Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Swansea hold misfiring Newcastle to 1-1 draw

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Melinda Barton | 14 January, 2018, 14:06

Poor finishing and several fine saves by Lukasz Fabianski kept Newcastle at bay before Jordan Ayew fired the visitors ahead on the hour, heading a Mike van der Hoorn cross past Karl Darlow after the home team's keeper parried his first attempt.

Newcastle pressed for a victor without creating many chances to find to it, and Swansea would have stolen the points had Wilfried Bony not seen a goal-bound effort cleared with Darlow stranded, the draw making it just one defeat in four in all competitions for Carvalhal, a run that will provide little solace for the Portuguese given the team's predicament.

VAR was trialled in the FA Cup and League Cup over the last week, and the Portuguese wants to see the technology implemented fully.

Carvalhal said: "I can't say that is a penalty because of the place I was".

"Things are still very hard for us and there's a lot of work to do, but I think people can see that we are progressing". When he opened the arm, it's a clear penalty and red card also.

"In 10 seconds the video referee could communicate, say to stop the game and issue a red card and give a penalty". "The same way as our first goal at Watford because, even if it was one centimetre, my player was offside".

They remain rooted to the foot of the table and four points adrift of safety, but Sweden worldwide Olsson has seen enough in the four games they have played under new manager Carlos Carvalhal to believe they can rescue themselves. "Today we had more possession than Newcastle, and had possession with intent to attack." .

Benitez said: "I think in this new world of football now where everything is so expensive, we knew he could score goals, that he could make a contribution, and he's doing that".

Things aren't expected to get any easier for The Swans with the visit of bothLiverpool and Arsenal in the coming weeks, but Carvalhal insisted what he has seen on the pitch has been "very positive" and will be hopeful to "jump up positions".