Report - Swansea City 2-2 Newcastle United
4th October 2014
Swansea City dropped two points at the Liberty Stadium today as they had to settle for just one against a struggling Newcastle United side despite taking the lead either side of half time.
Wilfried Bony scored his first goal of the season after 17 minutes following an excellent one-two with Gylfi Sigurdsson but they couldn't maintain their narrow lead going into the break as Obertan got the better of Neil Taylor to cross for Cisse to grab his first of the game at the near post.
Wayne Routledge got the Swans back on track just 5 minutes after the restart, but again, they gifted Newcastle a second equaliser with only their one decent chance of the second half up until that point.
Garry Monk was forced into making a change at right back, as Angel Rangel served a one match ban for his two yellow cards at Sunderland last weekend. Unsurprisingly, Wilfried Bony was back in the starting line up as Gomis failed to deliver at the Stadium of Light.
Newcastle set up well to try and deal with Swansea's passing game but the home side started to take control after 10-15 minutes.
There was nothing to report in terms of goal opportunities before the opener. Wilfried Bony picked up the ball, squared the ball to Sigurdsson before running through on to his return pass to slot it past Krul.
It was a simple goal and considering it was their first real effort, it looked like it could have been a long afternoon for Newcastle United and boss Alan Pardew, who started to receive some criticism from the travelling fans.
Bony almost made it 2-0 when he fired Dyer's cross towards the bottom corner of the goal but Krul did brilliantly to get down and palm the ball out for a corner.
It could have been 2-0, but instead it was 1-1 as the Magpies got a goal out of nothing.
Obertan didn't have to do a great deal of work to get a low cross past Neil Taylor and towards the near post. Ashley Williams couldn't stop Cisse from scoring from close range and somehow the Swans went in at the break with the scores level.
Monk's side looked rather slow in possession at times and that didn't really change in the second half, even though they needed to show a little but more urgency to get back in front.
Newcastle rarely showed signs of really threatening, but in the final 20 minutes of the game, they were able to attack down the flanks, with crosses flashing across the box but fortunately not being converted.
Wayne Routledge was probably lucky to not see his 50th minute goal ruled out as it looked like Sigurdsson had committed a foul before putting the winger through on goal. His finish, a decent lifted lob over the on-rushing Krul was calm and composed, and you now hoped they'd go on and get a third and guarantee the three points.
It's what they should have done. They were more than capable of doing that as they were in cruise control, dominating possession and they didn't really have to get out of 2nd gear to score twice but they looked far too content to just pass the ball around in their own half.
Routledge's goal sparked an increase of criticism of Pardew from Newcastle's vocal, travelling support. It was the first time you could really hear the 'Pardew Out' chants as well as showing what they really thought of the football that was on display from their team.
Like the first half, apart from the goal, their one other great chance came from Bony, and again, Krul had to get down well to palm the ball away for a corner.
A lack of momentum and desire to get forward and create some good chances saw the Swans punished as they were caught out as Newcastle went on a rare attack down the right. Fernandez was forced across to cover but he completely missed the ball with a sliding tackle. Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor were back to cover though but a cross from the right picked out Cisse and he did well to stick out a high leg to find the net from close range.
It's not the first time that the Swans have shot themselves in the foot. They played as if they thought the 2-1 scoreline was safe, falling into a false sense of security given Newcastle's lack of threat previously.
United's tails were up again, and they started to look a little more threatening as the defence had a bit more work to do after a quiet start to the second half.
The fans were calling out for substitutions to be made. Sigurdsson was struggling slightly and almost looked burnt out given all the effort he has put into the games so far this season. They needed something different up front to help Bony and give the Newcastle defence something new to think about.
For some puzzling reason, Monk didn't make a substitution until the 86th minute - far too late to expect Montero or Emnes to really make a difference. Montero, at least, was needed at around 65-70 minutes as both Dyer and Routledge were getting no luck against the opposition's full backs.
Bony was also often coming deep to receive and hold up the ball, and the Swans rarely had a forward runner to fill the gap up front. Shelvey often pushed further forward but Newcastle did a good job in crowding the Swans out when they entered the final third of the pitch.
Emnes got himself into a great position in front of goal but he took the ball wide, and tried to shoot with his weaker foot as Bony waited inside the box for a cross from the former Middlesbrough man.
Emnes also failed to see his side win a very late corner when he decided to try and control the ball on the by-line but he failed miserably, allowing the visitors to slow the game down with a goal kick rather than see his side have one last chance to score an injury time winner.
It summed the game up in a way really, as Swansea City didn't quite look themselves on a frustrating and disappointing afternoon in front of a packed, sell-out crowd at a sunny Liberty Stadium.