Newcastle were second best in the first half of the game today but after completely dominating the second half of this game, Luke Moore got a rather fortunate goal to take all three points for Swansea – and they are now 10 points above Newcastle in the league table.
Luke Moore after scoring the shock winner on 86 minutes
This was definitely a chance lost to gain all 3 points at Swansea but poor finishing – especially from Cisse and Gouffran who both had gilt-edged chances in the second half, but they both ballooned the ball over the bar when it looked easier to score – and both chances came within a couple of minutes of each other.
Newcastle played in their maroon strips this afternoon, and were good for the first ten minutes of the game but then Swansea started to play some good attacking football, and the home side missed two good first half chances – first of all Ashley Williams couldn’t quite connect with a chance from just four yards out and Steven Taylor cleared off the line, and then Gary Monk should have done better with a free header which he headed over the bar.
It was 0-0 at the half with Swansea being the better side, but then Newcastle came out in the second half and looked a different side as they attacked Swansea and were looking for the win and all three points.
Rob Elliot made an excellent save after just a few minutes, and after 56 minutes Papiss Cisse should have scored as he was excellently placed but he shot way over the bar, and then a couple of minutes later great work from Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko brilliantly set up Yoan Gouffran, but he shot over the bar – and those were two golden opportunities missed by Newcastle.
On 66 minutes a great Vorm save from Yohan Cabaye kept Swansea in the game, and then seven minutes later a terrific Moussa Sissoko shot was pushed around the post by Vorm, as the Dutchman brilliantly saved diving to his left.
It looked like Newcastle must score, as they were pressing Swansea, but then totally against the run of play and out of the blue, Luke Moore scored a soft goal after 86 minutes.
Somehow the ball bounced to him with three Newcastle players around him and after Steven Taylor had blocked the ball, Moore poked the ball into the back of the net.
Newcastle should have won this game, because of their great second half performance – but when you cannot convert easy chances you don’t win games.
In short this was a cruel loss after a terrific second half showing by an attacking Newcastle United side – but Swansea are now 10 points ahead of us – and they will now be very difficult to catch.
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