Swansea 0 Newcastle 1 – Sunday 10 September 4pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle:
“Classic away grind out of 3 points.
“I feared when Rafa didn’t make it that it may go wrong, should we contain Swansea for an hour and need his tactical acumen to see it out.
“Of course a fabulous captain’s performance with a goalline clearance complemented by the winning goal, meant Lascelles was the difference between 3 points and none.
“Hopefully this is the captain fantastic role he always threatened to fulfil, and some of the patchy showings at the end of last season were a result of the groin injury that was repaired in the summer.
“Positives at last and we can look to Stoke next as a real chance of making it 3 in a row.”
“That is two teams that we are better than already this season and we have only played 4 games.
“At this rate that top half position won’t seem so temporary.
“Well played to everyone today, most of them played their part, even if the first 30 minutes made Centre Parcs’ Badger Cam look exciting.”
“Best wishes Rafa.
“Captain Fantastic has come up trumps.
“More points towards safety. HTL.”
“Fully deserved three points away to Swansea – Yacky da!
“Even though the Gaffer went off sick minutes after transfer deadline day (having bitten his own fingers off in frustration), a beautifully stingy and typical Rafa Benitez away performance on the pitch without him.
“The lads were super solid at the back. Clark and Lascelles were fantastic,
“El Capitano Lascelles scoring a Ruud Gullit-esque bullet header at the right end to win the loot after keeping out Tammy (who are ya?) Abrahams at t’other.
“Merino looks the dog’s nuts, but a small black mark against him for a frankly pathetic dive when he would have been clean through!
“Finish the weekend on a high.
“Shout out to my Mrs Louise doing her first GNR, missing the match but getting high five off Brendan Foster – well done pet x.”
“Swansea are part of that mini league of potential strugglers who we need to beat, and we did.
“Two wins and two clean sheets is progress.
“Mike… imagine the extra millions if you develop the squad by buying a striker in January.”
“Well deserved victory.
“Once again our team has shown itself to be extremely well organised and we are yet to concede in the first half in any of our games.
“How to solve a problem like Jonjo Shelvey…..??
“What a player. As cultured on the ball as they come. Can we reopen the transfer window and just buy him here and now please???
“Back to back victories. Two back to back clean sheets. Two back to back quality performances. What more will it take to shut these pundits up?
“The good feeling from finishing the Great North Run carried on as hoped through to the match.
“A real captain’s performance from Lacelles saving & scoring two important goals.
“Would’ve taken a point before the game so absolutely delighted with our first away win of the season. Champion!”
“Said to my mate before the game I had a sneaky feeling for a win and for once I was proved right!!
“Great performance, great victory, first PL away win of the campaign – hope for more to come as we follow them round the country for another season…”
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
Elliot, Manquillo, Lascelles, Clark, Gamez, Ritchie, Hayden (Diame 69), Merino, Murphy (Atsu 59), Perez, Joselu (Gayle 78)
Woodman, Shelvey, Yedlin, Lejeune
Crowd: 20,872 (2,000 Newcastle)
(Read Alan Shearer’s reaction to the Newcastle win HERE)
(Give us your Newcastle player ratings v Swansea HERE)