Francisco de Miguel Moreno was standing in for Rafa Benitez on Sunday afternoon and the team did both of them proud.

Newcastle coming away from the Liberty Stadium with three points and a clean sheet.

On medical advice Rafa Benitez had stayed at home in the north west and not made the journey to Wales, where his side picked up their first away victory of the season.

Having assisted Rafa at everywhere from Liverpool to Real Madrid, Francisco de Miguel Moreno (AKA Paco) was on the spot to carry out the manager’s wishes.

Paco saying after the final whistle that Rafa Benitez had rang and declared ‘We are now underway’.

Despite enjoying his win as stand-in boss, Paco still insisted ‘We need Rafa back as soon as possible’ and suggested the manager would be probably be back at the training ground on Tuesday.

Francisco de Miguel Moreno:

“I feel very happy, very glad for the performance of the players and we are on the way.

“We have been working very hard during the week and now it is a good moment.

“Rafa has been quite active, speaking with one of the staff and that has worked. Everyone contributed and it was fine.

“We expected them to play with five at the back and we realised it was four – but everything was as planned.

“We tried to control their midfielders and attack down wide.

“Jamaal Lascelles has the spirit of a captain…without doubt. He manages everything so well and involved in all situations.

“We need Rafa back as soon as possible. This week he will join us, probably on Tuesday.

“He (Rafa) wanted to come and wanted to do everything he could to attend but the weather conditions were not the best.

“He has been active in the game and kept in touch with us throughout the game.

“All of the staff were involved and have been working very hard.

“After the game Rafa rang us and congratulated all the team because they did a fantastic job.

“Rafa said ‘We are now underway’.”

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)

(Credit to Swansea boss Paul Clement for this post-match reaction HERE)

(Steve Claridge says Newcastle ‘Nicked it’)



  • Tony Mann

    Rafa couldn’t make it as the bicycle supplied by Sp”ts Direct only had one pedal.

  • TheFatController

    ‘I got a call from Rafa after the game, but before the game I got a call from the master of taking temporary charge of NUFC, Mr John Carver, i followed his advice and hey presto …!’

    He may or may not have said.

  • Mrkgw

    Well done to them all. Long last the Rafalution. As for Hashley – he would be well advised to keep this coaching team in place and build upon the momentum by providing decent funds come January. Ditch Charnley and bring in someone suitably qualified – another Levy type character. Great result today, onwards and upwards.

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Could not agree more most of the time it’s not Ashley’s fault that we do not sign players.
      We spent twelve million on Murphy who is just a promising player. I think we need some one in the club like Freddie Fletcher and no disrespect to Charnley just think he is out of his depth.

  • Leazes Ender

    Jackie, you don’t have to write ‘Francisco AKA Paco’ every blooming time….. it’s just the Spanish equivalent of calling Robert ‘Bob’…….

  • Arty Hume

    A great win for the lads today, worth noting the totally biased commentary, shocking imho, here we go again, back anyone playing the toon. Also the cooments made about the Richie incident, lets get it clear about the difference here, a player got a bruise or cut on his forearm and stayed on his feet, the other incident a player got kicked in the face and was streachered off! FFS lets have a sense of proportion in the game, and some so called experts say Richies incident was the worst, experts, experts in talking rubbish and promoting their own lack of knowledge withing the game and common sense.

  • Rich Lawson

    God bless,and come back soon !

  • Toon Army AZ

    Kudos to Paco Moreno, Mikel Antia and everyone on the coaching staff. The team looked well prepared despite Rafa’s absence. Much better than the days of John Carver.

  • Grahame Johnson

    The way the backroom staff and players where today and the full support of the fans must raise Rafa’s spirit we know what Rafa’s dealing with we’ve had years of it, we are the TOON-UNITED

  • Trevor Reaveley

    In Paco we trust…..
    :-D

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    The team worked hard for their victory with five or six players still to come back the future is bright. The people on this site who want us to go down, nearly all of you will be sadly disappointed.

    • Danimal

      The fact that we don’t brown nose your hero “Mike” doesn’t mean we want to get relegated. It is the opposite. Enjoyed yesterday’s performance and more of it please.

  • Down Under Mag

    I think Rafa always had a decent first team but just wanted more quality in depth for the long season ahead. As long as we remain relatively injury free and Mitro and Shelvey grow a brain cell to share between them then we may not be as basly off as many of us thought. All about keeping tight and snatching points where we can.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    when you look at the teams performance yesterday if Rafa had got the 3 players he wanted it would have been so much better
    take nothing away from the lads but a Number 10, a striker & a left back is still required in the next window but that`s up to the Pie man

  • Danimal

    Just seen Sky Sports asking the ex-referee about the weekend’s incidents. FIVE by our players. Two more red cards and a yellow apparently. Ex-ref was kind enough to pardon Lascelles for accidental handball and another incident when he fell over and hit the ball with his chest. Are we ever going to be allowed to win a game on merit? We seem to be bottom of the retrospective league table. Do any other clubs get this treatment?