Pain for Alan Pardew as Newcastle United beaten by Swansea

Swansea last night managed to break Newcastle United's winning streak leaving manager Alan Pardew less than happy

Henry Browne  Newcastle manager Alan Pardew
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew

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.

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