Swansea City 1 Newcastle United 0 match report: Luke Moore finds the target to give Swans safety net
the liberty stadium
Sunday 03 March 2013
Luke Moore, Swansea's forgotten man, stepped out of the shadows with a late winner to nudge Michael Laudrup's cup heroes to the all-important 40-point mark in the Premier League. Moore (below) was an unused substitute in the Capital One Cup final success over Bradford at Wembley, but what a difference a week makes as the former Aston Villa and West Bromwich striker responded with his first League goal in almost a year to sink Newcastle, who deserved more from this keenly-fought contest.
"It was an important goal for us, but maybe even more for Luke," Laudrup said. "To come in and score the only goal – and the winner – in a very important game, caps off a great week.
"I'm happy to reach the 40-point mark. There was a lot to be pleased about; the win, the excellent first-half performance and our reaction from winning at Wembley. Newcastle are a good team and had chances in the second half, but the late goal decided the game. Fortunately it was for us."
Swansea, fresh from their first major trophy triumph last weekend, started like an express train. Michu headed over from Wayne Routledge's sixth-minute cross, all after wideman Pablo Hernandez had skinned Mathieu Debuchy down the left in the build-up.
Laudrup's men should have been ahead moments later. Jonathan de Guzman's deep free-kick to the back post found Michu, who flicked back across goal, but Ashley Williams failed to connect cleanly as Steven Taylor cleared off the line.
Newcastle tried to knock Swansea out of their stride with Nathan Dyer a main target for rough treatment as Cheick Tioté and Yohan Cabaye received bookings. But when Garry Monk was afforded space in the penalty box, Swansea's club captain had his timing all wrong as the ball came off his shoulder rather than his head and flew over the crossbar from eight yards.
After the interval, Angel Rangel latched on to a pin-point Hernandez pass, but his shot was well saved by Rob Elliot, making just his second Premier League appearance. De Guzman saw his follow-up deflected and then headed away by the excellent Taylor.
Yet that triggered a Newcastle fightback, who wasted two glorious chances in as many minutes.At the same end as his wonderful strike here last April, Papiss Cissé fired over in the 56th minute with a left-footed effort after Moussa Sissoko flicked on Cabaye's pass. Then Yoan Gouffran lashed over from Sissoko's cutback when he should have done better.
Alan Pardew's side were building momentum and almost found the opener when Cabaye crashed the woodwork with a thumping 25-yard drive.
Michel Vorm, Swansea's goalkeeper produced a diving save to deny Sissoko before the hosts responded when Ki Sung-Yueng saw a shot saved by Elliot.But, for all Newcastle's much-improved second-half performance, their display was undone by a series of errors with four minutes remaining.
Routledge's left-wing cross was poorly cleared by Davide Santon, who hit the legs of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and the ball broke to Moore, whose shot deflected off Cabaye past Elliot to leave Pardew frustrated."I'm disappointed that we didn't even get a draw because we more than deserved that. It's absolutely galling," he said.
Latest in Sport
Royal Rumble 2015: Roman Reigns triumphs after The Rock returns to set-up Wrestlemania showdown with Brock Lesnar
Google trolls Tottenham with Oxford dictionary definition of 'lackadaisical'
Gabriel Paulista: Talented Brazilian could grow into world-class defender at Arsenal
Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2
Floyd Mayweather ends the carnival this week and picks his next fight - but will it be Amir Khan, Manny Pacquiao or Miguel Cotto
- 1 Double chins could be 'cured' without surgery or dieting using new injection
- 2 The BBC has just done more to eradicate ‘terrorism’ than all our wars since 9/11
- 3 Dog thinks owner is drowning in lake, dives in and tries to pull him out
- 5 Thank heavens for Louise Mensch and her foul-mouthed tweets to world leaders
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia