Swansea 1-0 Newcastle
Substitute Luke Moore's first Premier League goal of the season gave Swansea a hard-earned win against Newcastle at the Liberty Stadium.
The win takes Swansea to 40 points but they had to survive sustained pressure from the visiting side.
Newcastle hit the crossbar and forced a series of saves from goalkeeper Michel Vorm in the second half.
The result sees Alan Pardew's Magpies drop to 15th place, 10 points behind Michael Laudrup's Swans.
Newcastle might feel aggrieved at the result, especially after a second half in which they looked the stronger side.
In fact, before Moore's late intervention, it had taken a finger tip save by goalkeeper Michel Vorm from Yohan Cabaye's fierce shot to keep the home team level.
Fellow Frenchman Moussa Sissoko also proved a handful for the Swansea defence, but Laudrup's team showed some steel to go with the style for which they are renowned.
The Swans had the Capital One Cup on display by the side of the pitch for inspiration but made a shaky start even so, with Garry Monk almost caught out at the back for the hosts.
But with Angel Rangel causing problems down the right-hand side, they soon had chances with Michu heading over from close range and then Steven Taylor having to clear Ashley Williams's close-range effort off the line.
The defender should really have scored after Michu had touched the ball past goalkeeper Rob Elliott from Jonathan de Guzman's free-kick.
Newcastle harried Swansea, their physical approach earning bookings for Cabaye and Cheick Tiote, the latter rather unluckily as he clearly did not make contact with with Nathan Dyer.
Monk headed over from eight yards from another De Guzman free-kick as Swansea continued to have the better chances, but they could not find the breakthrough before the interval.
The home team again almost took the lead in the opening minutes of the second half, but were denied by a fine double save from Rob Elliott, the Magpies keeper palming Rangel's shot away and managing to keep out De Guzman's follow-up as well.
Newcastle enjoyed their best period in the second half, though first Papiss Cisse and then Yoan Gouffran failed to test Vorm.
But the goalkeeper had to be on his mettle when he touched Cabaye's shot onto the crossbar.
Vorm was suddenly the busiest player on the field, turning around a swerving long-range effort by Sissoko.
But the breakthrough came at the other end, as Wayne Routledge's cross deflected off Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa into Moore's path, and his shot found its way into the corner via a deflection off Cabaye.
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup:
"I think we were excellent in the first 45 minutes. I was a little concerned there would be a reaction after the cup win last week, [but] not at all. They were excellent for 45 minutes.
"Second half they came out they put us under pressure, they had a couple of good chances or three.
"Michel Vorm had a couple of very good saves, so at that point it looked as though they were going to maybe score the goal and win the game, and then we scored."
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew:
"We are frustrated and disappointed we did not even get a draw as we more than deserved that.
"We sat off them for the first 20 minutes of the first half but we sorted that at half-time. In the second half I thought they had settled for a draw, they knew they were doing well to stay in it.
"But when we did not score in that great period we had you know any mistake can be costly and that is what happened.
"We missed two or three big chances and you cannot do that at this level. The goal was sloppy, it's a ball into the box, we had four defenders there and it should have been dealt with better, unfortunately it wasn't and it cost us."
- 01 Vorm
- 06 Williams
- 16 Monk
- 22 Rangel
- 33 Davies
- 07 Britton (Moore - 76' )
- 09 Michu
- 11 Pablo (Tiendalli - 88' )
- 12 Dyer (Ki Sung-Yeung - 60' )
- 15 Routledge
- 20 De Guzman
- 25 Tremmel
- 02 Bartley
- 21 Tiendalli
- 24 Ki Sung-Yeung
- 14 Lamah
- 17 Shechter
- 19 Moore
- 21 Elliot
- 03 Santon
- 13 Yanga-M'Biwa
- 26 Debuchy
- 27 S Taylor
- 04 Cabaye Booked
- 07 Sissoko
- 18 Gutierrez (Marveaux - 90' )
- 24 Tiote Booked (Sh Ameobi - 90' )
- 09 Cisse
- 11 Gouffran
- 42 Alnwick
- 14 Perch
- 19 Haidara
- 08 Anita
- 22 Marveaux
- 25 Obertan
- 23 Sh Ameobi
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.90:00 +2:55
Mathieu Debuchy concedes a free kick for a foul on Wayne Routledge. Free kick taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.90:00 +1:20
Unfair challenge on Miguel Michu by Shola Ameobi results in a free kick. Jonathan de Guzman takes the free kick.90:00 +0:29
Yohan Cabaye sends in a cross.90:00 +0:05
Foul by Luke Moore on Mathieu Debuchy, free kick awarded. Mathieu Debuchy takes the direct free kick.89:07 Substitution
Substitution Sylvain Marveaux comes on in place of Jonas Gutierrez.89:07 Substitution
Substitution Shola Ameobi joins the action as a substitute, replacing Cheick Tiote.87:16 Substitution
Substitution Dwight Tiendalli replaces Pablo Hernandez.86:51
Corner taken left-footed by Yohan Cabaye from the left by-line, Moussa Sissoko produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.84:56
Assist by Wayne Routledge.84:56 Goal scored
Goal! - Luke Moore - Swansea 1 - 0 Newcastle Luke Moore gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Swansea 1-0 Newcastle.84:41
Luke Moore takes a shot. Steven Taylor gets a block in.84:18
The assistant referee flags for offside against Cheick Tiote. Ashley Williams restarts play with the free kick.82:49
Foul by Mathieu Debuchy on Angel Rangel, free kick awarded. Ben Davies restarts play with the free kick.80:19
Moussa Sissoko produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.78:47
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jonathan de Guzman, Headed effort from inside the area by Garry Monk misses to the right of the target.78:31
Sung-Yeung Ki takes a shot. Rob Elliot makes a save.77:07
Steven Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Moore. Ashley Williams takes the direct free kick.76:32
The ball is crossed by Yoan Gouffran, Garry Monk manages to make a clearance.75:36 Substitution
Substitution (Swansea) makes a substitution, with Luke Moore coming on for Leon Britton.
The ball is crossed by Cheick Tiote, Mathieu Debuchy produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.72:58
Papiss Cisse crosses the ball, clearance by Ashley Williams.72:11
Yohan Cabaye takes the outswinging corner, Papiss Cisse takes a shot. Ben Davies gets a block in.71:59
Moussa Sissoko takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.71:43
Centre by Mathieu Debuchy, Jonathan de Guzman makes a clearance.70:50
Davide Santon concedes a free kick for a foul on Pablo Hernandez. Free kick taken by Pablo Hernandez.69:50
Outswinging corner taken by Yohan Cabaye from the right by-line.69:40
The ball is crossed by Mathieu Debuchy, clearance by Sung-Yeung Ki.68:31
Outswinging corner taken by Jonathan de Guzman from the right by-line.68:24
Pablo Hernandez delivers the ball, clearance by Steven Taylor.66:45
Steven Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michel Vorm. Direct free kick taken by Michel Vorm.66:08
Corner taken right-footed by Yohan Cabaye to the near post, Angel Rangel manages to make a clearance.65:54
Yohan Cabaye takes a shot. Michel Vorm makes a save.64:46
Angel Rangel challenges Yoan Gouffran unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rob Elliot.60:39
Jonathan de Guzman takes a outswinging corner to the near post.59:54
Corner from the right by-line taken by Jonathan de Guzman, Jonas Gutierrez makes a clearance.59:54 Substitution
Substitution Sung-Yeung Ki joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nathan Dyer.58:17
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wayne Routledge by Davide Santon. Jonathan de Guzman takes the free kick.57:30
Effort on goal by Yoan Gouffran from just inside the area clears the bar.55:32
Shot on goal by Papiss Cisse from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.53:50
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yoan Gouffran by Nathan Dyer. Rob Elliot takes the free kick.53:16
Corner taken right-footed by Jonathan de Guzman.51:45
Yoan Gouffran takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.51:29
Moussa Sissoko takes a shot. Ashley Williams gets a block in.49:53
Shot from just outside the box by Mathieu Debuchy misses to the left of the goal.49:44
The ball is sent over by Yoan Gouffran, clearance by Ben Davies.47:19
Corner taken right-footed by Jonathan de Guzman from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Papiss Cisse.47:02
Nathan Dyer takes a shot. Save made by Rob Elliot.46:49
Angel Rangel takes a shot. Save by Rob Elliot.45:27
Effort from just outside the area by Papiss Cisse goes over the target.45:14
Yoan Gouffran concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Britton. Leon Britton takes the direct free kick.45:01
The second half kicks off.45:00 +1:11 Half time
Half Time The referee blows for half time.44:37
Free kick awarded for a foul by Yoan Gouffran on Pablo Hernandez. Jonathan de Guzman takes the direct free kick.43:15
Jonathan de Guzman takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Papiss Cisse.40:22
Foul by Papiss Cisse on Ben Davies, free kick awarded. Ben Davies takes the direct free kick.39:30
Free kick awarded for a foul by Cheick Tiote on Pablo Hernandez. Leon Britton takes the free kick.36:26
Centre by Jonathan de Guzman, Header from deep inside the area by Wayne Routledge goes over the bar.36:26 Booking
Booking Yohan Cabaye is cautioned.36:02
Free kick awarded for a foul by Yohan Cabaye on Nathan Dyer.34:13
The assistant referee flags for offside against Miguel Michu. Rob Elliot takes the direct free kick.33:38
Michel Vorm restarts play with the free kick.33:38 Booking
Booking Cheick Tiote goes into the book.33:21
Cheick Tiote concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Dyer.32:21
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Ben Davies. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Yohan Cabaye, save made by Michel Vorm.30:40
Inswinging corner taken by Yohan Cabaye from the left by-line, clearance made by Garry Monk.27:33
Foul by Jonathan de Guzman on Moussa Sissoko, free kick awarded. Yohan Cabaye produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Michel Vorm.24:38
Foul by Nathan Dyer on Moussa Sissoko, free kick awarded. Yohan Cabaye takes the direct free kick.24:03
Corner from right by-line taken by Yohan Cabaye.23:13
Corner taken by Yohan Cabaye, clearance by Ashley Williams.22:21
Free kick awarded for a foul by Wayne Routledge on Mathieu Debuchy. Yohan Cabaye restarts play with the free kick.18:28
Moussa Sissoko challenges Jonathan de Guzman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ashley Williams.17:29
Yoan Gouffran sends in a cross, Ashley Williams makes a clearance.14:36
Foul by Miguel Michu on Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, free kick awarded. Rob Elliot restarts play with the free kick.13:12
Jonathan de Guzman sends in a cross, Mathieu Debuchy manages to make a clearance.12:46
Jonathan de Guzman takes a shot. Save by Rob Elliot.12:17
Steven Taylor takes a shot. Michel Vorm makes a save.11:21
Miguel Michu concedes a free kick for a foul on Cheick Tiote. Yohan Cabaye takes the free kick.10:05
Angel Rangel sends in a cross, clearance made by Mathieu Debuchy.8:29
Ashley Williams takes a shot. Clearance by Steven Taylor.7:43
Cheick Tiote challenges Nathan Dyer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan de Guzman.6:47
The ball is sent over by Nathan Dyer, clearance made by Davide Santon.6:34
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer by Cheick Tiote. Direct free kick taken by Nathan Dyer.5:32
Angel Rangel sends in a cross, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Miguel Michu goes harmlessly over the crossbar.5:17
The ball is sent over by Angel Rangel, Steven Taylor manages to make a clearance.5:09
Pablo Hernandez sends in a cross.3:24
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leon Britton by Papiss Cisse. Free kick taken by Ashley Williams.2:40
Yoan Gouffran produces a cross.0:17
Moussa Sissoko sends in a cross, clearance by Angel Rangel.0:00
The match begins.
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