Newcastle United 0-0 Swansea City – Match Review

Newcastle endured a frustrating afternoon at St James’ Park as their winless run stretched to a fifth game after being held to a goalless draw by plucky Swansea.

The Magpies had lost three of their last four games following their 11-match unbeaten start to the season and were desperate to get back to winning ways against the newly promoted Swans. Brendan Rodgers’ side had picked up only two points on their travels prior to the trip to Tyneside and added another one to their tally as they constantly thwarted the home side with some staunch defending. Newcastle did all they could to find a way past the visiting back four as they dominated the game from start to finish but just couldn’t find that goalscoring formula. Manager Alan Pardew will be bitterly disappointed that his side dropped two points against a team that has failed to pick up an away win since their promotion to the Premier League. All seemed right again in the North East after a tough month that saw them pick up one point from games against both Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Norwich. Injuries have played their part in the Magpies poor recent run and the return of captain Fabrico Coloccini and midfield enforcer Cheick Tiote certainly boosted morale in the stands.

However they endured a nervy first few minutes with Tiote looking off the pace after missing the last six games and his poor concentration almost let Joe Allen in only for the midfield to shoot wide of Tim Krul’s goal. From then on the home side took control although breaking down a stern Swansea back four was going to take some doing as Demba Ba and the returning Leon Best found out. The woodwork took a few rattlings during the opening forty five minutes with Coloccini’s back post header clipping the post before Ba saw his acrobatic volley beat Michael Vorm only to bounce agonisingly off the upright. The 11-goal Senegalese striker was looking the Toon Army’s most potent threat and he was unlucky not to open the scoring seeing his snap shot from six-yards instinctively saved by Vorm. Jonas Gutierrez then tried his luck cutting in from the left before walloping a fierce 20-yard strike wide of the post as frustrations grew inside St James’ Park.

Newcastle continued to attack after the break with Ba failing to convert Danny Simpson’s deep cross at the back post volleying over when it looked as he would hook it back across goal. The Swans offered very little in terms of attacking play but suddenly sparked into life with former Magpie Wayne Routledge flashing the ball across the penalty area to send a very clear warning to the home side. However that was about as much as the visitors could muster with substitute Shola Ameobi forcing Vorm into another smart save as the hosts continued to stream forward. Ba then shot wildly over as Swansea ended the game the happier of the two teams taking a very valuable point back to Wales.