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EPL: Swansea Take Advantage of Newcastle Mistakes and Win on Road

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17:  Michael Laudrup, manager of Swansea City celebrates his teams win during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Swansea City at St James' Park on November 17, 2012 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistNovember 17, 2012

Saturday's English Premier League match between Swansea and Newcastle at St. James' Park featured one club who could not capitalize on their chances and one club who could.

The club who could, Swansea, came out of Tyneside with a 2-1 victory.

After a scoreless first half, the Swans broke the deadlock in the 58th minute as they took advantage of a mishap by Newcastle keeper Tim Krul.

Krul's clearance went right to the feet of Pablo Hernandez who directed the ball on to the head of Michu for the first goal of the match.

The goal was the seventh of the season for the summer signing and it was his first in four games for the club.

Swansea added to their host's misery in the 87th minute as Jonathan De Guzman took advantage of a rebound from a Danny Graham shot and scored from a nearly impossible angle to beat Krul, who was once again at fault for the goal.

Newcastle scored a goal late from the head of Demba Ba in stoppage time but it was too little, too late for a club that failed to capitalize on plenty of opportunities.

Ba had three chances on goal in the first half but he was unable to finish on any of them as he kept the visitors in the match.

The Senegalese forward was also involved in a few chances in the second half as well but he could not score until stoppage time.

It was clear that the Magpies were missing the presence of Papiss Cisse, who was not allowed to start because of a conflict between the club and the Senegalese FA after Cisse failed to report for international duty this week.

One player who did give a great effort for the hosts was Hatem Ben Arfa, who was involved in almost every attack but his teammates could not find the finishing touch when the midfielder provided them the ball.

Newcastle are now down to 12th place in the EPL table with 14 points as their disappointing season continues.

Swansea now sit in 10th place with 16 points as they head into a match against former manager Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool at home next Sunday.

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