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Swansea vulnerable with zonal marking, says Newcastle match-winner Lascelles

11 September 2017

But his side were able to claim a vital three points with a 1-0 win against Paul Clement's team.

"Swansea gave a debut to new loan signing from Bayern Munich Renato Sanches but the Portuguese midfielder faded after a bright opening and was eventually replaced by Wilfried Bony who returned to Swansea from Manchester City in the transfer window".

Newcastle's deserved victory came despite the absence of boss Rafael Benitez, who missed the match as he recovers from hernia surgery.

Miguel Moreno took over touchline duties as Benitez recovers from a hernia operation
Miguel Moreno took over touchline duties as Benitez recovers from a hernia operation

Giggs told Wales Online that he had been watching Sanches several years ago and was impressed with the aggressive player's talent.

Newcastle went close after 33 minutes when Ritchie's cross was met by the head of Joselu, and Lukasz Fabianski sprang to his left to pull off a fantastic one-handed save.

Having earlier cleared a shot off his own goal line, Jamaal Lascelles headed home the victor from a corner in the 77th minute as Newcastle picked up a second straight victory.

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The Welsh football legend thought Sanches had what it took to fit in with United's style, he said: "I remember looking at him and instantly liking him".

"Although the margin of defeat is very small, ultimately decided by a set-play, for me the difference in the two teams in the performance was much greater than that".

"I had a good feeling going into the game with the atmosphere around the squad - then there's the actual game and what I saw was not what I expected".

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Newcastle will attempt to make it 2 league wins in as many games when they play Swansea away from home later today (Sunday). We had good training week and the meetings were good. Swansea may have one more point than Newcastle but Newcastle have a better goal difference and have scored more goals.

"Rafa was talking with us", Moreno said. We need Rafa back as soon as possible.

Swansea should have taken the lead on the hour mark when Leroy Fer released Abraham, and the striker rounded Elliot for what looked a simple finish.

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Lascelles who stopped Abraham from scoring would turn hero at the other end 14 minutes before full time with a header off a corner kick to put Rafa Benitez's men ahead. "But, at the same time, we've got to wake up quickly".

Swansea vulnerable with zonal marking, says Newcastle match-winner Lascelles