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Summary

  1. Newcastle: Darlow, Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett, Tiote, Colback, Townsend, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Cisse.
  2. Swansea: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Fer, Ayew, Sigurdsson, Montero, Paloschi.
  3. Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

Live Reporting

By Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Newcastle 3-0 Swansea

That's it. The Magpies have won their second match in 11. More importantly they are now only three points from safety.

A good day for the North East pair but a bad day for Norwich.

Newcastle fans celebrate
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Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton winger on Final Score

"Newcastle have been impressive, they have put in a really good performance."

Not entirely sure I agree with you Kevin.

Steve Stone

Former Newcastle coach and England midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

"The result for Sunderland gave Newcastle great belief. It was edgy in the first half, and even when they scored the first goal - but let's not get carried away! There is still a long, long way to go."

Newcastle 3-0 Swansea

Steve Stone

Former Newcastle coach and England midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

"That was a cool little finish, I thought he was going to pass it back to Mitrovic but that was nice confidence. Andros Townsend has actually played really well."

GOAL - Newcastle 3-0 Swansea

Andros Townsend

Can you have a not great good win?

Anyway, Aleksandar Mitrovic pushes past one challenge and plays in Andros Townsend who springs the offside trap.

The winger keeps his cool and slots his shot under the body of Lukasz Fabianski.

That my friends is certainly Rafael Benitez's first win as a Newcastle manager.

Andros Townsend celebrates
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Steve Stone

Former Newcastle coach and England midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

"You go back to those three chances for Swansea when it was on a knife edge, Newcastle desperately needed that goal."

Steve Stone

Former Newcastle coach and England midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

"It's that boy Townsend again, he's shown his quality all afternoon. Sissoko was six yards out and gave the keeper no chance,"

Dion Dublin

Former Leicester and Aston Villa forward on Final Score

"It is an instinctive goal. Newcastle attack it well. It sits nice for Sissoko and he strikes it towards goal really well."

GOAL - Newcastle 2-0 Swansea

Moussa Sissoko

What he added was he won the corner that led to the goal.

The corner from the left is swung into the area. There are two ricochets before Moussa Sissoko swings his boot at the ball and fires home from about eight yards.

The home crowd cheers, heart rates fall. That should be three points. 

That's the stand-in skipper's first goal of the season BTW.

Sissoko celebrates
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SUBSTITUTION

Newcastle 1-0 Swansea

Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic comes on to replace Papiss Cisse. Let's see what he can add...

Newcastle 1-0 Swansea

Newcastle fans, who have been quiet, belt out "Newcastle! Newcastle!", but it comes with the team on the backfoot.

There are 10 minutes plus stoppage time remaining.

SO, SO CLOSE!

Newcastle 1-0 Swansea

Jefferson Montero, who has lacked accuracy today, to be polite, misses a sitter from eight yards after sub Bafetimbi Gomis plays him in.

Moments later, Gomis himself fires over from 12 yards after good work by Modou Barrow down the right.

It's coming...

Jefferson Montero
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Newcastle 1-0 Swansea

Newcastle's Vurnon Anita goes into the book for a foul on Jefferson Montero.

Midfielder Gini Wijnaldum - 11 games without a goal - is replaced by Ayoze Perez.

CLOSE!

Newcastle 1-0 Swansea

The worry for Newcastle fans is that their team now sits back and tries to defend a 1-0 lead.

And they are almost made to pay from a quick free-kick when defender Ashley Williams fires inches wide from 12 yards - he should have scored.

Bafetimbi Gomis comes on for Andre Ayew. The Swans are looking to turn it up a notch.

Swansea captain Ashley Williams
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Steve Stone

Former Newcastle coach and England midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

"The game is drifting. Swansea have had a lot of possession but have not shown a lot of quality. The game is in the balance and Swansea will get more chances as Newcastle will sit deeper as the game goes on."

Newcastle 1-0 Swansea

Even if they win, Newcastle have not produced a display that will encourage the home fans.

The midfield look sluggish, while striker Papiss Cisse does not look a threat.

Anyway, Cheick Tiote comes off and gets a round of applause from the fans. Jonjo Shelvey comes on to face his former side.

We have about 24 minutes remaining.

Newcastle 1-0 Swansea

Swansea are playing much better in this half. Angel Rangel and Jack Cork are getting their feet on the ball.

Having said that the Magpies break again, but it ends with Andros Townsend trying a flick in the area which looked good but was ultimately ineffective.

Newcastle 1-0 Swansea

It remains pretty quiet at St James' - perhaps the home crowd are waiting for what some deem to be the inevitable... an equaliser.

Newcastle 1-0 Swansea

That was a vital block by Chancel Mbemba.

The Newcastle defender prevents Andre Ayew from what seemed like certain equaliser with a brilliant low block to stop his fierce low shot.

It's hotting up at St James'.

Newcastle 1-0 Swansea

Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko retrieves the ball after losing possession.

He plays the ball into Papiss Cisse, who fires wide with the keeper to beat. However, the Senegal forward was flagged offside - just as well.

Papiss Cisse
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Newcastle 1-0 Swansea

Steve Stone

Former Newcastle coach and England midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

"You can sense there's a different atmosphere with the Swansea team, their two centre halves are trying to push right out. Newcastle will sit deep and try to hit on the break."

Takeover bid?

Newcastle 1-0 Swansea

Americans Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan are currently in talks with Swansea about a possible takeover, and Levien is watching today from the St James’ Park directors’ box.

Levien and Kaplan are looking to buy around 60% of the Swansea shares, and the deal is expected to be completed by the end of the season.

CLOSE!

Newcastle 1-0 Swansea

The ball is delivered low into the area. Moussa Sissoko flicks it towards goals and scorer Jamaal Lascelles only just fails to get a decisive touch.

Close.

Jamaal Lascelles
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Newcastle 1-0 Swansea

Newcastle have a free-kick on the right after Andros Townsend is clipped by Federico Fernandez. This is a big chance...

Newcastle 1-0 Swansea

The Swans on the attack.

Neil Taylor swings in the ball from the left. The ball bounces in front of Angel Rangel at the far post, but he heads wide.

Newcastle's heads are still in the changing room.

KICK-OFF

Newcastle 1-0 Swansea

Swansea get us back under way. This is a huge second half for Newcastle, more huge than the first half, which was huge.

Huge.

Newcastle 1-0 Swansea

The players are back out on the sun-drenched pitch. It's nippy though.

Newcastle 1-0 Swansea

Former England Test spinner and huge Newcastle fan Graeme Swann conducts the half-time raffle out of one of those tombola-type contraptions, last seen in 1980s TV game shows.

Steve Stone

Former Newcastle coach and England midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

"Newcastle have been the better team, got themselves into a nice shape and they deserve the lead. Benitez is trying to get their back four out a bit, and the second half will be a balancing act – they will sit a bit deeper as it goes on. The crowd will get edgy – it’s natural."

Newcastle 1-0 Swansea

Ugly half, ugly goal - like Newcastle care

Listen to Guy commentate on this huge match on MOTD on BBC One at 22:25 BST

Newcastle 1-0 Swansea

BBC Newcastle summariser John Anderson: "We didn't expect it to be a classic We thought it would be nervy and so it's proved. The important thing is we're in front. A second goal would settle everyone's nerves."

HALF-TIME

Newcastle 1-0 Swansea

It's not been pretty but it's been a far better first half display by Newcastle than fans have witnessed in recent weeks. 

Swansea, safe on 40 points, appear to have come along for the ride.

Newcastle 1-0 Swansea

Dion Dublin

Former Leicester and Aston Villa forward on Final Score

"Lascelles has got a run on Sigurdsson but he should just defend. Sigurdsson tries to hold him off but Lascelles is too strong. If Sigurdsson stays and defends it wouldn’t happen. It is lazy defending.

"This is a fantastic chance for Newcastle. If they seriously think they can get out of this, this will give them a little bit of momentum."

Newcastle celebrate
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As it stands

Newcastle 1-0 Swansea

Looks a tad bit rosier, eh Newcastle fans?

BBC table
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Newcastle 1-0 Swansea

Steve Stone

Former Newcastle coach and England midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

"It is a quality ball into the box, and Lascelles attacked it like all good centre-halves should do where they boots are flying. He's punched it into the net with his head to make sure it's gone in."

Newcastle celebrate
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GOAL - Newcastle 1-0 Swansea

Jamaal Lascelles

Talk about leading by example.

Former Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles, who suggested that his team-mates were not showing any fight following last week's 3-1 defeat by Southampton, heads home from a corner.

He was being held back but like a trojan horse was unstoppable in meeting the ball and powering home, in off keeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Newcastle score their opening goal
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Newcastle 0-0 Swansea

Thankfully for Newcastle, the resulting cross by Jefferson Montero is smashed out of play.

I bet that thrilled the 900 fans who travelled from south Wales.

At the other end, Andros Townsend does his trick of cutting inside and firing a shot. This time he strikes tame effort that Lukasz Fabianski dives low to collect.

Newcastle 0-0 Swansea

Jittery.

Swans forward Alberto Paloschi surges down the right of area and fires a cross into the six-yard box. It's cleared but the ball deflects back towards keeper Karl Darlow who collects to the left of his goal.

Swansea now have a corner...

Newcastle 0-0 Swansea

Newcastle's best effort of the match.

Striker Papiss Cisse plays a lovely deft flicked pass with his head into the path of Jack Colback who runs on to ball and fires a low shot that is easily saved by Lukasz Fabianski.

Jack Colback shoots
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Steve Stone

Former Newcastle coach and England midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

"Benitez has got his team set up perfect for getting the second balls, stopping Swansea from gaining too much possession. You sense Swansea are there for the taking, they got  a massive result against Chelsea last week but it is natural when teams have 40 points to come off it a bit."