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Season 2013-14
Swansea City (h) Premier League

In association 



Saturday 19th April 2014, 3pm

 St. James' Park 

Conditions: excruciating



Newcastle United

Swansea City

1 - 2



23mins Krul's long punt upfield was nodded on to De Jong by Shola Ameobi, who took the Dutchman's return pass before turning to hit a low shot beyond Michel Vorm at the Leazes End 1-0

Ivory Coast international striker Wilfried Bony left his marker Mike Williamson for dead before heading in a right wing corner from Ben Davies unopposed at the near post. 1-1

Half time: Magpies 1 Swans 1

A home attack broke down in the City box and as the visitors swarmed forward, with substitute Marvin Emnes speeding into the box. He looked to have been crowded out by Coloccini, only for Tiote to dive in with a ridiculous challenge. Bony stepped up to beat Krul from the spot 1-2

Full time: Magpies 1 Swans 2

We Said

Alan Pardew:

"It was a really cruel blow for the club and the team. It was a game that looked like it was heading for a draw, but we just switched off on our own set play and itís cost us at least a point.

"We had the numbers back to deal with it, we just didnít concentrate and I think that is one of those situations that, if I had been on the touchline, I could have influenced that situation.

"Iím looking forward to getting back on to the touchline against Arsenal for sure. ďIt is very frustrating (not to be allowed in the dugout) - thatís how it is for us. When the manager is not on the sideline you canít influence as I would have done.

"I was pleased with the crowd today because I thought they gave us a platform to try and win the game. Iím absolutely choked for them we havenít given them the sort of result we wanted.

"The position we were in the game, we didnít deserve that. I donít want to be the first manager who has lost five Premier League games here on my CV.

"Iím absolutely choked for the players and the staff because I think even a point would have been something to carry forward.

"I think itís important we win one of our last three games to secure a top 10 finish. Teams are chasing us down and thatís the last thing we wanted. A win today would have probably secured it.

"It was a game that was looking like finishing a draw. We played a lot better and that last goal was a real killer blow. That should not have been allowed to happen.

"We made three of four errors in that goal. I felt we should have won the game. Errors at the end of both halves had cost us dear.

"Their effort was there for all to see. We keep making errors and we are getting punished. You canít afford to do that with the run we are on. Weíve got to grin and bear it.

"Thatís five defeats and there is nothing more to say. But today was a cruel blow. We will work hard and make sure that in the next three games we get a win.

"We have been beaten by some good teams and weíve probably not been good enough, but today we were good enough to win this game and we should have come out of it with at least a point and I thought we should have won it.

"But as a team we have made some errors and it has cost us, Swansea got a break at the end of each half and they have capitalised through that.

ďThere was not much to be said really other than we are going to have to work hard this week and try and get us a win before the end of the season for sure and the sooner the better.Ē

They Said

Garry Monk:

"We started well in the first 20 minutes, but then they got the goal and we got a bit sloppy in our passing. Thankfully, our second goal was a penalty. It was good to get those rewards. We've played a lot better than we've done today and come away with nothing.

"It's been a difficult season and very inconsistent for the standards we've set. We're just trying to get a job done and these three points go a long way to doing that.

I got the crisps out at half-time - that made the difference. The players all ate them and they got their energy from that.

"If our squad wasn't together, you wouldn't have seen a performance like that, or the one against Chelsea when we were down to ten men for 70-odd minutes. It's clear the players are all together.

"A story like that one (about training ground fisticuffs in the week leading up to this game) can help, especially when you got the sense that had come from outside the club. It galvanises you a bit - although I don't think we needed that anyway.

"It was just about getting the rub of the green, and we got that here with the late penalty. I am not saying it was not a penalty - it was clear - but we have been waiting for something like that to go our way.

"It was a difficult game for us but we got our rewards in the end. Of course the players are delighted, but we are not safe. I think we still need more, and that's not the point anyway. We have had a poor season by our standards and we want to finish strongly in the three games we have left.

"He's been great,
(Wilfried) Bony. Obviously with Michu having an indifferent season with niggly injuries, Bony has stepped up to the plate and you can't complain at someone who gets 20-plus goals in a season in his first season here.

"It's not just that, he's a massive character in our changing room, he works so hard every day, he pushes everyone else. If he doesn't score, he's a strength, he's a presence up front and he can be a handful without scoring goals.

"It's even better when he does add goals to it, so he deserves all the credit. He's been brilliant for us and he can only get better."


Swans @ SJP - all-time:

2013/14 lost 1-2 Sh.Ameobi
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:

  P W D L F A
SJP 17 9 3 5 39 18
VF/LS 17 9 1 7 23 27
League 34 18 4 12 62 45
SJP(FA) 3 2 1 0 7 1
VF 3 2 0 1 3 1
SJP(LC) 0 0 0 0 0 0
VF 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cup 6 4 1 1 10 2
Tot 40 22 5 13 72 47

Alan Pardew acquired another unwanted record for his expanding collection; namely that of the first United manager to lose five successive Premier League games. 

United last lost five league games in succession during March and April 1992, when Kevin Keegan's attempts to stave off relegation to the third tier faltered - only for that 1-0 home win over Pompey to end the sequence.

And in terms of top flight seasons, December 1986 and January 1987 saw Willie McFaul's side reel off six First Division defeats in a row.

Pardew had previously shared the four defeat total with Kenny Dalglish (1997/98), Graeme Souness (2004/05) & Kevin Keegan (2007/08) and himself (2012/13). We also lost four on the bounce in both 2007/08 & 2008/09 seasons under multiple "managers".

Pardew's seven game ban:

Stadium ban:
15.03.2014 Fulham (a) lost 0-1
22.03.2014 Crystal Palace (h) won 1-0
25.03.2014 Everton (h) lost 0-3

Touchline ban:
29.03.2014 Southampton (a) lost 0-4
05.04.2014 Manchester United (h) lost 0-4
12.04.2014 Stoke City (a) lost 0-1
19.04.2014 Swansea City (h) lost 1-2

Swansea made it three Premier League visits to SJP without defeat and completed a win double over Newcastle for the second successive season.

There was a senior home debut for Adam Armstrong from the bench, following substitute appearances in the away games against Fulham and Stoke City.

Shola Ameobi's
goal was the 78th of his SJP career and the 42nd in the Premier League - the 41st arriving way back in December 2012 against QPR at the Leazes end

This latest goal moved him up to fourth in the club's all-time Premier League goalscorers list:

1. Alan Shearer 148
2. Peter Beardsley 46
3. Andy Cole 43
4. Shola Ameobi 42
5. Les Ferdinand 41 

The Magpies finally scored after 383 minutes of play - and have netted just twice in 563 minutes of the artless slop that passes for football round our way.

In nine Premier League home games since Boxing Day,  we've scored just three times - as many as the mackems managed in their single visit to SJP.       

With one home game to play, United have managed to score just 20 times in the Premier League at SJP to date - with five of them in one game, against Stoke City.

Our lowest seasonal total in the Premier League to date is 22 (reached in 1997/98 and 2006/07), while both 2012/13 and the 2008/09 relegation campaign saw 24 netted. 

Just 9 of that 20 have come in the first half of games, while the "end" split is 16/4 in favour of the Gallowgate, despite today's effort from Shola - the first to be netted at the Leazes End in 2014. 

Fans at that end had previously witnessed only Yohan Cabaye's shot against Liverpool, a Yoan Gouffran back header against West Brom and Loic Remy's Boxing Day opener against the Potters. 

PL home scoring record to date 2013/14:

West Ham 0-0  
Fulham   1-0 Ben Arfa 86 
Hull City   2-3 Remy 10,44 
Liverpool   2-2 Cabaye 23, Dummett 56 
Chelsea  2-0 Gouffran 68, Remy 89 
Norwich City   2-1 Remy 2, Gouffran 38 
West Brom   2-1 Gouffran 36 Sissoko 57 
Southampton   1-1 Gouffran 27   
Stoke City  5-1 Remy 44,56 Gouffran 48 
Cabaye 66 Cisse 80pen 
Arsenal  0-1  
Man City 0-2  
mackems 0-3  
Spurs 0-4  
Aston Villa 1-0 Remy 90+2 
Crystal Palace   1-0 Cisse 90+4 
Everton 0-3  
Man United 0-4  
Swansea City 1-2 Sh.Ameobi 23 


This used to be a football club.

Alan Pardew became the first Newcastle manager to preside over five successive Premier League defeats, as City eased their relegation fears thanks to goals in added time at the end of each half.

A woeful lack of quality from both sides left another 50K+ home crowd suffering in silence, the lifeless nature of the match giving it the air of a pre-season friendly. And although a fifth successive defeat came to pass, the timing of both City goals - and United breaking their own scoring famine - meant that dissenting voices were only evident at full time: for 90 minutes this was a silent vigil.

Given his side's decline, the point that looked inevitable as the game moved into second half added time would have been seized upon by the manager as proof that the rot had been stopped - regardless of the feeble display that his disenchanted rabble of a side had served up.

An ill-advised lunge by Cheick Tiote on ex-smoggy Marvin Emnes changed all that though, stand-in referee Anthony Taylor correctly awarding a penalty that City striker Wilfried Bony converted.

Taylor had stepped up from fourth official duty after half an hour, when Chris Foy decided that he was unable to continue in the middle. The match referee had taken an early blow in the face from a Jonjo Shelvey shot that rebounded back off Fabricio Coloccini, falling to the floor before resuming following treatment from a physio.

Having clung to the return of Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy like a life raft in the lead up to this game, Pardew opted to name both players on the bench, prompting inevitable comments of the "fit enough to play, fit enough to start" variety from fans and pundits alike.

And with a certain degree of inevitability, both players were on the field by the 40th minute mark, not because our colander-like defence had been breached, but due to injuries picked up by two of our front trio. 

Fielding Shola Ameobi, Luuk de Dong and Papiss Cisse (the Hatem Ben Arfa "situation" dealt with by allowing him to return to France on Thursday with an alleged injury), the wide right role handed to Cisse didn't look to suit him and almost immediately he was hobbling with a knee problem later revealed to be a broken kneecap.

Cisse's removal saw the arrival of Debuchy and a return to midfield for Vurnon Anita, while Remy replaced a dazed- looking De Jong shortly before the half time interval. By then though, SJP had witnessed an all-too-rare goal, made even more of a collector's item by coming from Ameobi and involving an assist from De Jong - United's number 23 registering a first Premier League strike in 1,399 minutes and only a second in his last PL 55 outings.

But rather than building on that lead though, the Magpies never looked like scoring twice for the first time at home in 2014 and continued in much the same sloppy fashion. 

A brief flurry from Swansea before the break saw them level with the simplest of goals through Wilfried Bony and the second period continued in a similar barren style from the home side, only a scuffed Dan Gosling volley and a speculative Vurnon Anita effort bothering Vorm.

Krul looked like he'd earned Newcastle a point later on, when scurrying off his line to block Bony's run with his legs but neither side looked like adding to their first half strikes until the game moved into added time and former smoggy Marvin Emnes was senselessly sent tumbling by Tiote in the box. 

That saw him booked and handed Swansea the chance to record their first away win under the guidance of Garry Monk and put daylight between themselves and the bottom three. Bony duly obliged by coolly lashing the ball into the roof of the net.

Three games remaining then, and with the nightmarish prospect of what awaits us at the Emirates and Anfield, there's just one more afternoon of purgatory on Barrack Road before we can turn our back on this shower - and begin to worry about which three teams could possibly contrive to finish below us next May....  

Gut-wrenching though it is to admit, as Bony ran up to take that penalty, our over-riding feeling was rooting for him to beat Krul -that's how much of a head f*ck watching this rubbish week after week has become.

And just as sadly, we'd willingly see Cardiff come here and win for the second time this season, were another home loss enough to prompt the demise of this discredited buffoon who calls himself the manager. Presumably the squad won't risk a lap of "honour" whatever the score.... 

Putting aside the "bigger picture" view we subscribe to that whoever fills the manager/coach role is immaterial while the current status quo prevails, something has to change if this end of season hangover isn't to become something far more elongated and debilitating.  

Tasked with achieving a top ten finish, home wins by Stoke City and Crystal Palace next weekend would see Pardew take his side to Arsenal on Monday languishing in eleventh spot. Despite that though, his post-match burbling suggested he would have been content with a draw - an appalling lack of ambition mirrored in the inspid, pride-free apology of a performance he presided over, that again prompted scores of fans leaving with the score 1-1.

Thanking the fans for their backing (in reality not booing him or his side, but providing a vote of no confidence by their lack of support) was pathetic, while his suggestion that the winning goal could have been prevented had he been on the touchline just invited further derision - what did he intend to do, tackle an opponent?  

And maintaining his inconsistent streak, Pardew expressed his delight at returning to the dugout for our next game - having previously spoken about watching from the stands after his ban ended in a bid to modify his behaviour. Yet more stream of consciousness twaddle and like his formations, tactics and motivational speeches, totally ignored by a dressing room that propelled him to the manager of the year title two years ago. 

Now they just want to propel him. And so do we. A change of direction is needed, because everyone round these parts is heartily sick of going backwards.

Forget ambition, forget austerity. If we were playing in the Northern League you'd look at the lack of heart, lack of pride and lack of commitment from the eleven players sent out wearing our shirts and do something about it. And short of emptying the dressing room, the bloke who took the plaudits - and the trinket - should now suffer the consequences. 

Whether the mechanism to achieve such a change exists is open to question though, with the financial burden of paying off the current boss presumably a cost that the football club would have to bear. And whether there's anyone on the payroll capable of securing a credible candidate to fill the vacancy is another moot point - unless the third coming of JFK awaits as the latest ignominy to befall us....

Pardew mentioned Bobby Robson's side in his pre-match waffle. Today further emphasised to us that like the late Knight, there came a point when he had nothing left to say to his players, no cards left un-played. Maybe his current no.2 could share his recollections of that time...

The failure to appreciate that and act saw Robson remain in post at the end of the 2003/04 campaign, only to then be ejected just four games into the following season - when it became apparent that nothing had changed.

Exactly ten years on, that time has now arrived for the second-longest serving manager in the division to be relieved of his duties after the final whistle at Anfield next month - the same venue that the previous administration should have made Robson's last in 2004. 


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