Newcastle United 3-0 Swansea City: Were there any positives to take from defeat up north?

Jamaal Lascelles, Moussa Sissoko and Andros Townsend scored the goals to give Newcastle hope in their relegation battle, but what did we learn from Swansea’s point of view?

Newcastle United 3-0 Swansea City: Were there any positives to take from defeat up north?
Andros Townsend converting Newcastle's third goal. (Photo: Craig Brough/Reuters)

Different game, same old story for Swansea. Another two goals conceded from set-pieces, their 16th and 17th this season. The most of any Premier League club, and this time it was Jamaal Lascelles and Moussa Sissoko giving the opposition fans joy.

A simple corner, lofted in by January signing Andros Townsend, met by Lascelles who was ‘marked’ by Gylfi Sigurdsson, the Icelandic international didn’t look interested in the slightest; summing up Swansea’s afternoon.

Another corner, from the same side was lofted in deeper than the previous but a scramble in the six yard area saw the ball fall to Sissoko who drilled the ball home, sealing the win for a desperate Newcastle side.

Townsend then completed the scoreline following some comical defending by Swansea, who had simply given up at that point. His finish was took a slight deflection off Jack Cork but the shot was still enough to beat Lukasz Fabianski.

Jonjo Shelvey can’t be trusted to play these games

Captained Newcastle in previous weeks, but left out of the starting eleven to face the club he left in January. Probably for the best, considering his Swansea record against Liverpool being a bit suspect to say the least. Nevertheless, it’s got to be disappointing for Jonjo Shelvey knowing that his manager doesn’t trust him to keep his emotions in check in a game where he could really show what he’s about.

The England hopeful was brought on after 66 minutes and didn’t completely implode, despite leaving both Cork and Wayne Routledge on the floor in the same challenge.

Jefferson Montero unable to continue sizzling form

It’s the same story with Jefferson Montero, when he has the ball it’s a magnificent sight, as he takes on defender after defender to seemingly no end. It’s when he doesn’t have the ball you can see why Francesco Guidolin has left him out of the side in previous weeks. There were times where he was skipping past defenders, most notably when he got Chancel Mbemba booked in the first half. For the majority of the game though, he was kept quiet.

Andre Ayew, on the other hand, didn’t get a lot going in Newcastle’s half but was tireless in defence, blocking several crosses and doing plenty to keep Newcastle at bay. In the second half, the home side doubled-up Montero, which seems to be right at the top of other sides’ scouting report, especially with Neil Taylor’s offensive presence being limited at best.

Moments like these are a distance memory for André Ayew. | Image: Reuters
Moments like these are a distance memory for André Ayew. | Image: Reuters

The right-back situation

Angel Rangel had his hands full with Georgio Wijnaldum today, and is on the wrong side of 30. Kyle Naughton looks no closer to the first team despite the Spaniard turning 34 next season. Especially with investment from American businessmen looking likely, the right-back area seems like one spot Swansea will spend money on this summer.

A setback for Leroy Fer

He strung a few good performances together recently but this game is a step in the wrong direction if Leroy Fer wants to play his way into a permanent deal at Swansea. He was booked early in the first half for a silly challenge on Jack Colback and his day continued with poor passes and missed tackles. The Dutchman was subsequently taken off after 57 minutes for Modou Barrow.

Swansea switched off after reaching 40 point mark

It shouldn’t be a huge surprise, considering the aim for the large part of the season was to avoid relegation, and the players have done that. However with a rough schedule up ahead it’s unlikely that they will finish with many above that mark.