Date: Saturday 17th November 2012, 3pm
Venue: St. James' Park
1 - 2
time: Magpies 0 Swans 0
Attempting a first-time clearance from Mike
Williamson's backpass, Tim Krul's effort was misplaced and fell right at the feet of Pablo Hernandez,
midway into the United half on the City left.
His cross cut out Williamson and picked out fellow Spaniard Michu to dive and
place a ten yard looping header into the Leazes End goal with ease - the
ball-watching Davide Santon having failed to shadow Swansea's top scorer on his
Picking up a loose ball just over halfway down the Swansea right, Pablo
Hernandez picked out the unattended Danny Graham with a raking crossfield pass
and he was able to advance on goal before testing Krul from just inside the
United's 'keeper flung himself to his left and blocked the effort, but the
deflection fell nearer to De Guzman than the retreating Williamson and the
Dutchman netted his first Premier League goal with a right footed shot from a
rapidly narrowing angle. 0-2
into added time, Hatem Ben Arfa took Cheick Tiote's pass down the left flank and
sped towards the byline. His pullback fell into the path of Sylvain Marveaux as
a result of Gael Bigirimana's instinctive block and when the Frenchman's
first-time effort from six yards clattered back off the crossbar, Demba Ba
rose highest to head it in 1-2
Magpies 1 Swans 2
Alan Pardew said:
"We played 4-3-3. We were 4-3-3. Sammy (Ameobi) was on the
left-hand side, and joining with Demba (Ba) and I thought he did a
good job. Shola (Ameobi) came on at half-time and upped us again. We
had our best spell when the two were together.
“I think it’s important that we
threaten the goal, and we did that. Unfortunately, the first goal was
everything with us getting beat last week, and it did affect us. I thought
it might, and it did.
“I can’t say I’m massively
disappointed – I was after West Ham. “I had a young team out. Up until
they scored, we definitely bossed the game, and looked like the side who
could win. We had really good chances – we just couldn’t score.
“We have Maritimo on Thursday, and
that’s a tough game for us after two defeats now, We have to get a win
"We kept being promised that the
decision would be overturned and that Senegal were going to let Papiss (Cisse)
play. We kept waiting and waiting and it was about 1.40pm when we finally
found out that wouldn't happen. So it did affect our preparation and him
missing today was a blow to us. We didn't do anything wrong and he should
"Up until they scored I was in a
fairly good mood. We had a young side out with a lot of experienced
players missing, and we had a real good application to the game, a good
shape to us and were putting good pressure on them.
"We created numerous chances but just couldn't get the goal, and I felt
if we scored the goal then we would have been in a great position.
Unfortunately they scored, and the period after that is where we lost a bit
of confidence and shape. You would expect that from a young side and with
what happened last week.
"It's in the last third where we lack a little bit of potency and that
was a bit disappointing, but I'm not going to fault the players in their
application - they tried their very best against a good side in Swansea, who
had a lot more experience on the pitch and that showed.
"I have no complaints about the
performances today, but we need our best players and we have to try and
bring them back.
"Our next agenda is Europe, and its another home game and that could
give us a lift if we win it. It will probably secure qualification and that
would at least be one hurdle cleared."
Michael Laudrup commented:
"I would describe it as a really great away performance. It
was the best away performance this season, including QPR and Liverpool. At times
we played very well and I don't remember a game, not even a home game, where we
created so many chances.
"In the first half when we had four or five big chances and you don't score
you start thinking is this the day where we lose 1-0 because we couldn't score,
but I still prefer that to a game where we don't create anything. I always tell
that to the boys.
"If we have a day where we can't score then bad luck but I still think it's
important to create the chances. And we've done that apart from one, maybe two
games.Every game we create from five to eight, nine very good chances and we
have to continue with that.
"It's ok for the fans to dream - I cannot allow myself to do it. I'm
looking at the 16 points we have and 16 at this stage is very good. We can enjoy
a couple of days and then we have three games in six days. [We've got] two home
games against two great sides like Liverpool and maybe the surprise of the
season up to now, West Brom. Then we have Arsenal away.
"I'm looking at the points and then after the game against Reading on
Boxing Day we'll turn to the second half of the season. After that game we will
have played 19 games. Let's see how many points we'll have and where we are and
then we can start talking about realistic goals for the rest of the
"The only negative was that we had to
suffer until the end because we did not score more goals when we had the chance,
but I can live with that."
Newcastle lost two successive
home games for the first time during Alan Pardew's time in charge -
the previous occasion came in September 2010 to Blackpool and Stoke
City. One has to go back to March 2009 for the last time they were
beaten three times in a row (by Man U, Arsenal, Chelsea).
Swansea won at SJP for the first time as a Premier League side,
becoming the 30th side to do so of the 43 who we've faced here.
Three current PL sides (Norwich City, Reading, Wigan Athletic)
and ten former PL sides have never won here (Barnsley, Bradford
City, Coventry City, Derby County, Ipswich Town, Nottingham Forest,
Oldham Athletic, Swindon Town, Watford, Wolves.
Demba Ba has now scored 8 of our 13 PL goals this season, that mackem
Fletcher 6 of their 10.
Swans @ SJP - all-time:
2012/13 lost 1-2 Ba
2011/12 drew 0-0
2009/10 won 3-0 Harewood 2, Lovenkrands
1994/95 won 3-0 Kitson 3 (FAC)
1983/84 won 2-0 Beardsley, Wharton
1980/81 lost 1-2 Rafferty
1979/80 lost 1-3 Shoulder
1964/65 won 3-1 Penman 3
1963/64 won 4-1 Hilley 2, Taylor, Thomas
1962/63 won 6-0 Fell 2, Suddick 2, Thomas, og
1961/62 drew 2-2 Leek, Allchurch
1952/53 won 3-0 Davies, Keeble, Mitchell (FAC)
1946/47 drew 1-1 Woodburn
1938/39 lost 1-2 Clifton
1937/38 won 1-0 Imrie
1936/37 won 5-1 Rogers 2, Smith 2, Pearson
1935/36 won 2-0 Connelly, J.Smith
1934/35 won 5-1 Cairns 3, Imrie, Murray
1914/15 drew 1-1 McCracken (FAC)
Full record v Swansea:
Seasonal comparison - NUFC last five PL seasons after twelve games:
2007/08: 18 points, 10th (scored 19, conceded 18) (Sam Allardyce)
2008/09: 12 points, 18th (scored 15, conceded 20) (Kevin
Keegan/Chris Hughton/Joe Kinnear)
2010/11: 17 points, 5th (scored 21, conceded 16) (Chris Hughton)
2011/12: 25 points, 3rd (scored 18, conceded 11) (Alan Pardew)
2012/13: 14 points, 12th (scored 13, conceded 17) (Alan Pardew)
Deserters miss Demba's late effort
Demba Ba's eighth goal of the season was all
that United had to show for another desperately disappointing home display, which leaves them with just one win from their last seven Premier
The striker reacted first to head home in the 93rd minute after Sylvain
Marveaux's shot rebounded off the crossbar, but that was too little and far too
late for many dispirited home followers, who had already vacated their seats.
A moribund first half performance had failed to banish
memories of the previous week's meek and uninspired display against West Ham -
with only a couple of shots from Hatem Ben Arfa and a glancing header from Ba
threatening to enliven the boredom.
Alan Pardew's ongoing dilemma over who to play up front this time was made
easier when an ongoing dispute with the Senegal FA over Papiss Cisse saw him
barred from playing by FIFA's five day rule - neither he nor Ba having
travelled for a meaningless midweek friendly in Niger, but only Ba having
official dispensation not to do so.
With Shola Ameobi benched after his Nigerian debut against Venezuela in
Miami, it was left to younger brother Sammy (himself withdrawn from
midweek England U21 duty due to injury) to spearhead the attack alongside Ba.
Fabricio Coloccini was again suspended (missing the second of three games after
his Anfield red card) which meant that the defence picked itself, while the
increasingly problematic midfield area was boosted by the return from
suspension of Cheick Tiote, but lacking injured trio Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez and Gabriel Obertan.
And this week's recipient of the captain's armband was Steven Taylor -
appointed to the role in the absence of others and apparently as a reward for
maturity on and off the field. Obviously slack jawed pre-derby press
conferences (and post-derby carpetings) don't count....
Hopes of a breakthrough were fleetingly raised when a flurry of goal efforts came
interval, Shola arriving to boost our attacking options as Sammy
moved out to the left flank in place of the withdrawn Shane Ferguson. However, the visitors continue to look threatening when their neat passing
movements took them upfield and went ahead after Tim Krul's inadvertent
Far from inspiring us to greater efforts though, that setback deepened the
gloom around Gallowgate and United rapidly ran out of ideas and into blind
alleys - what crosses that did come in barely worthy of that name.
Ex-Mag Wayne Routledge and local lad Danny Graham appeared off the bench in the closing
stages as City deservedly wrapped up a first SJP success since 1980 to go with
their deserved draw here last season. Ba's late effort was then barely celebrated on or off the pitch and
did little to lighten the mood round as we dropped to 12th - our lowest
position since May 2011.
And with tricky fixtures now lying ahead at Southampton and Stoke, quite what
sort of team will take to the field against Maritimo on Thursday evening is anyone's guess. Now
that the dark nights are here, this season is threatening to turn into a winter
of discontent - and the carrot of Europa League progression is no longer enough
to placate supporters.
We plainly weren't a team in their pomp until suffering two home defeats in a
week. The first XI remains strong but now on a purely theoretical basis, as
we're now at the umpteenth reshuffling of the squad.
Flaws manifest themselves in a gradual downturn, when the team play well only
intermittently and have stopped scoring in those spells of meaningful pressure.
We're being tested - and apparently found wanting - by injuries,
suspensions and a lack of depth.
As struggling teams generally find to their cost, a downturn in scoring results
in more pressure on the defence. And at the risk of stating the patently
obvious, each goal conceded is more costly, turning wins into draws and draws
In our particular case, just as significant as the loss of attacking potency is
the fact that both Ryan Taylor and James Perch are missing, and no equally
versatile replacements exist. Between the two of them, they played 60 games
last season in a multiplicity of roles, meaning that others weren't continually
wheeled out, secure in the knowledge that their place was assured
In a season when our various commitments would have made them even more useful,
to be without both is a sizeable blow. And to have put the farm on Anita in the
summer is turning out to be a significant millstone. Arguably behind Bigirimana
in the pecking order, opinion on the former Ajax man so far seems divided only
as to whether midfield or full back is his worst position - our present
predicament means that he doesn't have the luxury of an extended settling in
period as was afforded to the likes of Kevin Nolan.
Regardless of who is in the starting XI or who
comes on or off though, Pardew can reasonably feel let down by the players at his
disposal recently and that a certain duty of care wasn't observed.
Continually rotten attempts at crosses, a noticeable lack of midfield movement
and willingness to abdicate responsibility onto defenders wherever possible.
Additional irritations today included Krul's wayward kicking - not just for
their goal - and the ease with which our defence was led a merry dance by
Swansea's counter attacks and players running from deep. You hum it, i'll play
it - or just sit and grind my teeth; basics, basics, basics.
As he nears his second anniversary in charge here, Pardew may not yet be under
pressure as a result of his side's worst run of form - that remains six winless
games in early 2011 - but those Manager of the Year awards now seem a lifetime
We've previously praised the manager's press
calls as far superior to those of his predecessors in terms of information and
candour, even if his views do often grate on opposition fans - hardly a crime
and certainly more meaningful than the bland platitudes of the current Norwich
Increasingly though he seems to be suffering from foot in mouth syndrome - not
to the extent of the 'read my lips' misadventure of the Andy Carroll sale, but
in terms of treating his public like idiots by insulting their intelligence in
terms of what they've just witnessed.
It may be his way of showing loyalty to his player by sheltering them from
criticism, but keeping a straight face while talking about his side playing
well, dominating the opposition and lining up in certain formations fools few.
His continued blowing of Obertan's trumpet is understandable as an attempt to
reinforce his own judgement, but his post-match claim that the enforced absence
of Cisse resulted in this defeat stretched the bounds of credibility.
As we know only too well, for a Newcastle manager to peddle nonsense to be
public on a regular basis erodes credibility and invariably leads to one place
- Washington services and the A1 South.
The alarm bells aren't ringing yet, but there's a discernible erosion of public
confidence and an increasing clamour for cash to be splashed in the transfer
Rather than pushing on though as we did last January, mid-season recruitment
may well end up being for salvage purposes - and the influx of players demanded
by some supporters realistically achievable only at the cost of losing the
prized assets who raised our expectations last season.
Dedicated to the late Alan Graham aka Kip. Northampton Mag who will be sadly