Next Match: at home to Hull, December 09
Europe: UEFA Europa League (Group A)
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup defended Jonjo Shelvey after the former Liverpool man produced a midfield masterclass but still managed to catch the eye for the wrong reasons during the Swans' 3-0 win over Newcastle on Wednesday. Man of the match Shelvey was involved in Swansea's second and third goals but blotted his copybook when he appeared to aim a headbutt at Mathieu Debuchy during a heated exchange between the pair with the score at 2-0. "Football is about temperament," Laudrup said. "The most important thing is to keep on the right side of the line, to not go over it and he didn't do that. It's important everybody sticks to the right side of the line." On the Magpies' two unsuccessful penalty claims - for a handball against Ben Davies and Ashley Williams' tackle on Yoan Gouffran - the Dane added: "They claimed for two penalties. The one with the handball is what I would call 50-50. One of those that if you don't give it, it's okay. If I had been on the other side I would have claimed it, but if there are experts in penalties being given or not given it's Swansea. If he'd given it I would have accepted it. The other one I don't think was a penalty."