Although the Magpiescame 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 winPapiss Cisse made it nine goals in eight games with two goals for Newcastle United to help his side secure a win against a dominant Swansea City to see them overtake Chelsea in the Premier League.
Pardew's side continued its marvelous Premier League grinding out three points from a classy Swansea side which only increased its chances off securing Europa League football, going ahead of Chelsea just two points behind Tottenham and Arsenal in those Champions League places.
The home side enjoyed a large amount of possession but rarely made it count with Tim Krul only having two or three difficult saves to make, but the Magpies were the polar opposite converting twice from a limited amount of chances.
Cisse opened the scoring with only five minutes on the clock, after a beautiful first time pass from Yohan Cabaye caught out the Swansea defense, giving the Senegalese striker a one-on-one with Michel Vorm and as expected the former Freiburg man confidently slotted the ball to the keeper’s right and into the bottom corner of his goal.
This was only one of two chances the visitors had on goal in the opening 45 minutes with Brendan Rodgers' side kept 80% of possession 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 an hour mark.
Swansea’s on-loan midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson's powerful attempt from 25-yards out caused the Dutch keeper to pull off a fine save diving to his left and turning the ball around the post.
Although Swansea failed to give Krul too much to worry about in the first half they came out from the break and nearly netted after only 40 seconds. Dyer worked the ball into the crowded box laying-off Sigurdsson to try and curl a shot into the bottom corner, but his effort was the wrong side of the post.
Allen also came close to the equalizer as his shot from well out took a little deflection off of Mike Williamson which troubled Krul, but the Dutch keeper did well to pull off an improvised save to keep the score at 1-0.Just as Krul started to be worked by Rodgers' side Cisse got another goal to his name in his fledgling Premier League career making it 2-0 on the 69th minute, making the three points next to certain.
Another pass from Cabaye saw the Senegalese striker get into decent position in the box, he struggled to get the ball from underneath his feet but still managed to dink a shot over the keeper from 12-yards to see the ball creep underneath the bar with the Dutchman left helpless.
Not everything Cisse touched turned to gold in this match as Steven Caulker’s poor back pass just managed to reach Vorm, but the clearance cannoned off of the striker lobbing the keeper but the ball rolled wide of the goal.Follow GOAL.COM USA on