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December 17, 2011
• St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
Referee: L. Mason
• Attendance: 51767
Newcastle's main threat was from Cabaye's deliveries as the Magpies won numerous corners and free kicks, but the Swansea defence was regimented and other than Coloccini's header which hitting the post their goal was rarely troubled from the set-pieces.
Simon Sinclair gives a final word on the game: LIVE! Newcastle spurn a good chance of winning here as they now stretch their winless run to five games. Swansea keeper Michel Vorm peformed heroics and the visitors were grateful to luck as they held on for a precious point.
All over here, Swansea worked hard for their point today, with some fortune they kept a clean sheet as they saw their woodwork get struck twice firstly from Coloccini then Ba.
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A long throw from Santon is not cleared properly by the Swansea defence, Ba tries a half volley but it screams into the crowd.
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Swansea are running the game down, they are determined not to let Newcastle snatch all the points late on.
Another corner is dealt with easily by Swansea. Most of Newcastle's threats have come from Cabaye's set pieces but the Welsh side have dealt with them admirably.
Sammy Ameobi nods down a ball at the back post. It finds space and as Ba charges in to smash the ball into the net Williams just manages to get a toe to it and he pokes the ball away to safety.
Yellow Card Ashley Richards
Richards is booked after kicking the ball away after Dyer gave away a free kick wide on the left.
Tiote is down, but it just looks like a bit of cramp, the strains are showing after his two month lay-off. He's going to be replaced by Vuckic. Obertan also leaves for Sammy Ameobi.
Swansea seem to have taken charge in the last five minutes, the first time we've seen them on the front foot in the match a lot of football being played in Newcastle's half.
Graham chips in a good ball to Sincalir, he tires to wrong foot Simpson to get a shot a way. Krul is left for dead as Sinclair gets off his shot, but he drags it wide to Krul's relief.
Ameobi almost makes an immediate impact as he is played in in the left channel of the box by Santon. He collects the ball and tries to drill it across the keeper but Vorm gets down to collect it well.
Shola Ameobi comes on for Best as Pardew continues to try and find a way through this stubborn Swansea defence.
Simon Sinclair gives us another update from the ground:LIVE! The Newcastle fans are not liking referee Lee Mason as the ref books Yohan Cabaye for a tackle on Neil Taylor after letting the Swans players off with a string of offences in the first half.
Santon makes a good run on the left again he cuts inside and puts a ball into Ba, the ball is just above the striker but he manages to stretch and his header floats over the head of Vorm, but the keeper does well to backtrack and pluck the ball out of the air as it looked to be creeping in at the far post.
Newcastle back in the ascendency again as a couple of vital tackles from the Swansea defence have saved Best and Ba from being one-on-one with Vorm.
Yellow Card Yohan Cabaye
Cabaye gets booked after tripping Taylor who was storming forward, he tried to pull away but it was just a bit to late.
Swansea win their first corner. The ball is floated in to the middle of the box and Krul comes out to gather with confidence.
Coloccini makes an advanced run deep into the Swansea half. He gets cornered by two Swansea players but shows some good footwork to win a throw-in.
Swansea counter after a poor Newcastle corner. Routledge and Sinclair progress but Routledge holds onto the ball for too long as Sinclair makes a run. His ball is to late and Sinclair is well offside.
Swansea do seem to have started the second half with a more attacking approach although they are over passing the ball in the Newcastle half and end up loosing possession.
Simpson floats in a cross to the back post where Ba is looming. The delivery is a bit close to the by line and the striker has to stretch to get a foot to the ball, but he cant direct it on target and it goes over the bar.
Swansea restart the game, hoping they can get back into this game.
Simon Sinclair gives us a half-time update from the ground: LIVE! Half-time here and Newcastle should be comfortably ahead in this game. The fans are getting slightly frustrated mainly with Gabriel Obertan but will want a goal pretty quickly in the second half. Swansea need to make changes at half-time they haven't been in this game at all and are only not behind because of their keeper and the post.
Swansea's tactics, although not the prettiest, have quietened the home crowd or were rapturous in the opening stages. Brendan Rodgers will surely look to use the crowds impatience to his sides advantage.
Ba and Coloccini have both been denied by the post, but Vorm has also played a part in keeping the scores level by making a couple of good saves.
Swansea have to be happy with the score at half-time, It has all been Newcastle. The visitors have tried to counter but seem to lack the efficiency in the final third.
Gutierrez comes in from the left as he drops his shoulder to find space then riffles a shot that whistles just wide of Vorm's goal. He would have had no chance if that was on target.
Great effort from Ba, Gutierrez gets a head to the ball but he cannons up in the air Ba waits for it to come down, holding off Caulker, when it bounces Ba tries an acrobatic bicycle kick but Vorm reacts well to keep the ball out. Ba is on fire at the minute.
Santon gets on the end of a cross field pass, his first touch on the left wing gains him a yard on the Swansea defence, he drags the ball back into the box but it is just behind Ba and no Newcastle player can get on the end of it. Santon's play deserved more there.
Simon Sinclair gives us another update from the stadium: LIVE! The crowd are getting a little edgy here, Newcastle have had good chances but are yet to show anything for it. Swansea have looked quick on the break but lack a clinical edge.
A good tackle high up the pitch by Simpson gives Obertan possession. The Frenchman plays in Ba who on his first touch chips a pass over the Swansea defence to Best, but as he closes in on Vorm's goal the referee blows for offside.
Swansea are playing very deep here, Newcastle are seeing most of the ball and are just piling on the pressure here. Surely its only a matter of time before they break the deadlock.
Obertan again causes trouble down the wing, but this time his delivery is good. Ba receives the ball, turns and shoots but Vorm parries the tame shot from close range.
Newcastle hit the post again, as Leon Best chests the ball down to Ba on the edge of the box. Ba volleys the ball into the ground and it bounces past Vorm but not quite on target and hits the post and finds its way to safety.
We can hear from our man at the match, Simon Sinclair, again: LIVE! The fans are getting on the back of Gabriel Obertan. The Frenchman has beaten his man on a couple of occasions but can't seem to find a Newcastle shirt in the box with his crosses. Cue moans and groans from around the ground.
Cabaye gets another chance to float a ball in. This time he finds Coloccini at the back post, the defender had to stoop low with a diving header to reach it. His effort is good but he is only denied by the post.
A good piece of play from Swansea sees Gower finding the ball five yards from the edge of the box, but he tries to float a ball into the back post where there is not a Swansea shirt in sight.
Newcastle get another free kick, this time courtesy of Routledge as he brings down Gutierrez. Cabaye's cross is again repelled only to Tiote outside the box, but is first time shot flies over the bar.
Cabaye's delivery from wide on the right is headed away by Williams.
Neil Taylor makes a clinical foul on the Obertan as the Frenchman's trickery gets to much.
More from Simon Sinclair at the game: LIVE! Newcastle fans are embracing the remembrance day here as they're waving their scarves in the air while chanting 'Speedo'. Great stuff from them.
Routledge's pace is matched by Santon down the right wink and as he tries to cut back behind the full-back the ball get tangled in his feet and he knocks it out for a goal kick.
Obertan shows great pace to get on the end of a cross field ball from Ba, he doesn't have much company in the box and has to settle for a corner. Swansea cope with the delivery.
Joe Allen makes some space for himself after wrong footing Tiote but his shot is dragged horribly wide and Krul watches it roll out for a goal kick.
Simon Sinclair comments on the tribute to Gary Speed before the match: LIVE! Bread of Heaven echoed around the Sports Direct Arena and still does as the supporters, and the family of Speed pay tribute to of the Magpies and Wales' all-time greats.
Ba gets bought down by Williams after the striker's clever touch left the defender for dead. Cabaye takes the free kick from 30 yards, the curling effort comes close to the top right corner, but Vorm had it covered all of the way.
Newcastle get the tie under way.
We can hear from our man at the Sports Direct Arena Simon Sinclair: LIVE! If David Attenborough wants to film a second series of frozen planet I could recommend the North-East. It's perishing today however the fans have still turned out in their masses. Credit to them.
Swansea's home defensive record is one only bettered by two teams in Europe's top leagues - Barcelona and Udinese - but their records on the road have really hindered their progress this season, so there may be some goals in this for Alan Pardew's side.
Newcastle will be happy to see Coloccini and Tiote back in the side as they look to turn around a poor run of form which has seen them pick up just one point from the last four games.
Swansea starting XI: Vorm; Williams, Taylor, Caulker, Britton; Sinclair, Routledge, Allen, Gower; Richards, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Monk, Dyer, Aguestien, Dobbie, Lita, Moore.
Newcastle starting XI: Krul; Coloccini,Santon, Simpson, Perch; Cabaye, Gutierrez, Tiote, Obertan; Ba, Best. Subs: Harper, Williamson, Ben Arfa, Abeid, Vuckic, Sh Ameobi, Sa Ameobi.
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