Date published: Saturday 13th January 2018 4:52
Joselu came off the bench to drag Newcastle out of even deeper relegation trouble and deny Swansea a major boost to their Premier League survival hopes.
The former Stoke striker, whose £5million signing in August was symbolic of manager Rafael Benitez’s transfer window struggle, stabbed home a 68th-minute equaliser just four minutes after his introduction to cancel out Jordan Ayew’s opener.
Newcastle dominated the first half, but squandered a series of chances and might have conceded a penalty before Ayew struck.
But on a day when defeat was simply not an option, they fought back to snatch a 1-1 draw which at least prevented bottom-of-the table Swansea from collecting three points for just the third time in 15 attempts.
Newcastle kicked off having not won a league game at St James’ Park since they beat Crystal Palace on October 21, and did so in determined fashion as wide-men Matt Ritchie and Christian Atsu pinned Swansea back.
Indeed, had last season’s leading scorer Dwight Gayle been at his best, he might have scored twice within the opening 12 minutes with goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski diving to his right to claim one header and then looking on gratefully as a second flashed inches wide of the post after Ayoze Perez had bamboozled Kyle Bartley to cross.
Fabianski was called upon once again to keep out Perez’s rising 18th-minute drive at his near post after Jonjo Shelvey and…