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09:09 19th December 2011

PREMIER LEAGUE: Newcastle 0 Swans 0

The Swans earned a valuable away point after a hard fought draw against Newcastle at St James' Park.

The visitors were on the back foot for most of the first half as Fabricio Coloccini and Demba Ba both hit the woodwork as the home side dominated proceedings.

But Swansea grew into the game in the second period and could have nicked all three points as Scott Sinclair saw his left-footed effort drift a fraction wide of the far post.

As Newcastle pressed for a late winner, the Swans defence held firm as kept a record eight clean sheet in the Barclays Premier League.

The Swans made two changes to the side that beat Fulham last time out as they targeted a first away win this season.


For this clash with Newcastle, Brendan brought Danny Graham and Joe Allen back into the starting XI. That meant Luke Moore and Leroy Lita were among the substitutes hoping to make an impact later on in the game.

Steven Caulker continued in defence along with Ashley Williams, who captained the side as Garry Monk is on the bench.

For the hosts, captain Fabricio Coloccini was fit enough to start as he bolstered Alan Pardew's defensive options.

Newcastle: Tim Krul, Fabricio Coloccini (capt), Davide Santon, Yohan Cabaye, Danny Simpson, James Perch, Jonas Gutierrez, Demba Ba, Leon Best (Shola Ameobi, 71), Cheick Tiote (Haris Vuckic, 82), Gabriel Obertan (Sammy Ameobi, 81).
Subs: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Hatem Ben Arfa, Mehdi Abeid.

Swans: Michel Vorm, Jazz Richards, Steven Caulker, Ashley Williams (capt), Neil Taylor, Leon Britton, Mark Gower (Kemy Agustien, ht), Joe Allen, Wayne Routledge, Scott Sinclair (Nathan Dyer, 77), Danny Graham.
Subs: Gerhard Tremmel, Garry Monk, Luke Moore, Stephen Dobbie.

Attendance: 51,767


Before the game, the whole stadium paid tribute to Garry Speed by joining in a rendition of Bread of Heaven followed by a minute's applause for the former Wales boss.

The tributes continued after kick-off with supporters singing Speed's name over and over in the 11th minute - Speed's former squad number.

The game started brightly, Yohan Cabeye firing a 20-yard free-kick just over while at the other end Joe Allen saw his effort from just outside the box drag wide.

Skipper Fabricio Coloccini then went close for the hosts as he connected with Cabeye's free-kick but his header bounced off the near post.

The home supporters were on their feet once again shortly after as they found the woodwork again, Demba Ba's angled effort bouncing off the woodwork with Michel Vorm beaten.

Vorm then made a fine save from Ba's volley after Jonas Gutierrez had nodded Cheik Tiote's cross into the box, before the Argentinian went close with a powerful right-footed effort.

Half-time: Newcastle 0 Swans 0


Brendan made a change at the break with Kemy Agustien replacing Mark Gower.

Newcastle remained the same, and they had the same objective as they made a bright start to the second half.

Ba volleyed over from close range following Cabeye's curling cross before Cabeye shot into the sidenetting.

But the Swans were defending well enough as the 60-minute mark ticked by.

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The Swans replied with Wayne Routledge's cross along the face of goal causing panic before Joe Allen's 25-yard effort flew high and wide.

Alan Pardew introduced Shola Ameobi in place of Leon Best, and striker was immediately in the action as he fired low and straight at Vorm.

Then, at the other end, Agustien found Sinclair in the box with a neat chipped pass, but the winger's shot bounced agonisingly past the far post.

It was Sinclair's last involvement inthe game as he was replaced by Nathan dyer for the last 13 minutes.

However, it was the Swans who finished the stronger of the two sides as they held firm to earn a valuable away point.

    Data provided by Press Association