Newcastle United's hot streak was brought to an abrupt end in freezing South Wales as Alan Pardew’s away day master-plan fell apart at the seams.
The United boss had hoped his in-form team would break Swansea’s resistance with a reprisal of the counter-attacking style which accounted for Chelsea and Spurs during their marvellous November, but Michael Laudrup’s team proved a tougher nut to crack on a night when little went right for Newcastle.
They were left fuming when inconsistent Howard Webb turned down two creditible penalty shouts – the first when Loic Remy’s drive appeared to clearly hit Ben Davies’ arm – but in truth they did not do enough to win a fifth straight game.
Nathan Dyer hit the first, capitalising on an unconvincing punch from Tim Krul to give Swansea a first-half lead. And an own goal from Mathieu Debuchy under pressure from Jonjo Shelvey – who scored a third – capped a poor night for Newcastle.
They were also left sweating on the fitness of Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse and Davide Santon, who was taken off late in the game.