Phil Thompson praises Newcastle United duo after Swansea City win

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Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba were the focus of his praise.

Phil Thompson has praised Newcastle United duo Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba following the win over Swansea City, to Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, broadcast from 12pm April 16th.

The Magpies put in a highly impressive performance on Saturday afternoon, as they ran out 3-0 winners over Francesco Guidolin’s side.

It was a huge victory for them as it took them within three points of safety following Sunderland’s win over Norwich City in the early kick-off.

Key to their victory was a solid defensive base, as they managed to keep just their sixth clean sheet of the season.

And Thompson was keen to praise the central defensive duo following the win.

“They defended very, very well today,” he told Soccer Saturday.

“Lascelles and Mbemba were absolutely fantastic. They kept Swansea away from goal and Karl Darlow, who didn’t have a save to make. There was a lot of good things about this [win].”

Rafa Benitez’s side will now be hoping this win is the start of a run which can see them go on and secure their survival this season.

It seems as if it will be a shootout between themselves and North East rivals Sunderland, for that final place, with both favoured ahead of Norwich City at this point.

In fact, at this stage, Newcastle will surely be the more confident with three of their five remaining games at home.

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