- First NUFC win for Benitez
- And first NUFC win since Feb. 6
- Sissoko, Lascelles, Townsend net
Two goals off set pieces led Newcastle United to a big home win over Swansea City at St. James Park on Saturday.
Jamaal Lascelles followed up a blunt assessment of his team’s play last week with a huge goal, as the Magpies picked up a 3-0 win over Swans.
Moussa Sissoko and Andros Townsend also scored for Newcastle.
The loss has Swansea in 14th place, 10 points clear of the drop, while Newcastle moves to within three points of Norwich and two points of 18th place Sunderland.
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A slow start gave way to a flurry of activity when Newcastle spent some time around the Swansea 18-yard box about nine minutes into the game. It led to a shot right at Lukasz Fabianski from Andros Townsend, but the Magpies had shown some life.
Gylfi Sigurdsson lorded over a 50-yard free kick midway through the frame, but the Magpies cleared the first real bit of danger from Swansea. Within moments, there was another chance even closer. Sigurdsson laughably butchered it.
The 33rd minute saw Jack Colback into the left of the 18 off a Papiss Cisse flick, but he had no options and hit his low left-footed shot directly at Fabianski.
And then, a lead! Andros Townsend’s sweeping 40th minute corner kick was nodded in by Jamaal Lascelles for his second PL goal since arriving from Nottingham Forest.
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Lascelles almost got his second on a Townsend free kick just after halftime, and then Colback whipped a shot over the goal as Newcastle sought insurance.
Georginio Wijnaldum gave away a free kick, and Swans took it quickly. Chancel Mbemba cleared the first danger before Ashley Williams smashed wide of the frame.
Substitute Bafetimbi Gomis set Jefferson Montero up for a should-be goal, but the Ecuadorian passed the ball wide of the far post.
Newcastle made Swansea pay for the missed chances, with Sissoko finishing a close-range chance off an 82nd minute corner.
Substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic then bulled his way into the box before laying off for Townsend, who shot past a sliding Fabianski.