Paul Clement: 'Swansea City were not good enough'

Paul Clement defends Swansea debutant Renato Sanches after Newcastle loss

The Portuguese midfielder struggled to impose himself against the Magpies

Not that this defeat should be pinned on him for one moment.

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.

"We brought the numbers down and it's far more manageable".

"Between the four of us we were making a plan of communication and it worked perfectly". Although Lascelles made a superb goal-line clearance to deny Tammy Abraham in the second half, Newcastle generally looked comfortable.

For Benítez, the outcome was just what the doctor ordered.

"After the game, Rafa rang us and congratulated all the team because they did a fantastic job".

The ex-England global, who helped Newcastle to a Football League First Division title in the 1992-93 season reckons such an impressive feat is possible, if manager Rafa Benitez remains given the quality of the players. The actual game, what I saw was nothing like I expected.

"Although the margin of the defeat is small I am more disappointed with our performance. They're a good, well organised side but we should have done better, there's no question about that". Our shape didn't cause them enough problems. Some of the basics we never got right, just that competitiveness. I think with the players they've got they will be doing well to stay out of the relegation fight.

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

Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski produced a great save to deny Newcastle United striker José Luis Sanmartín Mato (Joselu) who fired a long range strike in the 33rd minute.

"With Matt Ritchie's delivery, it is on a plate every time". It is the second time this season that Swansea have conceded in that fashion although Clement, pointing to their excellent record when defending set-pieces last season, refused to accept that the zonal-marking system is to blame. "He was there watching and hopefully he is back soon and can join us", said Lascelles.

The Welsh club enjoyed an impressive end to the transfer window, as they secured the deadline day signings of Wilfried Bony and Renato Sanches.

"I'm very happy with the way that the squad has shaped up", head coach Clement said.

"He kept in touch with us throughout the game".

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