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.