A second-half header from Jamal Lascelles saw Newcastle claim back-to-back wins as they beat Swansea 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.
- Swansea City 0 Newcastle United 1
- Joselu goes close for Magpies
- Mawson heads wide for Swans
- Abraham effort cleared off the line
- Lascelles powers home header
It was a tight first stanza though both teams had good chances to score through Joselu for the Magpies and Alfie Mawson for the Swans.
After the interval, Tammy Abraham saw an effort cleared off the line as the hosts chased an opening goal. However, Lascelles proved to be the hero with the winner for Rafael Benitez's side.
It was an energetic but tight opening half an hour or so and the first real opening would only arrive when Federico Fernandez misjudged a long ball over the top, and headed the ball straight to Jacob Murphy.
Yet the forward hit his first-time volley over the bar in the 27th minute where he may have done better. Moments later Joselu also had a decent sight at goal but fired just over from 25-yards.
It was the visitors creating the better of the opportunities and Joselu then came inches away from scoring the opener when his glancing header from Matt Ritchie's cross was brilliantly saved parried around the post by Lukasz Fabianski.
However, just before the break the Swans perhaps should have taken the lead when Tom Carroll's brilliant delivery was met by Mawson, who headed just wide from six yards out.
After the break there were more half-chances for both clubs without anything materialising. In the 60th minute Abraham came close to opening his account when he got on the end of Leroy Fer's through-ball, rounded Rob Elliot but his shot was cleared off the line by Lascelles.
The Tynesiders then hit back in the 73rd minute when Javier Manquillo sent Ayoze Perez clear, but the Spaniard fired his shot into the legs of Fabianski. Three minutes later they would hit the front as Lascelles rose well to head home from Ritchie's superb corner.
Paul Clement's men struggled to threaten further in the remaining minutes although Wilfried Bony did send Luciano Narsingh clear deep into stoppage time, but his strike was beat away by Elliot for a corner.