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Swansea City vs Newcastle Match Preview

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A quick look at some match stats ahead of Sunday's 4pm kick off at the Liberty Stadium as Paul Clement's Swansea City entertain newly-promoted Newcastle United.

"Between the four of us we were making a plan of communication and it worked perfectly". I think with the players they've got they will be doing well to stay out of the relegation fight. I thought they were better than us. "They're a good, well organised side but we should have done better, there's no question about that".

"That's not good enough and I take responsibility for that performance".

They nearly did go in front when Ayoze Perez forced Fabianski into saving with his outstretched leg.

The former Nottingham Forest trainee had made a crucial intervention in his own penalty box minutes earlier, clearing off the line after on-loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham had rounded Rob Elliot.

Ponderous and pedestrian in possession, Swansea only cut through Newcastle on one occasion, when Leroy Fer released Abraham on the hour.

They were fortunate to finish with 11 men after Matt Ritchie escaped a red card for the sort of high foot just after halftime on Alfie Mawson which saw Sadio Mane sent off for Liverpool at Manchester City on Saturday. It is the second time this season that Swansea have conceded in that fashion although Clement, pointing to their excellent record when defending set-pieces last season, refused to accept that the zonal-marking system is to blame. "He said we are now under way".

"If we can keep performing like that, we'll be fine".

The Swans are boosted with the news that Jordan Ayew has recovered from an illness to be fit, and they also have new deadline-day signings Wilfried Bony and Renato Sanches also available for selection. "I'm very disappointed with the way that we played", said Clement. We have all done the drills that we have done before, so we know what we need to do. "But, at the same time, we've got to wake up quickly".