Alan Shearer reacts on Twitter to Newcastle United win against Swansea

Lawrence Cooper
September 11, 2017

It was the second time in as many home matches that Swansea conceded from a corner, with Lascelles joining Manchester United's Eric Bailly in punishing Paul Clement's set-piece approach.

Swansea were desperately poor in so many areas and the goal they conceded to lose the game, when Lascelles was granted the freedom of the Swansea penalty area to score with a powerful header, summed up the home team's afternoon.

The Newcastle skipper was the hero at both ends, as prior to scoring, he produced a superb sliding block to prevent Tammy Abraham from finding the net after the Swansea midfielder had gone round Rob Elliot.

Manager Rafael Benitez will not be in the Newcastle dugout for his side's Premier League match at Swansea on Sunday as he recovers from an operation, the club have announced.

Newcastle assistant manager Francisco de Miguel Moreno said: "Rafa wanted to come and wanted to do everything he could to attend, but the weather conditions were not the best".

"All of the staff were involved and have been working very hard".

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Newcastle went close after 33 minutes when Ritchie's cross was met by the head of Joselu, and Lukasz Fabianski sprang to his left to pull off a fantastic one-handed save. Swansea now have one more point than Newcastle, having won four points from the opening three games.

Paul Clement introduced returning striker Wilfried Bony in his place but the fan favourite could do little about Lascelles' thumping victor, the captain getting above Alfie Mawson to leave Fabianski with no chance.

"He rang me this morning and said "make sure the boys are on it and start well".

The defeat means that Clement has now lost back-to-back home league games for the first time in his managerial career. On another day we could have got something out of it. It is down to us to bring it every week. It wasn't good. But I thought we gave a proper performance against West Ham.

Cole told Daily Star: "I spoke to a couple of Newcastle fans the other week and they said they felt their team would finish mid-table".

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