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Newcastle back up their comfortable home win against West Ham with another win in South Wales thanks to a Captain Jamal header.

The three points today courtesy of a display that was of a completely different making to the aforementioned home win, but it was welcomed just the same.

Gamez and Murphy came in for Mbemba and Atsu respectively, Mbemba missing out through injury and Murphy coming in for Atsu who had been away on international duty.

After being cramped in the car for a little over 6 hours, all you really want to see is the players putting in the same effort as the fans. Deep down knowing that 3 points makes the journey home more tolerable and a win is top of the wish list for the day. The match had a similar feel to the Huddersfield game as the first half progressed, despite the make up of the away support being somewhat different.

Getting to half time level, there was a feeling that there was only going to be one goal in it, and thankfully it was Lascelles who provided the solo goal of the game.

Gamez and Atsu, who had come on for Murphy on the hour mark, worked it well down the left and the Swansea player got the last touch. From the resulting corner Lascelles was left unmarked to head home and put us ahead.

The second half didn’t start well. Ritchie was booked for what appeared to be a raised boot. Whether it was a raised boot or not, the referee wasted no time in whipping the yellow out.
Diame replaced Hayden shortly before Newcastle found the break through in an attempt to instil some more creativity; whilst Hayden is solid in matches away from home and provides the defence with cover, he rarely unlocks defences and in a match that was there for the taking, the substitution made sense. Whether it was a call from Rafa who was recovering at home and “enjoying” Sky’s coverage of the match, or Paco deciding the match needed an injection of something different, the substitution did seem to work.

Our best chance in the first half came from a Joselu header and Fabianski did well to push it round the post.

There was an incident in the first half that saw Merino beat a couple of players and appear to be fouled as he made his way into the box but without the benefit of a TV replay I’m unsure whether referee Mike Jones was right to wave the appeals away. If Merino had gone down easily you’d have to question his judgement as he was bearing down on goal. If the referee made the wrong call then it wouldn’t have been the only time today. In the opening encounters he booked Hayden which effectively meant that any rash foul would result in a yellow, he clearly had forgotten all about this when Leroy Fer committed his foul.

Alfie Mawson was left with a free header in the first half which may have affected the outcome of the match. Swansea fans realised how good a chance it was when the chance was replayed on the big screen.

Prior to becoming the match winner, Lascelles had been the one to keep the score level. Abraham found himself through on goal with just Elliot to beat, as he rounded the keeper with ease it was Lascelles who was sliding back towards the goal line to make the clearance. Swansea fans appealed for handball from the Newcastle captain but that would have been very harsh and would surely have seen Lascelles receive his marching orders.

Shortly after taking the lead, Newcastle made their 3rd and final change with Gayle replacing Joselu, who tired badly in the second half. Gayle did find himself in Jones’ book for grabbing the ball after a free kick had been awarded to Swansea.

With less than a week until the next league match, we welcome Stoke to St James’ in an old fashioned Saturday 3pm match, all focus this week must be on beating Stoke and retaining our top half position in the league table.



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  1. Craig Hunn says:

    Excellent performance and a good match report, Save for the subtle and unnecessary dig about fellow away fans. There are enough people out there sticking the boot in, maybe we could stick together.

  2. Nev says:

    I thought the performance was average in the first half, we did stand up to the initial pressure well. Second half we grew into the game and I think we deserved our three points. I still can’t see how we can break teams down under the current system and with the players we have. We will prove hard to beat for most mid to lower teams so we have a chance. Overall very happy with the result the performance was okay.

  3. Rob Brown says:

    Thanks for the report. I thin that was a very thoughtful , measured performance for the greater part. There was some naivety
    and a little bit of poor decision making but it was hardworking, organised and there was a plan. Lascelles and the back 5 were tremendous . Merino was stand out and a really classy lad who can be the metronome for the team . Ask yourself , do you think we would have achieved that result with Shelvey in midfield. Yes it was a bit of a grind , and that is never a problem – compare by example being away at Wigan 28/04/12. Rafa isn’t Jesus , but he’s the nearest we’ll get in long while .

  4. Anton says:

    Great report – thank you. Can I just ask: what is the situation with Gayle? He came on for 10-12 minutes – did he look sharp? And insider information on his state of mind, how well he trains, etc?

  5. Treverner Soapneg says:

    Strong report, strong header. I like the attacking and passing.

    Good passion, I need passion and well done to the Toon Army.

  6. Brian says:

    I think Sundays game finally showed that Hayden is not good enough.

    • Dempsey says:

      He went up in my estimation for coming out on Twitter and admitting he had a bad day at the office but was pleased for the team/win. I think he’s been good up until now and was always going to struggle after an early yellow card that seemed harsh to me. I’m not sure I’d agree he’s not good enough and think him and Merino are an effective pair.

      • Rob Y says:

        Agree with this entirely. I think Hayden is a solid Premier League player in a holding midfield role and looks a good athlete. Think that he may need to learn to stay on his feet a bit more and not going lunging into tackles otherwise I can see him getting some red cards.

  7. Tony Pickering says:

    Hayden did well before going off, Diame was alarming every time he got the ball, repeatedly chasing down his own mistakes. He was more unsettling for us than any of the Swansea forwards and as I can’t see Shelvey and Merino starting in the same lineup, Hayden is currently our best and perhaps only choice as a defensive midfielder.