By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
At the Liberty Stadium
Swansea City 1 (Moore 86)
Newcastle United 0
A late Luke Moore strike condemned Newcastle United to a cruel 1-0 defeat away at Swansea City on Saturday afternoon.
The substitute bundled home with just four minutes remaining to secure all three points for the Swans at the Liberty Stadium, and it was harsh on United, who had almost entirely dominated the second period.
Yohan Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran all went close to breaking the deadlock for the Magpies, but they couldn't beat home goalkeeper Michel Vorm, before Moore struck as the clock ticked away.
Swansea were coming into the fixture on the back of lifting the Capital One Cup six days previous, and almost got off to the perfect start when Pablo Hernandez skipped past a couple of challenges down the left and delivered into the box.
United could only half clear their lines and when right-back Angel Rangel put the ball back in, only a last-ditch Taylor challenge prevented Michu from getting a strike at goall.
They went even closer in the ninth minute, again with Taylor coiming to Newcastle's rescue.
A deep, floated Jonathan De Guzman free-kick was flicked back across goal by Michu, leaving goalkeeper Rob Elliot stranded, and Williams - inside the six-yard box - tried to bundle it home but was denied by Taylor on the goalline.
The hosts' pressure continued and De Guzman was next to try his luck, letting fly from 25 yards but seeing Elliot parry his strike before Taylor completed the clearance.
Newcastle had weathered the early storm and forced home stopper Michel Vorm into his first save on 29 minutes, as the Dutchman comfortably dealt with a long-range Cabaye free-kick.
In the 37th minute the Swans should have broken the deadlock but captain Gary Monk somehow planted a free header well over the top, having been picked out by an inch-perfect De Guzman delivery.
The first half had been largely one-way traffic and that continued into the second period, with Elliot parrying well to keep out Rangel's powerful drive just two minutes after the restart.
But United weren't going to lie down. Mathieu Debuchy fired a volley dangerously across the face of goal before Cisse almost repeated his heroics from the same venue last season.
Moussa Sissoko nodded Cabaye's pass into space behind the Swansea rearguard and the Senegalese front man raced through before striking a dipping half-volley inches over the top.
Almost immediately, Gouffran fashioned as good a chance - pulling away from his marker to receive a Sissoko cut-back 12 yards out but failing to hit the target when he should have done much better.
Newcastle were starting to take a grip on proceedings and a neat move, starting in a tight spot out on the left, saw Jonas Gutierrez, Sissoko and Davide Santon work the ball to Cabaye in the middle of the park.
The visiting skipper took a touch before letting fly from 25 yards with an effort which was heading for the top corner until the intervention of Vorm's fingertips, turning the ball onto the crossbar and away to safety.
In the 73rd minute, Vorm had to spring full-length to his left to beat away a Sissoko drive, while Debuchy sent another far-post volley narrowly wide as the Magpies continued to press.
Swansea still posed a threat, however, and Elliot had to be alert to block substitute Ki Sung-Yueng's shot, after the midfielder found a yard of space inside the area.
But the action was soon back up the other end, with Sissoko racing past a couple of white-shirted challenges before drilling narrowly off-target.
Newcastle had failed to take their chances and were made to pay with just four remaining. Taylor blocked a powerful Michu effort with his chest but the visitors were unable to properly clear their lines, and as the ball came back in from the left, substitute Moore stabbed the ball home at the second attempt.
Manager Alan Pardew responded by introducing Shola Ameobi and Sylvain Marveaux, but the attack-minded pair were unable to inspire United to the point they deserved on a disappointing afternoon in South Wales.
Swansea City (4-2-3-1): Michel Vorm; Angel Rangel, Gary Monk (c), Ashley Williams, Ben Davies; Leon Britton (Luke Moore 76), Jonathan De Guzman; Pablo Hernandez (Dwight Tiendalli 88), Wayne Routledge, Nathan Dyer (Ki Sung-Yueng 61); Michu
Subs not used: Gerhard Tremmel, Kyle Bartley, Roland Lamah, Itay Shechter
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon; Cheick Tiote (Shola Ameobi 90), Yohan Cabaye (c); Jonas Gutierrez (Sylvain Marveaux 90), Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran; Papiss Cisse
Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)
Bookings: Swansea - none; Newcastle - Tiote (34), Cabaye (37)