By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
At the Liberty Stadium
Swansea City 3 (Dyer 45, Debuchy og 67, Shelvey 81)
Newcastle United 0
Newcastle United suffered their first defeat in five matches as they went down 3-0 away at Swansea City on Wednesday night.
Goals from Nathan Dyer and Jonjo Shelvey, either side of a Mathieu Debuchy own goal, saw the Magpies leave South Wales empty-handed.
As United failed to clear their lines from a free-kick, Dyer struck home in first-half stoppage time to edge City in front.
And when Alan Pardew's side saw two penalty claims fall on deaf ears, the hosts took full advantage. Debuchy was unfortunate to deflect in a Shelvey shot which had been saved by Tim Krul, but there was nothing lucky about their third - Shelvey planting a strike into the top corner from 25 yards.
Newcastle will have to pick themselves up quickly now, with a trip to Premier League champions Manchester United coming up on Saturday lunchtime.
City had the better of the opening exchanges, enjoying plenty of possession, and created a couple of early opportunities, with Alvaro Vazquez flicking a weak header goalwards, before Pablo Hernandez lobbed a cross-cum-shot across the six-yard box.
United's first effort came in the tenth minute courtesy of a hugely-ambitious Yohan Cabaye strike. Spotting Swans keeper Michel Vorm off his line, Cabaye tried his luck from just short of halfway, but missed the target by some distance.
If that shot was wild, the next chance which came the visitors' way was much more like it, inches away from breaking the deadlock.
Debuchy swung a right-wing delivery towards the far post where Loic Remy rose well to nod down and back across goal. It was heading for the bottom corner until the intervention of Vorm's fingertips, turning the ball brilliantly to safety.
Newcastle were coming into the contest and Shola Ameobi saw a drive blocked by Ben Davies before Remy wriggled clear on the edge of the area but could only shoot wide.
It looked as though the sides would go in goalless at the break, but substitute Dyer had other ideas, netting with seconds of the first half remaining.
As United failed to properly deal with a free-kick, Krul clawed away Alejandro Pozuelo's left-wing cross, only for the ball to fall to the little wideman who made no mistake with a first time strike from ten yards.
Shola Ameobi almost squeezed home an equaliser within six minutes of the restart, reacting well to a deflected Cabaye shot to control, turn and fire goalwards in one movement, but Vorm got down well to save.
City raced straight up the other end and Shelvey rippled the side netting from distance, before Remy should have hit the target - but didn't - when he met Cabaye's corner unmarked.
Swansea survived two big penalty shouts, first when Remy created space and sent a shot against the arm of Davies, before Ashley Williams crashed through the back of Yoan Gouffran as the pair contested a high ball into the area.
Referee Howard Webb turned away the Magpies' appeals and the second in particular proved costly, as the hosts raced upfield and Shelvey was sent clean through.
The former Liverpool midfielder strode into the penalty area, and although his inital effort was saved by the onrushing Krul, the loose ball struck Debuchy, sliding in, and rolled into the back of the net.
It could have been three on 75 minutes but Krul pulled off a fantastic full-length save to keep another Shelvey effort out of the top corner, but he was powerless to stop a similar strike from the same player with time running out.
As the ball ran into Shelvey's path 25 yards out, he took it first time, curling a brilliant shot just out of Krul's reach to put the result beyond any doubt.
Swansea City (4-2-3-1): Michel Vorm; Dwight Tiendalli, Chico Flores, Ashley Williams (c), Ben Davies; Jose Canas, Jonathan De Guzman; Alejandro Pozuelo (Wayne Routledge 84), Jonjo Shelvey, Pablo Hernandez (Roland Lamah 71); Alvaro Vazquez (Nathan Dyer 29)
Substitutes: Gerhard Tremmel, Jordi Amat, Neil Taylor, Leon Britton
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson (Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 77), Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon (Massadio Haidara 56); Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran; Shola Ameobi (Gabriel Obertan 68), Loic Remy
Referee: Howard Webb (Yorkshire)
Bookings: Swansea - none; Newcastle - Debuchy (58), Haidara (86)