Swansea 3 Newcastle United 0 match report: Jonjo Shelvey ensures Newcastle run comes to a crashing halt
Magpies had been on a four-match unbeaten streak before the defeat
Thursday 05 December 2013
Swansea ended Newcastle’s four-match winning run with a handsome win over Alan Pardew’s side on Wednesday.
Loïc Rémy had his header brilliantly saved by Michel Vorm for the visitors, but Newcastle were aggrieved after referee Howard Webb waved away penalty appeals for a Ben Davies handball and an Ashley Williams challenge on Yoan Gouffran in the second half.
Vorm returned in goal for Swansea as they looked to improve on a run of one win in 11 Premier League home games. The Dutchman had recovered from a knee injury to take over from Gerhard Tremmel between the sticks in the only change from Sunday’s defeat at Manchester City, with Alvaro Vazquez leading the attack.
Pardew kept faith with the same starting Newcastle XI that secured victory over West Bromwich as Rémy, a summer transfer target for Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, hoped to continue his recent run of goalscoring form.
Swansea claimed the win despite losing another striker to injury after Vazquez limped off with a groin problem. With Michu and Wilfried Bony also out, and no striker on the bench, the hosts moved midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo into an advanced role and were arguably the better for it as Newcastle struggled to handle their movement.
It was Dyer, Vazquez’s replacement, who gave them the lead on the stroke of half time. Pozuelo drove down the left-hand side of the box and got in a cross that Tim Krul could only tip to the winger, who volleyed home.
Newcastle showed more attacking intent after the break and replays suggested they should have had a penalty in the 57th minute, when Rémy’s shot cannoned off a combination of Davies’ chest and arm.
They were further frustrated when Gouffran tumbled as he and Williams contested a high ball and Swansea broke to clinch the win.
Pozuelo found Shelvey with a defence-splitting pass, the midfielder delayed his shot and Krul saved, only for the ball to rebound off Debuchy and into the net.
However, former Liverpool man Shelvey, who a few minutes earlier had feinted to headbutt Debuchy during a heated stand-off, was not to be denied his goal, and curled home from 25 yards to seal the victory.
Man of the match Shelvey.
Match rating 6/10.
Referee H Webb (Yorks).
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