Predicting the Newcastle United lineup vs. Swansea City

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The Magpies were on course to lose another Premier League contest after Jordan Ayew had put the visitors ahead on the hour mark before Joselu's introduction from the sidelines.

"I don't think it is intimidating, it is a good ground, and we must look at this game as an opportunity for us. In 10 seconds, the video referee would give a communication saying, "Stop, penalty and red card", I am absolutely sure".

'We can not sell players that are playing because we would have to replace them for better players and, in January, we would need a lot of money to convince players to come here, that is nearly impossible in January, ' said Benitez.

The former Liverpool and Swansea man Shelvey has been strongly linked with a transfer to David Moyes team during recent weeks with reports suggesting that Benitez would sanction a move if he received an offer in the region of £12 million.

And when asked if Ashley had told him what his budget would be, Benitez said: 'No, we are still working'. "Without doubt Newcastle need to sign a striker, they are desperate for a striker, they do need to score some goals". But maybe we would have to pay £25million or something like that [for an alternative to Joselu].

The Ghanaian worldwide broke the virginity of the game on the 60th minute of the game.

One slightly unsavoury moment for Benitez was Jonjo Shelvey's decision to not shake his hand properly after the midfielder was substituted during proceedings.

"When you are not winning a game like this one, so important, any player has to be disappointed if they do not continue playing", he said. "It is not just if you score goals - everybody is expecting that a striker has to score goals - but in a team like us that might not create as many chances as you want, then they have to work hard".

"We were very positive, and had a real intensity and determination to try to score".

"I didn't have any problem with it".



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