Newcastle saved themselves from falling further adrift of safety this afternoon, with a massive 3-0 victory at home to Swansea.

Goals from Jamaal Lascelles, Moussa Sissoko and Andros Townsend were enough for Rafa Benitez’s first win as Newcastle manager.

The Magpies manager had made numerous changes to his lineup, axeing captain Jonjo Shelvey and opting for Papiss Cisse ahead of Aleksandar Mitrovic.

His decisions drew widespread criticism amongst fans, but they ultimately worked and kept Newcastle fighting for their lives at the bottom of the league, on a day where Sunderland recorded a vital win against Norwich to make things even tighter.

There were nervy moments throughout, not least in the second half when Jefferson Montero missed a golden chance to equalise and Bafetimbi Gomis also fluffed his lines.

Lascelles had given Newcastle a much needed first goal in the first half, showing great determination and strength to bundle in a header from a corner.

Newcastle tried to play in the second half but it was the visitors who bossed things, going close on a number of occasions as the home side tired.

But Benitez used his subs effectively, throwing on Mitrovic who teed up Sissoko for his first goal since the final day of last season.

And to ease the goal difference pressures, Townsend capped a marvellous performance with a 90th minute strike, rounding Lukasz Fabianski and scoring to give Newcastle three vital points.