Newcastle 1-2 Swansea- Report
Report of match 17th November 2012
Newcastle 1-2 Swansea- Report.
Michu rocks Magpies
Michu set Swansea on the road to a 2-1 victory at Newcastle as the misfiring Magpies slipped to a second home defeat in seven days.
On a day when the home side were prevented from fielding their own big-money frontman Papiss Cisse because of a wrangle with the Senegal Football Federation, the depth of Alan Pardew's squad was exposed once again.
A team shorn of Cisse, the suspended Fabricio Coloccini and the injured Yohan Cabaye and Jonas Gutierrez once again failed to score in a home game and allowed three points to slip tamely from their grasp.
Last Sunday it was West Ham, this time Swansea were the beneficiaries.
Newcastle had chances - Hatem Ben Arfa was denied a spectacular first-half opener by Swans goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel - and Demba Ba, who struck in injury time, was guilty of a series of costly earlier misses.
However, the visitors were more than a match for their hosts and were good value for their win, which was secured by Michu's 58th-minute header and a second from Jonathan de Guzman three minutes from time.
There were boos on the final whistle from sections of the home fans among a crowd of 49,403, with memories of last season's champagne football increasingly distant amid a run of seven Barclays Premier League games which has brought just one victory.
Cisse, who scored both goals in a 2-0 win at the Liberty Stadium last season, was conspicuous by his absence after Senegal carried through their threat to invoke FIFA's five-day rule following his failure to report for international duty because of injury.
That, combined with Pardew's other selection problems, gave something of a make-do-and-mend look to the team and perhaps understandably, they were disjointed.
The system with which they began was nominally 4-4-1-1, but at times, resembled more like 2-1-5-1-1 with right-back Danny Simpson repeatedly finding himself more advanced than winger Ben Arfa, and holding midfielder Cheick Tiote frequently out-numbered as Swansea broke at pace.
Michu, employed behind lone striker Itay Shechter, caused all kinds of problems as the home side struggled to pick him up and on more than one occasion central defender Mike Williamson was left chasing shadows as a result of the Spaniard's intelligent movement.
The visitors might have struck the first blow when Nathan Dyer scuffed a sixth-minute shot across the face of goal and Tim Krul was relieved to clutch Pablo Hernandez's long-range effort to his midriff four minutes later.
Michu tested the Dutchman from distance with a curling left-footed effort with the Magpies short of inspiration.
However, as Ben Arfa picked up the baton, they gradually started to force their way into the game.
The Frenchman blasted a right-footed effort into the side-netting and delivered a 27th-minute cross which Ba glanced just wide.
But it took a fine one-handed save by Tremmel to keep out Ben Arfa's fizzing left-footed strike after he cut inside 12 minutes before the break.
As Newcastle pressed forward, the Swans took advantage of the space they left behind them and Krul had to save twice from Shechter in quick succession with his defence in disarray.
But he would have been helpless had Michu managed to hit the target with a 41st-minute header after the Israeli had combined with Hernandez down the left.
Simpson had to get in a vital clearing header after Dyer had caught the Magpies flat-footed with a quickly-taken free-kick after the restart.
Ba scuffed a volley after superbly controlling Davide Santon's cross on his chest and then Vurnon Anita almost capped good inter-play between the Ameobi brothers when he drilled inches over the top from 25 yards.
The chances were starting to come thick and fast and Ba might have scored twice inside a minute, first sidefooting wastefully wide from Sammy Ameobi's driven cross and then shooting straight at Tremmel after being played in by Ben Arfa.
But Swansea should really have been in front 10 minutes into the second half when Hernandez broke down the left and squared for Shechter, who took his time, but blasted a right-footed shot over.
Krul had to dive to his right two minutes later to turn away Hernandez's strike but there was nothing he could do seconds later when the same man latched onto his poor clearance and crossed for Michu to head firmly into the bottom corner.
Ba headed a 64th-minute Tiote cross towards goal, but without the power to trouble Tremmel, and then could not react quickly enough to direct Shola Ameobi's driven cross on target three minutes later.
The Magpies were demonstrating little composure in front of goal, and were grateful to see Michu uncharacteristically do the same to miscue Hernandez's 76th-minute cross wide.
But the sting in the tail arrived three minutes from time when Krul could only parry substitute Danny Graham's shot and De Guzman smashed home the rebound from a tight angle, making Ba's late header after substitute Sylvain Marveaux had struck the bar practically irrelevant.
|Competition: Barclays Premier League Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: St. James Park Attendance: 49,403|
|1 - 2||Swansea City
de Guzman 87
|90+0||The referee penalises Gael Bigirimana for handball. Gerhard Tremmel takes the direct free kick.|
|90+0||Sylvain Marveaux takes a shot. Demba Ba finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Newcastle 1-2 Swansea.Assist by Sylvain Marveaux.|
|90+0||Effort from just outside the area by Hatem Ben Arfa goes over the bar.|
|90+0||Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Hatem Ben Arfa from the left by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Shola Ameobi misses to the right of the target.|
|89||Hatem Ben Arfa delivers the ball, clearance by Ben Davies.|
|88||Cheick Tiote challenges Leon Britton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kemy Agustien.|
|86||Danny Graham takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save. A goal is scored by Jonathan de Guzman from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Newcastle 0-2 Swansea.Assist on the goal came from Danny Graham.|
|85||Hatem Ben Arfa takes a shot. Save by Gerhard Tremmel.|
|82||Sylvain Marveaux takes a shot. Blocked by Garry Monk.|
|82||Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Gerhard Tremmel makes a save.|
|81||Miguel Michu leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Graham.|
|78||Sammy Ameobi goes off and Sylvain Marveaux comes on.|
|77||Effort on goal by Sammy Ameobi from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.|
|75||Miguel Michu produces a right-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.|
|72||Davide Santon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Angel Rangel. Davide Santon receives a yellow card. Gael Bigirimana replaces Danny Simpson. Free kick crossed by Jonathan de Guzman, Steven Taylor makes a clearance.|
|71||The ball is crossed by Shola Ameobi, save by Gerhard Tremmel.|
|70||Kemy Agustien takes a shot. Mike Williamson gets a block in.|
|68||Unfair challenge on Miguel Michu by Steven Taylor results in a free kick. Jonathan de Guzman restarts play with the free kick.|
|67||The ball is swung over by Sammy Ameobi.|
|66||Headed effort from inside the area by Demba Ba misses to the left of the goal.|
|64||Angel Rangel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sammy Ameobi. Angel Rangel is given a yellow card. Itay Shechter goes off and Kemy Agustien comes on.|
|63||The ball is crossed by Sammy Ameobi, Demba Ba takes a shot. Save by Gerhard Tremmel.|
|62||Foul by Ashley Williams on Demba Ba, free kick awarded. Demba Ba takes the direct free kick. The referee blows for offside against Shola Ameobi. Ashley Williams takes the free kick.|
|61||The referee penalises Demba Ba for handball. Wayne Routledge on for Nathan Dyer. Gerhard Tremmel takes the free kick.|
|60||Jonathan de Guzman concedes a free kick for a foul on Sammy Ameobi. Direct free kick taken by Cheick Tiote.|
|59||Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonathan de Guzman played to the near post, Tim Krul makes a save.|
|59||Shola Ameobi is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Gerhard Tremmel takes the free kick.|
|58||Jonathan de Guzman is ruled offside. Cheick Tiote takes the free kick.|
|57||A cross is delivered by Pablo Hernandez, Miguel Michu finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Newcastle 0-1 Swansea.Assist on the goal came from Pablo Hernandez.|
|56||Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonathan de Guzman from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Hatem Ben Arfa. Effort on goal by Nathan Dyer from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.|
|56||Pablo Hernandez takes a shot. Fantastic save by Tim Krul.|
|55||Outswinging corner taken by Jonathan de Guzman from the right by-line.|
|54||Effort on goal by Itay Shechter from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.|
|53||Shola Ameobi delivers the ball, Gerhard Tremmel makes a fantastic save.|
|52||Foul by Sammy Ameobi on Nathan Dyer, free kick awarded. Garry Monk takes the free kick.|
|52||Demba Ba takes a shot. Save by Gerhard Tremmel.|
|51||Demba Ba produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.|
|50||Vurnon Anita produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.|
|49||Demba Ba has a volleyed shot. Save by Gerhard Tremmel.|
|48||Centre by Sammy Ameobi, Gerhard Tremmel makes a save.|
|46||Shot from just outside the area by Danny Simpson goes over the bar.|
|45||Corner taken by Hatem Ben Arfa from the left by-line played to the near post.|
|45||Shola Ameobi is brought on as a substitute for Shane Ferguson.|
|43||Shane Ferguson sends in a cross, Garry Monk manages to make a clearance.|
|43||Itay Shechter handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Cheick Tiote takes the free kick.|
|41||Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonathan de Guzman, Garry Monk takes a shot. Blocked by Sammy Ameobi.|
|40||Pablo Hernandez sends in a cross, Header from deep inside the area by Miguel Michu goes harmlessly over the crossbar.|
|38||Davide Santon delivers the ball.|
|37||Shane Ferguson concedes a free kick for a foul on Itay Shechter. Direct free kick taken by Garry Monk.|
|36||Unfair challenge on Vurnon Anita by Leon Britton results in a free kick. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.|
|36||The ball is swung over by Itay Shechter, save by Tim Krul.|
|34||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mike Williamson by Miguel Michu. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.|
|34||Miguel Michu has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.|
|34||Itay Shechter takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.|
|32||Cheick Tiote produces a left-footed effort from long distance that goes harmlessly over the bar.|
|32||Corner taken left-footed by Shane Ferguson from the left by-line, clearance by Itay Shechter.|
|32||Hatem Ben Arfa takes a shot. Save by Gerhard Tremmel.|
|30||Demba Ba takes a shot. Blocked by Garry Monk.|
|28||Centre by Sammy Ameobi, clearance by Ashley Williams.|
|26||Header by Demba Ba from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.|
|25||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cheick Tiote by Leon Britton. Leon Britton booked. Hatem Ben Arfa has an effort direct from the free kick.|
|22||Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Hatem Ben Arfa goes wide of the right-hand upright.|
|22||Shane Ferguson crosses the ball, Sammy Ameobi takes a shot. Comfortable save by Gerhard Tremmel.|
|18||Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Vurnon Anita played to the near post, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Steven Taylor goes harmlessly over the crossbar.|
|18||The ball is swung over by Danny Simpson, Ashley Williams makes a clearance.|
|16||Miguel Michu takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.|
|14||Cheick Tiote challenges Itay Shechter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Miguel Michu takes the direct free kick.|
|12||Hatem Ben Arfa produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.|
|11||Hatem Ben Arfa takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.|
|10||Sammy Ameobi has shot on goal from a long way out that goes wide left.|
|9||Pablo Hernandez takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.|
|9||Shane Ferguson produces a cross, Ben Davies manages to make a clearance.|
|8||Itay Shechter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Davide Santon. Itay Shechter receives a caution. Cheick Tiote takes the free kick.|
|7||Danny Simpson crosses the ball.|
|7||The offside flag is raised against Itay Shechter. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.|
|6||Vurnon Anita gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Davies. Leon Britton takes the free kick.|
|5||Nathan Dyer produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.|
|1||Centre by Sammy Ameobi, Ashley Williams makes a clearance.|