Jamaal Lascelles heads Newcastle past Swansea with Benítez convalescing

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez masterminded their victory over Swansea by his mobile phone

Swansea City manager Paul Clement admits that his side were nowhere near good enough during their 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Newcastle United.

RENATO SANCHES is likely to make his Swansea City debut today, but Ryan Giggs admitted that Manchester United had hoped to secure him before he was signed by the German giants.

The 57-year-old Benitez wasn't at Liberty Stadium after having a procedure tomorrow to address an infection resulting from an earlier hernia operation.

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

Skipper Jamaal Lascelles headed in the only goal of the game in the 76th minute to win the match for the visitors.

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

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.

Although the margin of the defeat is small, I'm more disappointed with our performance. "It was just down to me to put it in the back of the net and this game I did".

"I said to the players in the dressing room, there's all the make-believe stuff, what's written on the paper and how we think it's going to go, and then there's the reality of what actually happens in the game". They face a Swansea side who also got their first win of the season at Crystal Palace at the end of last month. "Swansea have been there and done it and will have too much for Newcastle".

The Euro 2016 victor is, however, still only 20 years of age and Giggs is confident a player he considers to be "a gem" will get his career back on track after making a shock switch to the Liberty Stadium. We need Rafa back as soon as possible. - Matt Ritchie has registered an assist in all three of his Premier League appearances against Swansea.

Assistant manager Francisco de Miguel Moreno said Benitez had been in contact during the match as his team recorded successive top-flight wins for the first time since December 2015. "But, at the same time, we've got to wake up quickly".

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Of course, it was going to end up this way with the visitors forced to play the second half down to 10 men for about 53 minutes. Prior to the goal, the Reds had looked threatening but never came close to putting the ball into the back of the net.

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