Newcastle one loss in six
Swans score just 14th goal of season
Super sub Joselu levels
Jordan Ayew gave the Welsh visitors a surprise lead, but the concession has Carlos Carvalhal’s club last in the Premier League with 17 points. Newcastle moves three points above the drop before its visit to Manchester City.
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The hosts were all over the basement dwellers to start the match, but time and again the final pass was a bit off the mark.
Christian Atsu was ripped down atop the 18, dead center, in what was dangerously close to a penalty area. Jonjo Shelvey ripped his effort over the goal, and it was Newcastle who were off the hook for a PK when a Mohamed Diame handball was deemed acceptable at the other end.
After a rare Swans chance, a lazy Gayle was offside to nod in what would’ve been an opener.
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1-1 – Rafa's substitution pays off within five minutes and it's Joselu who steers the ball in from a tight angle at the Gallowgate End! #NUFC
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 13, 2018
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Perez intercepted a Sam Clucas miscue and set Gayle up for a 49th minute chance but the Englishman missed yet another opportunity.
Of course, Swans found the opener. Karl Darlow stopped Jordan Ayew’s opening header with a fantastic palm save, but cold only get a finger to the rebound on its way to goal.
Joselu tied the score through traffic at an acute angle after Shelvey sent Perez over the top with a diagonal ball. Fabianski was tight to his post and missed the shot.
Fabianski then thwarted Perez’s bid for a back post goal, and the ball went off the Spaniard for a goal kick.
It was mostly Newcastle without incisive threat for the final 20 minutes. That changed when Ritchie and Atsu lorded over an 88th minute free kick, but no one followed his offering to the back post.
Yet a stoppage time counter nearly defied the Magpies dominance but for Karl Darlow’s aggression and a DeAndre Yedlin clearance off the line.