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Credit to Swansea boss Paul Clement for this reaction after losing to Newcastle

4 years ago
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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)

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