17 mins: former mackem Ki Sung-Yong swept upfield to where Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wilfried Bony combined for the latter to
shoot home - amid question marks over the positioning of both Fabricio Coloccini and Paul Dummett
in the Newcastle back four. 0-1
43 mins: Gabriel Obertan tiptoed into the right hand side of the box and slipped over a pass
that Papiss Cisse flicked home from six yards at the front post in
front of the travelling support 1-1
time: Jacks 1 Magpies 1
50 mins: Moussa Sissoko was feebly shoved off the ball
just outside his own area and
Sigurdsson slipped a pass through for SJP old boy Wayne Routledge to chip in. 1-2
75 mins: Emmanuel Riviere
successfully challenged for the ball towards the City area and Sammy Ameobi's perfect cross
allowed Papiss Cisse to stab home right-footed from close range. 2-2
Full time: Jacks 2 Magpies 2
"We showed so much character and were determined to
try to win. One thing you have to analyse as a football manager is – is the
team giving you everything?
"I don’t think our worst critic could argue they didn’t give me
everything. We wanted to push for the win and had the chance to do that at
"It’s obvious we’re not playing the way that I would like. We’re a
little bit tight in the way we’re playing. For now we have to grind
ourselves a win and then the confidence will come back.
"We're a better team than we're showing
at the moment but I have to concentrate on the here and now. I'm not looking too much further forward than I was Swansea and my
attention turns to the next game.
"We know that the tension in the stands and in the stadium is not going
to go away in the short- term, but what we must focus on is performance and I
think we've got a bit to lean on from this game.
"We'll take the positives out of it so the players can play to the best
of their ability. I just have to just focus on the team and improve the team
as best I can.
"I don't think I'll ever get a boring fortnight, but what I would say is
that I've had lots of messages of support from within the game and I would
like to publicly thank people for them.
"Papiss (Cisse) had a tough year last season with a lot of
injuries but it looks like the rest has done him good. He's in a good place at
the moment and he looks enthused.
"The first goal was an absolutely brilliant goal, it was a really clever,
technical finish. Not many could score that goal and he’s in a good place at
"At 2-1, Bony has connected with a cross, and Tim (Krul) has made
a fantastic save. I think that will go in his top five.
"It was that good. His weight was going
all the wrong way, and to be able to reach that was a big lift for him, because
everyone needs confidence.
"I think Sammy (Ameobi) has looked
bright. We’re really hoping the penny has dropped with him because he has got
"He produced that on the Premier League
level, and now we’ve got to see more of that this season. I’ve been talking
about him for a long time without him really delivering. This season he looks better than any
time I’ve seen him. Hopefully, he can have a big season for us.”
"I'm so hungry, I need to score more goals. It's important for me and the
club, Newcastle are a big team and we need points. I feel good, I just have to
work hard all the time and believe in myself.
Speaking about Alan Pardew:
"Yes, I know this moment is not easy
for him. The team don't think about that one (protests) because the players just
play. It is for the gaffer, but it's not good for the team.
"It's not easy for the players because
it is the player playing the game.You have to believe in yourself and believe in
the team. You have to keep going and work hard and maybe one day it will come
"It's two points dropped and the
goals we conceded were poor. There was a lack of concentration and it's cost us
dearly - we knew Newcastle would be fighting and they showed that in their performance.
"We were dominant but we conceded a poor goal before half-time and we spoke
about starting the second half very well.
"We did that but possession came for us too easily and that was our downfall for
the second goal because they countered and scored."
About the refereeing:
"I think my point was made blatantly clear once again. I can't say any more than I've already said and yet it seems to have gone
unheard. They had 13 or 14 fouls before anything even happened and (Fabricio)
Coloccini was in the
back of Bony all the time before he was booked."
United are still looking for a first league win since Cardiff
City were beaten at SJP back in May - a barren now that now stretches to eight
Cisse's first goal came 763 minutes after a Newcastle player
last scored a
league goal for his side away from SJP (Vurnon Anita at Hull in March).
visits to Fulham, Southampton, Stoke City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Southampton and Stoke again our only
effort until today was an OG from a Liverpool player.
Season-opening winless runs (PL only):
2014/15: no win in seven games
2013/14: won the third game
2012/13: won the first game
2011/12: won the second game
2010/11: won the second game
2008/09: won the second game
2007/08: won the first game
2006/07: won the first game
2005/06: won the sixth game
2004/05: won the fifth game
2003/04: won the seventh game
2002/03: won the first game
2001/02: won the third game
2000/01: won the second game
1999/00: won the eighth game
1998/99: won the fifth game
1997/98: won the first game
1996/97: won the second game
1995/96: won the first game
1994/95: won the first game
1993/94: won the fourth game
Magpies @ Swans - all time:
2014/15 drew 2-2 Cisse 2
2013/14 lost 0-3
2012/13 lost 0-1
2011/12 won 2-0 Cisse 2
2009/10 drew 1-1 Carroll
1983/84 won 2-1 Wharton, Mills
1980/81 lost 0-4
1979/80 won 3-2 Hibbitt, Rafferty, Shoulder
1964/65 lost 1-3 McGarry
1964/65 lost 0-1 (FAC)
1963/64 won 1-0 Anderson
1962/63 lost 0-1
1961/62 lost 2-3 Thomas, Wright
1951/52 won 1-0 Mitchell (FAC)
1946/47 won 2-1 Shackleton, Wayman
1938/39 won 1-0 Clifton
1937/38 lost 0-2
1936/37 won 2-1 Rogers, Smith
1935/36 won 2-1 McMenemy, Smith
1934/35 won 4-3 Boyd, McMenemy, Murray, Weaver
1914/15 won 2-0 King, Pailor (FAC)
Full record v Swansea:
Cisse's brace took him above Michael Owen and level with Craig Bellamy in eleventh
place on the all-time Premier League scorers list for Newcastle:
NUFC Premier League top scorers:
Alan Shearer 148
Peter Beardsley 46
Andy Cole 43
Shola Ameobi 43
Les Ferdinand 41
Nolberto Solano 37
Robert Lee 34
Gary Speed 29
Demba Ba 29
Obafemi Martins 28
Craig Bellamy 27
Papiss Demba Cisse 27
Michael Owen 26
For the avoidance of doubt, that's the
home support Cisse is shushing...
Another two goals from
Papiss Cisse spared United from defeat on Saturday, but Alan Pardew's side
left South Wales after extending their winless Premier League run since the
beginning of the season to seven games.
Restored to the starting line-up for the first time since Swansea's win on
Tyneside in April, our number nine twice netted from close range after
questionable defending had allowed the home side to go
Cisse was one of two changes to the starting XI at Stoke on Monday, Emmanuel
Riviere making way. Also demoted to the bench was Remy Cabella, with Gabriel
Obertan handed a first Premier League start since March 2013.
Clad again in their green and blue third kit, United took to the field in
sunshine at the Liberty Stadium and after a quiet opening period should have
taken the lead after 17 minutes, Obertan seizing on a defensive slip but only
managing to screw his low shot wide of the target.
The Swans promptly punished that profligacy, Ki Sung -Yong sweeping
upfield to where Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wilfried Bony combined for the latter to
shoot home - amid question marks over the positioning of both Fabricio Coloccini and Paul Dummett
in our back four.
Bony had chances to extend Swansea's lead, the ex-mackem midfielder heading
wide with the goal at his mercy before Krul made a fine save to deny Bony what
would have been a fourth goal against us in two games.
And that action became pivotal on 43 minutes, after
Obertan tiptoed into the right hand side of the box and slipped over a pass
that Cisse flicked home from six yards at the front post to send his side in level.
Wayne Routledge put a dipping effort narrowly over just before the break, but
did rather better on 50 minutes, Moussa Sissoko feebly shoved off the ball and
Sigurdsson slipping a pass through for the SJP old boy to chip in.
Backing from the away section had drained away at 0-1 and once 1-2 behind,
songs and chants of protest came to the fore again (including "Alan
Pardew, it's your fault we're sh*t" and a return for that old
favourite from the Allardyce era, "we're sh*t and we're sick of
Another non-performance from Yoan Gouffran saw him yanked off in favour of
Sammy Ameobi, and he almost made an immediate impact when crossing for Cisse. A second alteration of the afternoon resulted in Cisse and Riviere appearing
in the same side for the first time, as Pardew withdrew Jack Colback in a rare
show of intent.
And after Krul had produced a fine one-handed stop to deny Bony again, United
were rewarded with a second equaliser, just six minutes after going two up
front. The extra body paid off with Riviere challenging for the ball and Ameobi's perfect cross
allowing Cisse to stab home right-footed from close range.
That set up a final 15 minutes during which both sides had
opportunities to win it, United finally attacking with some purpose and both
strikers having sight of goal. After Daryl Janmaat's long-range effort in added time was held by Lukasz
Fabianski as third substitute Ayoze Perez closed in though, the final whistle
blew and the points were shared by two sides who didn't deserve to win.
Another comeback from a losing position did at least harvest a point and
prevent City from registering their fifth successive
victory against United, but once again defensive fragility (and midfield
shortcomings) left Newcastle's front line with an uphill battle.
Looking for positives, the goals Cisse has plundered since returning from
injury evoke memories of the instinctive finishes that saw him start his
career here in lethal form.
Contrast that to the offside-straying, shot-snatching,
weight-of-the-world-on-his-shoulders look last season. Without him, we're absolutely desolate in front of goal.
While Cisse has hit the ground running this season, the same just cannot be
said of other senior and high profile players though.
On a day when Pardew couldn't find space among seven substitutes for central
defensive cover despite another forgettable display from Mike Williamson and
Coloccini, around £20m of midfield talent languished unused on our bench in
the shape of Vurnon Anita and Remy Cabella.
Add in the aching underachievement of Sissoko and Gouffran and there's relief
tinged with embarrassment that unfashionable players such as Obertan and
Ameobi are providing what creativity we currently possess - free transfer
acquisition Rolando Aarons also coming into that category before his untimely
The point took Newcastle into eighteenth spot above QPR but having played one game
more and Burnley's late leveller at Leicester leaves the bottom three all on
four points. A home success for the mackems over Stoke means that ourselves and the Clarets
are the only two teams without a win in the Premier League this season.
Attention - and pressure - now shifts to Gallowgate in two weeks time when
Nigel Pearson returns with a Foxes side who have taken just four points from
their last ten visits to Tyneside but shown flashes of inspiration since
returning to the top flight this season.
Whether the manager will revert to his trusted - and failing - players and
formation for that game remains to be seen, but some tangible reward for a
positive approach here will at least see Pardew live to fight another day.
Thinking about how best to deploy his resources should occupy him until then,
along with saying his prayers that Cisse returns unscathed from two games for
Both would be more useful pursuits than buffing up his trinkets and making
crass comments to that effect, or dubiously claiming his family and friends
are in danger.