Rafael Benitez describes Papiss Cisse's performance in one word, praises Aleksandar Mitrovic

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Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez saw his side beat Swansea City today.

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has told BBC Sport that he felt striker Papiss Cisse was 'fantastic' against Swansea City this afternoon.

The Magpies were hammered 3-1 by Southampton last weekend, and after Sunderland beat Norwich City 3-0 earlier today, Newcastle had to beat Swansea to stand any chance of staying in the Premier League.

Fortunately, Benitez - who turned 56 today - received the perfect birthday present as Jamaal Lascelles put Newcastle in front, before Moussa Sissoko and Andros Townsend added further goals to hand the Magpies a huge 3-0 win.

The result now means Newcastle lie just three points adrift of safety, with today's win handing them a huge boost in their fight against the dreaded drop to the Championship.

After the game, Benitez spoke to BBC Sport about his side's performance, and praised the performance of experienced striker Papiss Cisse.

The Senegal hitman hasn't been scoring goals, but Benitez has kept him in the team, and described his performance today with just one word - fantastic.

Cisse was later replaced by youngster Aleksandar Mitrovic, who Benitez also praised, before urging his team to offer similar performances in the coming weeks.

"Striker Papiss Cisse was fantastic up front and Aleksandar Mitrovic was good too when he came on," said Benitez. "When you win games everybody is happy. Today we saw what we expect from this team. We have to show the same in the other games. We were not thinking about the earlier win for Sunderland over Norwich. Now we can see the table but before the game it was about focusing on the game," he added.

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