The reaction of Steve Claridge to Newcastle’s win over Swansea on Sunday afternoon was begrudging.

The player turned pundit saying that ‘Newcastle have nicked it’.

Reality was that the visitors were well worth their one goal win, restricting the home side to only a couple of chances whilst at the other end, Newcastle had a number of opportunities before they scored the winner with 14 minutes to go.

Steve Claridge declared that ‘one moment of quality’ had won the three points but Joselu had been brilliantly denied by Fabianski, whilst Ayoze Perez and others also had good chances to open the scoring.

All in all a great day at the office for Newcastle United.

Steve Claridge working for BBC Sport:

“It was from a deadball situation, it was a good header, but zonal marking for Swansea, I am not convinced by it.

“Swansea were not convincing, they need to get some width in the squad and it looks a bit of imbalance.

“Neither team seemed to have done enough to win it but one moment of quality, a good header from a corner, and Newcastle have nicked it.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Swansea 0 Newcastle 1


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)

  • Rich Lawson

    Given your history of squandering money down the bookies you must have had a punt on Swansea,sour grapes pal !

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Another Idiot
    i heard a rumour Fox Mulder`s looking for Clarko, now that would round the day off

    • Rich Lawson

      Will Scully not come back then ?

      • csh

        No, she’s locked in my basement.

        • Rich Lawson

          And your address is ?

          • csh

            not telling :(

    • MadMag83

      I hear Clarkson is in A&E, apparently they’re trying to remove his head from his ar$e

  • Kneebotherm8

    No way was that win “nicked”

  • hetonmag

    Love to know what we’ve done to be disliked by so many so called pundits.

    • Tony Mann

      We’re noverners mush .

    • Rich Lawson

      We’re Northener’s trying to get above our station !

    • Leazes Ender

      Stopped being the entertainers on the field, and reverted to being drab cannon fodder. It broke up the tedium of the same teams dominating everything agonisingly very briefly.

  • Tony Mann

    Maybe watching err…….

  • Steve Smith

    I want to know if MotD are going to be going over the kick on Joselu’s goolies that the ref missed.

    Nowhere near the ball, kick at the player from behind.

    Surely that’s worth the Mitrovic treatment of 2 weeks ago for a 3 match ban for the Swansea player?

    • anyobrien

      Not a chance….

  • Leicester Mag

    Claridge and Merson the bevis and butthead of punditry

  • Grahame Johnson

    Merino was caught in a scissor type tackle, the commentators first said he got the ball then they said he caught him with his trailing leg then they said it was a scissor tackle, the toon have been greatly missed in the premiership

  • anyobrien

    Has he heard the clement interview after the match…. He needs to have a listen it’s says it all really.. The idiot.

    • Paul Smith

      I watched the game and it was very even. We just managed to take 1 of our chances while they fluffed their lines when it came to theirs. Elliot had to make a few good saves and they had some terrible misses (such as a free header from 5 yards out that was put wide). I can only really remember Joselu’s header that was a test for their keeper other than our goal.

      Clement was being magnanimous / humble in defeat.

  • Steve Pearce

    Lascelles admitted he wasn’t a fan of zonal marking on MOTD2 – he spoke very honestly and frankly and did not appear to gloat after excelling at either end of the pitch. A mark of a true proffessional and a new Toon hero in the making.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    The save the Swansea keeper made was the highlight of the match was this guy even at the match world class save .Full credit to the Swansea manager for admitting we have a good team. The only people who think we will get relegated are the Mag Web site very sad.

    • Paul Smith

      The header they missed from 5 yards was still a better chance than Joselu’s header that produced that save. It was an even game that we just nicked by taking 1 of our few good chances while they wasted all theirs.

  • ghostrider

    It’s sad to see so many pundits scrutinising every wrong doing by our players and then also adding insult in to make out our win was basically some kind of smash and grab job.
    But you know what?
    Let them get on with it, because the more they put us down, the less pressure it is on our players and also those players can go out there and keep shoving it right back in their faces, hopefully.

    A good professional job done on a team who’s fans turned up for the Sanchez, Bony and Abraham party.
    You can’t beat the feel good factor after a good result like that.

  • 1957

    Wasn’t the way I saw it, yes Swansea had more possession but they did nothing with it, where most of our attacks lead to an attempt on goal…8 on target to 4 says it all.

    • Paul Smith

      Stats like that are pretty irrelevant when you see some of their off target efforts such as a free header from about 5 yards out that got headed wide. They had just as many good chances as us and it was a very close game. We took 1 of our few good chances and they wasted theirs and that’s all there is to it.

  • mentalman

    its like last season all over again, our players just have to brush past a player and its a free kick and yet the opposition can kick lumps out of our players and its fine.

    As for Ritchie’s incident, it’s called football, if you stick your head low enough where someone could kick it then you need to deal with the consequences

  • Paul Patterson

    Now I’m not trying to say we are a top side, but I seem to remember Chelsea winning games 1-0 with a strong centre back scoring from set pieces all the time.
    Probably the perfect away performance to be fair. Clean sheet and a win, can’t complain and we still have players to come back.

  • MadMag83

    To be honest I’d tend to agree with him. Watched the match and it looked like a draw until the goal. The staff writers on here see

    • Leazes Ender

      Classic Rafa set up for a smash and grab.