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:

Jamie Smith:

“Amazing result!

“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.”

Ben Cooper:

“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.”

Paul Patterson:

“Best wishes Rafa.

“Captain Fantastic has come up trumps.

“More points towards safety. HTL.”

Jamie Swan:

“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.”

George Stainsby:

“Well deserved.

“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.”

Toon Bano:


“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…..??

“Mikel Merino!

“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?


Paul Lyon:

“Great day!

“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!”

Nat Seaton:

“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

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 Alan Shearer’s reaction to the Newcastle win HERE)

(Give us your Newcastle player ratings v Swansea HERE)

  • HenrySlade

    Rafa and his coaching staff are doing a stellar job; we may not have many ‘stars’ in the side, but Merino looks like a class act, Lascelles is a real warrior and we’re a well organised team.

    This was a great result and I think we can hold it together in the Prem. Onwards and upwards.

    • Georgia Peter

      Stoke will (should) be a step up in class for us next week, but on todays performance, only complacency can get in the way. God bless you Gafa Benitez. Moui bien Hombre.

  • MadToonFan&VitalAshleyDroveOut

    Simply a great away win, especially as Mr Fantastic wasn’t even there (get well soon Mr Benitez).
    So again, a great big congrats to the players, manager and all involved, as teams like this are possibly ones who we’re trying to replace in this great Premiership league!
    May those deniers like Owen & Merson eat their freaking words!!!

  • Rich Lawson

    Fantastic performance from the whole team,other than that goal line clearance we never looked in danger and contained their mega- bucks new boys easily with a well taken goal on top.

  • Georgia Peter

    I could see it coming the longer the clean sheet went. could just feel there was a goal coming. When the 5 minutes came up, I would have been sorely tempted to stick Shelvy on just to rub it right in.

    • Rich Lawson

      I know what you mean but I like the win even more doing it without him.Great performance all round.

    • GeordieZebra

      Already used our subs

  • Steve Pearce

    Police in the Swansea area were called after complaints of a hideous Swan/Seagull thing that was seen banging its head off the Liberty Stadium and making strange noises. It was reeking of alcohol and minus its lower garments. It was crying that it had just been stuffed by a Magpie and that its miserable life was worthless.

    So Captain Fantastic – you and your team mates played your hearts out for Wor Rafa and we thank you!

  • nevfur

    Well Mr Merson, remind me again about Swansea showing their Premier League class v Newcastle hmmm

    • Rich Lawson

      OMG, YES !!

    • Damon Horner

      Good start for a Championship aide!

  • TheFatController

    I think we were helped by them playing one unfit player and then replacing him with someone even less fit. Although maybe Merino and Hayden make players look unfit as they get stuck in bless them.

    1 goal conceded in 3.5 games with 11 on the pitch.

    Remember when we didn’t score from set pieces …

    • Paul Busby

      God, the Pardew days were bad for that.

    • Damon Horner

      Fitness might have been a factor but Renato Sanches looked badly short of confidence today.

      • TheFatController

        True. I actually thought Merino did brilliantly at Huddersfield – not because he played particularly well but because at 21 or whatever having not played many top flight matches he didn’t buckle despite the pressure of the team performance – and you see Sanchez today put Merino strength of mind and body into perspective

        Early days but what if Merino improves with the benefit of experience, especially getting used to the PL pace….?

        • grantham mag

          The fat man will sell him.

  • Jezza

    Brilliant. An away win and a clean sheet, couldn’t ask for more. The clean sheet was particularly satisfying as Swansea have got some real quality up front after doing some excellent business in the transfer window.

    I was one of those Newcastle fans who would have gladly settled fro a draw before the match so I am delighted with this result.

    • Rich Lawson

      Yes,I voted for it too (hangs head in shame)

    • Paul Busby

      Yet another game where we sit out of possession, but still look like the only team who’s going to take it.

    • 1957

      I would have taken a point today despite having watched Swansea a couple of times on tv and not being impressed by them.
      Having seen those games and today’s, I personally think we’ve possibly been lucky by missing out on Abraham, things might change but I can’t see him getting double figures for goals

      • Jezza

        To be fair Abraham had scored two goals in two games before today. I still wish we’d signed him when we had the chance.

  • tonytoon

    Listening to the pundits, particularly that clown Merson, leading up to the game, you would have thought that there was only one young talent from the Iberian peninsula in this game. Sanches was going to tear up the entire prem and as for what damage he would do to a poor Newcastle side – well …. I would love to see the stats for both Sanchez and Merino. One looked like a little boy lost while our lad controlled everything with sumptuous skill. Yet at the end of the game he was never mentioned – typical. I wonder how long it will be before his name is spoken of in tones usually reserved for those players from London and the north west.

    • 1957

      Merino looked at ease in the game and will be keeping Shelvey out of the team on merit. I hope our option to buy is watertight…

    • Steve Smith

      To answer your question, likely this time next year when the fat man makes a tidy profit on him.

      • Jezza


    • Paul Busby

      Merson is getting hammered on twitter, its quite entertaining.

    • Andy Mac

      “Renato Sanches has lost possession 14 times in 28 minutes. Welcome to the Premier League”

    • GToon

      Probably when one of those clubs tries to buy him. Then he’ll be a great player – like all of those others who have moved south over the years.

  • Mrkgw

    Feared the worse but, outstanding performance by the players who all battled hard to earn that result. Credit where due.

  • Jimblag23

    According to the Swansea fans we were going to lose 6-0. 😂

  • HarryHype59

    Swansea were poor, Newcastle were well organised and showed great team spirit. I just wish we had more quality in the final third!