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).
New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain
By performing as African Americans or Indians, white people get to play act a kind of 'imaginary liberation', writes Michael Mark Cohen
New essay by JK Rowling went live on Pottermore site this morning
Top Gear presenter is no stranger to foot-in-mouth controversy
Latest in Sport
Manchester City vs Manchester United combined XI: No place for Yaya Toure... or any United defenders
Sami Khedira transfer news: Arsenal can win the Premier League if they sign Khedira in January, says Perry Groves
Manchester City vs Manchester United analysis: Manuel Pellegrini has no excuse for City's lack of a Plan B, writes Danny Higginbotham
Chelsea injury list: Loic Remy lead the Blues' absent players while Diego Costa is set to return
Radamel Falcao: Manchester United ready to seal permanent transfer of striker as 'everything is complete' to extend his Old Trafford stay
- 1 Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
- 2 Topshop at centre of row over body image as 'shocking' skinny mannequin photo goes viral
- 3 Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson criticised for beer tweet
- 4 The bubble bursts for Sodastream
- 5 If you think Russell Brand’s new book is confused, you should read what his critics have to say about it
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Maureen Lipman says 'she can't vote Labour while Ed Miliband is leader'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything