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6 April 2012
• Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Referee: H. Webb
• Attendance: 19874
90' + 3'
FULL-TIME! A perfect 'Smash and Grab' from Newcastle. Two good finishes from their in-form stiker Papiss Cisse sees the Magpies leapfrog Chelsea. Swansea passed the ball all day but couldn't break down the away defence.
The home team can't even get into the Newcastle box now. They are working the ball into wide areas well but the away defenders are doing their job well.
Newcastle even getting a spell of possession now. They move the ball across the back four, before Simpson hits it long and Swansea get it back.
Graham tries to break through the middle but the Newcastle defence crowd him out and get the ball away.
Newcastle happy to take this now. They aren't throwing many forward on the break and are sitting in defence. The home team are still struggling to create anything meaningful.
Sinclair tries to half the defecit. The winger cuts in from the left but his shot is tame and Krul saves easily.
Almost a lucky hat-trick for Cisse. Caulker sells Vorm short and as the Newcastle man chases it down, Vorm smashes it against him but the ball goes out of play.
Swansea not really threatening now. The away side seem comfortable in defence and look dangerous on the break.
Sigurdsson tries another long-range shot, but it goes just wide. Newcastle make their third change, with Gosling replacing Cabaye.
Assist Yohan Cabaye
Goal Papiss Cissé
GOAL! I don't believe it. What a finish by Cisse. Another goal against the run of play. Cabaye with the pass again. The striker traps the ball just inside the box before lifting it over Vorm and into the top corner. Brilliant goal.
Sinclair and Graham, who have just come on almost make a difference. Graham's header finds Sigurdsson who plays it to Sinclair but his cross is blocked.
Another Newcastle counter attack. Ben Arfa breaks forward and plays it to Cisse. The striker uses Ben Arfa's second run as a decoy and shoots wide.
Ben Arfa shows great skill on the right to beat Routledge and Taylor but the winger lets the ball roll out of play as he comes into the box.
Swansea still keeping the ball but are struggling to get in behind the away defence now.
Yellow Card Ashley Williams
Williams is penalised for wrestling with Cisse. Newcastle also decide to take off Demba Ba.
Great play again from the home team. Dyer works the ball well on the right before playing a one-two with Sigurdsson, Moore can't get on the end of the cross though. Swansea starting to look very threatening.
Good play again from Swansea. Sigurdsson lays it off to Rangel who crosses. Caulker wins the header but it is straight at Krul.
The home side are moving the ball quicker now. Rangel gets in behind and wins the corner off Santon.
Almost a goal for Swansea. Allen's shot is deflected but Krul does well to re-adjust and push it wide.
A rare period of possession for the away side. They work the ball to Ben Arfa but the Frenchman wastes his cross.
The second half continuing in the same way as the first ended. Swansea are camped in the Newcastle half, but still the home team can't find a way through.
Great chance for Swansea. Dyer cuts inside but delays the shot and is crowded out, he plays it to Sigurdsson who shoots but it deflects wide.
Swansea get the second period underway. Ryan Taylor replaces Chieck Tiote for the away side.
45' + 1'
HALF-TIME! Swansea will wonder how they are behind. They might not have created many chances but the home team have kept the ball for almost the entire 45 minutes. Cisse eighth goal in eight games has given Newcastle a half-time lead.
Swansea still can't break the away side down. Sigurdsson tries a quick one-two with Moore but the ball is cleared. Just one minute of stoppage time.
Chance again for Sigurdsson. Rangel wins it off Santon and plays it inside. Sigurdsson drags the ball past his man well, but his left-footed shot is blocked.
Yellow Card Mike Williamson
Williamson is booked for a foul on Moore. Swansea free-kick 35 yards out. Sigurdsson goes for goal but Krul catches it easily.
Newcastle really can't get the ball. Everytime the clear a cross or win the ball back. The home team win it back and come again.
Fantastic work from Swansea to win the ball back in midfield. Allen, Britton and Sigurdsson crowd out Cisse and Gutierrez to the home crowd's delight.
Rangel gets in behind on the right but his cross is blocked. The home team will be looking for better delivery from wide areas. They have worked the ball well but can't find a decent cross.
Good play again from the home team. Caulker brings the ball our of defence once more. He plays it to Dyer who gives it back. The centre-back then touches it wide for Rangel but his cross is too deep and goes over Routledge's head.
Great shot by Sigurdsson. The attacking midfielder hits it from all of 30 yards, after some good play from Allen, but it is turned away by Krul.
Caulker comes out of defence again. This time he plays it wide to Dyer who gets to the edge of the box before wasting his cross, hitting it out of play for a goal-kick.
The away side are struggling to get a kick now. Swansea stroking the ball about with ease but the Magpies defence is holding firm.
Lovely play from Ben Arfa. He spins Taylor on the half-way line and sprints right up to the edge of the Swansea box before cutting inside and shooting. His shot is tame though, and Vorm saves.
The home team are starting to find more space now. Allen and Britton are working the ball across midfield a lot quicker but the Swans can't find the killer pass when they get to the final third.
Another half-chance for Swansea. Dyer and Sigurdsson work the ball well on the right before playing it inside to Allen. The Welsh international shoots from 20 yards but hits it straight at Krul, who gathers easily.
Nice play from Swansea. Britton plays it wide to Dyer who lets the ball run under him to Rangel, but the Spaniard shoots over.
Good break out of defence from Caulker. He runs all the way to the Newcastle box before playing it out wide to Rangel. The right-back crosses but it is headed away by Williamson.
Newcastle's defence is pretty comfortable. Taylor makes a burst down the left for the home team but Ben Arfa does his defensive duties and sees the danger out.
Not much has happened apart from the Newcastle goal. The Swans are keeping the ball well, as you would expect, but not really threatening. Plenty of time to get back into it though.
Assist Yohan Cabaye
Goal Papiss Cissé
GOAL! It's that man Cisse again. The ball is played in to Cabaye who plays a great pass to the striker. He shoots across Vorm, who can't keep it out.
Good chance for Sigurdsson. The Icelandic midfielder nicks the ball off Demba Ba outside the Newcastle box and plays a one-two with Dyer but can't get his shot on target.
Newcastle get the game underway at The Liberty Stadium
Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is yet to score at The Liberty Stadium, despite scoring six goals in his last eight games. While Magpies front-man Papiss Cisse has seven goals in seven games since his arrival. These two in-form players could make the difference.
Both teams lining up with similar formations. Newcastle's front-three will cause a real threat to the home defence. It will be interesting to see how to Swans react to consecutive defeats.
Newcastle bring in Davide Santon at left-back, allowing Jonas Gutierrez to move back into midfield. Alan Pardew is sticking with the 4-3-3 formation which has seen the Magpies win three games in a row.
Nathan Dyer returns to the starting XI for the Swans, in place of Scott Sinclair. The home team have also opted to change their main striker, with Luke Moore coming in for Danny Graham.
Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, Perch, Williamson, Santon; Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez; Ben Arfa, Ba, Cisse. subs: Elliot, Tavernier, Ferguson, R.Taylor, Abeid, Gosling, Ameobi.
Swansea: Vorm; Rangel, Williams, Caulker, Taylor; Dyer, Britton, Allen, Sigurdsson, Routledge; Moore. subs: Tremmel, Tate, Monk, McEachran, Gower, Sinclair, Graham.
Good Afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of Swansea City v Newcastle United.
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