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Swansea City 2-2 Newcastle United

By Richard WintonBBC Sport
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.

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"external-link 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.

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



Formation 4-2-3-1

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


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


Formation 4-5-1

  • 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


  • 8Anita
  • 17Pérez
  • 19Haidara
  • 20Cabella
  • 21Elliot
  • 28Ameobi
  • 29Riviere
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swansea City 2, Newcastle United 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Marvin Emnes (Swansea City).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Booking

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

  13. Booking

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United).

  16. Post update

    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.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Marvin Emnes replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Jefferson Montero replaces Nathan Dyer.

  19. Substitution

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

  20. Post update

    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.