Jamaal Lascelles' victor takes Magpies into top half of the table

Renato Sanches of Swansea City and Jesus Gamez of Newcastle United in action during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Newcastle United at Liberty Stadium on September 10

Swansea were desperately poor in so many areas and the goal they conceded to lose the game, when Lascelles was granted the freedom of the Swansea penalty area to score with a powerful header, summed up the home team's afternoon.

Newcastle had arranged to put on a helicopter to fly him to and from his Merseyside base but the Spaniard was not well enough to make the trip, although the club had said he was in contact with his staff throughout the day.

Instead, it was left to Lascelles to get free at a corner and head the Magpies to their second straight win of an improving league campaign. "He said we are now under way".

"Mikel (Antia, coach) was on the touchline and Antonio (Gomez Perez, coach) was in the stands communicating with Rafa".

"After the game Rafa rang and he has congratulated everybody, especially the players because they have done a massive job. Hopefully he is joining us next week".

But the Magpies come into the trip to South Wales off the back of a resounding 3-0 win over West Ham before the global break.

Renato Sanches of Swansea City and Jesus Gamez of Newcastle United in action during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Newcastle United at Liberty Stadium on September 10
Jamaal Lascelles' victor takes Magpies into top half of the table

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. There was expectation going in to the game but we were second best in combats, duels, first and second balls, tactics, in all aspects.

Swansea new signing Renato Sanchez, on loan from Bayern Munich, struggled to have an impact on the match, creating no chance.

But Bony, who returned from Manchester City in a £12million deal, had little scope to impress and Swansea's build-up play was ponderous throughout. "It is a performance I am not proud of", he told Sky Sports News.

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 the defeat is small I am more disappointed with our performance".

The Magpies also went into the recent global break positively with an impressive win against an admittedly lacklustre West Ham United side last time out.

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