Match Report

Newcastle vs Swansea Match Report

Yesterday, Newcastle came from 1-0 down to draw 1-1 at St James’ Park.

First half

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Newcastle missed a golden opportunity two minutes in when Dummett swung in a cross to the head of Dwight Gayle who headed straight at Fabianski. Again, Gayle missed an easy header. Ayoze Perez then beat his man with a mazy bit of dribbling and flashed across a cross, only for Gayle to head it wide.

The home side were handed another chance when Atsu beat his man for pace and put in a low ball for Dummett but the left-back shot from too tight of an angle. Newcastle should be kicking themselves for the chances they missed when Perez went through but couldn’t convert the chance or the rebound.

Swansea then started to come into the match a little, van der Hoorn tried to whip in a cross but couldn’t beat Dummett and subsequently earned a corner. Swansea really should have earned a penalty when Diame handballed the ball off the line but the box was too crowded to get a clear view.

Second half

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15 minutes into the second half, Swansea managed to break the deadlock (against the run of play, in my opinion) when Darlow parried Ayew’s show but couldn’t ready himself to stop the rebound.

However, under ten minutes later, substitute Joselu levelled the scores. Perez’s shot was deflected to Joselu who shot from a very tight angle and managed to convert.

Then came a heart-stopping moment for Newcastle. Narsingh goes one on one with Darlow, the keeper pushes the ball away to Bony who shoots from range but only for Yedlin to clear the ball off the line.

This is a match that could’ve gone either way to be perfectly honest. Newcastle fans will feel hard done by due to the number of chances they had in the first half and Swansea fans will feel aggrieved because of Diame’s handball (which should’ve been a red card and penalty) and Bony’s shot off the line which he should have scored.

Feature image credit: Ben Sutherland



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