In the circumstances it was a remarkable win for Newcastle and Alan Shearer couldn’t contain his relief.
Earlier in the day, the United legend declared that Sunderland had ‘opened the door’, both for themselves and Newcastle.
A win for Norwich would have put them nine points clear of Newcastle going into today’s 3pm kick-offs and that mental blow would probably have finished the Magpies off.
Instead, the mackems won and helped the two north east clubs stay in the fight.
Newcastle’s 3-0 win over Swansea provoked a ‘Game On’ from Alan Shearer and Rafa Benitez deserves every bit of credit for his bravery in team selection and game plan.
A two goal win for Newcastle on Tuesday night, while unlikely, would bizarrely see Newcastle (at least temporarily) out of the relegation zone.
Alan Shearer on Twitter:
“Seems like I’ve been saying this for weeks but it’s D-Day for Newcastle and Sunderland. 3 points a must.
“Great result for Sunderland. The door is open. Over to you Newcastle v Swansea.
“Well it’s game on at the bottom now! Great result for Newcastle. Look forward to Tuesday where I’ll be at St James Park Newcastle v Man City) with 5 Live Sport.”
How things look now:
31 points Norwich City Played 34 and GD -25
30 points Sunderland Played 33 and GD -18
28 points Newcastle United Played 33 and GD -26
Here are the stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 3 Swansea 0
Newcastle: Lascelles 40, Sissoko 82,Townsend 89
Possession was Newcastle 34% Swansea 66%
Total shots were Newcastle 12 and Swansea 11
Shots on target were Newcastle 7 and Swansea 1
Corners were Newcastle 3 and Swansea 7
Team: Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Mbemba, Dummett, Townsend, Tiote (Shelvey 66), Colback,Sissoko,Wijnaldum (Perez 73), Cisse (Mitrovic 80)
Unused Subs: Woodman, Aarons, Obertan, de Jong
Ref: Lee Mason