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March 2, 2013
• Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Referee: C. Pawson
• Attendance: 20405
L. Moore 85'
Swansea have now also completed the double over Newcastle this season, having beaten them 2-1 away at St. James' Park as well. It will be tough to take for Pardew who will rue the lack of concentration in the last five minutes which allowed Moore to score a scrappy goal in the Newcastle penalty box. Their poor away form continues and they must now turn their attentions to the second-leg of their Europa League tie against Anzhi Makhachkala - which is also, incidentally, away from home.
The second period was slightly better than the first with a few more chances, although it was still largely a stalemate as both defences held firm. The Swans are now firmly in seventh place and just five points behind Everton above them. Newcastle meanwhile slip to 15th, just six points above the relegation zone, with manager Alan Pardew having plenty to ponder on the long trip home.
That's it here at the Liberty Stadium, as a solitary goal from Luke Moore late on earns Laudrup's side a hard-earned three points against Newcastle. The win sees them reach the magic fourty-point mark in the season with ten games to play.
FT: Swansea 1-0 Newcastle.
90' + 2'
Routledge wins a free-kick with only seconds remaining, and that looks like it's be it for Pardew's travelling team.
Three minutes of stoppage time are shown on the board by the fourth official. This could be a well-fought victory for Swansea if they can hold on.
Double subsitution here for Newcastle as Tiote and Gutierrez are coming off, although it's perhaps too little too late for Pardew's men. Marveaux and Shola Ameobi are the two players brought onto the field.
There are only two minutes of regular time remaining here but Swansea are still pushing for another goal. Routledge chases after a nothing ball from Williams and wins a throw-in for his team in the final third.
Swansea subsitution again here as Hernandez makes way for Tiendalli. The Spanish winger has been one of the Swans' better players today.
Goal L. Moore
GOAL! Swansea take the lead! The home side continued to put pressure on the Newcastle defence and a ball into the box somehow finds subsitute Luke Moore, who's instinctive reaction is to put the ball into the back of the net.
Michu tries a long-range effort on goal but sees his short blocked, but Swansea still have the ball.
Tensions are flying again here at the Liberty with Sissoko and Williams squaring up to each other. There appears to be very little in it though.
Sissoko is looking like Newcastle's most dangerous player at the moment as he runs at the Swansea defence and takes a short at the Swansea goal. His effort goal wide.
Instantly the change from Laudrup has an impact. Hernandez and Ki link up in the final third and the South Korean has his effort on goal tipped wide for a corner. Fantastic ball through from Hernandez.
Swansea make their second substitution of the match, bringing Luke Moore on for Leon Britton. Michu has dropped into a deeper midfield role as they look to try and reclaim some of their lost possession.
Another penalty appeal here for Newcastle but Sissoko seemed to make contact with the Swansea defender rather than the other way around. The referee again waves play on.
Santon makes a storming run through the middle of midfield and seems to be brought down, only for the referee to wave play on. Positive play from the full-back.
Newcastle are starting to have a real go at Swansea now. Tiote makes a run down the left-hand side and his cross picks out Debuchy who is again waiting on the edge of the box. He sees his effort whistle past the post - almost identical to his earlier effort.
Sissoko picks up the all in midfield, turns and forces Vorm into a great save from a long range effort. He struck that ball with real venom and wins his side a corner. It comes to nothing, however.
The Elliot back-pass fascination continues with Debuchy this time the player the sell him short, causing all sorts of havos. It is dealt with once again.
Cabaye is jeered by the home fans after his right-swinging corner swerves out of play before a Newcastle player can evev make contact with it. He's been real hit and miss so far this game.
Steven Taylor heads the ball out for a corner after a dangerous ball is put into the box. Nothing comes from it, though. Have the feeling Swansea need to play through the middle more.
Off the bar! Cabaye strikes from distance and his effort is pushed onto the bar from Vorm. That's the closest Newcastle have come so far this afternoon, and boy, did we wait a long time.
Newcastle have finally found a foot in this game now. After an initial period of dominance from Swansea in the first 45 we're looking far more even.
Another shaky moment for Elliot in goal who is forced to kick the ball out of play after a sloppy back-pass from M'Biwa.
Garry Monk is throwing his hands up in the air as a Swansea corner just hits him on his side. If only that fell to Michu, we may very well have just seen the first goal in this game. Surely there's one coming along shortly?
Indeed, it is Dyer who is coming off in place of the central midfielder. The home fans give him a standing ovation - more due to his display in last weekends cup final than todays.
It's looks like there's going to be a substitution for Swansea here as Ki Sung-Yueng makes his way over to the touchline. Nathan Dyer is looking like the man to make way.
Great play from Newcastle! Cabaye plays a wonderful ball into Sissoko's run who drags the ball back for Gouffran on the edge of the box. He should be hitting the target there but he puts too much back-lift into his attempt and sees it whistle over the bar.
Elliot is calming things down at the back for Newcastle by holding onto the ball. He lumps the ball up field and the ball eventually finds it's way to Cisse, but he puts too much power into the shot and blasts it over the bar.
Newcastle have two good chances on goal with attempts from Gouffran and Sissoko - Williams blocking the latters attempt.
Swansea are on the attack again but they lose the ball in the final third allowing Gouffran to start another counter attack. The ball falls to Debuchy on the edge of the box but he drags his low shot just wide of the post.
Great chance for Swansea! Angel Rangel has hit effort saved by Elliot who then stops a second attempt and tips it out for a corner. Nothing comes from it.
The second half has begun with Cisse giving us the first chance to moot over. Unfortunately his effort is scooped well over the goal from distance.
The first goal will be vital in this clash with the game so tight. Swansea have the best record in the league at picking up points when taking the lead first, winning every game where they have opening the scoring first, bar one - their 2-2 draw with Aston Villa at the start of January.
It is worth noting there was a few words exchanged by both sets of players as they made their way through the tunnel. Nothing came of it, but it appears from both that small incident and the few rash challenges from both sides in the first half will set the tone for the second 45: another fiesty half but with not enough chances in the final third.
Newcastle look most dangerous with Gouffran on the ball, although his delivery so far has failed to produce any meaningful chances for Cisse up top on his own. Debuchy has also found some room on the right hand side, although Pardew needs to bring Sissoko more into the game as he has been quiet for his recent high standards.
The best chances in this game so far have fell to Swansea, and surprisingly, both of their defenders! Williams had his acrobatic effort from a free-kick cleared off the line by Steven Taylor, whilst Garry Monk was guilty of missing a header from just outside the six-yard box.
HT Swansea 0-0 Newcastle. That's the first half between Swansea and Newcastle done as the players make their way down the tunnel. It's not been a great game to watch so far after an initial fast-paced opening 20 minutes.
There's only one minute of added time here at the Liberty, which is surprising given the nature of the play.
Newcastle are again forced into putting the ball out of play, this time for a corner. The ball is whipped in by De Guzman but his cross couldn't beat Cisse on the near post.
Tiote was going nowhere there. He tries to dribble the ball out of danger as he walks towards his own goal but concedes a throw-in to Nathan Dyer.
There's further uproar, this time from a tackle from Cisse on Ben Davies. Poor Craig Pawson is having to deal with a lot of drama so far on his debut.
Tiote is making a few late challenges today as Swansea's midfield men play their usual short passes around the centre circle. He needs to be careful not to pick up a further card.
Yellow Card Yohan Cabaye
Garry Monk has a great chance to score from a Swansea free-kick, but his header goes way over the bar when he should have at least worked the keeper. Probably the best chance of the game so far.
Another bad tackle this time from Cabaye on Dyer which earns him a yellow card. The winger's screams can be heard from the stands.
Yellow Card Cheikh Tiote
Tiote is given the privilege of becoming the first player booked by matchday referee Pawson. It's his first game managing in the Premier League. That's probably the first real bit of drama in a while in what has been a fairly dull game so far.
Alan Pardew is furious! Ben Davies looks to go heavily in on Gutierrez as he misses the ball completley. Referee Craig Pawson gives the young left-back a talking to.
Great quick feet from Debuchy but he can't get his cross into the box.
Cabaye's corner is headed away from Monk and de Guzman looks to start a counter attack but gives the ball away.
Gouffran attakcs Rangel again down the left-hand side and his cross into the box produces another corner for Newcastle. He is looking their main threat by far.
Ashley Williams appears to have injured himself after tackling Sissoko. He's holding his knee but looks okay to carry on. Cabaye is readying himself to take the resulting free-kick but his effort on goal is an easy take for Vorm.
Cabaye tries an audacious ball into the path of Cisse's run, but is just over-hit. Much better from the French midfielder, though.
Dyer gives away a needless free-kick which is taken by Cabaye. His delivery is wasted and runs straight out for a goal-kick. Poor play, as set-pieces could be key for them today.
Newcastle have a great chance to put the ball into the box but Debucy's cross is blocked by Williams. Corner to Newcastle is cleared.
The game has slowed down a little in the past five minutes, which is good news for Newcastle as the hectic start didn't seem to suit them. They're finding much more of the ball now.
All of Newcastle's attacks have come through the left-hand side so far, but they haven't yet tested Vorm in the Swansea goal.
Michu is chasing everything today and he again puts pressure on Newcastle goalkeeper Elliot to clear his lines quickly from a Debuchy back-pass.
So far this game is looking like it can produce a fair few goals - both teams look capable of being a threat, but Swansea especially.
Newcastle counter with Gouffran but his ball into the box just couldn't find Gutierrez and now it's Swansea's turn again.
Newcastle are being out-fought here and haven't really settled into the game. Elliot is forced into a wild clearence after Swansea's forwards close him down.
Elliot spills a long-range effort from De Guzman. In the resulting corner Swansea fans appeal for a penalty for a handball from Debuchy. You've seen them given.
Swansea are on top here and look strong, Newcastle need to settle down and find some rhythm.
Great chance for Swansea! A De Guzman free-kick is knocked on by Michu and Williams had a chance for score only to see his effort cleared off the line!
A clumsy challenge from Tiote on Dyer draws a free-kick.
Angel Rangel and Dyer and linking up nicely on the right hand side, and both flanks are causing Pardew's men problems after an initial steady start from Newcastle.
Hernandez skips past Debuchy and puts a dangerous cross into the box. Another ball in from the other side reaches Michu in the box and his header goes wide. Good play from Swansea.
Nathan Dyer takes on the Newcastle right-hand side but is forced out of play, much to the cheers of the travelling away support.
Sloppy play from Swansea at the back almost creates a chance for Cisse as a Gouffran cross is placed just ahead of him.
And we're off!
We're about to kick off here as both managers make their way to the dugouts.
The two sides will walk past the League Cup trophy as they make their way to the pitch - Swansea's first major trophy in their history.
Pardew brings Yanga-Mbiwa in alongside Steven Taylor in Fabricio Coloccini’s absence, making his full Premier League debut in the process. Otherwise it’s the same team that beat Southampton 4-2 last weekend.
Newcastle: Elliot, Santon, Debuchy, Taylor, Mbiwa; Cabaye (c), Tiote, Sissoko, Gutierrez, Gouffran; Cisse. Subs: Alnwick, Anita, Perch, Haidara, Marveaux, Obertan, Ameobi.
Laudrup drops Ki Sung-Yueng to the bench having started him alongside Ashley Williams in defence during their 5-0 League Cup victory over Bradford last Sunday, bringing in Garry Monk for only his seventh appearance in the league this season.
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Monk (c), Williams, Davies; Britton, de Guzman, Routledge, Dyer, Hernandez; Michu. Subs: Tremmel, Bartley, Tiendalli, Lamah, Ki, Shechter, Moore.
And the team news is in, starting with the hosts.
I’m Tom Davis and I’ll be taking you through all the action on this sunny Saturday of football as the two sides look to climb mid-table.
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com’s coverage of today’s Premier League fixture between Swansea City and Newcastle United at the Liberty Stadium.
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