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Newcastle United 1-1 Swansea City: Level at St James’

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  • Newcastle one loss in six
  • Swans score just 14th goal of season
  • Super sub Joselu levels

Joselu played the role of super sub to deny the visitors a rare win as Newcastle United drew Swansea City 1-1 at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

Jordan Ayew gave the Welsh visitors a surprise lead, but the concession has Carlos Carvalhal’s club last in the Premier League with 17 points. Newcastle moves three points above the drop before its visit to Manchester City.

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The hosts were all over the basement dwellers to start the match, but time and again the final pass was a bit off the mark.

When it was on, like when Ayoze Perez did dynamite work in the 12th minute to cue up a point-blank header, the finish was missing: Dwight Gayle headed nowhere near the goal.

Perez was very good early, denied by Lukasz Fabianski following a delightful feed from Matt Ritchie.

Christian Atsu was ripped down atop the 18, dead center, in what was dangerously close to a penalty area. Jonjo Shelvey ripped his effort over the goal, and it was Newcastle who were off the hook for a PK when a Mohamed Diame handball was deemed acceptable at the other end.

After a rare Swans chance, a lazy Gayle was offside to nod in what would’ve been an opener.

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Perez intercepted a Sam Clucas miscue and set Gayle up for a 49th minute chance but the Englishman missed yet another opportunity.

Of course, Swans found the opener. Karl Darlow stopped Jordan Ayew’s opening header with a fantastic palm save, but cold only get a finger to the rebound on its way to goal.

Joselu tied the score through traffic at an acute angle after Shelvey sent Perez over the top with a diagonal ball. Fabianski was tight to his post and missed the shot.

Fabianski then thwarted Perez’s bid for a back post goal, and the ball went off the Spaniard for a goal kick.

It was mostly Newcastle without incisive threat for the final 20 minutes. That changed when Ritchie and Atsu lorded over an 88th minute free kick, but no one followed his offering to the back post.

Yet a stoppage time counter nearly defied the Magpies dominance but for Karl Darlow’s aggression and a DeAndre Yedlin clearance off the line.

Stoke 0-1 Newcastle: Magpies fend off second-half rush from hosts

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Newcastle picked up a crucial 1-0 road victory on Monday at the bet365 Stadium against Stoke City, bringing the Magpies up to 13th place in the Premier League.

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Ayoze Perez was the hero for the Magpies in the attacking third, after finishing off Jacob Murphy‘s low cross. Perez did well to get a right foot to the bouncing ball, and smashed it past Jack Butland.

Meanwhile, Karl Darlow‘s brilliance in net helped preserve the Newcastle lead on the road despite a massive amount of pressure from Stoke’s attack in the second half.

The Magpies were the far superior side in the opening half, with Christian Atsu providing a great deal of pressure early and often against goalkeeper Butland and Stoke.

Atsu’s best chance came in the 14th minute, when he broke free down the right side before forcing a brilliant save by Butland with his legs.

At the half hour mark, Ciaran Clark had a wonderful opportunity to break the deadlock after Ayoze Perez flicked on the initial corner kick, however, Clark put the close-range effort over the crossbar.

The second half surely flipped more in favor of the hosts though as Stoke began to test goalkeeper Darlow on a more regular basis.

Maxim Choupo-Moting nearly gave Darlow a fit six minutes into the second stanza, but the keeper did well close down the attacker and made the subsequent save.

Kurt Zouma had a legitimate header that trickled just wide off of a free kick in the 68th minute, which kept Stoke off the scoresheet.

Newcastle United 0-0 Brighton and Hove Albion: Nothing up North

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  • Ten shots each in dull encounter
  • Brighton takes four of six from NUFC

There wasn’t a lot to like from Brighton and Hove Albion’s visit to Newcastle United, embedded in a 0-0 Saturday score line at St. James’ Park that only needs the numbers to tell the story.

Newcastle sits a point above the drop zone, while Brighton sits four points clear of 18th.

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Newcastle United had most of the ball but struggled to connect with crosses or scoop up loose chances in the 18.

At the other end, Shane Duffy nodded a cross wide of the goal.

Mikel Merino‘s long through ball to Dwight Gayle yielded a chance, but Mat Ryan collected his rebound before Joselu could nab the loose ball.

Glenn Murray was offside when he missed a back post sitter in the 27th minute.

Joselu had a 40th minute low rip off more Merino playmaking but it dragged wide and Ryan probably had the angle covered.

Duffy headed over goal for a second time in the match off a 42nd minute corner.

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Ryan made an outstanding reaction save on a deflected Isaac Hayden effort, and Jamaal Lascelles headed the ensuing corner wide of the near post.

Karl Darlow got low to collect a Pascal Gross free kick in the 54th.

Gayle forced a fantastic save out of Ryan off a Christian Atsu cross five minutes later, and Darlow nearly matched that stop with his save on a Lewis Dunk header.

WATCH: More Mahrez wizardry draws Leicester level at Newcastle

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It’s 1-1 at St. James’ Park after Riyad Mahrez found a brilliant equalizer for visiting Leicester City on Sunday.

The Algerian wizard continues to hearken back to his World XI form of two seasons ago, this time finding an alarming amount of space.

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Once free of Isaac Hayden, Mahrez lashed a spinning effort around Karl Darlow to even the score up North.

Newcastle United had taken an early lead through Joselu‘s harvest of a great run and cutback from Dwight Gayle.

Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle: Blues cruise

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  • Hazard scores twice
  • Gayle gave Newcastle lead 
  • Chelsea cut gap to Man City to eight points 

Chelsea beat Newcastle United 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday as Antonio Conte’s side fought back from an early setback.

Dwight Gayle gave Newcastle a deserved early lead but that woke Chelsea up with Eden Hazard equalizing, then Alvaro Morata heading home to make it 2-1 at half time.

Hazard scored a late penalty to make it 3-1 as Chelsea moved on to 32 points for the season. Newcastle continue to fall down the table with just one win in their last seven games.

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The Magpies were rewarded for a bright start as Jacob Murphy closed down Thibaut Courtois following a back pass from Marcos Alonso and the loose ball found Gayle who slotted home. A deserved early lead for the Magpies.

Chelsea finally got going and Cesc Fabregas’ ball over the top found Hazard but Karl Darlow saved his shot to deny the in-form Blues forward.

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Chelsea pressed hard for the equalizer as Andreas Christensen hit the post with a header and Morata went down in the box under pressure from Darlow but no penalty kick was given. Soon after it was 1-1.

That man Hazard popped up to level the scores as he finished superbly after Morata challenged Darlow for Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross. Game on.

Before half time it was 2-1 to Chelsea as Victor Moses’ cross was headed home emphatically by Morata for this 10th goal of the season.

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Hazard went close to making it 3-1 early in the second half but his shot deflected inches wide after wrong-footing Darlow.

At the other end Ayoze Perez dragged a shot wide with Newcastle staying in the game but Chelsea always looking more dangerous.

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Moses’ header forced Darlow into a save and Hazard raced clear but put his effort wide under pressure from Newcastle’s goalkeeper.

Late on Chelsea wrapped up the win as Moses was tripped by Matt Ritchie in the box. Hazard chipped the penalty kick straight down the middle to make it 3-1 and keep Chelsea’s good run going.

Hazard, Moses and Alonso all went close late on but the Blues settled for three goals and two wins at home in four days.