Papiss Cisse scored his second brace of the season as Newcastle fought back from a goal behind twice to hold Swansea City to a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium.

The Senegal striker was on hand to equalise in the first half after Wilfried Bony had opened the scoring for the hosts, before converting Sammy Ameobi’s cross with 15 minutes to go.

A point will go down as an excellent result under the circumstances, given that Newcastle were second best from the first minute to the last.

Swansea’s slick passing and quick wingers caused Newcastle’s defence problems all afternoon and Fabricio Coloccini was no match for the movement and pace of Bony.

Little over a quarter of an hour had passed before Bony opened the scoring. The Ivory Coast international played a smart one-two with Gylfi Sigurdsson and left Coloccini for dead before slotting past Tim Krul easily.

Alan Pardew had promised to make changes to his starting line-up before the game and delivered by starting Cisse for the first time and choosing Gabriel Obertan over Remy Cabella.

The changes certainly worked for the equaliser, as Obertan provided Cisse with the cross that led to the goal. The former Man United winger tricked Neil Taylor on the right before firing a low cross to Cisse, who expertly diverted the centre past Lukasz Fabianski.

Cisse’s goal certainly came against the run of play. Bony had gone close to doubling Swansea’s lead when his header was tipped wide by Krul, before Ki Seung-Yung glanced a header inches wide.

The leveller gave Newcastle a foothold going into half-time but just four minutes into the second period, Wayne Routledge restored Swansea’s lead.

Another intricate move resulted in Sigurdsson again finding space and sliding it through for the former Newcastle winger, who lifted his shot over Krul well.

Pardew responded by putting Emmanuel Riviere up front with Cisse and introducing Sammy Ameobi in place of the ineffective Yoan Gouffran.

But Swansea continued to pile on the pressure and look for a third. Another smart move resulted in Bony’s powerful shot being brilliantly tipped wide by Krul.

However, Newcastle’s substitutions were about to pay off. A quick counter attack saw Ameobi beat Taylor on the right wing, before providing a superb cross for Cisse to flick home.

The visitors could have won it in the final ten minutes but Riviere could only manage a tame effort when a rebound fell his way in the penalty area.

The valuable point keeps Newcastle above Burnley in the Premier League and takes them above QPR ahead of Sunday’s fixtures.