Swans taught a lesson! Swansea 0-2 Newcastle

Papiss does the damage against Swansea
Newcastle won at The Liberty Stadium this afternoon courtesy of two goals from our new number nine Papiss Demba Cisse.

Much of the pre-match talk was about Swansea and their possession game, which was going to be the case in fairness as they are good at it. However the amount of possession you have is completely irrelevant if you don’t do anything with it, as Swansea have been finding out in recent weeks.

In my opinion we played it spot on tactically. If it was me I’d have done it differently and pressured from the front, but our approach of just letting Swansea have the ball and allowing them to try and break us down worked a treat. They were unable to do it and were restricted to shots mainly from outside the penalty area as a result.

Swansea started off well and soon got into their possession swing, with neat passes between the back four and the goalkeeper looking pretty but not really doing anything else. Indeed that was highlighted when the first real attack fell the way of the away side who rather clinically took their chance in the first five minutes. Yohan Cabaye flicked the ball through first time for Papiss Cisse who ran in on goal and slid the ball past Michael Vorm in the Swansea goal.

As mentioned earlier, chances were restricted for both sides. Newcastle rarely threatened in truth, but neither did Swansea despite having the vast amount of possession. They just couldn’t break us down and the closest they came to finding the back of the net was though a 30 yard strike from Gylfi Sigurdsson which Tim Krul palmed wide.



The second half started off in much the same way as the first, with Swansea having the bulk of possession once more, although yet again they were only able to threaten from long range. Even the introduction of Gateshead born Danny Graham and former Chelsea youngster Scott Sinclair couldn’t help the hosts get any nearer to our goal.

However one thing Newcastle are these days is clinical, and that proved to be the case when Papiss Cisse scored his second of the game on 69 minutes. Hatem Ben Arfa played the ball to Yohan Cabaye who slid the ball expertly through to Cisse on the angle eight yards out from goal. What happened next can only be described as exquisite as the Senegal international clipped the ball over Michael Vorm and into the opposite corner of the net.

After that Swansea looked deflated and we started to see more of the ball. Swansea still had more possession than us, but as I’ve said numerous times already it amounted to nothing noteworthy in attack and the game petered out leaving Newcastle with the three points, a clean sheet, and fifth place in the table, just two points off third placed Arsenal.

The possession that Swansea had was irrelevant. The media like to build it up as being patient, but I found it incredible boring to watch the ball being passed to the defence, to the keeper, back to the defence and back to the keeper. Quite frankly if my team were being so patient at home whilst trying to score a goal to level the game I’d be pretty mad. We can’t play them at their own game, not many teams can, so we hit them with our incisiveness, and it worked a treat.

Howay the lads!

Swansea: Michel Vorm, Angel Rangel, Steven Caulker, Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor, Leon Britton, Joe Allen, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Nathan Dyer, Wayne Routledge, Luke Moore.

Subs: Gerhard Tremmel, Alan Tate, Garry Monk, Josh McEachran, Mark Gower, Scott Sinclair, Danny Graham.

Newcastle: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, James Perch, Davide Santon, Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse.

Subs: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Ryan Taylor, Mehdi Abeid, Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi.

Attendance: 19,874

NUFC Blog Man of the Match: Papiss Cisse

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150 thoughts on “Swans taught a lesson! Swansea 0-2 Newcastle

  1. abit off topic lads but I’ve been trying to settle an argument with a mate of mine, is adidas pronounced a-did-das or a-dee-das?

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  2. Ibrahim Afellay would be incredible – BUT – he is another Ben Arfa and if Benny is causing this issue with us moving Ba out wide now, what would another one cause, lol.

    Then again, if we have no Ba next year, it would be supoib.

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  3. FJ
    yeah affeley is what arshavin had the potential to be, but for £6m he could be another one of our amazingly cheap superstars.

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  4. said at the start of the season that we should aim to be the best of the rest behind the Big guns. Well we have achieved that already, with 6 games to go. 14 points ahead of the dippers and pushing Chelsea for 5th.
    Simply outstanding.

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  5. Arshavin waited too long to leave Russia, he had already peaked hence why he blasted out the blocks for Arsenal and was Liverpool’s living nightmare. He just took the natural age deterioration as any player will. Bad timing.

    Afellay is someone who is annoyed at his use by Barcelona and will want to prove himself, the same as Ben Arfa in that respect also.

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  6. I think Ba’s problem is he has not scored for a while , no striker of his quality would be happy when they are on a barren run .its the nature of the beast , players like Ba are born too score goals when it does not happen for a while they get pissed off , just like us meer mortals get pissed off when we don’t score 😉
    As for Carr he is a geordie and takes great pleasure in helping his club , i don’t think he would go to another club for love nor money and as for other clubs sussing our scouting methods , so what? they can know what we are doing but without contacts they will get no where and Carr will not reveal his contacts to anyone .

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  7. This is like the third player in twenty minutes that I’ve mentioned, but did anyone see that we’re linked with montpellier’s AM belhander? Watched a video of him, he is proper mint, another close-controlled ben arfa.

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  8. FJ
    yeah, i originally heard of him from FIFA when I was on montpellier’s team when I was buying M’biwa, was supprised to see Giroud was second to this guy, so was curious what he was like, excellant close control, as i said, reminds me of ben arfa.

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  9. Been on a Manure site ,loads saying they should buy Cabaye or Benny and raving about Cisse 2nd goal and how he could replace hernandez! .That’s right I thought ,just help yourselves ,fecking cheek of it mind cherry pickin our players. All saying stuff like offer ash £20m he’ll snatch your hand off 👿

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  10. Kimtoon,

    That’s my concern, not that fans think that, but that other teams think that and will spam attack us with offers for our best players. You know Ashley’s policy so there will be one or two he will take the money for, I just fear it’s gonna be some of our better players.

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  11. Totally agree with the article, exactly what I said in the last thread, patience is one thing, boring passing with no cutting edge is what Swansea seem to play predominantly. Right score, right tactics as far as I’m concerned. Didn’t want Cisse/Benny/Ba to do too much legwork as we’ll need them to be fit and ready for Monday. Wonder whether Pards was resting Ba so he could start up front against Bolton? Or just be fitter for it maybe, he didn’t seem that energetic tonight.

    Quality finishing from Cisse, also good work from Fergy and Gosling I thought, think they could both do well in this formation, certainly handy subbers to see a game out and change things up.

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  12. Kimtoon @88: I don’t know where this notion that Ashley will sell anyone to make a quick buck has come from. Who has he actually sold? Carroll, Nolan, Barton, Enrique.

    The Carroll sale was an absolute 100% success.

    Nolan wouldn’t accept a lower contract and was getting on a bit. In hindsight, a good move to sell him.

    Barton was/is a prick. Good move to sell him.

    Enrique wanted to leave so we had no choice.

    One thing i’m absolutely confident of is that Ashley is a very shrewd businessman, and if Manure or anyone else wants one of our players then they’ll have to pay way above the odds for them. He’s not just gonna let the Glazers waltz in and fuck him up the ass.

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  13. Jon R
    not so sure about the last sentence 🙂
    right lads im off to bed now, first day of my first job tommorrow

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  14. Concerning Belhanda, this guy is just pure class but I think other big clubs want him (like PSG for example). So Montpellier will not sell him under 10 m so it doesn’t match our policy transfer.

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  15. The same reason I can’t believe we’re really after Ibrahim Afellay.

    No way Barcelona let him go for £6m and if they do, bigger teams than us will want him.

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  16. Wow Cisse is proving so prolific he reminds me of Ruud Van nistelrooy.
    The Team showed Congratulations to the team for showing a great text book away game today battered in the possession stakes but keeping a clean sheet which was the foundation upon which we worked today.

    I am big enough to give where it is due and so all credit to Pardew who plotted an Alex Ferguson like away game today. He exploited our strength today which is Cisse’s Goal scoring form and it worked wonders so all credit to him and well done Pardew I humble myself before you to give credit and respect.

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  17. [email protected] on the other thread, aye 😆 😡 😛
    …the stunt bike had canny dangerous winding mechanics like for a nippa.

    ..strites, a can rememba the Sunday before mi forst day at Monky Middle School, probli boot sivinti nine, had a ‘Super Gyro’ helicopta thing, similar mechanics to the EK stunt bike.

    A woond irrup in excitement (fast as fuck like) and the fker flew straight inti mi eye.

    Started mi forst day at school wi a proper shiner. Mutha was disappointed like, burav tornd oot canny.

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  18. Funky-Afellay for 6m would be class, but like you said I can’t see it happening. Barca do make some absolutely shocking transfer deals every now and then and its not as if they need money, but I’m sure Inter or AC or big PL teams like Liverpool would be in for him…. 😆

    Damnit Rodz, here you come ruining all the football talk again 😉

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  19. Also re swansea’s “entertaining brand” Don’t get me wrong, their passing and pressure is commendable and pretty top notch, but possession isn’t everything in football, surely. I like a good pass like the next guy, but its goals that truly make football entertaining. All that possession and neat passing for a 1-0? I’ll take a 4-0 or even a 4-3 every day with 50/50 possession, as long as the goals are good like :mrgreen:

    Hence why I think Blackpool last year were a more “entertaining team” although all the “breath of fresh air” shit really got on my nerves, and holloway was quite the bellend.

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  20. There’s no way we could get affelay for 6 mil. End of. He’d probably want huge wages as well.

    Good game today, despite the huge lack of possession. Pardew was right on what to do, and I am pretty glad he took off who he did so that they can be rested up for Bolton, who will also have one less day of rest than us.

    Could be 5 wins in a row! When was the last time we did that?!

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  21. Andrew-yeah he’s probably already on 100k or so so end of 😆
    2006 I think? Didn’t Roeder win his last 7 of the season or something?

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  22. And newkie, i totally agree. It was nice to see how Swansea passed it around, but they never really did much anything frightening with it. It was obvious that we had the higher quality players in our side though with HBA, Cisse, Cabaye, and our whole defense looking very good whenever they had the chance.

    Shame Chelsea play freaking Wigan though

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  23. Newks, divnt blame it on the sunshine, blame ir ron Etuhu.

    …curroot the middleman. Sinch. Nee botha.

    WALLOP! 😯

    (i win)

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  24. Also Special mention to Cabaye whom many have said I do not like. Contrary to what they may say I do support any player in black and white of Newcastle united If they are fighting for Newcastle’s cause then they have my complete support even when Alan smith played for us I would give him my all and hope he achieves because his achievements are ours.

    So Cabaye Well done today you did well.

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  25. Andrew-Yeah shame about Chelsea, but City/Arsenal and Scum/Spurs will be interesting matches for sure. Chelsea still have the CL and its clearly their priority, they’ll sacrafice a chance at winning it to qualifying for it. Although the likelihood of that as they’re against Barca is about 5%

    Also, hopefully City will be out the race by the time they play us at the end of the season-nothing to play for, thanks very much 😉

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  26. …Cabaye and Tiote work a fkin treat together. Well need to keep those two.

    …anyway, I reckon if Cabaye was the finest grade of fish, on a scale, and Tiote was the smoothest hardwood of one to ten it’d cancel itselloot.

    Peas in a pod, with one pea being a bit different to the other one.
    Really need to keep those two together. Piece of piss really. 😛

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  27. Jesus just checked on org. I’m shocked at the rave reviews Pardew is getting….Praise from Worky? What the fuck is happening with the world.

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  28. This from Demba Ba just made me feel very relieved.

    “@dembabafoot: Feel so good to be 5th on the table. With only 6 game to go. Cant sleep……. May be run a marathon today haha”

    So focused on the team! Love it

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  29. Andrew-glad to hear that, because I was about to say when Cisse got his second to say and it cuts to Pards celebrating the goal you can see Ba behind him just 😐
    Hopefully just disappointed in himself, as harsh as that sounds 😆

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  30. Shit, I do believe I’ve cracked it, the mystery.

    Ba is unhappy Cisse stole his celebration.

    It all makes sense now.
    😆

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  31. 😯 —— 😯 —– 😯 —
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    😯 —- 😛 —– 😯
    😀 — 😀 — 😀 — 😀
    😯 —— 😯 —– 😯 —
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  32. …yes I’d agree fuckin’ bustards and spoonbills are uncommonly located within small trenches at the bottom of the Specific Ocean. Unless they were lost.

    Also with chips.

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  33. I take it Troy Stavers no longer visits this site ?
    Now that we are rocketing towards 4th place and he looks set to loose his bet (5K payout) he must have crawled back under his rock !
    Where are you Troy?

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  34. There is really only one word to describe Swansea after our game. Impotent!
    So many passes and neat little triangles but not end product. I honestly found them to be dull in posession. Great win against a team that has been hard to beat at home 🙂

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  35. [email protected] says:

    Read somewhere in Sky that Swansea made 912 passes in the game. Is that some kind of record in the Premier League? I remembered Barca broke some world record with 930+ passes 2 years ago.

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  36. [email protected], I saw that tweet from BA as well, he is playing his part for the team and loving it, dont know why folks are trying to make such a big thing about his lack of goals and his substitution.
    IMO , Tiote and him are still knackered from the ACN, Cisse is not as he didnt play as many games.

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  37. Robert – Exactly. All of a sudden he is unhappy based on one reaction after a goal, forgetting everything else, like his tweets and general attitude. Madness.

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  38. Toonsy, This Ba non story is pathetic but its the only negative they can produce at the moment, the first paragraph of the Mail match report refers to the Ba ” Slump”. And as with the Sky commentator yesterday, they are gutted we are doing so well against all their expert predictions, i thought Parry was going to burst into tears when we scored as he was well into a Swansea love fest for the other 88 minutes.

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  39. Robert….agree in the main about Ba except the being knackered from the ACoN as Sennegal didn’t play any more games than Newcastle did during that time and he only played 1 full game so minutes wise he’ll have played less than most 😉

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  40. But for a finger tip save from Foster v WBA Ba would hav had a goal and nobody would be mentioning his form, he’s been playing well imo but as we’re winning I guess some need to find somehting to complain about 🙄 😉

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  41. Swansea were crap yesterday, possession has never won a game of football, I’d bet Swansea have dominated it in most games they’ve played…..strange that they don’t win most of their games then isn’t it? 😉
    Pardew got the tactics spot on :mrgreen:

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  42. morning all, good read, who wants to play pretty passing football with no end product all the time? in the prem youve got to be able to change formation during the game, sometimes “hoofing” the ball works wonders, Ba ‘s been on the end of a few of them this season.
    i think pardew has been clever this last couple of weeks with the 3 up front, but i think someone will find a way to play against us.
    bolton on monday, and i hope the team are professional enough, to get 3 points first, before , we applaud Maumba, who i hope makes a full recover.
    like “KEYS”(comment 1) asked , “are we allowed to support the inbreds today”?? if not support them, support spurs to lose today?

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  43. sorry folks, that last bit didnt make sense, dont think the guiness has worn off yet 😆

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  44. Deb@144- Yeh ,that was a brilliant link. When there’s nowt left to play for let’s fight amongst ourselves 😆 😆 .

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  45. KimT….ref what you were talking about the other day, I don’t have sky over here either…..but if it wasn’t illegal I suspect I would download all the tv series I want to watch, I suspect I may be able to do that the day after it has aired in the US so can..ooops “could” watch it before it airs in UK 😉 😆

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  46. The daily mail and any other reporter can write about a ‘Ba Slump’ all they like, can’t do anything other than put people off him so thats fine with me.

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