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Swansea City 2-2 Newcastle United

Newcastle's Papiss Cisse
Newcastle's Papiss Cisse repeated the brace he scored at the Liberty Stadium in April 2012
  • Newcastle have won only five games in 2014
  • Bony opens account for season
  • Swansea are without a win in four league games
  • Newcastle end run of four defeats by the Welsh club

Newcastle eased some of the pressure on manager Alan Pardew by battling to an unlikely point at Swansea.

The visitors trailed twice, but Papiss Cisse converted their only two clear chances - one a near-post flick, the other a tap in - to move them up to 18th place in the Premier League.

Swansea led through Wilfried Bony's low finish, then Wayne Routledge's cute flick, after Gylfi Sigurdsson passes.

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Swansea punished for lapses - Monk

But they could not hold on and go a fourth league game without a win.

The point will certainly be more cherished by winless Newcastle and by Pardew, who remains an unpopular figure with many of the St James' Park fans.

Owner Mike Ashley reportedly said the manager was "finished" if the club lost to Stoke last Monday - which they did - and the supporters protested again on Saturday. For the third game in succession, they brandished signs calling for Pardew to be sacked.

The Swansea supporters joined in too, chanting "sacked in the morning" towards Pardew after their side took a 17th-minute lead following a sharp three-pass move.

Shelvey blow for Swansea
Jonjo Shelvey, who was called into the England squad on Thursday, received his fifth booking of the season and will be banned for the trip to Leicester.

Ki Sung-yueng's ball from midfield bisected two defenders and found Bony, who shunted it on to Sigurdsson. The Icelander's return pass found the Ivorian, who skidded low past Krul.

The goalkeeper was again helpless for Swansea's second five minutes after the interval. Sigurdsson was afforded far too much space at the edge of the area and flicked a pass into the path of the on-rushing Routledge, who jabbed past the exposed goalkeeper.

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Pardew pleased by 'spirit & character'

That strike put the Welsh side 2-1 ahead but it would have been more had it not been for Krul. The Dutchman made two near-identical saves to thwart Bony, twice plunging low to his left to push the ball past a post after low Nathan Dyer crosses.

Newcastle's other hero was Cisse. Restored to the starting line-up by Pardew, the striker reprised his feat of scoring a brace at the Liberty Stadium in April 2012 to perhaps buy his manager a little more time.

Cisse had restored parity two minutes before at the break, flicking Gabriel Obertan's delivery past Lukas Fabianski at his near post.

And the Senegal frontman struck again with 15 minutes remaining, finding space in the six yard box to bundle Sammy Ameobi's teasing cross into the Swansea net.

Robbie Savage on Match of the Day:
"Swansea will be frustrated. There were good performances all over the park. Gylfi Sigurdsson was the instrumental player. He was outstanding, his ability and movement and awareness - he is always thinking a pass ahead. He is a great player. Some clubs suit certain players."

Swansea boss Garry Monk: "It's two points dropped and the goals we conceded were poor. There was a lack of concentration and it's cost us dearly.

"We knew Newcastle would be fighting and they showed that in their performance.

"We were dominant but we conceded a poor goal before half-time and we spoke about starting the second half very well. We did that but possession came for us too easily and that was our downfall for the second goal because they countered and scored."

Wayne Routledge's goal was his second of the campaign for Swansea
Wayne Routledge's goal was his second of the campaign for Swansea
Newcastle fans protest against Alan Pardew
Newcastle fans protested against Pardew after a seventh game without a win
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew
Pardew restored Cisse to his XI and was rewarded by the striker scoring twice
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley
Ashley has been unmoved by calls for Pardew to be sacked
Swansea's scoreboard displays a message for Newcastle's Jonas Gutierrez
Swansea displayed for Newcastle's Jonas Gutierrez, who is having treatment for testicular cancer

Line-ups

Swansea

  • 1Fabianski
  • 29Richards
  • 33Fernández
  • 6Williams
  • 3Taylor
  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 8ShelveyBooked at 73mins
  • 12DyerSubstituted forMonteroat 86'minutes
  • 23SigurdssonSubstituted forEmnesat 86'minutes
  • 15Routledge
  • 10Bony

Substitutes

  • 11Emnes
  • 14Carroll
  • 18Gomis
  • 20Montero
  • 25Tremmel
  • 27Bartley
  • 32Shephard

Newcastle

  • 1Krul
  • 22JanmaatBooked at 88mins
  • 6Williamson
  • 2ColocciniBooked at 61mins
  • 36Dummett
  • 25Obertan
  • 24Tioté
  • 7SissokoBooked at 88mins
  • 14ColbackSubstituted forRiviereat 69'minutes
  • 11GouffranSubstituted forAmeobiat 58'minutes
  • 9CisséSubstituted forPérezat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Anita
  • 17Pérez
  • 19Haidara
  • 20Cabella
  • 21Elliot
  • 28Ameobi
  • 29Riviere
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
20,622

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Swansea City 2, Newcastle United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Swansea City 2, Newcastle United 2.

Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United).

Foul by Marvin Emnes (Swansea City).

Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Newcastle United. Sammy Ameobi tries a through ball, but Ayoze Pérez is caught offside.

Offside, Newcastle United. Ayoze Pérez tries a through ball, but Sammy Ameobi is caught offside.

Booking

Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jefferson Montero (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United).

Attempt saved. Marvin Emnes (Swansea City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wilfried Bony.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Marvin Emnes replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Jefferson Montero replaces Nathan Dyer.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Ayoze Pérez replaces Papiss Demba Cissé.

Attempt missed. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Rivière (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gabriel Obertan.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Wilfried Bony.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 2, Newcastle United 2. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi with a cross.

Booking

Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City).

Gabriel Obertan (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Tim Krul.

Attempt saved. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Dyer.

Foul by Ashley Williams (Swansea City).

Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Emmanuel Rivière replaces Jack Colback.

Foul by Ki Sung-Yueng (Swansea City).

Jack Colback (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ashley Richards (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United).

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Booking

Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea65101971216
2Man City7421147714
3Southampton6411114713
4Swansea7322108211
5Arsenal6240117410
6Liverpool73131010010
7Aston Villa731349-510
8Hull7232111109
9Leicester72321112-19
10Man Utd622211928
11Sunderland71518718
12Tottenham62228718
13West Brom722389-18
14Crystal Palace72231012-28
15Stoke722368-28
16West Ham6213101007
17Everton61321214-26
18Newcastle7043714-74
19Burnley7043310-74
20QPR6114413-94
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