Papiss Cisse scored two brilliant opportunist goals for Newcastle in the game at Liberty Stadium this afternoon, as the Newcastle defense hung on well, as Swansea had most of the play but couldn’t quite cut out any real good chances.
But it was that Newcastle number 9 Papiss Cisse who had a half chance after 5 minutes and he hit the ball quickly and beat Vorm to his right, and it was only a half chance but Cisse’s 8th goal in 8 appearances.
Swansea had most of the play from then on, and particularly in the first 25 minutes of the second half they pressed Newcastle, but then after 65 minutes Cisse almost scored when he hit a shot from just outside the box – as Newcastle were trying to relieve the immense pressure on the Newcastle defense.
But then on 69 minutes an absolutely superb goal from Papiss seemed to make the 3 points safe, as he was piut throuigh by Cabaye in the inode left channel.
Cisse then beautifully lobbed the ball over Vorm’s head and into the top far right corner of the net – a wonderful goal by the Senegal striker, and his 9th goal in just in 8 appearances for the resurgent Magpies.
It was the cutting edge finishing of Papiss Demba Cisse that was the difference between the sides today, and Swansea may think they were hard done by after all the possession they had.
You could really say it was Swansea 0 Cisse 2 – such was the superb finishing of the 26 year-old, but some resolute and gutsy defending by Newcastle kept the Swansea team at bay, even though they had an awful lot of the possession.
But this was Newcastle’s 16th win of the season and Newcastle’s 7th away win – and four wins in a row for the first time this season – and Newcastle fans cannot expect more than that from these Newcastle players.
And with now crunch time in the league Newcastle are now in 5th place in the league on 56 points from 32 games and Bolton at home on Monday.
5th place is an automatic qualifying position for the Europa League if the lads can beat out Chelsea over the last 6 games of the season.
The London side are 3 points behind Newcastle with a home game against Wigan tomorrow afternoon – come on Wigan 😀
A magnificent win by our lads today – and a very good stubborn defensive display, for our 12th clean sheet of the season, and no doubt Alan Pardew and the players will be very happy men tonight.
Certainly the Newcastle fans are.
This is how we saw the game.
Newcastle started the game playing in the orange shorts they wore at West Brom under an an overcast sky in Swansea,
Both sides showed some caution at the start of the game and a shot from Gylfi Sigurdsson was wide of Krul’s left hand post.
And then in Newcastle’s first attack of the game Cisse scored yet another opportunist goal.
Newcastle strung some good passes together and Cabaye put Cisse through the middle and the Newcastle number 9 shot quickly and beat Vorm’s dive to his right.
It was another great goal from the Senegal striker – his 8th goal in 8 games for Newcastle.
Swansea then put a nice move together but Allen shot straight at Krul as Swansea were having all the possession.
Swansea were attacking, but were not carving out any real openings in the final third and then Mike Williamson cleared well from Luke Moore.
Ben Arfa went on a decent run after 22 minutes and cut into the center from the left wing but his shot was straight at Michel Vorm, who saved easily.
Newcastle looked well organized and weer content to cede possession to Swansea, and the defense was playing quite solidly as players like Ben Arfa, Demba Ba and Gutierrez were all tracking back.
After 30 minutes Swansea had had the vast amount of possession and were 1-0 down.
The Krul saved well from a long range swerving shot from Sigurdsson when he put the ball over the cross-bar.
Then Ben Arfa almost made a hash of a clearance just outside the penalty area when he sliced his clearance but Newcastle cleared the ball well.
Sigurdsson had a free kick from 30 yards out but Krul saved well and then it was Cisse who cleared for Newcastle as the Newcastle front men were tracking back.
Half time came and it was still 1-0 but Newcastle would need to do more attacking as Swansea were having far too much of the ball and were coming forward all the time.
Newcastle had two shots on goal in the first 45 minutes and one half chance and were 1-0 up.
But the Magpies had also been very tight at the back, and their concentration levels had been high, which they had to be since Swansea were moving forward all the time.
The game was delicately poised at the half, and we expect to see Gateshead-born striker Danny Graham introduced for Swansea at some point in the second half.
Ryan Taylor came on in the second half for Cheick Tiote, and Cheick had a slight hamstring problem he picked up in the first half.
Almost immediately Sigurdsson had a shot deflected just wide of the Newcastle goal for a corner as Swansea started the second half very fast.
Santon made nice tackle on Nathan Du]yer to stop one of Swansea’s attacks down their right wing.
Ben Arfa was down the right wing after an 11 pass move by Newcastle but Ben Arfa out it our over the goal line with his right foot.
Then a terrible mistake by Ryan Taylor put the ball straight to Joe Allen 10 yards outside the penalty area and his shot was somehow saved by Krul – but Newcastle were very lucky nor to concede a goal.
Swansea got a couple of corners as they were again pressing the Newcastle defense and were well on top as Newcastle seemed to be missing Tiote’s drive.
Newcastle were hanging on and being almost over-run by Swansea in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
Shane Ferguson came on for Demba Ba after 59 minutes in an effort to stem the Swansea onslaught.
Ben Arfa made a great run down the right wing after 64 minutes and along the bye line, before hitting the ball into the middle but the ball was adjudged to have been out of play – for a goal-kick.
Then after 65 minutes Cisse almost scored when he hit a shot from just outside the box as Newcastle were trying to relieve the immense pressure on the Newcastle defense.
But then on 69 minutes an absolutely superb goal from Papiss may have made the 3 points safe for Newcastle, as from the left of the box Cisse beautifully lobbed the ball over Vorm’s head and into the top far right corner of the net – a wonderful goal by the Senegal striker.
After 72 minutes Danny Graham seemed to be clean through on goal 8 yards out but he hesitated – these Gateshead strikers seem loathe to score against their home town club – and it was Davide Santon who had a good game today – and he stepped in with a neat clearance.
On 74 minutes Dan Gosling got a run-out in place of Yohan Cabaye, who had made both of Cisse’s goals.
James Perch who again was strong alongside Mike Williamson and on 88 minutes James made a superb interception of a through ball – and we expect Mike W and James P to again be the center-backs on Monday whether Colo is fit or not.
Newcastle held on but they had to thank Papiss Cisse today for getting two goals out of nothing, although there were heroes all over the field for Newcastle this afternoon in South Wales.
Job well done by Newcastle, but they had to withstand some pressure form this good Swansea side.
Swansea: Michel Vorm, Angel Rangel, Steven Caulker, Ashley Williams (c), Neil Taylor, Leon Britton, Joe Allen, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Nathan Dyer, Wayne Routledge, Luke Moore.
Subs: Gerhard Tremmel, Alan Tate, Garry Monk, Josh McEachran, Mark Gower, Scott Sinclair, Danny Graham.
Newcastle (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Davide Santon; Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez (c); Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba
Subs: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Ryan Taylor, Mehdi Abeid, Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi