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Swansea City 2-0 Newcastle United

By Dafydd PritchardBBC Wales Sport at Liberty Stadium
Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis
Gomis has scored two goals in two games so far this season

Swansea produced a stylish display to beat 10-man Newcastle and inflict a first defeat on new Magpies head coach Steve McClaren.

Jonjo Shelvey set up Bafetimbi Gomis to round Tim Krul and slot into an empty net to give Swansea an early lead.

Swansea dominated Newcastle - Garry Monk

Newcastle defender Daryl Janmaat was sent off shortly before half-time for persistently fouling Jefferson Montero.

The Ecuadorian's next involvement was to cross for Andre Ayew to head in his second Swansea goal in as many games.

Garry Monk's side could have won by a bigger margin, but Montero and Gylfi Sigurdsson's long-range shots hit the woodwork.

Newcastle failed to trouble the hosts, who monopolised possession and consigned their opponents to a seventh successive Premier League away defeat.

Shelvey's renaissance

Jonjo Shelvey graphic
Green = successful passes; red = unsuccessful passes

Swansea midfielder Shelvey's inconsistency was a source of frustration for Swans manager Monk last season.

But judging by his form early in this campaign, the 23-year-old seems to be finally making the most of the ability which brought him his only England cap to date in 2012.

Shelvey impressed in the 2-2 draw at Chelsea and dominated against Newcastle, orchestrating Swansea's midfield and providing a brilliant assist for Gomis's goal.

"We are working to improve his performances," said Monk. "He is listening hard. It is about him working hard and us working hard with him to improve his play in all areas."

The graphic shows Shelvey's influence in midfield after the break which helped Swansea control the game. He completed 88% of his 83 passes and ran 10.92km during the game - only fellow midfielder Jack Cork covered greater distance for the home side.

McClaren's misery

Newcastle showed signs of promise in their opening draw against Southampton, with Georginio Wijnaldum the brightest of the new signings on display.

But the visitors were toothless for large parts at Liberty Stadium, the likes of striker Papiss Cisse almost anonymous as McClaren's side were starved of possession.

Janmaat's red card will have irked the former England boss, as the Dutchman was guilty of an unnecessary and impulsive tug of Montero's shirt to leave Newcastle down to 10 men and facing a daunting task which they never looked like completing.

Man of the match

Jonjo Shelvey, Andre Ayew and Jefferson Montero
Jefferson Montero (right) deserves an honourable mention but it was Jonjo Shelvey (left) who dictated the game from the start and inspired a dominant Swansea display

Manager reaction

Swansea manager Garry Monk: "We dominated the whole game from start to finish. When the red card does come it impacts on the dynamic of the other team more and they sat back after that.

'Naive' red card cost us - Steve McClaren

"We were very professional in the second half and made sure we won the game with a clean sheet."

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren: "We didn't learn a lot apart from it is difficult to win with 10 men.

"A little bit of naivety has cost us, 10 men and your backs are against the wall. We have to dust ourselves down and concentrate on the Manchester United game next week."

Pundit analysis

BBC Sport pundit Martin Keown: "I never got to see Stanley Matthews play, but this guy Jefferson Montero has got full-backs on toast."

The stats you need to know

  • Andre Ayew has scored in nine of his last 15 league appearances (Ligue 1 and Premier League), including five goals in his last seven games
  • Bafetimbi Gomis has scored seven goals in his last eight Premier League appearances
  • Newcastle have lost seven consecutive Premier League away games, equalling their record from October 1999
  • The Magpies only managed four total shots against Swansea, which is the fewest they have had in the Premier League since March 2012 against Arsenal (four)



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 26NaughtonBooked at 61mins
  • 33Fernandez
  • 6Williams
  • 3Taylor
  • 24Cork
  • 8Shelvey
  • 10A AyewBooked at 49minsSubstituted forDyerat 72'minutes
  • 23G SigurdssonSubstituted forBrittonat 86'minutes
  • 20MonteroSubstituted forRoutledgeat 77'minutes
  • 18Gomis


  • 7Britton
  • 12Dyer
  • 13Nordfeldt
  • 15Routledge
  • 17Macedo Lopes
  • 22Rangel
  • 27Bartley


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Krul
  • 22JanmaatBooked at 41mins
  • 18Mbemba
  • 2Coloccini
  • 19Haidara
  • 8Anita
  • 4Colback
  • 7SissokoSubstituted forTaylorat 45'minutes
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 14ObertanSubstituted forMitrovicat 82'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 9CisséSubstituted forAaronsat 54'minutes


  • 6Williamson
  • 16Aarons
  • 17Pérez
  • 24Tioté
  • 26Darlow
  • 27Taylor
  • 45Mitrovic
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Match Stats

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    Match ends, Swansea City 2, Newcastle United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swansea City 2, Newcastle United 0.

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    Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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    Foul by Massadio Haidara (Newcastle United).

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Federico Fernández.

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    Attempt saved. Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Cork.

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    Attempt blocked. Jack Cork (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey with a cross.

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    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Steven Taylor.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Dyer.

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    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Kyle Naughton.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jack Cork (Swansea City).

  12. Post update

    Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Leon Britton replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

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    Jack Colback (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Booking

    Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Neil Taylor (Swansea City).

  18. Post update

    Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Aleksandar Mitrovic replaces Gabriel Obertan.

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    Attempt saved. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Dyer.