Swansea 2 Newcastle 0 – Full Match Report

In yesterday’s game we made notes of the major plays as the game unfolded and in retrospect we weren’t in this game for too long before Swansea scored – just nine minutes and it was a display that was hard to take because it looked too much like the way we played (or didn’t play) like earlier this year – when we were simply atrocious.

There was some semblance of a willingness to pass the ball around after the first goal, and we were coming more into the game, but that all went to hell in a hand-basket when Daryl Janmaat got himself send off in this game four minutes before half time.

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Daryl Janmaat fouls Montero yesterday – again

This is how we saw the game yesterday as it happened.

Newcastle turned out in their dark blue and red (dark pink?) away shirts against Swansea who were in their usual all-white strips.

Newcastle were very much second best in the first few minutes of this game as Swansea piled forward and Montero on the left wing was giving all kinds of trouble with his speed and skill.

It seemed just seemed a matter of time before the home team would score as we were hanging on.

After 9 minutes Swansea went ahead and it was all too easy, as Shelby split the Newcastle defense with a pass to Gomis, who was just onside and he went around Tim Krul before putting the ball into an empty net.

Shelby was prominent in the center as it was all the home side in the opening minutes with Newcastle finding it difficult o even get the ball.

On 17 minutes another foul by Janmaat on Montero saw him get a yellow card, and he would have to be careful now.

On 20 minutes there was some great play by Chancel Mbemba as he made two good tackles to come away with the ball – this lad looks good.

And then Coloccini did well to block a shot from Sigurdsson and the ball went for a corner.

Newcastle were coming more into the game after a frantic start by the home side,  and a good move by the Magpies saw Sissoko shoot way over the bar.

Montero had the beating of Janmaat and Swansea were launching a lot of their attacks down the left hand side of the filed, and he waltzed past the Dutchman along the bye line but the ball was cleared.

At this point Montero was proving just too much for Newcastle as McClaren and Simpson on the touchline were trying to get Newcastle more organized to deal with the threat down Swansea’s left wing with Sissoko helping out more.

On 36 minutes a good move by Newcastle saw Gabby Obertan move well in the penalty area almost get the ball to Cisse, but the ball was well cleared by Fernendez, who was injured in the process.

Then tragedy struck Newcastle as Janmaat pulled back Montero after he had again gone past him, and the referee produced another yellow card and the Dutchman was sent  off.

Janmaat had what you would call a howler today, and ended up getting himself sent off – not good for a player who was our Player of the Season last term.


Anita went to right back since we didn’t have a recognized full back on the subs bench, but two center-backs in Taylor and Williamson (why?).

But what this does show is that Newcastle must bring in a top full back before the window closes – preferably one that can play either side of the field.

Why did we sell Santon again?

It was now going to be a very tall order for Newcastle to get anything out of this game,  and Janmaat will miss the game at Old Trafford next weekend.

And then it was Montero again who was through and he shot and the ball hit the bottom of the upright – a let-off for Newcastle with Tim Krul beaten.

And just to make things worse it looked like Moussa Sissoko had picked up a groin injury just before half time.

Gini Wijnaldum had a chance with a free kick just outside the box before half time, but he blazed the ball well over.

It was 1-0 at the half and the game looked over – it was going to be difficult with the side 1-0 down with 10 men.

Steven Taylor came on for the injured Sissoko to start the second half.

Sigurdsson then hit the cross-bar with Krul beaten and the ball dropped onto the line but not over it – a let-off for Newcastle.

Andre Ayew headed home after 52 minutes for his second goal in as many games for the Swans,  and guess who crossed the ball from the left – it was that man Jefferson Montero again.

This time he was too good for Mbemba and he beat the Congo DR International before sending over the cross,  and Coloccini was beaten to the cross by the Ghanaian International.

That was too much like the two goals we conceded last week against the Saints.

Rolando Aarons came on for Papiss Cisse after 54 minutes, and it was all hands to the pump for Newcastle.

And a few minutes later another left wing cross saw Ayew heading the ball wide when he should have done better – that should have been 3-0.

Newcastle were starting to tire and Swansea were still going forward and attacking, although we were basically hanging on at 2-0 – which given what really has happened in this game so far, was flattering to us.

After 82 minutes on came Mitrovic for Gabby Obertan and he was booed onto the field by the Swansea fans – the south Wales side were one of the clubs trying to sign him in the summer.

This week it took Mitrovic only just after 90 seconds to be booked – and this lad will have a one game suspension for 5 yellow cards before he even starts a game for the Magpies if he keeps this up.

Thankfully the score remained at just 2-0 but it could have been worse – a lot worse.

Bottom line – we were second best today –  lack of discipline cost us again – and our defense is not good enough – just like it hasn’t been over the last three seasons.

The defense needs fixing.

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Swansea: (4-2-3-1) Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams (C), Taylor, Cork, Shelvey, Sigurdsson (Britton, 86), Ayew (Dyer, 72), Montero (Routledge, 76), Gomis.
Subs Not Used: Nordfeldt, Rangel, Bartley, Eder.

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Haidara, Colback, Anita, Sissoko (Taylor, 45), Wijnaldum, Obertan (Mitrovic, 82), Cisse (Aarons, 54).
Subs Not Used: Darlow, Williamson, Perez, Tiote.

Attendance: 20,678.

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

11 comments so far

  • toonbrother

    Aug 16, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #1

    If colo continues to play i struggle to see where our first win will come from

  • hibbit

    Aug 16, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #2


  • Tsunki

    Aug 16, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3

    If colo was the sole reason for our plight that would be easy.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 16, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #4

    Players like Obertan and Haidara never disappoint me because I have little expectation that they will play well, but how to explain Wijnaldum yesterday? Why was our best player so anonymous?

  • mickalfas

    Aug 16, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #5

    I was thinking Watford might be our first 3 points ,after watching MOTD ,i can’t see it
    2 strikers and our defence is not a good thought

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 16, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #6

    I blame SM totally for failing to take Janmatt off. It was an accident waiting to happen and how many warnings did SM need? Stupidity beyond belief.

    OK we may not have another right back but surely 11 is always better than 10 men.

    Also the ludicrous decision to keep Colo as captain and number 1 CB is frankly going to kill us.

    For all the good sounding things now going on at the club, you really have to question the judgement of Carr and SM when sadly MBemba (who I like) and Colo have been involved in 3 out of 4 goals conceded already, Wijni (who I also like) has scored one great header but been often largely anonymous and Mitro seems to be another red card waiting to happen.

    Yes early days I know but CBs and LB’s are still not being addressed when we appear to be chasing Thauvin instead for 12M ! We already have Cabella.

    Perez or Aarons must come in for Obertan, and a towering CB and LB before the window closes. After janmatt’s performance maybe that Byram kid to challenge too. Not rocket science is it.

  • Krul To Be Kind

    Aug 16, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #7

    As I said yesterday during the game I thought the ref was very harsh branding a second yellow to Janmatt without having the decency to pull him to one side and tell him he is on a final warningon a previous foul. Also the Mitro yellow card was a load of bull, yes he went in hard but he reacted to what the Swansea player said to him, he kept his hands down when he was being pushed, again another c**p decision by the ref.

    It’s not the end of the world but for me the sooner we upgrade Obertan and rid ourselves off Sissoko and his heartless displays the better.

    Why are we paying the guts of £15m for Thauvin when you could get Demerai Gray from Brum for a fraction of that and he is just as good, English, hungry and young.

    I like Macca and what he stands for and the very fact that he has footballing principles, a philosophy and very professional in what he does, starting with Cisse up top when we have spent £13m on Mitro to sit on the bench when you need a big lad up top to hold the ball up and relieve pressure against a team like Swansea, it was evident Swansea struggled to handle him during his cameo. I for one like the fight in this lad, we have lacked that for far 2 long but he needs to be handles with care, his desire will be infectious.

  • James RS

    Aug 16, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #8

    We were dreadful both in the first half against 11 men and against 10 … and to rub it in 2 players we should have bought ( Gomis and Ayew) scored the goals … What happened there more messing about by Newcastle in the transfer market for weeks in fact . There wasn’t a best player against Swansea… Might have even been Obertan ! We need a good winger like Montero and 2 good defenders … One tall too

  • James RS

    Aug 16, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Is McLaren picking the best team? His style is better than Pardews but tactically omg he needs help. Defence needs sorting big time. Is Colo past it and why was Santon sold? We need 2 good strong towering central defenders… Can Mbemba who is good play at full back as he was found out a few times against Swansea, only 5’10” isn’t he? Comments on the defence please

  • danuneek

    Aug 16, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #10

    Think people are going over the top. Swansea are a quality side that have played that style for a few seasons. We’ve had 1 game and a pre season playing our new style. We were still in the game when janmaat got sent off. Look on the bright side, at least the game has shown McLaren where we need to improve. I thought everyone would have got behind him, unlike pardew he actually wants to play good football.

  • mactoon

    Aug 16, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Montero is by far their best player yet when Janmatt gets booked because he is well out of his depth McClaren doesn’t sub him when EVERYONE in the ground knows a second yellow is on the cards. Then when we are 2 0 down he takes off a striker to leave us with no striker on the pitch with over half an hour to play and replaces him with Aarons who has to spend the rest of the match back tracking and chasing opposition players (He has had hamstring injuries, he will break down if you play him this way) is this the tactic, go down to 10 men and defend a defeat?
    Having finally put on a striker in Mitrovic who he has apparently talked to after his first introduction to the Premiership last week was to wipe out a player with a red card challenge.. Mitrovic goes on to stamp on a Swansea players ankle then squares up to said player as though he wasn’t to blame!!!!
    For the second week running Mitrovic should have been sent off and McClaren, although I still have faith in his ability, I am seriously doubting his decisions during this match


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