|Season 2012-13 Result|
|Newcastle United||1-2||Swansea City|
| Ba 90.
| Michu 58,
De Guzman 87.
|Date: 17/11/2012 Venue: St.James' Park Competition: Premiership|
|Match Report||Submitted on 21/11/2012 by Kieron|
|Itís been a week to forget at SJP, two winnable games on paper have resulted in zero points and although we were poor against Swansea we were nowhere near as poor as we were against the Footballing antichrist that is a Sam Allardyce team the Sunday before. Cabaye and Guiterrez missed out through injury replaced by Anita and Ferguson, Colloccini was suspended and Cisse was stopped from playing by his national FA. So with Pardewís hand forced could this be a chance for the fringe players to shine?
Swansea were everything you would expect, played good football, kept the ball on the ground, although they never really looked like hurting us in the opening 45 minuets. This is an absolute miracle when you consider Williamson and Simpson had absolute stinkers. Neither looked like they knew who was picking up who and Williamson, who at times seemed to be moving slower than coastal erosion, was undone by Michuís pace a couple of times but thankfully due to some wasteful finishing we got away with it. The less said about whatís distracting Danny Simpson the better but apparently heís helping her with her sloppy technique according to The Sun. Thatís good of him. Newcastle created a couple of chances Ba coming closest with a header and Ben Arfa hitting the side netting.
The opening ten minutes of the second half were by far our best of the game. Anita, Ba and Shola all coming close but you sensed if we didnít score in this spell it wasnít going to happen. Needless to say when Krulís awful clearance fell to the Swansea winger who had a lifetime to pick out Michu eight yards out the result was inevitable and he made no mistake planting the header into the Leazes End goal.
The goal didnít spur Newcastle on and we never really looked like scoring. Santon made a few decent runs as did Ben Arfa and although he was beating his man with ease he seemed to be passing the ball when he should have been having a dig and having a dig when the pass was on. The crossing from both flanks left a lot to be desired surely professional footballers should have the ability to beat the first man. With Newcastle pushing forward in search of an equaliser it was only a matter of time before Swansea got a second. Danny Graham saw his shot parried by Krul which allowed De Guzman to rifle home from close range.
Ba did manage to notch a consolation goal when Marveauxís shot came back off the bar but it was barely deserved and didnít paper over the cracks.
Teams donít suddenly become bad over night but itís all too apparent that the squad is not big enough to cope with the European games on top of the league games. The lack of investment in the summer has not helped this and have the players that have been brought in been any better than the ones they replaced? Granted injuries, a loss of form and poor discipline have not helped our cause either but the team doesnít seem to be clicking at the moment. We need a win to get back on track and the next two games look winnable on paper. Sadly football isnít played on paper.