Premier League

April 6, 2012


Swansea City

0 - 2

Newcastle United

Premier League

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

Liberty Stadium, Wales

Referee: Howard Webb


    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!

  • 90'

    FULL TIME Swansea 0-2 Newcastle United

  • 90'

    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.


    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.


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


    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.


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


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


    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.

  • 1'

    KICK-OFF Let's get ready to rumble.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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