The is the first time in the last five league games that we have not been beaten by Swansea, as the lads came back twice to get a decent 2-2 draw with two more goals from Papiss Cisse, although we cannot think the Swansea manager is too pleased, as Swansea had most of the play and most of the chances this afternoon.
Papiss Cisse after scoring second goal
This is how we saw the game this afternoon.
Mike Ashley, Lee Charnley and Bob Moncur were seen sitting together in the stands today, as the lads again wore the dark blue and green strips we wore on Monday night at Stoke City.
On 16 minutes Obertan picked up the ball outside the box and drove forward and hit a decent shot at goal which went just wide.
Swansea went ahead after 17 minutes when former Newcastle target Wilfried Bony went through and put the ball home for his first goal of the season but Newcastle were wide open at the back – a very poor goal to concede it was too easy for Swansea, and Coloccini allowed Bony far too much room.
Tim Krul kept Newcastle in the game with a great save from Wilfried Bony, when he got down well to his right after a good shot by from the Ivory Coast International striker, and in the first half Bony could well have had a hat trick.
Bob Moncur, Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley this afternoon
Swansea continued to test the Newcastle defense and Newcastle would have been happy enough to go in at the break just 1-0 down – but then some great play by Gabby Obertan out on the right wing produced a goal out of nothing.
Newcastle equalized after 43 minutes when Obertan managed to get a cross in near the bye-line and somehow it was Papiss Cisse who swept the ball into the net from a narrow angle – his third league goal this season, and that beats his two goals in 24 league appearances last season.
The goal was the first away goal in the league for over twelve hours of play – unbelievable.
That goal was right against the run of play, but it was a great time for Newcastle to score – and half time came and while Swansea were the better side in the first half with 59% of the possession, it was all square, and everything to play for.
But then just four minutes into the second half Swansea went ahead again, and this time it was former Newcastle winger Wayne Routledge who scored the go-ahead goal, as he was put through by Sigurdsson – and it looked too easy for Swansea.
Sammy Ameobi replaced Yoan Gouffran after 57 minutes.
Cisse had another decent shot after 60 minutes from a Sammy Ameobi cross, but goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski made a decent save.
Riviere came on after 69 minutes for Jack Colback, and Newcastle went into a 4-4-2 formation – which maybe is our best formation to score goals this season, with the players we currently have available.
But then Newcastle had to again thank Tim Krul for keeping us in the game, when the Dutchman made a fantastic save from Bony’s first-time shot to put the ball around the post with his left hand, after Nathan Dyer had done well to get his cross over.
But then would you believe it – Papiss Cisse scored again to draw Newcastle level, and it was Sammy Ameobi who put in a decent cross and Cisse smashed the ball past the goalkeeper to make it 2-2.
And after 80 minutes Riviere had a great chance to put Newcastle ahead but from eight yards out, when the ball came to him he stabbed at it and it hit a Swansea player – but he really should have put that ball in the back of the net.
Newcastle looked better in the 4-4-2 formation, and were playing well and were going for the win after equalizing, but then strangely Papiss Cisse was withdrawn after 85 minutes for Ayoze Perez.
Why Pardew did that we have no idea, since Cisse was the player most likely to score the winner for the Magpies – an odd decision by the manager given we were going all out for the win and Papiss for his hat-trick.
Near the end it was Daryl Janmaat who went close with a long range effort but Lukasz Fabianski smothered it – just.
But we couldn’t get that third goal – but this is a decent point, and takes us one place up in the league table.
It’s not much, but it will give the players a lot of confidence – and now we have to beat Leicester City at home in two weeks time – that’s going to be such an important game now.
Papiss Cisse is a very important player for us at the moment, and if he had not been playing we would have lost this game, and Tim Krul also kept us in this game with some good goalkeeping today.
But its a point, and it’s better than another defeat. 😀
Swansea: Fabianski; Richards, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor; Shelvey, Ki; Dyer (Montero 86), Sigurdsson (Emnes 86), Routledge; Bony. Subs not used: Tremmel, Carroll, Gomis, Bartley, Shephard.
Newcastle: Krul; Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett; Colback (Riviere 69), Tiote; Obertan, Sisssoko, Gouffran (Ameobi 58); Cisse (Perez 85). Subs not used: Elliot, Anita, Haidara, Cabella.
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