FT: Newcastle 1 Swansea 2

Newcastle are roared on for the final minute or so but are unable to break down Swansea's resistance for a second time and the final whistle goes. The Swans run out 2-1 winners and now move above the Magpies following an exciting encounter at St James' Park.

90+2
GOAL Is there still time for Newcastle after all? Sylvain Marveaux crashes a shot against the bar from Hatem Ben Arfa's pull-back and Demba Ba heads home to make it 2-1.

90+1
Hatem Ben Arfa lets fly from distance with a shot that flies high into the stands, and an ironic cheer goes up from the visiting fans.

90
Four minutes of stoppage time have been signalled as Angel Rangel stays strong to tackle Hatem Ben Arfa and concede a corner.

88
The Newcastle fans are streaming out of St James' Park and there is surely not enough time now for a fightback.

87
GOAL Tim Krul does well to keep out an angled drive from Danny Graham but the rebound falls nicely for Jonathan de Guzman to tuck in an easy finish and double Swansea's lead.

86
Gerhard Tremmel makes a routine save as Hatem Ben Arfa's tired shot from the edge of the area is aimed straight at the goalkeeper.

84
Swansea are actually looking the more likely to get the next goal just at the moment as Newcastle want to commit more men to attack and leave themselves vulnerable at the back.

82
Michael Laudrup makes a change with just a few minutes remaining and it is goal-scorer Michu who is taken off to be replaced by Danny Graham.

81
Swansea are defending very well and even Wayne Routledge is helping out, as he reads the danger and gets back to dispossess Hatem Ben Arfa after another trick from the Frenchman had bamboozled a couple of other defenders.

79
Alan Pardew shuffles his pack for a third and final time, bringing on Sylvain Marveaux for Sammy Ameobi.

77
Tim Krul has to come rushing out of his area to boot clear a short Mike Williamson back-pass before Michu could get there first.

With 15 minutes remaining, Sky Bet make Newcastle 11/4 to salvage a draw and 16/1 to come back and win.

75
Michu is presented with a glorious chance from Pablo Hernandez's cross after another fast break, but he scuffs his shot wide.

73
Alan Pardew makes his second change and it is youngster Gael Bigirimana who is brought on in place of Danny Simpson.

71
Hatem Ben Arfa turns on the style, and the gas, with a superb run from deep that takes him past a couple of defenders. He eventually plays Shola Ameobi in down the right-hand channel, but his cross is well blocked by Gerhard Tremmel.

70
Ben Davies combines well with Michu and Jonathan de Guzman to set up Kemy Agustien, but the substitute is just off balance as he takes his shot and does not test Tim Krul.

69
Hatem Ben Arfa was pulling the strings for the Magpies in the first half but he has not been as much of a factor in the second half and, when he does get the ball, is just trying to be too extravagant at the moment.

67
Shola Ameobi finds Demba Ba with a volleyed cross, quite literally as it is hit so hard into the face of his fellow striker that it is impossible to control.

66
Swansea make another change as Itay Shechter is replaced by Kemy Agustien.

65
Angel Rangel becomes the latest player to be cautioned following a foul on Sammy Ameobi down Newcastle's left.

64
Now they are in front Swansea can really utilise their possession game and frustrate Newcastle, and that is precisely what they are trying to do just at the moment.

62
Michael Laudrup makes his first change for Swansea as he brings on former Newcastle player Wayne Routledge for Nathan Dyer.

61
Newcastle's fans have rediscovered their voice and they will be needed for the remaining half-hour as they try to inspire their team to a comeback.

60
Tim Krul was at fault for that goal following a poor clearance and now there is further uncertainty at the back for Newcastle as Steven Taylor's header back to the keeper misses its mark and goes behind for a corner.

58
GOAL Michu heads Swansea in front from Pablo Hernandez's left-wing cross after Tim Krul fails to get enough distance on a clearance.

57
Tim Krul pulls off a good save down to his right from Pablo Hernandez's low 20-yard shot, as Newcastle come under pressure.

Can anyone break the deadlock? Sky Bet make Demba Ba the 5/1 favourite to do so with Shola Ameobi 7/1 and Michu 10s

56
Swansea carve out a good opportunity for themselves on the counter-attack as Itay Shechter blazes an effort high into the stands from 18 yards.

55
Gerhard Tremmel does well again to spring forward and gather a cross from Sammy Ameobi. Had the goalkeeper not been so alert it would have been an easy finish for Demba Ba at the back post.

53
Newcastle are building up a real of steam here as Demba Ba forces Gerhard Tremmel to make a smart stop with a shot from the edge of the box.

52
A glorious chance goes begging and that is totally unlike Demba Ba, as he pokes wide from a low cross after the flag stayed down when he should have been given offside.

51
Sammy Ameobi has gone out to the left since half-time and is certainly influencing proceedings a lot more, as his cross sets up Vurnon Anita to shoot powerfully over from the edge of the area.

50
Gerhard Tremmel gets a firm hand on a Davide Santon cross to punch clear before Demba Ba can get a head on the ball.

48
Swansea enjoy a period of sustained possession in midfield and the atmosphere inside St James' Park just seems to have gone a little flat.

47
Davide Santon does well to win Newcastle a corner and Hatem Ben Arfa's delivery falls nicely for Danny Simpson outside the area, but he cannot keep his shot under the crossbar.

46
Swansea get the second half started and Newcastle have made a change at the break, with Shola Ameobi coming on in place of Shane Ferguson. Both sides will still fancy their chances of walking away with all three points after a closely-fought first period.

Demba Ba drives a header over the crossbar moments before the whistle goes for half-time. It remains goalless but the game has had its moments, with both keepers being forced into action. Hatem Ben Arfa has looked by far Newcastle's biggest threat, but it is Swansea who have had the better chances on the counter-attack.

44
Shane Ferguson shows good skill on the left wing to give himself space to deliver a cross, but he cannot pick out a team-mate in the centre.

42
Nathan Dyer wins a corner for Swansea and Garry Monk gets a free header on Jonathan de Guzman's cross, but it crashes into a Newcastle defender.

40
Swansea are looking really dangerous on the break this afternoon, as Michu heads over after stretching to reach Pablo Hernandez's cross.

39
Davide Santon digs out a cross from the left wing that finds its way all the way through to Hatem Ben Arfa on the far side, but he uncharacteristically loses control of the ball.

37
Tim Krul dives out to punch away a cross from Itay Shechter that had been heading towards the back post, where Jonathan de Guzman was lurking and ready to turn the ball home.

35
Tim Krul stands up tall to keep out Itay Shechter's shot after Mike Williamson had made a mistake in letting the Swansea man get in front of him from Ashley Williams' hopeful long ball.

33
Hatem Ben Arfa nearly gives Newcastle the lead with a great strike from the edge of the area after another dazzling run, but a superb acrobatic stop from Gerhard Tremmel denies him.

32
Swansea have competed well in this first half but have not quite found their usual fluency, as another pass goes astray in midfield.

30
There is an audible buzz every time Hatem Ben Arfa gets on the ball, but on this occasion he fails to pick out a team-mate with an ambitious cross.

28
Hatem Ben Arfa drives a delightful diagonal ball forward for Demba Ba, who glances a header narrowly wide of Gerhard Tremmel's right-hand post.

26
Cheick Tiote is brought down 25 yards from goal by Leon Britton, who receives a yellow card. Newcastle fail to make the most of the free-kick as Hatem Ben Arfa's shot crashes into the defensive wall.

24
Hatem Ben Arfa embarks on another twisting run and Swansea do not look as though they know quite how to handle the Frenchman, who appears equally at ease with the ball on either foot.

23
Pablo Hernandez appeals for handball after his cross is blocked at close quarters by Steven Taylor, but it looks as though it crashed straight into the body of the Newcastle man.

22
Michu drops deeper into midfield to try and help Swansea keep control but Newcastle are defending well and do not let them settle into a rhythm.

20
Steven Taylor attacks the ball from the corner but he is a long way from goal as he makes contact with his header and it poses no threat to Gerhard Tremmel.

19
Danny Simpson has time to deliver a decent cross after being released down the right but he cannot beat the first defender as Ashley Williams heads behind for a corner.

18
Swansea have settled well and it is a very even contest at the moment, with both teams showing plenty of attacking urgency.

16
Swansea try to work their way through Newcastle's defence with some intricate passing and the move ends with Tim Krul flying away to his left to keep out a powerful Michu strike from 20 yards.

14
Clever movement from Shane Ferguson allows Davide Santon a yard of extra space against Angel Rangel, but the Swansea defender stays disciplined to make the tackle.

12
Hatem Ben Arfa shows nimble footwork to wriggle away from Ben Davies inside the Swansea area and blast a shot at goal from a tight angle. A cheer goes up from the crowd as the net ripples, but unfortunately for the St James' Park faithful it is into the side-netting.

11
Sammy Ameobi and Hatem Ben Arfa attempt ambitious shots from distance in quick succession for Newcastle, but it is hard to say whose effort is worse as they both fly high and wide.

10
Pablo Hernandez tries his luck from 20 yards but it is a weak effort and easily held by Tim Krul.

9
Itay Shechter is booked for a foul on Davide Santon. He did not make much contact with the Newcastle man but it looked a wild challenge on the stretch after he had lost control of the ball.

7
Hatem Ben Arfa picks out Demba Ba's clever run with a fine pass but Ashley Williams covers across quickly to block his shot from a tight angle.

6
Swansea are presented with a good chance out of the blue as Nathan Dyer races through the centre, but Mike Williamson does well just to keep the pressure on and the visiting winger drags his shot wide.

5
Davide Santon skips forward quickly down the left before playing in a cross that is well cut out by Ashley Williams.

4
Swansea enjoy their first period of proper possession with a spell of passing in midfield, but they look rushed as Cheick Tiote closes down quickly.

3
Newcastle are looking bright in the first couple of minutes, with Sammy Ameobi and Demba Ba both getting early touches.

2
There is an early round of applause for Cheick Tiote as he wins the ball in midfield and sets Newcastle on the attack.

1
Newcastle kick us off and let us hope for an exciting match as both sides go in search of a much-needed victory.

Ben writes: "It's now or never for Newcastle as we just haven't delivered this season so we need the big players to bring home the 3 points for the Toon. But you look at our bench and you do worry whether that will happen. Sadly going for 1-1."

Michael has got in touch, saying: "Today's match could kick-start our season hopefully, the first goal will be important for both teams so i'll go 3-1 Magpies!"

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Williamson, Santon, Ben Arfa, Anita, Tiote, Ferguson, Sammy Ameobi, Ba. Subs: Elliot, Amalfitano, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Tavernier, Abeid.

Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Williams, Monk, Davies, Britton, De Guzman, Dyer, Michu, Hernandez, Shechter. Subs: Cornell, Chico, Graham, Routledge, Moore, Tiendalli, Agustien.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup makes two changes to the side which drew 1-1 at Southampton last weekend, meaning there is no place for Wayne Routledge on his return to St James' Park. The winger and Ki Sung-yueng are replaced by Nathan Dyer and Itay Shechter.

The bad news for Newcastle is that Papiss Cisse will play no part in today's match following a dispute with the Senegalese Football Federation after he missed their international match in midweek. The Magpies did not want him to travel because of a back injury but Senegal have now invoked FIFA's five-day rule. Yohan Cabaye and Jonas Gutierrez are also out today, with Sammy Ameobi, Cheick Tiote and Vurnon Anita coming into the side.

Swansea head to St James' Park having failed to score in five of their last six visits and Newcastle to win to nil this afternoon is a 5/2 shot, while a 2-0 scoreline for the hosts is 17/2. The Magpies are 10/11 in the match result market, with Swansea 3/1 and the draw available at 12/5. Demba Ba (9/2) and Papiss Cisse (5/1) head the first goalscorer betting, and it's 5/1 for them both to score. Swansea pair Michu and Danny Graham are both 7/1 to score first.

Get in touch with your views and predictions at Lewis.Rutledge@bskyb.com or via Twitter @SkySportsLewis. Will Newcastle put on a show for their supporters this afternoon and emerge triumphant or can Swansea spring a surprise? The full team news will be in shortly but who do you think are likely to be the key players?

Good afternoon and welcome to our minute-by-minute commentary of Newcastle United's Premier League match against Swansea City at St James' Park. The two teams are next to each other in the table in 10th and 11th and will be keen to push on with a win today. The Magpies have not yet found their best form and were beaten 1-0 at home by West Ham last weekend, while Michael Laudrup's side have also been inconsistent and are without a victory in three.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:45
Tottenham v Fulham
15:00
A Villa v Southampton
Cardiff v Stoke City
Newcastle v Swansea
West Ham v C Palace
17:30
Chelsea v Sunderland
Sunday, 20 April 2014
12:00
Norwich v Liverpool
14:05
Hull City v Arsenal
16:10
Everton v Man Utd
Monday, 21 April 2014
20:00
Man City v West Brom
Saturday, 26 April 2014
12:45
Southampton v Everton  
15:00
Fulham v Hull City  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 34 51 77
2 Chelsea 34 42 75
3 Man City 33 54 71
4 Arsenal 34 18 67
5 Everton 34 21 66
6 Tottenham 34 0 60
7 Man Utd 33 18 57
8 Southampton 34 5 48
9 Newcastle 34 -14 46
10 Stoke City 34 -10 43
11 C Palace 34 -14 40
12 West Ham 34 -9 37
13 Hull City 33 -6 36
14 A Villa 33 -14 34
15 Swansea 34 -5 33
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 34 -27 32
18 Fulham 34 -40 30
19 Cardiff 34 -34 29
20 Sunderland 33 -25 26

Updated Thu, 17 Apr 2014

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