A late Luke Moore goal sent Newcastle United to a confidence sapping defeat in Wales, as Swansea kept the Magpies in the bottom half of the Premier League table.

Newcastle were desperately unlucky to lose the game, as their performance more than matched the home side and they could have been out of sight in the second half. Yohan Cabaye struck the bar and Papiss Cisse should have taken a clear chance, only for Swansea to survive and nick the game with five minutes remaining.

Alan Pardew made one change from the game against Southampton last weekend, with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa replacing the injured Fabricio Coloccini at centre-back. Cabaye wore the Captain’s armband, despite Jonas Gutierrez being recognised as the club’s official vice captain.

Under Cabaye’s leadership, Newcastle started well. Mathieu Debuchy was getting forward well down the right flank as the visitors settled quickly. For their pressure and slick passing though, there was no effort on goal and Swansea soon found their feet.

The Welsh side’s trademark short, incisive passing came into play and Newcastle’s more physical midfield was being overrun. Cheick Tiote was regularly bypassed by Jonathan De Guzman and former Magpie Wayne Routledge and resorted to petty fouls to slow Swansea down.

From one of the numerous free-kicks Newcastle gave away, Michael Laudrup’s side almost took the lead. De Guzman’s delivery was knocked down by Michu and as Ashley Williams’ effort trickled towards goal, Steven Taylor was on hand to hack off the line.

As the Swansea pressure continued, Pardew was on the touchline berating his players to get a foothold in the game and the words seemed to work, with Newcastle eventually showing some steel in midfield and not being carved open as easily.

There was another golden chance for the Swans though, when another De Guzman free-kick was met by the unmarked Garry Monk, whose connection let him down and meant his wait for his first Premier League goal went on.
After the break, Newcastle gained the ascendency quickly and began to show their quality.

No longer were the home side allowed to get their impressive passing game going and instead, Moussa Sissoko started to flex his muscles in the middle of the park.

The former Toulouse midfielder had a couple of efforts on goal, before almost assisting the opener when he found Cisse. An instinctive flick found the Senegal striker behind Monk and in on goal but Cisse blazed over the bar when he should have done better.

Minutes after Cisse had wasted the clearest chance of the match, Newcastle went even closer through Cabaye.
After Gutierrez and Davide Santon had found a way out of a tight corner, Cabaye unleashed a rasping effort from 25 yards, only for the crossbar to deny the Toon captain.

Newcastle continued to pour forward and had plenty of attempts on goal but couldn’t create a chance that you would expect them to convert. Debuchy had a volley which evaded Yoan Gouffran by inches, while Sissoko had a long-range effort turned away by Michel Vorm in the home goal.

The game looked to be heading for a goalless draw but there was late drama when Luke Moore benefited from a defensive mistake.

Wayne Routledge wriggled past Debuchy on the left wing before standing up a cross towards Moore in the middle. The delivery shouldn’t have caused problems but a moment of miscommunication between Yanga-Mbiwa and Santon led to the Italian fluffing a header and Moore pouncing to force his weak effort over the line.

Pardew responded by introducing Shola Ameobi and Sylvain Marveaux – two changes which could have been made half an hour earlier – but with only three minutes of stoppage time remaining, the subs couldn’t do anything to stop Newcastle slipping to a disappointing defeat.

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  1. Dai

    The Toon had their moments true, but the Swans had three efforts cleared off the Newcastle line and a good shout for a pen not given. This report misses out Rangel's early 2nd half effort and the follow up which both had Elliot at full stretch, even before Taylor cleared the loose ball off the line, The reporter also forgets Ki's second half one-on-one which Elliot again did well to save. On balance the Swans deserved the three points. Delude yourselves if you like, but doing the double over you was no fluke.

  2. Geordie!

    Hey Taffy
    This will be the last season you lot do the double over the Mags!
    see you down the Dragon boyo!!


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