Swansea 0 Newcastle 2 – Cisse’s Brilliant Brace Gets All 3 Points


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.

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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.

Teams:

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



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34 comments so far

  • Spuggy

    Apr 6, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #1

    We’re 5th in the leaugue!!!! 3 points above Chelsea and 2 points off Arsenal and Spurs!

    Capt Collo back on Monday. Tiote and Ba rested. Two nice home games against Bolton and Stoke coming up and then Chelsea away in a dramatic 6 pointer!!!

    MASSIVE 3 points today. Only three other teams have done that this season.

    Dreamland!!!!

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 6, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Pards just saying Tiote and Cabaye have strains?

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  • Dannyo

    Apr 6, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Sky match report:

    “Newcastle then lost Ba after the forward appeared to pick up an ankle injury, with Shane Ferguson his replacement.”

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 6, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #4

    We would have drawn this game last season. The difference? The quality of Cisse and Cabaye.

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  • Pecorino ( will let you figure it out)

    Apr 6, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Spuggy :)))))) Indeeeed WOOHOO TOOOOON!!!!

    Summer

    Douglas
    Hoillett
    Pieters
    Striker
    Amalfitano

    CL here we come 🙂

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  • Dannyo

    Apr 6, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #6

    NUFCfans.co.uk ? @nufcfans
    AP on taking players off – “We were conscious of Monday’s game. Both Ba and Tiote will be okay.” #NUFC

    Oh thank God, no more injuries pls.

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  • Klatoon

    Apr 6, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #7

    So which one of you is gonna wake me up from this sweeeeeeeeet dream ?

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  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Apr 6, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #8

    Would be a terrible blow if we were to lose Guthrie, then Cabaye and Tiote in the space of 2 games. We have 2 very winnable home games coming up and we need to build upon this and gain more momentum so we can build up a head of steam before the massive 6pointer against Chelsea.

    Hopefully they are only minor niggles and they can play but if not here’s hoping our secondary players can come in and do a job. Keep the faith 😀

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  • bosamuelson

    Apr 6, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Hey dudes,

    Good game today, can’t believe the possession stats, truly AWESOME, cough.

    I was really disappointed though sitting here, in Hamburg with my tiny sister (she is really really small, like small) visiting me and I sat her down with some fresh fish (we can’t remember what kind, I will update you when I know) hmm, it tasted yum yum.

    So anyway the base of my frustration was the lack of FIST PUMP. We had been on youtube the whole time watching (insert hash)fistpumps. I sat the whole time it was between the excessive passing, and clearly not working strategy of Swansea.

    Long story short where the f@(insert hashtag)k was the fist pump.

    If anyone knows, please email waldronsamuel@hotmail.com

    Kind regards (fresh) fishy and tiny (sister)

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  • Dannyo

    Apr 6, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #10

    @bosamuelson
    What have u been drinking mate, and don’t drink any more of it.

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 6, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #11

    Gonna be a tough game 3 days after this one. I’m at the game on Monday though so can’t wait!!!!! Hope I witness a Ba goal.

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  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 6, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #12

    Perfect performance against a more-than-capable Swansea!

    Cisse you LEGEND!

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  • Dannyo

    Apr 6, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #13

    @Ruddy
    See #6 mate, and calm your nerves 😉

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  • bosamuelson

    Apr 6, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #14

    Tiny and I have finished a bottle of Massive (t her) and normal to me size of tarty white wine.

    Fist Pump anyone?

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  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Apr 6, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #15

    Dannyo

    Oh thank God! 😀

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  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 6, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #16

    great great win,

    however Raylor was poor, i dont know if it was rust or what.

    dont want to take anything from win though

    great win

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  • lukes26

    Apr 6, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #17

    I’ve always said (you can check my previous posts) that if Cabaye plays in a more forward position, Newcastle score more goals. Two assists today says it all.

    We need a healthy Tiote though.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 6, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Just like Stoke away Pards played this perfectly.

    Let there centre backs and Allen rack up the possession on the half way line….as soon as they enter our third press em, win it back then break.

    Think possession was close to 75-25, but the action areas was 20-56-24….sums swansea up really.

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  • Oleg G

    Apr 6, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #19

    A good chance that Arsenal will loose points.
    Who knows, maybe the Scum will do some job for us tomorrow?
    Can’t see Chelsea loosing to Wigan, but even if only one of these teams drops points, it will be great for us.

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  • Norwegian_geordie

    Apr 6, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #20

    SUPERB!!! Gotta love these games. absolutely agree about us loosing or drawing these sort of games last year.

    My only concern is Demba Ba’s look when Cisse scored his second. He didn’t look as if he cared at all.. Hope this was only my thoughts…

    HOWAY THE LADS!!!!!

    It’s just unbelievable to be a NUFC supporter these days.. Robson days all over…

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  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 6, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #21

    This is insane. Cisse is a legend, he’s got a real chance to be top prem goalscorer next season. And with the improvements in the squad as a whole over the summer, we’ve really got to be looking dangerous to all the super rich clubs. We’re in a good spot now, and if we can win on monday, that will put pressure on some of the other clubs around us, then who knows. It would be amazing if Alan Pardew got us to the Champions League in his first full season in charge. What a season to be a geordie.

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  • bringbackemre

    Apr 6, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #22

    geez some wile stupid comments floating about
    some of the negativity , we reduced swawnsea to quarter chances all game and creatd 3 to four clear cut
    we were solid and the game plan worked perfectly , all our players played well , dont understand the jonas criticim , he kept things moving used his quik feet to win frees and get out of tight aeras instaed of hoofing it when we needed the ball , and more importantly made quite a few interceptions and tackles , dembe ba played well its incredible how fickle some of you are because his goals have dried up hes open for ctiticim when he was GOD hes playing to the sytem to accompany cisse and were winning thats what matters

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  • toonking

    Apr 6, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #23

    well from what i have been reading on the blog i think i will change my team can’t afford injuries with chelsea coming up

    team against bolton redone
    team for bolton

    __________krul________
    sim___willo___perch___san
    raylor_abeid_cabaye__jonas
    _____ba___ameobi

    subs 1st abeid-HBA 2nd ameobi-cisse 3rd raylor-tiote

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  • Adssy Mccc

    Apr 6, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #24

    I’m sorry, but pards didn’t give enough credit to that performance. Okay we didn’t keep the ball as well as we are capable of, but the work rate and organisation of the team was nothing short of sensational!

    The back four were immense once again! cisse has to be worth 30mill plus! Ben Arfa was really good again, and Jonas was an unsung hero, as he usually is…..

    Nobody should even attempt to pick holes in either this game or our outstanding season!!!!

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  • Graeme

    Apr 6, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Ba looked so pissed off and uninterested today. He spent the 15 minutes before half time and from kick-off until he was pulled off totally wandering around the center circle. I wonder if his PSG deal has been done because his heart wasnt at Swansea today.

    Pappise on the other hand was just awesome. Standing on one leg, falling over and STILL manages to put the ball in the far corner, over the keeper. It was a goal to savour and must be up there for goal of the season. Completely majestic.

    An amazing goal; An amazing result; Bring on Bolton and 5 wins out of 5!!!

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  • croftus5678

    Apr 6, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #26

    ba is not happy as he is not scoring.
    but imo he is still one of the best strikers in the prem and as good as cisse its just he is forced to play behind him when cisse plays.
    if you look at his work rate and how cisse gets the goals it is normally ba who takes a man or 2 away from cisse to give him space to run into to have a chance on goal.
    and his shot when he is in possition to do so are still on target with power its just unlucky some one is in the way ect (i feel sorry for the lad but in honesty and credit to ba cisse would not get half the goals he has without ba i just wish he knew how much fans appreciate him even though he’s not putting the ball in the net.
    and i’m certain if he was alone as striker he would be getting the goals aswell. (claps demba ba well done lad your a better player than just a goalscorer)

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  • lukes26

    Apr 6, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #27

    I’m just happy im not a Swansea supporter. Having to watch 90 minutes of back-passes to Ashley Williams and Caulker week after week would drive me to insanity.

    no wonder Britton has the has highest passing percentage…they’ll all very clever back passes.

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  • pollypeterborough

    Apr 6, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #28

    What a player we have in Cisse. the new Andy Cole.
    well done the lads. must have been hard work out there today. AP should be manager of the year.
    What a day well done the lads.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 6, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #29

    Unbelievable result and Cisse is quickly becoming a legend. What a finisher and I still can’t believe we nicked him 🙂

    All this talk of Ba being unhappy is just talk. The more we mention it the more life we give the rumour and that will cause unrest within the squad. We don’t need that again. Ba is playing. He wants to play and he is. I think I recall him saying once that he didn’t mind where as long as he’s playing. Besides he’s playing well in LF and will certainly be played again in his preferred position next to his mate Cisse in the near future. I honestly don’t know what all the fuss is about. If it’s only because the guy hasn’t scored in six games or something it’s not a problem as it won’t be long til we see him banging ’em in again.

    5th!! HAHA YESSSS!

    HWTL

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  • Minato

    Apr 6, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #30

    First and foremost, so proud of the lads today. As organised and focused as we have been all season. Simply fantastic tactically and in work rate. A very well deserved win.

    I think we exposed Swansea today who patiently waited for us to tire and lose concentration but only found a hungry side that knew exactly what they were playing for.

    Papiss for obvious reasons and Gutierrez for me for motm. Jonas has been out most consistent performer overall and I have been lucky enough to pretty much watch every game this season.

    Simply delighted

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 6, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #31

    What could perhaps upset Ba is the constant singing of Papiss Cisse in the stands. As much as I love to hear it Ba also deserves his name chanted around St James’.

    All the players are doing tremendously so let’s sing their praises too and keep them all happy as they will all feel loved.

    HWTL

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  • Sav

    Apr 7, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #32

    Great win over a superb passing side in Swansea. They really have it perfected. They do lack a cutting edge and penetration in the box but this will be a good lesson for us and typical of what we may be up against if we actually do qualify for Europe. It wasn’t pretty but it was a tense, cat and mouse, tactical affair with both sides showing enormous patience and concentration and eventually the Swans blinked. Cisse’s goals meant as the match drew towards a close it was the Jacks who were under pressure more than the Mags and you could see their game becoming ragged near the end.
    Fabulous result.

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  • Brutooon

    Apr 7, 2012 at 2:52 AM

    Comment #33

    1) we need to give Cabaye more of the ball (rather than playing long passes) so that he can gave that worldclass ball to Demba Ba and Cisse

    2) Perch is superb at the back. Williamson nearly cost us a goal

    3) HBA is a world class player. give him more of the ball and let him show us his MAGIC

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  • rwpoynter

    Apr 7, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #34

    If there are still doubters about Pardew’s tactical ability then yesterday should have silenced them. We did not chase them when they had possession, just funnelled back so when they got to the penalty area they were faced with a wall of orange shirts. We do need to stop this endless hoofball as within seconds we have lost possession. We do , after all, have players with loads of skill, but just as he told the press before the game,”we will try and get them on the counter attack” which is exactly what we did. 25% of the possession, 3 points and a clean sheet. Can’t grumble at that. The two goals apart, the game was tedious to watch. If I was a Swansea fan I would find their play very frustrating. Even back in our year in the Championship,I think I am right in saying that Swansea had the best defence and the second worst attack in terms of goals. They need a striker like Cisse, who is what all good strikers are, a predator. That second goal was a masterclass example of making something from nothing.Thought Cabaye had a fine game which he usually does when we play three midfielders.

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