Swansea City 0-2 Newcastle: Sublime Cisse hits clinical double as visitors climb above Chelsea to boost top-four chances
Although the Magpies came under constant pressure during a game which was dominated by the hosts the man of moment popped up with two goals from limited chances to secure the win
By Edward Tibbles
The in-form Senegalese striker put his side ahead after just five minutes after racing onto Yohan Cabaye’s pass, before chipping Michel Vorm with a remarkable effort after 69 minutes to grab his sixth goal in just three games.
The result now leaves Pardew's side just two points behind third- and fourth-placed Tottenham and Arsenal, having played a game more.
Brendan Rodgers made three changes from the Swans team who lost to Spurs, Steven Caulker returning while Simon Sinclair was recalled with Luke Moore preferred to Danny Graham, whilst Davide Santon was available at left-back for Newcastle. The Italian's return allowed Jonas Gutierrez to move back into midfield at Danny Guthrie's expense.
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Had barely had a touch before expertly slotting past Vorm in the fifth minute to score his eighth goal in as many games, before scooping a delightful improvised shot beyond Vorm in the second half. Lethal and clinical finishing from the Newcastle No.9.
The home side enjoyed a startling 77 per cent of possession but rarely made it count with Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul pressured just a handful of times.
However, the Magpies were the polar opposite converting twice from just four shots on target.
Cisse opened the scoring with only five minutes on the clock when a beautiful first-time pass from Cabaye caught out the Swansea defence to allow the Senegalese striker to slot home with just goalkeeper Vorm to beat.
This was only one of two chances the visitors had on goal in the opening 45 minutes, with Rodgers' side boasting 80% of possession at the break, leaving many Newcastle players mere observers for much of the half.
Despite the possession, Swansea never managed to mount a serious attack on the Newcastle goal until the half-hour mark when on-loan midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson's powerful attempt from 25 yards out caused Krul to pull off a fine save, diving to his left and turning the ball around the post.
The Swans came out after the break much stronger and nearly netted after just 40 seconds when Dyer worked the ball into the crowded box for Sigurdsson to try and curl a shot into the bottom corner, but his effort was the wrong side of the post.
Minutes later, Allen also came close to the equaliser as his shot from distance took a slight deflection off of Newcastle centre-back Mike Williamson, but Krul adjusted his body quickly to palm the ball away.
With Swansea looking far more threatening, Cisse hit the killer blow.
Cabaye was once again the provider, but this was a goal brought about purely by the skill of the striker as he managed to dig the ball out of his feet, while off balance, to chip a surprised Vorm and seal all three points with 20 minutes remaining.
The home side's hopes seemed to vanish after falling further behind, but Sigurdsson and Dyer nearly snatched a late consolation with first a snapshot from the edge of the box and then a soft header that Krul claimed with ease.
For Swansea, it is the first time this season that they have lost three on the trot, and the Swans could drop to as low as 14th come the end of the weekend.
Newcastle, on the other hand, now boast four wins on the bounce with their Champions League ambitions looking brighter each week.
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