Date: 13th January 2018 at 7:44pm
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Following today’s clash between Newcastle United and Swansea City, here are the instant reactions from both managers.

Newcastle United hosted Swansea City at St James’ Park on Saturday January 13, with both sides playing out a score draw.

The visitors took the lead 15 minutes into the second half as Jordan Ayew found the net, but Joselu had them back on level terms eight minutes later and that was where the scoring ended.

Swansea City will feel they should’ve won the game as they had a strong shout for a first half penalty but that was waved away by the match day referee, and they had an effort cleared off the line in stoppage time at the end of the game.



Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Shelvey (Merino 82), Diame, Ritchie, Perez, Atsu, Gayle (Joselu 64).


Elliot, Murphy, Hayden, Manquillo, Haidara.


Fabianski, van der Hoorn (Roberts 65), Bartley, Mawson, Olsson, Ki Sung-yueng, Dyer (Narsingh 85), Clucas, Carroll, J Ayew, McBurnie (Bony 71).


Fer, Nordfeldt, Fernandez, Mesa.

Speaking to the BBC’s cameras a short time after match day referee Graham Scott blew the final whistle, Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez explained.

‘It’s something we have seen in the past, we created enough chances to score in the first half and then we concede. It’s always difficult to be happy when you draw at home but the main thing is the reaction and how we were pushing at the end. We have to learn that every single mistake can cost you and we can’t make these mistakes. With the first-half chances we could have changed the game but we couldn’t do it and we must take these chances. We know with a new manger they have confidence and are playing well but the reaction after the goal is the most positive thing. I thought our mobility and pace could cause problems but Dwight got a kick and I’m happy for Joselu to get his goal.’

Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal in his comparative interview explained.

‘I’m very happy, two away games and we get four points – it’s not excellent but it is good and against Tottenham we had no points but we played well and deserve more. This game we prepared really well to play with the ball, I think we had 57% possession but we also tried to move the ball into the spaces to create damage to the defensive organisation of Newcastle. We corrected at the break and in the second half we controlled the game. I am very happy with the players’ commitment, they were very good in these games and we are doing the things we are training on.’

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