Swansea gained just their second league home win of the season after a comfortable 3-0 victory over in-form Newcastle, a Nathan Dyer goal in first half stoppage time, an unfortunate Mathieu Debuchy own goal and a 25-yard curler from Jonjo Shelvey the difference between the two sides.
On the stroke of half-time, Tim Krul could only parry the ball clear and back into danger. Substitute Dyer did not need asking twice and drilled the ball home from close range.
With a quarter of the game remaining, Swansea sealed it. Jonjo Shelvey was sent through on goal, and his tame effort was saved by Krul. However, the ball rebounded back off Debuchy and into the goal, so unlucky for the full-back.
Shelvey was then involved in an off-the-ball incident, the England international seeming to push his head towards the face of Debuchy. Howard Webb did not spot the incident, or Shelvey could easily have seen red.
If Shelvey was lucky to still be on the field, he made the most of his fortune with 10 minutes remaining, curling home a 25-yard shot into the top corner. Krul got a touch, but could do little but help the ball into the goal.
Swansea back to form after one win in eight, whilst Newcastle must regroup after their fine recent run came crashing to an end.
12' GOOD SAVE MICHEL VORM: It's Newcastle's first chance, and after a cross by Debuchy, Remy makes the Dutchman make a great save.
19' - CLOSE FOR SWANSEA: Rasping drive from Vazquez, which goes just wide of Krul's left post.
28' – INJURY TO SWANSEA: - Vazquez is not fit to continue and his holding his groin, to be replaced by Nathan Dyer. Who plays up front now?
45+1' - OPENING GOAL TO SWANSEA: Right on half-time, and the substitute Dyer scores. The cross from the left was deep, but Krul could only parry it out to Dyer.
66' GOAL FOR SWANSEA: Bizarre goal as Shelvey goes through on goal. The ball comes back off Krul and hits Debuchy before going in.
76' LUCKY SHELVEY: Wow, Shelvey is a lucky boy. In an argument with Debuchy the midfielder moves his head towards the Frenchman. Should have been red.
81' BRILLIANT GOAL FROM SHELVEY: His last effort may have been clawed out, but this time he curls one from 25 yards into the top corner. Krul gets a touch, but cannot keep it out.
Swansea have now won two of their last 12 home games in all competitions.
Newcastle have now won just five of their last 27 away games in the Premier League.
Should Jonjo Shelvey have been sent off? I dislike the phrase 'raise your hands and you're off', but if you lean your head into the face of an opponent then surely that is violent conduct? More pertinently, given the fact that Howard Webb failed to give anything for the incident, will we see the Football Association's new powers come into force. Shelvey could be receiving a letter through the door.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea): Despite his misdemeanour, Shelvey was at the heart of everything Swansea did well, injecting a spark in midfield with his clever passing. He may have got fortunate with the own goal, but put the cherry on top of Swansea's cake with a beautifully curled third.
Swansea City: Vorm 7, Tiendalli 7, Chico 7, Williams 6, Davies 7, Canas 6, de Guzman 6, Shelvey 8, Pozuelo 8, Hernandez 7, Vazquez 6, Dyer 7, Lamah 6, Routledge 6.
Newcastle United: Krul 5, Debuchy 6, Williamson 6, Coloccini 6, Santon 6, Sissoko 5, Tiote 6, Cabaye 6, Gouffran 6, Shola Ameobi 6, Remy 7.
THE MATCH IN A TWEET
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- Jonjo Shelvey
- Mathieu Debuchy
- Nathan Dyer
- Tim Krul