Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez claims Paul Dummett's return gave Magpies better shape against Swansea

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The defender had not played in over a month before returning against Swansea.

Rafael Benitez has claimed that Paul Dummett's return to the Newcastle side for their crucial Premier League clash with Swansea helped give the side better shape than they have had in recent weeks, the Shields Gazette reports.

The Welshman had spent well over a month out on the sidelines after sustaining a hamstring injury. And in his absence, Benitez was forced to select a handful of players to feature out of position in the full-back role. 

But after the 24-year-old helped the Magpies secure a 3-0 win over the Swans, Benitez spoke about what the defender's return has given the team.

"At least we've seen Paul Dummett come back and we had a better shape about us because to play a right-footer on the left side is a problem for us," he told the Shields Gazette.

"You can play the ball from the back sometimes from both sides when you've got people in the right positions and it's better for us."

With Saturday's performance being one of their most impressive displays of the season, the Spaniard will be hoping that the core of his squad is able to stay injury-free for the final five games of the campaign.

The victory moved them to within three points of Norwich, and, with a game in hand over the Canaries, has left them in with a much better chance of survival. 

But with the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham still to come, Benitez will be desperate for his key men - including Dummett - to maintain their fitness levels and form as their victory over Swansea proved that they have the ability to pull themselves out of trouble. 

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