Barclays Premier League
Swansea City 0-2 Newcastle United



Papiss Demba Cisse (above) takes the plaudits after producing his scoring touch again with two superb goals at Swansea


By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor from the Liberty Stadium


Papiss Cisse made it nine goals in eight games with a double for Newcastle United to help his side secure a 2-0 win against a dominant Swansea City to see them overtake Chelsea in the Premier League.

The in-form Senegalese striker put his side ahead after just five minutes after racing onto Yohan Cabaye’s fine pass, before chipping Swans goalkeeper Michel Vorm with a remarkable effort after 69 minutes to grab his sixth goal in just three games. The result now leaves Pardew's side just two points behind third- and fourth-placed Tottenham and Arsenal, having played a game more.

Brendan Rodgers made three changes from the Swans team who lost 3-1 at Tottenham with Steven Caulker returning after being ineligible at White Hart Lane while Scott Sinclair was recalled with Luke Moore preferred to Danny Graham, whilst Davide Santon was available at left-back for Newcastle. The Italian's return allowed Jonas Gutierrez to move back into midfield at Danny Guthrie's expense.

The home side enjoyed a startling 77 per cent of possession but rarely made it count with Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul pressured just a handful of times.

However, the Magpies- who were held to a goalless draw by a resilient Swansea performance when the two sides met earlier in the season at St James Park- were the polar opposite converting twice from just four shots on target.



Newcastle have now won four consecutive Premier League matches- the second time that manager Alan Pardew has done this. The other was when he was West Ham manager during January and February 2006.


Cisse- who scored twice in the 2-0 win over Liverpool on Sunday with only Wayne Rooney scoring as many as him during 2012- opened the scoring with only five minutes on the clock when a beautiful first-time pass from Cabaye caught out the Swansea defence to allow the Senegalese striker to slot home with just goalkeeper Vorm to beat which he did with constimate ease.

This was only one of two chances the visitors had on goal in the opening 45 minutes, with Rodgers' side boasting 80% of possession at the break, leaving many Newcastle players mere observers for much of the half.

Despite the possession, Swansea never managed to mount a serious attack on the Newcastle goal until the half-hour mark when on-loan midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson's powerful attempt from 25 yards out caused Krul to pull off a fine save, diving to his left and turning the ball around the post.

The Swans came out after the break much stronger and nearly netted after just 40 seconds when Dyer worked the ball into the crowded box for Sigurdsson to try and curl a shot into the bottom corner, but his effort was the wrong side of the post.



Swansea haven't beaten Newcastle since December 1980 and have failed to win or score in four matches against North East clubs this season.


Minutes later, Allen also came close to the equaliser as his shot from distance took a slight deflection off of Newcastle centre-back Mike Williamson, but Krul adjusted his body quickly to palm the ball away.

With Swansea looking far more threatening, Cisse took his moment and hit the killer blow.

Cabaye was once again the provider, but this was a goal brought about purely by the skill of the striker as he managed to dig the ball out of his feet, while off balance, to chip a surprised Vorm and seal all three points with 20 minutes remaining.

The home side's hopes seemed to vanish after falling further behind, but Premier League player of the month for March- Gylfi Sigurdsson- and Nathan Dyer nearly snatched a late consolation with first a snapshot from the edge of the box and then a soft header that Krul claimed with ease.

For Swansea, it is the first time this season that they have lost three league matches on the trot, and the Swans could drop to as low as 14th come the end of the weekend if results go against them. Newcastle, on the other hand, now boast four wins on the bounce with their Champions League ambitions looking brighter each week. 



Friday 6th April 2012

Barclays Premier League

The Liberty Stadium


Swansea City 0-2 Newcastle United                          KO 4:30pm                  (HT 0-1)

                         Cisse 5, 69


Swansea City:  1 Vorm- 7/10, 22 Angel Rangel- 7/10, 2 Williams (C)- 5.5/10, 4 Caulker- 6.5/10, 3 Taylor- 6.5/10, 7 Britton- 7.5/10, 24 Allen- 7.5/10, 42 Sigurdsson- 6.5/10, 12 Dyer- 6/10 (Sinclair 66- 3.5/10), 19 Moore- 6/10 (Graham 66- 3.5/10), 15 Routledge- 7/10.

Subs not used:  25 Tremmel, 5 Tate, 16 Monk, 17 McEachran, 27 Gower

Booked:      Williams (58)


Newcastle:  26 Krul- 7.5/10, 5 Simpson- 6.5/10, 6 Williamson (C)- 7.5/10, 14 Perch- 8/10, 3 Santon- 7.5/10, 4 Cabaye- 8.5/10 (Gosling 73- 3/10), 24 Tiote- 5/10 (R Taylor 45- 6.5/10), 18 Gutierrez- 7/10, 10 Ben Arfa- 7.5/10, 9 Cisse- 9.5/10, 19 Ba- 6/10 (Ferguson 59- 4.5/10).

Subs not used:  35 Elliot, 34 Tavernier, 13 Abeid, 23 Shola Ameobi 

Booked:      Williamson (39)


My Man of the Match:     Papiss Demba Cisse (Newcastle United)- Rating 9.5/10

My Poorest Performer of the Match:     Ashley Williams (Swansea City)- Rating 5.5/10



Referee: Howard Webb MBE (South Yorkshire)- 9.5/10
Attendance: 19,874 



Match Facts

Possession: Swansea- 68%                  Newcastle- 32%

Shots: Swansea- 19                       Newcastle- 5

Shots on target: Swansea- 13                   Newcastle- 4

Shots off target: Swansea- 6                    Newcastle- 1

Corners: Swansea- 7                      Newcastle- 0

Fouls: Swansea- 10                    Newcastle- 7

Offside: Swansea- 0                      Newcastle- 2

Assists: Swansea- None                 Newcastle- Cabaye (2)



Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers

"We don't want to be a team that takes the plaudits and loses. We've taken plaudits this season for the right reasons, but what we want to do is continue taking points. Many aspects of our game really encouraged me, but I felt we just didn't have that bit of quality at the top end to make the goals - that was the difference. It is a big credit to our play for little Swansea to dominate the game like we did against a team challenging for the Champions League positions. It will be interesting to see the possession statistics. It wasn't far off parking the bus from them which, you've got to say, for a team like ourselves coming up from the Championship last season, to be given that respect is incredible. We had 13 shots on target and 20 efforts on goal, so I can't ask any more of the players. It gives me great hope going forward, but we need to finish up a lot of our great approach play. We've finished a spell of three tough games against Everton, who are a really experienced Premier League team, and Tottenham and Newcastle. Teams that are challenging for the Champions League places and, arguably - in particular against Newcastle - we controlled those games. We've got 39 points with six games to go. We're heading for our objective, which is to stay in the league, but you are going to have disappointing games like today. Now we are going into a spell of teams fighting like ourselves."

Click here to listen to the post-match interview with Swans boss Rodgers



Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

"We weren't brilliant, we were a bit flat, but Cisse was electric. We have a guy in red-hot form and that was the difference between the sides. His second goal - it was like a Masters golf shot. I thought it had gone over in mid-air, but it had that bit of backspin on it. It was a terrific finish. When you play Swansea you won't get 20 chances, as they keep the ball so well, so the strikers have to keep their focus. They may get just one chance and he was focused on those two chances and did not let us down. He had a fantastic record in the Bundesliga with a club that were struggling, so he is no mystery. He is a player with pedigree. I always said the last 10 games are the most important, and if we were to get to the last six [and be in a good position] we would give it a go. We have now won four out of four to put us in a position that elevates us to better form than we expected, but there is a belief in the group."

Click here to listen to thoughts after the game of Magpies boss Pardew


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