Lascelles heads Newcastle winner at Swansea

Newcastle United earned a second successive Premier League win as captain Jamaal Lascelles proved their match-winner in attack and defence at Swansea City.

A soporific first half was enlivened by a flurry of late chances at both ends and a failed Newcastle appeal for a penalty after Mikel Merino appeared to dive under pressure from Alfie Mawson.

Tammy Abraham was a whisker away from giving Swansea the lead but, after he rounded visiting goalkeeper Rob Elliot, his shot was superbly cleared off the line by Lascelles.

The Newcastle centre-back then rose highest from a Matt Ritchie corner to score the game’s only goal with a thumping header.

A first away win in the Premier League since 2015 sees the Magpies climb up to 10th in the table, while the Swans slip to 15th after losing their opening two home league games of the season for the first time since 1985.

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