Swansea Manager – Newcastle Were Better In Every Aspect Of The Game


We knew that Swansea City manager Paul Clement was a class act before yesterday’s game and that he’s well respected in the game of football.

But it’s not often you see a manager after a Premier League game be so brutally honest about his team’s performance and then take responsibility for the defeat.

Paul did not like the way his team played against Newcastle and thought they were second best in every aspect of the game.

Paul was talking to Sky Sports immediately after the match in which Newcastle again looked a good team in what was a very close affair.

But captain Jamaal Lascelles scored with a stunning header after 76 minutes to get all 3 points for Newcastle and move us up to 10th place in the Premier League.

Swansea City manager Paul Clement – a class act

Most fans will be pleased if we can finish in 10th place this season but manager Rafa Benitez, who was absent through illness yesterday, will want to do better than that.

This is what Paul Clement said after the game:

“Although the margin of the defeat is small I am more disappointed with our performance.”

“I am not satisfied with the way we played – there was expectation going into the game but we were second best in combats, duels, first and second balls, tactics, in all aspects.”

“I take responsibility for it. It is a performance I am not proud of.”  “It is a collective responsibility and I am at the head of that.”

“We had a positive week going into it and I didn’t expect it. We had good training week and the meetings were good. The actual game, what I saw was nothing like I expected.”

“We had a couple of good chances. On another day we could have got something out of it. They kept going but overall it wasn’t good enough.”

“You have to reflect honestly whatever the result, looking at what we could have done better. I think there are a lot of things we could have done better.”

“Newcastle were better than us.”

“Any system can be undone (talking about zone marking) whether it is man-to-man or zonal.”

“Both have strengths and weaknesses.” “It worked well for us last season.”

“We have conceded two from corners this season so the details aren’t right.”

“We don’t need to change how we defend, just go about our defending in a better way.”

We have lost two and then won two in the league – which is exactly the start we made last season in the Championship.

While Jamaal takes the honors for what was a great captain’s performance yesterday, we were again impressed with Mikel Merino in the middle of the park.

This lad is improving with every game, and he’s such a powerful player when he has the ball.

A great team win for the lads in south Wales and spirits of Newcastle fans around the world have been lifted.

Rafa hopefully will be taking the training tomorrow at Benton and even when he’s not on the touchline his magic is there for all to see.

Nice work by Paco Moreno and the coaching staff last week who know exactly what Rafa wanted in yesterday’s game.

Mission accomplished.

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16 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 11, 2017 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #1

    I am not sure the age difference between Perez and Murphy is that big…

    Hayden and Murphy had a poor game and were rightfully substituted…I didn’t think Perez were poor, but the formation that just won’t die are not doing anyone any favours…

    I wish Rafa would try a few others in that position just to prove my point…and maybe some on here will get some other player to moan about!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 11, 2017 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Clement is right…we took the game and were solid at the back! Poor effort from both sides, but it was a 6 pointer today!

    Swansea are definitely going to struggle more so than us I think!

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  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 11, 2017 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Respect Paul Clement for his post match comments and that he had no problem with Ritchie only receiving a yellow card.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 11, 2017 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Lindisfarne…Bilic and the WHam player had no problem with Mitro incident either…but that didn’t turn out well!

    They need to change the grounds for how and who can report these retrospective incidents

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 11, 2017 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #5

    We all want to do better than 10th Christ we all want to win the league but it just ain’t happening. Rafa will be happy if we survive and I think most fans would say the same.

    We have on of the youngest squads in the league and need more players to compete with sides 10th and above. This season is about surviving and consolidating not getting above 10th.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 11, 2017 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #6

    Who does bring about these retrospective actions?

    Ritchie can not receive any further punishment.

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  • hibbit

    Sep 11, 2017 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #7

    Ritchie received yellow it’s over no further punishment

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  • firebug666

    Sep 11, 2017 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #8

    I see Renato Sanches is getting some abuse from the Swansea faithful, worst debut they have ever seen apparently.

    If there is to be any retrospective action taken from this match it should be against Sanches for his boot into Joselu’s goolies, not just the boot but the high foot too as Joselu was jumping for a header at the time, but as Sanches is not a NUFC player nothing will happen, never even got a mention on MOTD2 last night, now if that had been Mitro………..

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 11, 2017 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #9

    Murphy didn’t grab his chance on his premier league debut, but then Atsu was possibly worse when he came on. That left wing position is up for grabs with Aarons deserving a chance too. All three are great when on form but can go missing.

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 11, 2017 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #10

    That tackle (boot to the nuts) from Sanches was nothing you see things like that every game.

    Richie’s was difficult especially after the mane incident however nothing will happen so forget about it.

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  • sing in the corner

    Sep 11, 2017 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #11

    Football is becoming more and more ‘prissy’, and we can look forward to more of it as the use of technology / review creeps more and more into the game. They should have stuck with goal line tech and basically left it there in my opinion. Once you start looking for the minutiae in every decision Pandora’s box is open.
    As seen in cricket, super slo mo changes incidents completely and you often see things that just aren’t there, so to speak. There are some incidents that will still be open to interptetation no matter what filters you apply examining it.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 11, 2017 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #12

    They can bleat all they want but the ref saw the incident and deemed it worthy of a yellow card only, so that’s the end of the matter.
    Just typical of the southern based press to try to spoil a good result by continuing to harp on about nothing.
    Don’t remember any clamouring like this when Mbemba got a lump kicked out of his head, or when Kane took out Lejeune because he had him in his pocket. Imo the Mbemba incident was far worse. He knew Chancel was there and went in studs first, whereas Ritchie only had eyes for the ball.
    Just them trying to justify getting their predictions so wrong I reckon. After all, they had Swansea down to win the game virtually down to a man. Must’ve some reason all those wise owls got it so wrong so let’s blame Ritchie. Tossers.

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  • martoon

    Sep 11, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #13

    What pleased me the most was whether we like it or not there is a top and bottom ten teams in the Premiership. We have played 3 teams in the bottom 10 and were poor against Huddersfield but better than West Ham & Swansea which gives me confidence we can finish mid-table despite many saying we only had a Championship squad.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 11, 2017 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #14

    Like every young player Murphy just needs matches, Perez has had more than two seasons to find his feet! I presume Aarons must be still suffering a minor injury from the Cup match?

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  • lochinvar

    Sep 11, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #15

    cking, violent play, raised arms, foul language and attempting to influence officials to have someone sent off.
    These are serious charges and the FA will undoubtedly have to take punitive action and ban these idiots for at least 5 games . I dare them.
    No doubt MOD provided a full pundit led trial of the situation , didn’t they ? I didn’t watch because MOTD is now like “Loose Men”, just a gaggle of self opinionated idiots.

    Mourinhio will be In particular trouble as he tried to influence the ref so both he and the Fourth Official will have reported this, won’t they ?
    Mourinho just like certain others has a history of this sort of behaviour so the FA will have to take that into account when punishing him, to be fair of course ?

    Mark Hughes is facing possible disciplinary action from the FA over his push on José Mourinho during Saturday’s 2-2 draw between Stoke City and Manchester United.
    Hughes pushed Mourinho in the second half of the stalemate after his opposite number encroached into the Stoke manager’s technical area. It is understood that Mourinho crossed into Hughes’s area to shout messages to his defence as they readied themselves for a Stoke attack.
    It is also understood that Mourinho felt that Hughes swore at him and implored Neil Swarbrick, the referee, to send the Portuguese manager off.
    The FA will see whether Swarbrick or the fourth official, Stuart Attwell, mention the incident in their match reports today before deciding whether to take action against Hughes.

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  • ballerfan2

    Sep 11, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #16

    Much was also made of the Merino ‘dive'(?) by studio panels particularly young Redknapp. I want to advise anyone to look again at that incident. Merino was through but the defender went to ground, legs everywhere, and our boy had nowhere to put his foot down without stamping on the defender’s inside thigh (just watch). As a result and at speed he was immediately off balance pulling his running leg away, causing him to go down. No dive, just a fall to protect the Swansea player from injury. With a little more observation then accusations like those from Redknapp would never happen – but then it’s Newcastle so we are fair game.

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