Newcastle started this game with a little hope (and a prayer), against a side who had won just one game in their last nine and were having some internal strife too – but Newcastle are also on a terrible run and we were beaten 2-1 today, and we have lost the last five games, 12 in the last 17 league games, and 13 in the last 18 games including the home defeat against Cardiff City in the FA Cup.
Is that a terrible record or is that a terrible record?
Wilfried Bony – scores twice for Swans to get 2-1 win
We’ll have more to say at the end of this article – but here’s how we saw the game this afternoon in brilliant sunshine on Tyneside
After Swansea had been on top in the first 20 minutes, Cisse had to come off after 21 minutes and Mathieu Debuchy was brought on and Newcastle reverted to a normal back four, after starting out with three at the back.
Newcastle went ahead after 23 minutes when Luuk de Jong got the ball to Shola Ameobi in the penalty area and the Newcastle striker beat his man nicely and rolled the ball into the back of the net.
That was our first goal in five games, and that was Shola’s first Premier League goal since December of 2012.
And then Luuk de Jong, who again looked lightweight picked up an injury, and on came Loic Remy after 40 minutes, to a huge roar from the Newcastle crowd.
And then in the second minute of added time, Newcastle conceded a poor goal from a Ben Davies corner, when Wilfried Bony was allowed to head the ball home from six yards out – where were our defenders?
So at the half, it was all square with Newcastle still lacking confidence, but at least both Debuchy and Remy were playing in the side.
In the second half Swansea continued to look the more dangerous side, and were making quick breaks from the back, and one after 54 minutes saw Routledge get the ball from Shelvey, but his cross was nicely blocked by Mike Williamson.
At then Newcastle started to continually push forward and were trying to get the winning goal, and Dan Gosling was having another good game for the Magpies, and you wonder why we saw so little of him in the first team over the last four years.
On 70 minutes former Newcastle winger Wayne Routledge put in another good cross but Debuchy was there to prevent Hernandez from getting his shot in.
After 80 minutes young Adam Armstrong was brought on for Dan Gosling and it was the local lad’s home debut.
Both sides went for the winner but then Cheick Tiote committed the foul in the penalty area, about one minute from the end of the added time, and Bony hit home the winner from the penalty spot for his second goal of the game.
Both clubs were in turmoil before this game – but Newcastle are now in much more turmoil, as the struggling Swansea got a valuable 3 points to take them onto 36 points for the season.
Newcastle have been on 46 points for the last five games, and in that time Crystal Palace have won 5 games on the trot, and have gone from 28 points to 43 points – and are now only 3 behind the Magpies.
This is one of the worst runs Newcastle have had for a very long time, and we have lost eight of the last 11 games – which goes with our bad run last season, when we lost 10 of 13 games.
Alan Pardew will now be under even more pressure as Newcastle are sinking fast – nobody can deny that – after another defeat at home and five defeats on the trot.
We think if Crystal Palace do catch us, and we finish in 11th place, Newcastle could be getting a new manager at the end of the season – because after being on 33 points after 18 games we still didn’t even make our target for the season – a conservative top ten finish.
Next up are Arsenal at the Emirates. 🙁
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Vurnon Anita, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Mike Williamson, Paul Dummett; Cheick Tiote, Dan Gosling (Adam Armstrong 80) Papiss Cisse (Mathieu Debuchy 21), Luuk de Jong (Loic Remy 40), Yoan Gouffran; Shola Ameobi.
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor.
Swansea (4-2-3-1): Michel Vorm; Angel Rangel, Jordi Amat, Ashley Williams (c), Ben Davies; Leon Britton, Jonathan de Guzman; Wayne Routledge (Kyle Bartley 90+1), Jonjo Shelvey, Pablo Hernandez (Marvin Emnes 80); Wilfried Bony.
Subs not used: Gerhard Tremmel, Neil Tylor, Nathan Dyer, Jay Fulton, David Ngog.
Referee: Chris Foy