Premier League

April 6, 2012

Full-time

Swansea City

0 - 2

Newcastle United

Premier League

15:30 +00:00, April 6, 2012

Liberty Stadium, Wales

Referee: Howard Webb

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    See you all next time!

  • 90'

    Some areas to reflect upon for Swansea. Still need more of a plan B.

  • 90'

    Papiss Demba Cisse is the man of the moment then. He has done it again!

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    FULL TIME Swansea 0-2 Newcastle United

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    Long range effort from Sigurdsson, straight at Krul

  • 90'

    Swansea still refuse to throw the ball forward. They stick to their principles.

  • 90'

    Sinclair probes down the left, once more it is dealt with by Danny Simpson.

  • 90'

    Three minutes added time...

  • 90'

    Papiss Cisse is awarded the Man of the Match award.

  • 89'

    Still the possession is wildly in Swansea's favour. But, Newcastle are in no danger at all.

  • 87'

    Can Swansea make the last five minutes interesting? Doesn't seem so. All been too predictable

  • 86'

    Swansea throwing bodies forward, Mewcastle scrambling the ball clear.

  • 85'

    Neil Taylor gets forward down the left, but Danny Simpson defends well to win his side a goal-kick.

  • 84'

    Lovely corner from Sigurdsson to the back-post, Rangel climbs well to head wide.

  • 83'

    The crowd want a penalty as Danny Graham goes down in the area. Not a single player appeals though.

  • 82'

    Ashley Williams lucky to avoid a second-yellow. A cynical block on Dan Gosling.

  • 81'

    Pass, pass, pass. The Swansea machine rolls on.

  • 79'

    Scott Sinclair has added something since his arrival. Cuts inside from the left once more and fires at goal.

  • 78'

    Caulker's back-pass is short and Vorm has to rush out. His clearance hits Cisse, but deflects wide.

  • 77'

    Newcastle keeping possession and content to sit-back. What can Swansea muster in the last fifteen minutes?

  • 76'

    Lovely from Ben Arfa, a sharp turn leaves Leon Britton on the floor. Newcastle happy to keep the ball now.

  • 75'

    Swansea may feel hard done by so far, but they have lacked Newcastle's cutting edge. That's what £10 million strikers should add I suppose!

  • 74'

    Gosling replaces Cabaye

  • 73'

    Now Sigurdsson has an effort, firing wide from 25 yards. Had a few efforts today, all very close.

  • 72'

    Britton almost immediately plays Graham in for a quick reply, but the ball will not sit for him and Santon clears.

  • 71'

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  • 70'

    Really was an unbelievably good finish in the end. Nine goals in eight games in England for Cisse. Yohan Cabaye with his second assist.

  • 69'

    GOAL Swansea 0-2 Newcastle Cisse!!! Brilliant. Simply Brilliant. "A chipped lob, whilst falling over backwards" says Dom Raynor. Cisse was played in by Cabaye down the left-channel.

  • 68'

    The corner is swung in over everybody though. Dealt with by Cisse in the end.

  • 67'

    Scott Sinclair does well straight away. Cuts in from the left and his shot deflects just wide of the near post.

  • 66'

    Danny Graham replaces Luke Moore

  • 66'

    Scott Sinclair on for Nathan Dyer

  • 65'

    Almost brilliant from Papiss Cisse. Allows his defender to get distracted by Ben Arfa's overlapping run and fires an unexpected shot, just wide.

  • 64'

    Newcastle think they have a great chance as Hatem Ben Arfa leaves Taylor for dead and picks out Cisse in the centre. The ball had gone out though.

  • 62'


    The Newcastle United wall jumps to block the free kick by Gylfi Sigurdsson of Swansea

  • 61'

    Thirty minutes to go then. As it stands Newcastle will move to two points off Spurs.

  • 60'

    Shane Ferguson replaces Demba Ba

  • 60'

    Finds Williamson deep at the back-post. But, easily dealt with by Swansea.

  • 59'

    Taylor to swing in the free-kick...

  • 58'

    Williams for blatent shirt-pulling

  • 57'

    Danger as Nathan Dyer breaks behind the defence on the right, but his pull back is just behind Luke Moore.

  • 56'

    Swansea throwing men forward now. Let's hope for fireworks.

  • 55'

    Good cross from Rangel on the right and it is headed straight at Krul by Caulker.

  • 55'

    The ball falls to Angel Rangel, but he completely miscues his left-footed shot. Another corner.

  • 55'

    Corner to Swansea. Simpson knocks the ball behind.

  • 53'

    Dramatic stuff. Terrible clearance from Davide Santon is fired goalbound by Joe Allen and deflects off Williamson. Krul just deals with it.

  • 52'

    They break down the right and with Demba Ba in the middle, Hatem Ben Arfa miscues his shot into the crowd.

  • 51'

    Now Newcastle are able to retain the ball. This is encouraging for their fans.

  • 50'

    Newcastle make it into the Swansea half, but Ben Arfa is crowded off the ball. Back it comes.

  • 49'

    Side-to-side the ball goes. Santon though does brilliantly to twice stop Swansea probing down the right-flank.

  • 48'

    Hopefully it will open up soon as Swansea look to become more ambitious.

  • 47'

    Newcastle haven't touched the ball yet. Swansea keeping it at will, Newcastle solid in defence.

  • 46'

    Immediately better from Swansea. Nathan Dyer reaps havoc before Sigurdsson fires just wide via a deflection.

  • 46'

    SECOND HALF underway

  • 46'

    Ryan Taylor for Cheik Tiote who has a hamstring strain.

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    More of the same in defence will be Newcastle's message. They need to keep the ball better when they get it though. They will tire quickly like this.

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    Nearly 80% possession and only one shot. That must change.

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    It is an issue. Leon Britton, who has been heralded for his passing in midfield, has neither a goal or an assist this season. Maybe there is a lack of attacking intent.

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    Do Swansea need Scott Sinclair do you reckon? He normally provides some attacking threat.

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    Ok, the score is corrected. It is Swansea 0-1 Newcastle. Sorry about that.

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    Swansea absolutely dominating possession. But, there is no threat at all. Newcastle at least have looked dangerous.

  • 45'

    HALF-TIME Swansea 0-1 Newcastle

  • 45'

    Newcastle skipper Jonas is fouled. Should see us through to the break.

  • 45'

    One minute added-time...

  • 44'

    Good defending from Papiss Cisse of all people to deny Nathan Dyer who was looking to charge into the box.

  • 43'

    Can see how Leon Britton's pass completion record is so good, but they need to make some passes count. It's pretty, but that is all.

  • 42'

    Committed defending from Newcastle. Players diving in all over the place to deny Sigurdsson. They are wary of the Icelander. Rightly so.

  • 40'

    Sigurdsson hits a free-kick from 30 yards, but straight at Tim Krul in the Newcastle goal.

  • 39'

    Angel Rangel again wastes a crossing chance from the right hand-side. Terrible.

  • 38'

    Routledge attacks down the left, but Danny Simpson defends well and sees off the danger.

  • 37'

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  • 36'

    Brilliant from Santon. Sigurdsson looks to have played Nathan Dyer in behind the defence, but the Italian just cuts it out.

  • 35'


    Papiss Cisse celebrates scoring Newcastle's opening goal with Demba Ba

  • 34'

    Swansea creeping up the pitch. They spread it to Rangel on the right, but the cross is terrible.

  • 33'

    Newcastle must up their game when they get the ball. They keep gifting it back. This time Demba Ba.

  • 31'

    Pass, pass, pass, pass... It is metronomic. But, it is so deep. Need to be twenty yards further up the pitch.

  • 30'

    Great save Tim Krul does well to turn a stinging Sigurdsson drive over the bar.

  • 29'

    Cisse looks to play in Ba with the outside of his foot, but Steven Caulker is there. Well anticipated.

  • 28'

    Swansea really do keep the ball magnificently. Just need some spark in the final third.

  • 27'

    Gutierrez almost overplays the ball in defence, but eventually clears. Swansea's ball once more.

  • 26'

    Dyer tries to play a quick one-two with Routledge, but Santon anticipates well. Lively from Swansea.

  • 25'

    POSSESSION Swansea 75%-25% Newcastle. Dominance.

  • 24'

    More direct from the Swans this time, trying to get Rangel in behind the defence. The pass is overhit.

  • 23'

    Brilliant from Ben Arfa, bursts past his man and infield onto his favoured left-foot. Shot is tame though and Vorm gathers.

  • 22'

    Swansea press high and win the ball back, but right-back Angel Rangel miscontrols.

  • 21'

    Swansea are having all the possession, but Newcastle have somehow looked more dangerous. Bizarre game.

  • 20'

    Routledge sends in a poor cross from the right and the ball is easily cleared.

  • 19'

    Free-kick given for a foul by Danny Simpson. Chance to whip it in, but Swansea (predictably) pass it backwards.

  • 17'

    Demba Ba does brilliantly to turn his man from Hatem Ben Arfa's through-ball, but his shot is blocked. Good play by the Toon.

  • 16'

    Joe Allen gets forward and from 20 yards Joe Allen looks to test Tim Krul, but it's straight at the Dutchman.

  • 16'

    Not for long. Back to South Wales version of tiki-taka.

  • 15'

    Whisper it quietly... Newcastle have the ball.

  • 14'

    Swansea work the ball well once more and Angel Rangel has an effort from the corner of the box. Well over in the end.

  • 12'

    Rangel crosses and Newcastle break with Demba Ba, but he slows it down and Swansea recover.

  • 11'

    Lovely passing from Swansea and the ball eventually comes to Wayne Routledge, but his chipped cross is easily dealt with.

  • 9'

    They didn't keep the ball for long. It's back with Swansea in defence. Very similar pattern to last week's game v Spurs so far for the Swans.

  • 8'

    They eventually try to move the ball forward down the right to Nathan Dyer, but Santon steps in to intercept.

  • 7'

    Swansea are back in their passing rhythm. Newcastle letting them play at the back.

  • 6'

    How will Swansea respond to that?

  • 5'

    GOAL Swansea 0-1 Newcastle Cisse strikes!!! Within seconds of winning the ball back, Yohan Cabaye unleashes Cisse with a delightful first-time pass and Cisse fires low past Michael Vorm. Good finish, but great pass.

  • 4'

    Swansea can't get the ball out their half though and Gutierrez wins it back.

  • 3'

    Swansea have the ball... (Expect a lot of this)

  • 2'

    Big chance! Nathan Dyer tees-up Gylfi Sigurdsson, but the ball is slightly behind him and he shoots wide.

  • 1'

    Newcastle have the ball to start with and play it long towards Papiss Cisse. Cue Swansea possession.

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    KICK-OFF Let's get ready to rumble.

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    Moments from kick-off. Let's get ready for this Good Friday classic.

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    Santon comes in for Newcastle, Danny Guthrie misses out. Gutierrez moves into the midfield.

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    Nathan Dyer returns for Swansea then, with Luke Moore starting up-front. Steven Caulker returns in defence.

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    Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Perch, Santon, Gutierrez, Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Tiote, Cisse, Ba. Subs: Elliot, Abeid, Gosling, Ryan Taylor, Shola Ameobi, Ferguson, Tavernier.

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    Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Caulker, Taylor, Dyer, Britton, Allen, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Moore. Subs: Tremmel, Tate, Graham, Sinclair, Monk, McEachran, Gower.

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    Swansea at home have been brilliant this season though, so it will certainly not be easy for the Magpies.

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    Time for Swansea City - Newcastle United then. Big game for Newcastle, who could move within two points of a Champions League place.