There was high praise from Alan Pardew after Newcastle came away from Wales with all three points.
The former United manager saying that Rafa Benitez ‘will have been very very happy’ with what he saw from his sickbed.
The out of work manager couldn’t think of ‘one Newcastle player who didn’t play well’, although he did think that Matt Ritchie’s challenge was ‘worse than Sadio Mane’s’ the previous day, when the Liverpool striker got sent off.
Alan Pardew says that Newcastle comfortably absorbed anything that Swansea offered early on, getting their tactics exactly right, then exerted their own more threatening pressure.
With Jamaal Lascelles adding the winning goal that the performance deserved, Pardew declared ‘As an away blueprint, that was as good as it gets’.
Fancy having to agree with what Alan Pardew is saying!
Alan Pardew speaking on Sky Sports:
“I thought Newcastle were very good.
“If you take into account the early pressure Swansea had, they let them come through the middle but didn’t give them any kind of space in there, nice and compact.
“Then Newcastle started to create more and more threats as that half went on.
“The second-half was almost a carbon copy, then they got the goal.
“You have to say that as an away game blueprint, that was as good as it gets.
“Rafa will have been very very happy, it was a really good, sound performance, and I can’t think of one Newcastle player who didn’t play well.
“(On the goal) Lascelles is as high as the crossbar – thumping header.
“When you zonal mark and you have somebody like Lascelles coming through, given that much space, you have no chance – you cannot compete with that.
“(On the yellow card) I actually think that Ritchie’s is worse than Sadio Mane’s, his standing leg is off the floor.”