Papiss Cisse’s third brace in his last three games inspired Newcastle United to an excellent away win at the Liberty Stadium. The Magpies become just the fourth team to leave Wales with all three points this season, as whispers of Champions’ League football begin to emanate around Tyneside.

There’s an old cliché in life that possession is “nine tenths of the law” but the Geordies proved that it’s what you do with the ball that counts, as Brendan Rodgers’ Swans enjoyed near-total possession, without putting too much pressure on Tim Krul in the Newcastle goal.

The visitors on the other hand were far more lethal, and with a trio of attackers that can strike fear into any defence in the world, they found the cutting edge to tear the Swans apart.

Central of all attacking threat was the inspired Papiss Cisse, who opened the scoring within five minutes. Superbly assisted by the almost equally impressive Yohan Cabaye, the Senegal striker raced clear of the home defence before comfortably firing past Michel Vorm to give the Geordies an early lead.

The healthy travelling contingent could have been forgiven for thinking the newly-promoted side would roll over and die, but Rodgers’ highly-disciplined squad bounced back and controlled proceedings from then on, enjoying near-total domination but failing to find a way through Newcastle’s stern defence.

Gylfi Sigurdsson, arguably the only man to have equalled Cisse’s excellent form over the last month, was Swansea’s best chance of getting back into the match, but couldn’t test Krul when well placed early on.

The Iceland international continued his ongoing battle with Krul, but it was a contest the Dutch stopper comfortably won. First, beat away Sigurdsson’s powerful 25-yard effort, before a tame 30-yard effort was easily collected by the in-form stopper.

Swansea continued to dominate possession – enjoying up to 80% at one point – but lacked any cutting edge. Rodgers’ decision to rest leading scorers Danny Graham and Scott Sinclair looked to have backfired and despite introducing the pair with 25 minutes left, the home side rarely looked like getting an equaliser.

The closest they came was when Joe Allen’s deflected long-range effort was comfortably turned away by Krul.

For all the dominance and lack of goal scoring chances Swansea mustered, it was left to Cisse to give the Swans a master class in how to finish with 20 minutes remaining. Racing away from Ashley Williams once again, Cisse scooped the ball over the despairing Vorm with ease and secured the three points for the in-form Magpies.

The win elevates Alan Pardew’s side into fifth place, ahead of Chelsea who can draw level with maximum points tomorrow. More importantly though, it gives the Geordies a real sense of momentum, having won four on the bounce and done so in a notoriously hard place to do so.