Alan Shearer was in buoyant mood after watching Swansea 0 Newcastle 1.

A Jamaal Lascelles towering header in the 76th minute won the game, with the captain having earlier prevented what looked a certain goal with a block on the line.

Having produced many heroic performances as Newcastle captain himself, Alan Shearer was up for celebrating afterwards.

The NUFC legend declaring after the game via his Twitter account:

“We’re gonna win the league, we’re gonna win the league and now your gonna believe us!

“Toon Toon black and white army!”

Not quite top of the league just yet, Newcastle fans will be enjoying seeing their team in the top half of the Premier League, sitting in 10th place with six points from the first 12.

A great effort all round.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Swansea 0 Newcastle 1

Goals:

Newcastle: Lascelles 76

Possession was Swansea 62% Newcastle 38%

Total shots were  Swansea 10 Newcastle 16

Shots on target were Swansea  4 Newcastle 8

Corners were  Swansea 7 Newcastle 5

Referee: Mike Jones

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Manquillo, Lascelles, Clark, Gamez, Ritchie, Hayden (Diame 69), Merino, Murphy (Atsu 59), Perez, Joselu (Gayle 78)

Unused Subs:

Woodman, Shelvey, Yedlin, Lejeune

Crowd: 20,872 (2,000 Newcastle)



  • Leazes Ender

    A well deserved Man of the Match for Lascelles in what was a classic smash and grab

    • Brian Standen

      Completely agree – Merino is also a class act

      • DC1964

        He’s some find! Well done Rafa.

      • GeordieReeva

        Word is on German shores is we “were lucky to have signed such a promising player”… For once I hope they’re right!

        • Antenociticus

          Merino looks to be an even better deal when you consider
          that Swansea are supposed to have paid £5.5 million for a one season loan for Sanches.

          Merino played Sanches off the park.

          • Wor Lass

            Merino was good, all right, but when Sanchez gets to know his team mates and how to play in the PL he`ll be some player.

          • Tony Mann

            Really?? Sanches was Amateur League today – absolute shocker – wish the toon could play against him every week.

          • Wor Lass

            He made wrong decisions and was careless with his passing – he also got tired in the second half. But, on the ball he looked good – very skilful and strong. Our lads struggled to get the ball off him. When he learns a bit of English, has more training with the team and adjusts to the pace and pressure of the PL I reckon he`ll be top drawer

          • Tony Mann

            Sanches had a shocker – £5.5m for a season ??? – that sounds like a Carr deal – has he got another job already?

          • Allan Kidd

            $10 million for one year loan.(about 8 million quid)

    • GToon

      Yeah he was great but I think we more than matched them to be honest and 2 or 3 wouldn’t have flattered us. Perez should have scored, Atsu should have put Gayle in at the end. Great game. I actually enjoyed it for once. And the tactics were spot on. Thought Gamez have a very good game too.

      • Jezza

        We may well have got 2 or 3 today if Fatso had allowed Rafa to sign the striker he desperately wanted before the deadline.

      • Paul Busby

        Agreed on Gamez, I was surprised at how much control he had down the wing. LB position not looking so bad if he can do that consistently.

      • Leazes Ender

        Jesus

    • Kneebotherm8

      I think after the first half hour we bossed it,don’t underestimate Rafa’s influence on this team(spirit) Mr Ashley. We lose him and things could fall apart.

  • toonterrier

    Excellent result. Well done lads. Hope it boosts Rafa’s recovery. Expected a draw with negative defensive tactics so elated with the result. Long may it continue.

  • ghostrider

    Fantastic result and a deserved man of the match from Lascelles if only for the goal saving clearance and the fantastic headed winner.
    Merino was class.
    Ritchie was class.
    In fact the whole team done a sterling job on a greasy pitch.

    • Wor Lass

      Ritchie`s work-rate was phenomenal!

      • hetonmag

        Was out of breath just watching him.

      • ghostrider

        Absolutely. Ritchie is a fantastic asset to the team. He worked his socks of, like you say and he was one that ran close for man of the match along with Merino who I thought did very well, even amid getting battered all afternoon without the ref giving him anything.
        But, as I said, Lascelles has to take it for the obvious reasons.

  • GeordieReeva

    Pull ya heed oot ya Frosties Al… :-p
    Great result, wasn’t the prettiest at times but well played and deserved! If we can ‘scrape’ results then we should be okay come seasons end…
    HWTL…
    GWSR… We do trust you! x

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Hayden from the Gunners £3m, now Merino from Dortmund.
    both young players who couldn`t get a start because they were in top class teams.
    both showed they have class today.
    the lads were all great today & deserved the points

    • disqus_GFJ5SSXQ7o

      No doubt you and your pal slagged him off as a Dortmund reserve, no body when we signed him though. Always give them a chance, sometimes they suprise

    • Peaky Magpie

      You’re right and 2 well educated,well spoken intelligent kids.

    • Paul Smith

      Hayden could barely get a start for Hull in the Championship the season before he joined us.

    • mentalman

      it was good to see when Hayden was down with a knock Merino stopped play with a soft foul and then argued with the ref until Hayden had a chance to get back up and into position and then asked if Hayden was ok. They are obviously forming a good friendship and partnership

  • Tony Mann

    Did not expect that – towering performance from Lascelles – stomach sank watching that Ritchie make that ‘tackle’ after watching Mane last night – credit to that Swansea player for not making a meal of it – good refereeing.

    • Wor Lass

      I bet your stomach didn`t sink as much as Lascelles` did when he fell on the ball in the box.

      • Tony Mann

        You’re not wrong – stomach went down and ale nearly came up !

        • molend

          Aye, well, he earned us 3 pints

          • Tony Mann

            Droll laugh… Cheers.

    • East Durham Mag

      The media and Newcastle United haters are bleating on about it as well as the Merino dive. How much do they hate us? Up yours Ian Wright get over it.

      • Tony Mann

        Didn’t seem to be a lot of love lost last night on MOTD. You can play to the camera but Wright(y) is just a [email protected]

    • Damon Horner

      Might be my own interpretation but the direction of the foot was different between the two.

      Ederson won the ball and had no way to avoid a hit in the face when doing so. Mawson got the ball and took a graze on the arm.

      Makes the difference for me when you gauge how dangerous they are

      • Tony Mann

        Agree – It wasn’t malicious -it was bad but he did’n’t mean it.

  • Leicester Mag

    Good win! maybe one day Mr Biscuits might just realize what could be done with Rafa and his coaches. We have good players, some potentially great players.Will never understand why he can’t/won’t see it.

    • Tony Mann

      Why ‘Mr Biscuits’ – what does it mean – genuine enquiry.

      • Tony Mann

        Sorry – too much ale this after – just realised. Cheers.

      • Leicester Mag

        Was off a kids show son used to watch seemed apt to describe our beloved FB owner

  • Wor Lass

    That was exactly the type of performance and win we couldn`t buy for years before Rafa came along. The lads were up against it for big stretches of the game but Swansea rarely threatened the goal. Their approach play was good but our defence just soaked it up and kept their composure. Every player earned his crust today and we grew into the game. By the end you could almost feel sorry for Swansea! Jonjo`s got some hard thinking to do after that.

    • Kneebotherm8

      The man with the plan is Mr Benitez,hats off to you Rafa.

      • Leazes Ender

        Bloody awful to watch though.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Was there and the Swansea keeper did brilliant as did Elliott you hate Newcastle United so tonight will hurt a lot. If we beat Stoke next week I hope you will seek professional help and I mean that in a nice way.

        • Kneebotherm8

          After the first half hour I really enjoyed it,with spanish contingent Merino,Gamez,Joselu very impressive along with Clark,Lascelles and Ritchie.Everyone else had fair to middling games,and compared to Mclarens premier league offerings from 2 years ago it was a joy to watch. We should have had a similar score line to our West Ham victory.

    • Tony Mann

      We were doing that well, I completely forgot JJ was a no show !

    • Robert Delaney

      I concur
      Red irish magpie

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Said exact same thing. We are organised, have shape and play for each other. Compare that to the team that relgated us!

  • Wor Lass

    I don`t think I`ll quite believe we did that until Clarko comes on to confirm it!

    • Tony Mann

      FFS – Don’t start – got to have my tea yet and if my Mrs finds out Clarko’s on, my food is in the dog !

  • MadToonFan&VitalAshleyDroveOut

    I totally agree, we’re goner do a Leicester this season, I’ve just stuck a few squid on it 😉, enjoy the win, we all well deserve a little happiness 😁

  • Steve Pearce

    Toon Toon Black And White Army indeed Big Al!

  • TheFatController

    Is today’s the youngest starting midfield 4 in the PL currently? Three of them are 21 so not to be snifffed at, getting 3 points with them

    • Steve Smith

      Youngest average age team fielded so far I believe too.

  • hetonmag

    Wonder if the fat lad heard Rafa’s name being sung by our fantastic away fan’s, what’s the bet he turned the sound off the telly unless he was there of course.

  • Tony Mann

    As I bid farewell to my wedding anniversary, a toon win, my wife expectant of a performance, I say to my gorgeous Mrs, wait until tomorrow when the beer has worn off.

  • Albert Stubbins

    Well done lads. A deserved hard-fought win. An early season six pointer out of the way. Even Clements was magnanimous about it. Not sure what Le Franais thought about it though!!!

  • Toon Army AZ

    It is still early, but the tables show Newcastle in 10th place, one spot above… wait for it… Arsenal! Had to chuckle.

    I admire #9’s optimism, but if we can finish the season in 10th spot ahead of the Gunners, I would be ecstatic.

    • Leazes Ender

      Post again when sober.

  • TheTradge

    A good battling win, one goal and some scrappy defending, plus the fact that Shelvey didn’t play shows that he has serious competition for his spot, which can only be a positive for our central creativity.