Clark insists it is business as usual for Newcastle even without Benitez

Clark insists it is business as usual for Newcastle even without Benitez

Clark insists it is business as usual for Newcastle even without Benitez

Rafa Benitez will NOT be in the dugout for Newcastle United's Premier League clash with Swansea City this afternoon.

Lascelles climbed over Swans defender Alfie Mawson to nod the only goal in the 76th minute, giving the Magpies their second straight Premier League victory.

However, it was a header from Newcastle skipper Jamaal Lascelles which proved to be the deciding goal, and Clement was left unhappy with his side's display.

Manager Rafael Benitez will not be in the Newcastle dugout for his side's Premier League match at Swansea on Sunday as he recovers from an operation, the club have announced.

Ritchie might not have been on the field after he caught Alfie Mawson with a similarly unsafe high boot to that which earned Liverpool's Sadio Mane a contentious red card at Manchester City 24 hours earlier, but the Scotland winger escaped with a booking.

As for Swansea boss Paul Clement, he has lost his top two goalscorers from last season in Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente but he brought in Wilfried Bony and Renato Sanches on transfer deadline day to surprise everyone.

'Would you take a point now ahead of the Swansea match?'

Sanches’ heat map vs. Newcastle
Sanches’ heat map vs. Newcastle

The visitors had created the best of the opportunities up to that point as only Lukasz Fabianski's stunning first-half denial of Joselu prevented it from taking an earlier lead.

Swansea were struggling to put Newcastle under any kind of pressure, but Mikel Merino's blatant attempt to win a penalty stirred them into life.

Ponderous and pedestrian in possession, Swansea only cut through Newcastle on one occasion, when Leroy Fer released Abraham on the hour.

Naughton's effort was blocked and then Carroll's volley from a shrewd Ayew pass was stopped by Elliot at his near post.

The former Nottingham Forest trainee had made a crucial intervention in his own penalty box minutes earlier, clearing off the line after on-loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham had rounded Rob Elliot.

Lascelles was left unmarked as he connected for Newcastle's victor and made no mistake, giving Fabianski no chance.

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