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April 19, 2014
• 10:00 AM
• St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
Referee: C. Foy
• Attendance: 51057
Shola Ameobi 23'
W. Bony 45'+, 90'+
I've been Greg Taylor, thanks for being with us, have a great Saturday evening.
FULL TIME: Newcastle's miserable run continues as Swansea come from behind to win and all but guarantee their Premier League survival. Ameobi opened the scoring with a neat finish but the Swans equalised just before half time thanks to Bony's powerful header. The second half saw both teams attacking but Tiote was the villain as he brought down Emnes in stoppage time to gift Bony the chance to score the winner from the spot.
90' + 3'
90' + 2'
Penalty Goal Wilfried Bony
90' + 2'
GOAL! Bony plants it calmly into the top right hand corner, no chance for Krul. What a big win this is for Swansea.
90' + 1'
Yellow Card Cheikh Tiote
PENALTY TO SWANSEA! Brilliant counter attack from Swansea, Emnes runs at Krul but is taken out by Tiote and Bony has a chance to guft his side the win.
Tiote takes range from about 40 yards, it's not a great effort and goes high and wide. Vorm takes a goal kick and plays it straight to Williams, they'r egong long now, can either side grab a winner?
Gouffran almost slips Debuchy in but his pass is slightly over hit and Vorm is out to meet it. Emnes has time on the right wingto deliver but his cross is poor much to Bony's disgust.
Newcastle corner is dealt with calmly by Vorm who releases Davies down the left immediately. If it stays like this, it would probably be a fair result. Neither side has domninated despite all the attacking.
GREAT SAVE! Bony was fed one-on-one with Krul by Emnes but Krul was out quickly to stop the striker doubling his and his sides tally.
So both managers make a substitution to try and win the game. Emnes replaces Hernandez who faded a sthe game went on but Gsling makes way for Srnstong to make his debut for Newcastle up front.
CLOSE! The Dutchman really has woken up, he's come inside the last 10 minutes and almost gives his side the lead. He curls a wonderful effort form the edge of the box just over with Krul nowhere near it.
STAT ATTACK; If the Premier League had started on January 1, then the Magpies would be in 17th spot. Pardew's side have scored just nine goals in 15 games since the turn of the year and conceded 28 times in the process.
Swansea are knocking on the door now, they counter at speed, Shelvey passes it wide to De Guzman who rolls the ball back to Hernandez, he shuffles the ball out of his feet but drags his effort well wide. Newcastle need to be careful here.
CHANCE! Much better by the Swans, De Guzman beats his man and curls the ball into the six yard box, Bony is up but so is Coloccini who again beats the Ivorian in the air to keep it 1-1.
Swansea win another corner, can they repeat what they did in the first half? Davies curls it in but this time Dummett nod sit away. Krul and Williams have a few words, the handbags were temporarily out but have been put away for the time being.
Really good game now, both sides going for the win. You feel Garry Monk may start looking at his bench, possibly a straight swap with Dyer replacing De Guzman who has done nothing this afternoon.
Remy who has looked a real livewire since he's come on, wns Newcastle a corner after chasing down a lost cause. It's a por delivery, though, and Vorm claims the ball calmly.
WHAT A HIT! Remy just tried an audacious effort from 30 yards out, he bent it up and down and almost scored one of the goals of the season. That's what Newcastle have been missing, moments of genius from players like Remy and Ben Arfa.
CLOSE! Newcastle almost re take the lead. The ball falls kindly to Anita on the edge of the box, the Dutchman take sit on the half volley but his effort is inches wide of Vorm's post.
PENALTY APPEAL! Gouffran feels a sense of injustice after the referee ignores his penalty appeal. The Frenchman is in the box and trying to reach the ball but Rangel has got his arms all over him but nothing is given.
BIG MISS! Gosling does brilliantly down the right to beat Davies on the right wing, he gets to the byline and cuts it back to Remy who miserably fluffs his lines and puts his effort well wide.
Gouffran beats his man and crosses first time but Vorm handles it well and rolls it out to Davies. The game is just opening up a little now with Newcastle looking the better of the two sides.
FACT: Swansea have just one victory in 18 matches against teams in the top half of the table this season - the second worst in the league - though that win came against Newcastle.
Routledge runs at three Newcastle players and almost beats them but Dummett does enough to force the winger out of play.
Remy receives it wide on the left, he runs at two Swansea players before laying it off to Anita, his shot is poor though and dribbles wide for a Swansea goal kick.
GREAT SAVE! Great first time cross by Debuchy falls to Gosling who volleys it low and into the corner but Vorm leaps to his left to tip it round the post for a Newcastle corner.
Swansea kick off in their dreadful purple and yellow away strip, can they grab another to help their relegation battle?
Some stats from that half, both sides had equal possession but Swansea shaded the attempts on goal with six to Newcastle's three. What will the second half bring, the players are back out on the pitch, we'll be underway shortly.
Newcastle will be frustrated they go into the break on level terms. They have been the better side but apart from Ameobi's goal, they haven't really tested Vorm enough. Swansea will be the happier of the two sides going into the break, they've been poor going forward but can thank Bony again for grabbing them a goal out of nothing.
45' + 2'
Assist Ben Davies
45' + 2'
Goal Wilfried Bony
GOAL! Super header by Bony to level things up for the away side. Davies whips it into the near post and Bony bullies Williamson to get to the ball first and glances his header past a helpless Krul. That's the Ivorian's 20th goal of the season.
45' + 1'
There will be three minutes of added time this half. Hernandez does well down the right, his cross is blocked and Swansea have a corner.
Newcastle looking to finish this half strongly. It's not the worst situation for Remy to return to action, his side lead and have looked largely untroubled so far this half. Gouffran has a good chance to score with a free header at the back post but his effort goes straight to Vorm.
Swansea have a free kick from a decent position, Shelvey lines it up but blazes it well over. Poor effort.
Newcastle have lost two forwards to injury in this first half, both Cisse and De Jong were unable to continue. Pardew has been forced to bring Remy on prematurely. But how fit is he?
Luuk de Jong
Swansea come forward again with Shelvey but the former Liverpool player forces it forward and gives away possession. He hasn't quite understood the Swansea passing style yet.
Newcastle float a long ball towards the back post but De Jong lands awkwardly as he challenges for it and is on the floor receiving treatment. He fell very awkwardly on his ankle and probably wont be able to continue. Not really what Pardew wanted.
Bony out muscles Tiote from 25 yards out, the ball falls to the striker and he hits it first time low and hard but it goes wide of Krul's left hand post.
Brilliant play by Routledge, a great piece of skill takes him round Debuchy who trips him and is booked for his troubles. Swansea take the resulting free kick but Bony is flagged offside.
Yellow Card Dan Gosling
The Magpies really have come alive since that goal. Debuchy slips in Gouffran whop delivers into the six yard box, it falls to Ameobi but his shot is blocked and Swansea get it away.
REFEREE SUB: It looks like Chris Foy won't be able to continue after being hit by the ball in the face in the opening few minutes. Anthony Taylor is warming up to replace him.
That goal was slightly against the run of play but Newcastle are very much on top now. Gouffran makes a good run across the back four and almost feeds De Jong but Williams reads the situation well.
STAT ATTACK: Swansea have now gone 15 Premier League away games without keeping a clean sheet.
Assist Luuk de Jong
Goal Shola Ameobi
GOAL!! The drought is over and it's the old warrior Ameobi who breaks the deadlock. De Jong feeds the big man in the six yard box, he turns and rolls it past Vorm with ease. That's the first goal they've scored here in over six hours.
So Cisse is unable to continue and is replace dby Debuchy. Newcastle will revert back to a flat back four and Anita wil push on into Cisses' position.
CHANCE! Best bit of play of the game by a mile. Hernandez plays a neat one two with Britton and releases De Guzman, he crosses towards the near post where Bony meets it but Krul tips it round the post.
Another Newcastle attack is brought to an end, Gosling puts in a decent cross in from the right but Williams deals with it and Swansea break.
Cisse stops and falls to the floor, and receives treatment, he clearly isn't right. Will we see Remy make his long awaited return?
De Jong has looked bright, Newcastle will be looking to get him involved as much as possible today. If he can score, you feel it would do his confidence the world of good. He scored 32 goals in 2011/12.
Swansea win another corner, they've definitely been the better of the two sides in the opening 15 minutes. It's a deeper delivery by Davies but Krul plucks it out the sky with authority and rolls it out to Gosling.
Home fans sound very frustrated, Tiote had nothing on and decided to pass it backwards much to the fans disgust. There is activity on Newcastle's bench as they monitor Cisse's injury.
Cisse is just feeling his knee a little, he may have picked up a knock. Swansea have a corner after Shelvey's effort is deflected out behind. It's whipped in by Davies and partially cleared by Tiote before Gosling launches it down field.
De Guzman almost slips Hernandez in but Rangel clears the danger and Newcastle can break. But it comes straight back as De Guzman beats his man and gets to the byline but his cut back is over hit and misses every one.
The home side have seen plenty of the ball in the opening minutes but mainly in their own half. Gouffran has looked lively but neither side has created a meaningful chance yet.
Both sides looking a little nervous on the ball with possession breaking down far too easily. De Guzman crosses from the right but it's slightly too long for Bony and Newcastle have a throw.
Not a great start for referee Chris Foy, the man in black has just gone down after the ball hit him full on the face. He's ok to continue and the game is back underway.
We're underway with the Magpies kicking off in their black and white stripes.
The players are out on the pitch, we'll be underway shortly.
That said, Newcastle wil be selling Premier League season tickets next season. Swansea howveer are right in the middle of a relegation scrap and have failed to win any of their last 11 on the road. They have not won away from the Liberty Stadium since beating Fulham last November.
It's that time of year when fans look to renew their season ticket. I think a few Newcastle fans may be a little undecided on renewing theirs after what they've seen so far this year. Sunderland (3) have scored more goals than Newcastle (2) at St James' Park in 2014.
Swansea, meanwhile, make two changes from the side that lost to Chelsea last weekend, Jordi Amat and De Guzman come in for Nathan Dyer and the suspended Chico Flores.
Newcastle will line up with three central defenders this afternoon, it's a very attacking lineup, which is not too surprising considering they haven't scored in four matches. But they're still with top scorer Remy, defender Debuchy and there's still no room for Ben Arfa. Looks like Pards and the young Frenchman have yet to patch things up.
Swansea Subs: Fulton, Taylor, Dyer, Tremmel, Bartley, Ngog, Emnes.
Newcastle Subs: Yanga-Mbiwa, Remy, Haidara, Elliot, Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Armstrong.
SWANSEA: Vorm; Rangel, Amat, Williams, Davies; Britton, Shelvey, De Guzman; Routledge, Bony, Hernandez
NEWCASTLE: Krul; Coloccini, Williamson, Dummett; Anita, Gosling, Tiote, Gouffran; de Jong; Cisse, Sh Ameobi
Before we go any further, let's have a look at how both sides are lining up, starting with the home side.
Garry Monk's Swansea however really need all three points this afternoon if they want to ensure their Premier League survival. The Swans have won just once in their last nine league matches (W1, D3, L5). That was a 3-0 win at home to Norwich.
Today brings together two sides whose need for victory is overwhelming, albeit for very different reasons. Despite Newcastle currently sitting in ninth position they're on a dreadful four-game losing streak with no goals scored. Since Pardew's headbutt incident at Hull City, his side have looked poor and he'll be desperate for a result this afternoon to stop the increasing levels of unrest.
Hello and welcome to this evening's LIVE play-by-play commentary of the Premier League as Newcastle Utd host Swansea City here at St. James Park. My name is Greg Taylor and I'll be guiding you through all the action.
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