Credit to Paul Clement for his post-match reaction.

The Swansea boss admitting his team had been second best to the visitors in many areas, as Newcastle picked up three points and a clean sheet.

Paul Clement:

“I am not very happy.

“The margin of the defeat was small and decided by a set play but overall we weren’t at the level I expect.

“I was positive going into the game. Our preparation was good and the atmosphere around the team was good.

“We were second best in lots of areas. We pushed to the end but never really created anything. Newcastle were better than us today.

“Any system can be undone 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.

“It was a missed opportunity. We are a good side but we didn’t execute today. At this level you have to do that. We have to move on quickly.

“We have a hard game at Tottenham next week and it is important we are better.”

“Renato Sanches has come to a new club and has new team-mates, a new language, new culture. He did things today that were good and some that weren’t good. He is a quality player.

“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 in to 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 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.”

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)

(Read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction after final whistle HERE)

(Read Alan Shearer’s reaction to the Newcastle win HERE)

(Give us your Newcastle player ratings v Swansea HERE)



  • Kneebotherm8

    Fair plays to Paul,just like Bilic a fortnight ago,honest assessment.

    • Andy Mac

      Strangely enough it was more or less the same comments too ? Rafa’s plan is to subdue the opposition, stifling their creativity and lulling them into submission ? Seems to work ?

      • Kneebotherm8

        Totally agree,and long may it continue.

      • GToon

        Man Utd won many a league title based on exactly that philosophy. Defend and then hit with pace. It also worked for Arsenal and Forest back in the 70s.

  • Steve Pearce

    Diamonds are NOT forever Paul. Why you didn’t change a system at half time that was clearly ineffectual is beyond me. Also I thought that your two signings appeared more out of desperation or laziness – you buy a young player who speaks no English and will take a long time to get used to the Premier League. As for Bony, you spent 12 million on a player who had not played in 13 matches as quite frankly he was shyte! We can moan about lack of investment by our owner in the transfer window but we did buy players who can actually play. So that hideous Swan//seagull thing mascot is probably in the dressing room with a noose around its scrawny neck as the Magpie struts around triumphantly. By the way – has Jamal Lascelles got springs on his boots as he actually jumped above the crossbar when he scored with that sublime header that won us the game. To top it all off we are a point ahead of Arsenal!

    • GToon

      He should have played Sanchez further up front while he was full of energy rather than in the second half when he was knackered.

    • Wor Lass

      On the ball, Sanchez was superb (until he tired) but his decision-making let him down – aided and abetted by the fact that he doesn`t know his team-mates and isn`t used to the relentless pace and pressure of the PL. When he finds his feet, I reckon he could be sensational. That mascot`s probably stuck his head so far up his jacksie out of embarrassment that he can peck his tonsils.

      • Steve Pearce

        Oh what an image – the Swan/Seagull thing kneeling on the dressing room floor like a perverted letter O and the players all wondering why they can’t have their after-game fun with him..

  • Rich Lawson

    Very refreshing assesment,good man.

  • East Durham Mag

    He refused to make a big issue of the Ritchie raised boot. Credit to Paul Clement he has gone up massively in a lot of people’s opinions. Good man and good luck to him.

  • anyobrien

    I do like this guy seems honest and level headed.

  • Vodkamagpie

    Even game, we took one of our chances, they didn’t. Mawson had a great chance, thought joselu header was going in, really a 50/50 game, but I love 3pts.

  • Sean Lynch

    Second game in a row where the opposition manager has expressed that they were second best at everything, following a defeat by the Toon.
    Rafa is instilling a work ethic into the team which is compensating the lack of quality we have in some areas.
    All credit to everyone involved and long may it continue.

  • Tony Mann

    Some managers call it as they see it (Howe, Koeman, Bilic, Clemence, Dyche etc) – the rest (Mourinho, Wenger etc) see what their blinkers allow (like Oooh Bobbi Fleckman) – Just remember SBR and KK being honest – the rest made it up as they went along.

  • Wor Lass

    Good man and a good manager, in my opinion. His team have fallen foul to the new spirit that Rafa has created at our club. We now have a core of ultra professional and totally committed players, many of them quite young, with no egos – just a willingness to work their socks off and complete belief in the manager and his plan. Mitro and Jonjo must be having a long, hard think about things this evening.

  • Haitchdee

    Just watched MOTD as expected NUFC faults highlighted Then absolute drivel on joshelou ball kicking. Typical to**ers thought it was funny. Why do I watch this cr*p.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Great to see a second manager speak the truth that we have a good team. Both West Ham and Swansea have good players but no match for a Newcastle side with several players out. The Mag promised me relegation with a record number of low points and Rafa to walk. You have let me down badly. If we beat Stoke next week never going back to games ever again.