 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #12

    We seem to play a lot of deft one touch passes when crowded around the box and the Spanish lads are usually central to it… I’d say we’ll get a few goals bursting into the box over the season with that… Merino almost went through them today but went to ground… Hopefully that’s a one off too… Not a fan of it, even in my own team!

  • firebug666

    Sep 10, 2017 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #13


    Not taking anything away from Joselu’s performance, and he may well end up top scorer, my personal opinion is Mitro will do better, but still think we need a goal getter that will guarantee us 15 -20 goals a season.

    Joselu had a great chance like you say, but he didn’t score at the end of the day, and in this game, it’s goals that matter. It was a great save that denied him today, on another day who knows, we shall have to wait and see.

  • wynsleap

    Sep 10, 2017 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #14

    An excellent 3 points today. Every man jack put in a grafting shift with Merino the pick of the lot. What a player this kid is going to be for us. Cool as a cucumber when bodies are flying in with a great touch, skill and awareness allied with excellent passing ability and good upper body strength when players are trying to take the ball off him. Clucas looked like a novice in comparison and he cost £18m?
    Thought Clark, Lascelles, Ritchie and Gamez all had strong 90 minutes. I must admit Gamez’s quality and ‘down the line’ exuberance really surprised me today. A better performance than the usual Dummett non-inspiration.
    Isaac Hayden came good only in patches and tended to get caught in possession but he keeps on running as did Perez but I ‘d like to see more consistency from him.
    Thought Abraham was woeful. Rafa – you dodged a bullet there mate.

  • jane

    Sep 10, 2017 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #15

    when Rafa is eventually interviewed he won’t be so bombarded with questions about whether he is unhappy about the transfer window as they’ve kinda lost their impact now.

  • giimps

    Sep 10, 2017 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Gotta say , we got very little from the ref, Fer and Sanchez were just literally kicking and tackling from behind all game and getting away with it, Hayden did one foul and was booked.
    There needs to be a shake up of these referees, its probably not as bad as the Championship for bias but i was expecting much better, arent tackles from behind outlawed?

  • Onn

    Sep 10, 2017 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #17

    This great 3 points really help rafa’s fast recovery.

  • WLtoon

    Sep 10, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #18

    Got to say i enjoyed that today. We were so well drilled and seemed so calm at the back . Over the last 2 games we have looked a really good side. The so called experts can have us as underdogs every wk but if we play like that we will be a hard team to beat.

  • geordieviking

    Sep 10, 2017 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #19

    Spent the day in hospital, so to win today was extra special.


  • giimps

    Sep 10, 2017 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #20

    hope your ok Geordieviking and its nowt serious, the toon winning has been known to raise geordie heartrates a bit

  • Billy Whitehursts V sign

    Sep 10, 2017 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #21

    Bambams @9 Glad someone else is seeing things the same way. I like to think Iam balanced but accept I am probably biased. Despite that we do seem to get more fouls against, 40/60 bookings and red cards than any team we play? That stat about having had 19 (?) red and none for the opposition is startling!!

  • Ginger Pirlo

    Sep 10, 2017 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #22

    Proper Rafa win. Still buzzing. Another win next week? HWTL

  • Gosforthlad

    Sep 10, 2017 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Feel positive about newcastle this season we have got good competition now as long as we don’t have massive injuries. The squad maybe small but everyone’s going to have to up their game if they want to be regular starters, this can only be a good thing for us fans. Well done to the assistant coaches this week.

  • cyprus

    Sep 10, 2017 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #24

    I like the risque line up kets. Unfair to lascelles and Clark, but interesting.

    On the game, it could’ve gone to any team but we edged it.

    Having Ritchie on any team is a bonus. Moreno was very good, dominated MF. Joselu played alright. Perez run and had some deft moves, unfairly criticised, gets involved in everything. I expected more in terms of development, but he’s not shying away. Good effort. Defense was solid with a MOM and Gamez leaving us scratching our heads: why did this guy take so long to start?

    Elliot needs special mention.

  • Pitmatic

    Sep 10, 2017 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Great headline Ed. Who’d have thought these qualities would count for anything in the Premier League.

    Agree with the complaints about ref bias. Swansea seemed to win the ball time and again with tackles from behind when we were breaking. Whereas every little nudge on their players was punished. The Manquillo ‘foul’ on Ayew at the end was a joke.

  • oldarse

    Sep 10, 2017 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #26

    Said it before refs been told to sex up footy, telly loves free kicks just outside of the Box. We need to complain, it’s not true football it’s false.


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