Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend had arguably his best game since joining the club as he contributed greatly to his side’s 3-0 win over Swansea City.
The Magpies headed into the encounter knowing victory over the Welsh club would take them to within three points of Norwich City following their 3-0 defeat at home to rivals Sunderland.
The motivation was there for Newcastle to produce the goods, and they finally secured their first win under Rafa Benitez as they ran out 3-0 winners after a number of nervy moments.
Jamaal Lascelles, Moussa Sissoko and Andros Townsend grabbed the goals for the hosts, and it was the latter who stood head and shoulders above the rest as put in a superb display.
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As shown by the table provided by Opta, the England international had a hand in two of the goals and contributed greatly in a number of other key areas over the 90 minutes.
Townsend joined Newcastle from Tottenham Hotspur during the January transfer window, and up until today he had only shown in flashes exactly what he is capable of producing.
It had been a long time since a Newcastle player put in a top performance from start to finish, but Townsend put an end to that today as he responded to the occasion and lit up St. James’ Park.
Aside from his goal and assist, the 24-year-old posted three shots, three key passes, four tackles, six ball recoveries and nine defensive duels won throughout the encounter.
The victory means another three points against Manchester City on Tuesday will momentarily lift Newcastle out of the bottom on goal difference, a situation deemed unthinkable only one week ago.