Newcastle United vs. Swansea City: 6 Things We Learned
Swansea took a large step toward securing their top-flight status with a 2-1 win at Newcastle United.
It was a fifth defeat on the spin for Newcastle, their worst run of the season, and they are finishing the season with a whimper.
Here are six things we learned from Saturday's game at St James' Park.
Shola Ameobi Does Know Where the Goal Is
Shola Ameobi put Newcastle in front after 23 minutes in the home game with Swansea.
It has been a long time between drinks for the forward, as his only previous goal of the campaign came way back on August 28 in a Capital One Cup trip to Newcastle.
The forward is often a topic of debate on the terraces of St James' Park, as he has not scored the goals expected of a top-flight centre-forward.
But he took his chance well on this occasion, turning his marker in the box and slotting home.
Referees Will Never Receive Any Sympathy
Opposition fans are very rarely in agreement during the course of 90 minutes, unless it is when they are united in the mocking of an official.
In a frenetic, early exchange, Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini charged down a shot from Jonjo Shelvey.
In a bid to make sure he was up with the play, referee Chris Foy was close to the action. Too close for him, as it turned out, as the rebound smashed him full in the face and sent him crashing to the ground.
Cheers rang round the ground, although there were possibly one or two who turned a little sheepish, as Foy was forced off to be replaced by fourth official Anthony Taylor.
Former England captain Gary Lineker had little sympathy for Foy, as he wrote on Twitter: "Chris Foy was replaced after being struck in the face by the ball. Blurred vision presumably...Nothing new there then."
Bony so Important to Swansea
Swansea might have paid a sizable sum for Wilfried Bony, but the forward has more than justified his £12 million transfer fee with 20 goals in all competitions prior to this game.
The Ivorian made it 21 for the campaign with a powerful header on the stroke of half-time.
And No. 22 came on in injury-time, as the forward kept his cool to slot home a penalty to snatch the win that could well keep Swansea in the Premier League.
With Michu having struggled this term, Swansea would have been in dire straits this term were it not for the goals of Bony.
De Jong's Woes Continue
Luuk de Jong has had a tough time since joining the Magpies on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach in January.
The forward had failed to find the target in 10 previous outings, and he may well end his Newcastle career without a goal to his name, as he went off with an injury shortly before the break.
With just three games remaining in the season, time is running out for De Jong to get his goal.
Gosling Could Still Have a Future at Newcastle
Dan Gosling has had a torrid time with injuries since joining Newcastle, but there have been green shoots of recovery in recent weeks.
Having seemingly shaken off his problems, Gosling has had a run in the side, and he showed in the loss to Swansea that he may be worth persevering with.
In combative style, Gosling put in a solid stint in the middle of the park with an impressive six tackles and eight interceptions, per WhoScored.com,
Pressure Continues to Mount on Pardew
The end of the season cannot come quickly enough for Newcastle.
A fine start to the campaign had them in contention for a Champions League place, but they have won just four games in 2014.
The late penalty from Bony sent Newcastle spinning to their 12th defeat in the Premier League since Boxing Day.
The full-time whistle was greeted with a chorus of boos from the majority of the 51,057 who were in attendance, and the pressure continues to pile on manager Alan Pardew.