Swansea 2 Newcastle 0 analysis: Was Andre Ayew or Jefferson Montero the standout player?

Swansea 2 Newcastle 0

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Jefferson Montero: Started where he had left off at Chelsea, namely terrorising full-backs. Newcastle right-back Daryl Janmaat saw red before half-time after stopping the Ecuadorian illegally for the third time and no alternative marker could get close to him. Hit the post from 20 yards and capped another impressive show by setting up Andre Ayew's header which made it 2-0.


Swansea: Lukasz Fabianski 7, Kyle Naughton 7, Federico Fernandez 7, Ashley Williams 7, Neil Taylor 7, Jack Cork 7, Jonjo Shelvey 8, Gylfi Sigurdsson 7, Jefferson Montero 9, Andre Ayew 7, Bafetimbi Gomis 8

Newcastle: Tim Krul 6, Daryl Janmaat 3, Fabricio Coloccini 6, Chancel Mbema 7, Massaido Haidara 6, Jack Colback 5, Vurnon Anita 5, Moussa Sissoko 6, Gabriel Obertan 6, Georginio Wijnaldum 5, Papiss Cisse 5


Andre Ayew: Has needed no time to settle in English football since his summer move from Marseille. The Ghanaian showed wonderful composure to score on his debut against Chelsea last week after a delicious drag-back and here he revealed his aerial ability. Excellent power and direction from Montero cross saw off Newcastle early in the second half.


This was the first time Garry Monk and Steve McClaren had crossed managerial swords and it was the younger man who was smiling as his side dominated almost from start to finish. Monk has his cut work out for Swansea to end higher than last season's eighth-placed finish but the early signs are good with plenty of fluid football in a disciplined team framework. McClaren's plan to stifle Swansea were undone by an early Gomis goal and Janmaat's red card - and there was no way back after the latter.


McClaren must have wondered what his right-back Janmaat was doing to get sent off close to half-time. Facing Swansea flier Montero is not the easiest task in the Premier League and the Dutchman was booked after clattering into him twice early on. But what he was thinking tugging back Montero little more than 30 yards from Swansea's goal, well, heaven only knows but it probably brought a good moan from McClaren at half-time.


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