Swansea v Newcastle – How Krul and Cisse Kept NUFC Off Rock Bottom
Swansea v Newcastle
Swansea 2 Newcastle 2 Saturday 4 October 3pm
With the two newcomers, Cabella and Riviere, dropped to the bench who were supposed to provide a new cutting edge this season, it was apt that two old stagers in Papiss Cisse and Tim Krul somehow rescued a point.
At times in the past Swansea’s possession has often amounted to very little, indeed Newcastle’s brilliant counter-attacking with Ba, Ben Arfa and Cisse when the Senegal striker previously scored two here, was a prime example.
However, their possession style football has gone up several levels and there is an end product now, something which is obviously helped by the addition of real quality in the final third by such as Wilfried Bony, plus supporting play by tricky wingers such as Dyer and Routledge, who at times gave Dummett and Janmaat a real run around.
In a rare break Obertan had pulled a shot poorly wide but with seventeen minutes on the clock this had real echoes of Southampton, Bony had already looked a handful and when he played a clever one-two, Coloccini was only a spectator as the Swansea striker strolled away and expertly finished for his first goal of the season…we do like to give a helping hand when anybody needs a lift.
At that point it looked ominous and surely if a second had arrived then it would have been another collapse.
As it was, luck (and Tim Krul) was with us. Bony could have had a hat-trick and probably deserved it, a couple of chances blocked and two brilliant Krul Saves, one in each half, both destined for the bottom corner.
On top of that Routledge fizzed one over and Dyer was giving Dummett countless problems throughout the first half. While Ki will go down as notching the miss of the weekend when he somehow missed the goal with a header from six yards in the middle of the goal, standing unmarked.
Two minutes before half-time though Newcastle equalised out of the blue, Obertan touched the ball for about the third occasion of the half and managed to get a low cross in, Cisse came towards the ball and somehow whipped it into the net despite having had to come beyond the near post, watch it [intlink id=”48429″ type=”post”]HERE [/intlink]to see just how good it was.
Could this change the game? Not really, Swansea came back out and retained their tight grip, five minutes into that second period and it was Routledge who finished off a slick move, though Sissoko tried to claim he’d been fouled in the build up. I heard some try to blame Krul but it was just a superb finish that our midfielders/wingers should watch repeatedly.
Lightning then struck twice, Swansea failed to finish it off and Sammy Ameobi ghosted past the full-back and flighted a cross that expertly bisected the defence for Cisse to brilliantly connect with and finish (watch [intlink id=”48434″ type=”post”]HERE[/intlink]).
Fifteen minutes on the clock and bizarrely Swansea lost the plot, started hitting the ball long and gifted Newcastle the opportunity to see the game out for a point, with little further danger.
Cisse and Krul were massive positives but mention has to be also given to Gouffran who was absolutely terrible and has surely only stayed in the team because of no viable alternatives. I find it very hard to see Sammy Ameobi, or indeed Obertan, as any kind of answer to our lack of attacking quality. However, surely Alan Pardew’s starting point next week against Leicester must be that he can’t pick Yoan Gouffran in his starting eleven. He has been terrible for pretty much the whole of 2014, in fact epitomising the atrocious results and form of the team in that period.
Jack Colback was also totally anonymous and while Sissoko is frustrating, he has far more to offer Colback who looks increasingly to me as a very average player who certainly shouldn’t be playing if Cheick Tiote is also in the eleven.
What the watching Remy Cabella must have thought as he watched today’s events unfold is anybody’s guess. I wouldn’t mind being a fly on the wall when he is chatting with the rest of the French squad in the coming days.
Team: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Dummett, Colback (Riviere 69), Tiote, Sissoko, Obertan, Gouffran (Sammy Ameobi 58), Cisse (Perez 85)
Unused Subs: Elliot, Anita, Haidara, Cabella
Ref: Lee Mason
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