MATCH REPORTS

Newcastle 1 Swansea 2

Shola Ameobi


By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At St. James' Park

 

 

Newcastle United 1 (Ameobi 23)

Swansea City 2 (Bony 45, 90pen)

 

 

Newcastle United suffered their fifth successive Barclays Premier League defeat as they went down 2-1 at home to Swansea City.

 

The visitors came from behind with Wilfried Bony's two goals - in stoppage time at the end of each half - cancelling out a Shola Ameobi opener which had put the Magpies in control.

 

It was Ameobi's second goal of the campaign and came after he linked up well with Luuk de Jong, but Bony headed home a corner right on the stroke of half-time to draw the Swans level.

 

Dan Gosling, Loic Remy, Ameobi and Vurnon Anita could have all put United back in front after the break but Bony snatched all three points with a late penalty after Marvin Emnes was fouled by Cheick Tiote.

 

The result was harsh on Newcastle, who created plenty of chances in the second half and dominated much of it. But they were unable to make their pressure tell and Swansea struck the killer blow with almost the final kick of the contest.

 

Swansea enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges without seriously testing goalkeeper Tim Krul.

 

Jonjo Shelvey saw a header nodded to safety by midfield opponent Cheick Tiote, while only a superb near-post challenge from Mike Williamson prevented Wilfried Bony from firing the visitors ahead.

 

United were dealt a blow in the 21st minute when Papiss Cisse hobbled off, but it saw the welcome return of French international full-back Mathieu Debuchy, who had missed the last seven weeks with a groin injury.

 

But they responded well from the set-back and broke the deadlock two minutes later.

 

Tim Krul's long punt downfield was flicked on by Ameobi into the path of de Jong, who held the ball up and played it back into the path of his fellow front man.

 

Ameobi twisted and turned inside the area before planting a left-footed shot into the far corner of the Leazes End net, for his first Premier League goal since December 2012.

 

That goal ended Newcastle's run of four games without finding the back of the net, and seemed to send confidence flowing through the side.

 

Ameobi twice had close-range efforts blocked before, at the other end, Bony drilled wide having dispossessed Cheick Tiote 30 yards out.

 

Five minutes before the break, the Magpies suffered another injury, this time to Dutch striker de Jong. But on the bench they had a more-than-able replacement in 13-goal leading scorer Loic Remy who, like Debuchy, had missed the previous seven weeks through injury.

 

Yoan Gouffran could have extended the hosts' advantage with time ticking away in the first half but headed weakly at Michel Vorm, having been picked out by Debuchy's deep, hanging delivery from the right.

 

And Newcastle were made to pay right on the stroke of half-time when Bony rose unchallenged to superbly glance Ben Davies' inswinging corner past Tim Krul.

 

Despite the setback, United made a bright start to the second half, with Gosling forcing a fine save from Michel Vorm within three minutes of the restart. The former Everton midfielder met Paul Dummett's left-wing cross on the volley, but saw Vorm tip it behind for a corner.

 

Gosling then turned provider, racing away from a couple of challenges down the right before squaring for Remy, who could only stab well wide.

 

It was one-way traffic, with Vurnon Anita next to try his luck, from 25 yards as Swansea failed to properly deal with a free-kick, but the midfielder's strike bounced narrowly the wrong side of the upright.

 

Loic Remy then sent a dipping long-range shot off-target, while Vorm had to be alert to smother an Ameobi curler form the edge of the area.

 

But Swansea weren't out of the contest by any stretch, and the side from South Wales demonstrated that perfectly in the79th minute when Jonathan de Guzman's drive ended up nestling on the roof of the net rather than in the back of it.

 

Krul then had to race off his line to deny Bony one-on-one as the visitors provided a late spell of pressure.

 

And they were rewarded as the clock ticked into two minutes of stoppage time.

 

When substitute Marvin Emnes embarked on a mazy run and was upended inside the area by Cheick Tiote, substitute referee Anthony Taylor had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, with Bony doing the honours.

 

 

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Vurnon Anita, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Dan Gosling (Adam Armstrong 81), Cheick Tiote; Papiss Cisse (Mathieu Debuchy 21), Luuk de Jong (Loic Remy 40), Yoan Gouffran; Shola Ameobi

 

Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor

 

 

Swansea City (4-2-3-1): Michel Vorm; Angel Rangel, Jordi Amat, Ashley Williams (c), Ben Davies; Leon Britton, Jonathan de Guzman; Wayne Routledge (Kyle Bartley 90), Jonjo Shelvey, Pablo Hernandez (Marvin Emnes 80); Wilfried Bony

 

Subs not used: Gerhard Tremmel, Neil Taylor, Jay Fulton, Nathan Dyer, David Ngog

 

 

Referee: Chris Foy (Lancashire) (replaced by Anthony Taylor, 32)

 

Bookings: Newcastle - Gosling (32), Tiote (90); Swansea - none

 

 

Attendance: 51,057 (1,000 Swansea)

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