Substitute Joselu rescues point for Newcastle against Swansea

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Jordan Ayew's opener on the hour was cancelled out by Joselu's equaliser at St James' Park, as bottom club Swansea returned to Wales with a point.

The visitors threatened twice within seconds when Ki saw a shot blocked and Bartley headed back across goal from the resulting corner where Mike van der Hoorn's flick appeared to hit Mohamed Diame's arm, sparking unanswered penalty appeals.

"I must be honest, I didn't see it [the penalty claim] at the time", he told a news conference.

"But the others? We can not sell them because the others are already playing".

"I don't think it is intimidating, it is a good ground, and we must look at this game as an opportunity for us".

"But he's doing a great job for the team, he is working really hard and scoring some goals, so I am really happy with him".

Mo Diame of Newcastle United controls the ball during the EFL Cup Fourth Round match between Newcastle United and Preston North End at St James Park
Newcastle United 1 Swansea City 1: Joselu rescues point for Magpies

Opposite number Rafael Benitez was thrilled with the impact of Joselu, who scored his fourth league goal of the season to move Newcastle three points clear of the relegation zone.

"Still he can improve things, but in terms of mentality, character, he is someone who is going in the right direction and that is the main thing for us and the club because you don't have too many centre-backs around with this presence and this character". Yes, but maybe you would have to pay £25million or something like that.

Benitez also defended midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, who reacted angrily to being substituted in the 82nd minute and refused to shake his manager's hand.

"It might not be possible for the team to play as I want after just a month, what is important is that we fight to win games". But we have to make the substitutions and that's it.

They defeated Stoke City 1-0 away from home in their last outing, before beating Luton Town 3-1 in the third round of the FA Cup and Benitez will be keen his players keep that momentum moving forward.

"I didn't have any problem with it".

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