Swansea City's Jordan Ayew on target in Newcastle United stalemate

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The Magpies have moved clear of the relegation zone in recent weeks after Rafa Benitez's side recovered from their mid-season slump. We have to think we will do something before January 31, and I have made it clear we need some help. "But for this to happen you must play with personality and stay with the ball".

The Magpies have earned successive Premier League victories against Swansea, having won just one of their first nine against them in the competition.

Poor finishing and several fine saves by Lukasz Fabianski kept Newcastle at bay before Jordan Ayew fired the visitors ahead on the hour, heading a Mike van der Hoorn cross past Karl Darlow after the home team's keeper parried his first attempt.

"Let's see game by game".

"When you are not winning a game like this one, so important, any player has to be disappointed if they do not continue playing", said Benitez.

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Newcastle have been linked with moves for plenty of strikers already, but with the club facing such an uncertain future with regards to their ownership, it will be hard for Rafa to attract top level players to St James' Park this month.

The Spaniard buried his side's equaliser eight minutes after the opener and led the line well during his cameo showing and, in quotes published by the Chronicle, Benitez opted to praise his striker's display.

Carlos Carvalhal added his voice to those calling for VAR to be introduced in the Premier League after believing Swansea City should have been awarded a penalty in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Newcastle United. The team has to take their chances, not just the strikers.

"This is not a decisive game, but we must progress and be competitive".

"We are no closer to signing anyone, so we must look at the players who are here and who are playing". How many times have this club been linked with a good player only to back out because the transfer fee seemed a bit high and then to prove the folly of such paucity and penny pinching, the player eventually becomes an excellent buy for another club and to further shame the policy, he is then sold on for some astronomical fee.