Swansea City vs. Newcastle United  0 - 2

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Premier League: Swansea 0 Newcastle 2

6 April 2012 20:09

Papiss Cisse made it nine goals in eight games with a double for Newcastle United to help his side to a 2-0 Premier League win over Swansea.

The in-form Senegalese striker put his side ahead after just five minutes at Liberty Stadium after racing onto Yohan Cabaye's pass, before chipping Michel Vorm with a remarkable effort after 69 minutes to grab his sixth goal in just three games.

The result leaves Alan Pardew's side just two points behind Arsenal and Tottenham, third and fourth respectively, having played a game more.

The home side enjoyed a startling 77 per cent of possession but rarely made it count with Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul pressured just a handful of times.

However, the visitors were the polar opposite converting twice from just four shots on target.

Cisse opened the scoring when a telling first-time pass from Cabaye caught out the Swansea defence to allow the Senegalese striker to slot home with just goalkeeper Vorm to beat.

This was only one of two chances the visitors had on goal in the opening 45 minutes, with Brendan Rodgers' side boasting 80% of possession at the break, leaving many Newcastle players mere observers for much of the half.

Despite the possession, Swansea never managed to mount a serious attack on the Newcastle goal until the half-hour mark when on-loan midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson's powerful attempt from 25 yards out caused Krul to pull off a fine save.

Swansea came out after the break much stronger and nearly netted after just 40 seconds when Nathan Dyer worked the ball into the crowded box for Sigurdsson to try and curl a shot into the bottom corner, but his effort went past the wrong side of the post.

With Swansea looking far more threatening, Cisse hit the killer blow.

Cabaye was once again the provider, but this was a goal brought about purely by the skill of the striker as he managed to dig the ball out of his feet, while off balance, to chip a surprised Vorm and seal all three points with 20 minutes remaining.

The home side's hopes seemed to vanish after falling further behind, but Sigurdsson and Dyer nearly snatched a late consolation with first a snapshot from the edge of the box and then a soft header that Krul claimed with ease.

For Swansea, it is the first time this season that they have lost three matches in succession, and the Welsh side could drop to as low as 14th come the end of the weekend.

Newcastle, on the other hand, now boast four consecutive wins with their Champions League ambitions looking brighter each week.

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Premier League preview: Swansea v Newcastle

5 April 2012 17:48

Newcastle continue their surge for a Europa League spot when they head to Swansea on Friday in the Premier League.

A 2-0 win over hapless Liverpool keeps Newcastle level on 53 points with fifth-placed Chelsea with seven games remaining and still bears hope of a Champions League spot with Arsenal and Tottenham five points ahead in third and fourth respectively.

Papiss Cisse's double put Liverpool to the sword and consigned Andy Carroll to little more than an ill-tempered cameo return to the club before he was substituted in the second half in what was the latest of a string of impressive victories for the reinvigorated club this campaign.

In the advent Newcastle fail to secure European football of any sort, the season will be nothing short of a roaring success, with Newcastle almost assured of at least sixth place given their ten-point gap over Everton (seventh).

Carroll's infamous departure has yet to work out for Liverpool but the portion of the 35-million pounds recouped from his sale spent on Cisse has been vindicated according to manager Alan Pardew, who likened the Senegalese striker's influence to that of club legend Alan Shearer.

"You could have blinked and thought it was Alan Shearer – he put that sort of performance in against Liverpool," Pardew said.

"I could not pay him a higher tribute than that. Alan Shearer would have been purring about him. He has been tremendous in everything he has done."

Newcastle will again have to do without defenders Fabricio Coloccini (hamstring) and Stephen Taylor (Achilles) as well as injured strikers Leon Best and Shola Ameobi (both knee).

Swansea on the other hand, have a relatively clean bill of health.

The Welsh club have one of the strongest home records in the league, meaning a win for Newcastle is far from assured.

The Swans will also be eager to keep their talented manager Brendan Rogers at the club following rumours of a host of potential top-flight suitors during the week.

The Northern Irishman has been the key orchestrator of Swansea's highly successful first taste of Premier League football but the lure of trophies may be too tempting an offer to keep him at the Welsh club.

For now his focus will be firmly on Newcastle and preventing what would be only a fourth home defeat in 16 matches at the Liberty Stadium this season.

Swansea fell 3-1 to a fluid Tottenham side at White Hart Lane on Sunday despite playing their usual enterprising brand of football and sit 11th on 39 points among a group of eight sides within six points.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +64 89
2 38 +56 89
3 38 +25 70
4 38 +25 69
5 38 +5 65
6 38 +19 64
7 38 +10 56
8 38 +7 52
9 38 -3 52
10 38 -7 47
11 38 -7 47
12 38 -14 47
13 38 -1 45
14 38 -17 45
15 38 -20 43
16 38 -16 38
17 38 -23 37
18 38 -31 36
19 38 -30 31
20 38 -42 25