UNITED claimed back-to-back Premier League victories as Jamaal Lascelles' 76th-minute header secured a 1-0 win at Swansea City.
While Swansea's loss was a narrow one, it left Clement searching for answers after anticipating a different outcome in the lead up to the match.
"Although the margin of defeat is very small, ultimately decided by a set-play, for me the difference in the two teams in the performance was much greater than that".
"I said to the players in the dressing room, there's all the make-believe stuff, what's written on the paper and how we think it's going to go, and then there's the reality of what actually happens in the game". There was obviously a lot of expectation coming into the game with new signings and old faces back at the club.
Cole told Daily Star: "I spoke to a couple of Newcastle fans the other week and they said they felt their team would finish mid-table".
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"It was very frustrating and I'm not quite sure why it turned out like that, " said Swansea head coach Paul Clement.
"That's why football can be so unusual sometimes". Even right up to the end, where we did continue to push, we couldn't get a decent ball into the box.
For all that they were beaten, Swansea could still have taken something from the match, with Tammy Abraham having a chance cleared off the line by Lascelles shortly before he scored himself.
"When you get back fit and are just training every day, you realise what a blessing it is when you can't do it, so when you're in the gym, you just try to work a bit harder and hopefully, you reap the rewards when you come back because you are that bit mentally tougher".
"We have just got on with things".