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4 December 2013
• Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Referee: H. Webb
• Attendance: 20457
N. Dyer 45'+
M. Debuchy 67' (own goal)
J. Shelvey 82'
An excellent performance from Swansea, then, with Shelvey and Pozuelo starring for the home side. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will have to pick his players up from this heavy defeat for the weekend trip to Manchester United. Bye for now.
90' + 3'
Full-time at the Liberty Stadium. Newcastle are brought back down to earth as their winning run comes to a close.
90' + 1'
Swansea play keep-ball as they look to close out the win. The Welsh side will close the gap on Newcastle to just five points with this victory.
The 3-0 scoreline is all the more impressive when you consider that Swansea have played without an out-and-out striker for the best part of this match. Three minutes of added-time to be played.
Yanga-Mbiwa does well to nip the ball away from the fast-advancing Wayne Routledge. Meanwhile, Haidara goes into the book for a bad foul on Dyer.
Yellow CardMassadio Haidara
The Swansea fans are in fine voice as they close in on only their second home win of the season. Five minutes left for them to see out.
Swansea make their last change of the night as the excellent Pozuelo makes way for Wayne Routledge.
AssistJonathan De Guzmán
Shelvey scores! Krul gets a touch on another swerving long-range effort from the midfielder but he can only help it on to the roof of the net. 3-0 to the Swans.
The lively Shelvey looks to play in Pozuelo with a clever little dummy, but Newcastle are alert to the danger.
Newcastle make their final change, withdrawing Mike Williamson to bring on Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Shelvey almost makes it three but his swering effort from outside the box is pushed over by Krul. The England midfielder follows that up with some handbags with Debuchy, who wasn't best pleased by the ex-Liverpool man's sliding tackle as he looked to break.
Shelvey appeared to have messed up that chance before Debuchy's desperate intervention. Is Newcastle's four-game winning run at an end?
Swansea make a change of their own, bringing on Roland Lamah for Hernandez.
Newcastle respond by making another change, bringing on Gabriel Obertan for Ameobi.
Own GoalMathieu Debuchy
Swansea double their lead! The home side break after a Newcastle attack flounders with Shelvey finding himself one-on-one with Krul. The midfielder hesitates on the ball for too long, allowing Debuchy to make a last-ditch tackle, but the ball rebounds off the Frenchman to roll into the net. That has to go down as an own goal.
Newcastle have never won a game in which they have gone behind this season but they are putting plenty of pressure on the Swansea defence to get back into this contest. Amoebi has a shot blocked this time by a Swansea defender.
Swansea look to regain the initiative after a good few minutes for Newcastle. But they are happy to just hold on to the ball for the moment and knock it about in their own half.
Debuchy was yellow-carded in the midst of that for a reckless lunge on Pozuelo.
Yellow CardMathieu Debuchy
Drama! Nice bit of build-up play from Newcastle ends with Remy having a shot blocked by Ben Davies, with a suspicion of handball involved. Referee Howard Webb is having none of it though and waves away the appeals.
Newcastle remove Santon to bring on Massadio Haidara in a like-for-like swap.
Ameobi takes on the Swansea defence with not much in the way of support and wins a corner for his trouble. Debuchy's subsequent set-piece is headed over by Remy.
Gouffran gets to the byeline and gets in the cross. Williamson is alert to the danger, though, and nips in to nick the ball before it reaches Remy.
This is more like it. Ameobi drills an effort wide after a swivel before Shelvey fires just wide of Krul's goal at the other end. Bright start to the second half by both teams.
Cabaye plays almost the perfect pass to Amoebi on the run but it is just a touch over-hit, allowing Vorm to step off his line and gather.
Almost the perfect start to the half for the Swans. Jonathan de Guzman plays a delicious cross to Dyer at the far post but the England winger cannot get any power in his header allowing Krul to make the save.
Swansea get the second half underway. No changes made by either side.
So what to make of that half of football at the Liberty Stadium? It was rather dull until Dyer's intervention, in fairness. Swansea saw much of the ball and just about deserve their lead, even if they couldn't create many openings. The timing of that Dyer goal could not have been better for the home side, coming as it did right on the stroke of half time.
45' + 2'
That's pretty much the last action of the half as referee Howard Webb blows the whistle for half time. Advantage Swansea.
45' + 1'
There's the opener! Krul can only punch Pozuelo's cross into the path of Dyer, who makes no mistake as he volleys home through Santon's legs. 1-0 to Swansea.
Dyer skips past Davide Santon before laying it across for Pozuelo. Coloccini is alert to the danger, though, and steps in to clear.
Swansea lose possession and Newcastle break. Remy finds Yoan Gouffran in the Swansea area but the French winger cannot bring the ball under control and the chance is gone.
Remy and Cabaye have back-to-back shots blocked by the Swansea backline before Tiote slashes it straight into the stands.
Shelvey belts that one straight into the Newcastle wall. Disappointing effort.
Swansea play more tippy-tappy stuff at the back but it all seems to be going nowhere. Oh, hold on. Dyer is brought down by Coloccini and Swansea have a set-piece in a decent area.
This game needs a goal. Badly. Hernandez goes down in a heap after a collision with Tiote. Free kick to Swansea.
Alvaro's injury means Swansea are playing without a recognised striker at the moment, with Michu and Bony also out injured.
Shola Ameobi takes on three Swansea defenders before he is brought down by Chico. Cabaye blasts the subsequent free kick well over Vorm's goal.
Huge blow for Swansea as Alvaro cannot continue any further. Nathan Dyer is on in his place.
Chico Flores, of all people, finds himself in range to have a shot on goal but Krul is comfortably behind that one. Alvaro appears to have a problem for Swansea and there is a break in play.
Newcastle harry the Swansea defenders to win the ball back and the ball falls to Cabaye. The France midfielder looks to find Remy with an early cross but it is so over-hit that it registers as a shot on the Swansea goal as Vorm gathers comfortably.
Debuchy has another chance to cross from the right but he cannot find a team-mate this time as Swansea clear.
This game is already setting into a pattern with Swansea hogging most of the possession and Newcastle looking to prosper on the break. You would suspect, though, that the visitors have a cutting edge in front of goal that the home side do not at the moment, what with the absences of Michu and Wilfried Bony.
First chance for Swansea. Pozuelo evades Newcastle's offside trap but drills his effort well wide from a tight angle.
Shelvey is seeing quite a bit of the ball for Swansea. The former Liverpool midfielder almost slips in Pozuelo but Mike Williamson is alert to the danger and intercepts.
Shelvey finds Tiendalli on the right flank with another delightful pass but the Dutchman's cross into the box is overhit straight to Tim Krul.
Chance! Mathieu Debuchy finds Loic Remy with an inch-perfect cross but the Frenchman's header is kept out acrobatically by Vorm.
Swansea have settled in to this contest rather well. Yohan Cabaye looks to change that by having a pop at goal from the centre circle, looking to catch Michel Vorm by surprise. It misses its mark by quite a distance, unsurprisingly.
A quick throw-in from Shelvey finds Hernandez in plenty of space in the box but the Spaniard cannot find Alvaro Vasquez with a lofted cross.
Jonjo Shelvey plays a raking crossfield ball to Dwight Tiendalli before Cheick Tiote steps in to break the play and concede a throw-in.
Swansea pass the ball around the back, moving slowly upfield towards the Newcastle box. The move ends with Alejandro Pozuelo just failing to reach a return ball from Pablo Hernandez on the run.
Swansea playing keep-ball in the opening minutes as they pass the ball around crisply. So far, so good for them in that respect.
Howard Webb is our referee for this evening and he gets us underway at the Liberty Stadium.
Newcastle United: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; Sissoko, Tiote, Cabaye, Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Remy. Subs: Elliot, Anita, Cisse, Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, Sammy Ameobi, Obertan.
Swansea City: Vorm; Tiendalli, Chico, Williams, Davies; Shelvey, Canas; De Guzman, Hernandez, Pozuelo; Alvaro. Subs: Tremmel, Routledge, Dyer, Amat, Lamah, Taylor, Britton.
TEAM NEWS: Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm returns to the starting XI after overcoming a knee problem while Newcastle name the same team that beat West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. Full line-ups to follow shortly.
Swansea have struggled for consistency this season, with only a solitary home win in the league to show for their efforts so far – a 4-0 success over Sunderland in October. European commitments have also put considerable strain on Michael Laudrup’s resources, with several players out injured heading into the crunch festive period.
Newcastle arrive in south Wales in top form after winning four out of four games in November – a feat no other club managed to accomplish. Manager Alan Pardew has overseen a remarkable transformation in the club’s fortunes, after his job was rumoured to be under threat in the earlier weeks of the season, and he will hope to keep the winning momentum going through December.
Good evening and welcome to live text coverage of the Premier League encounter between Swansea City and Newcastle United from the Liberty Stadium.
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