Newcastle United strengthened their surprise Champions League push with a superb win at Swansea City thanks to another clinical Papiss Cisse double.
The in-form Senegal striker cracked the Magpies into an early lead as he raced onto Yohan Cabaye's pass to fire past Swans keeper Michel Vorm from 20 yards.
Swansea dominated possession but Newcastle penetrated as the same pair combined to seal a smash-and-grab win.
And Cisse chipped Vorm from inside the box to secure a third successive brace.
A fourth win in a row for Newcastle ensured Alan Pardew's visitors leapfrog Chelsea into fifth place in the Premier League, just two points behind Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, who occupy the last two Champions League places.
But Newcastle are certainly favourites to return to European competition for the first time since the 2006-07 season as Pardew's men have hit form at the right time with six games remaining.
And while Cisse, who has now scored nine goals in eight games since arriving in January, will enjoy the headlines, the resolute Magpies defence and hard-working midfield ensured their longest winning run since April 2006.
Swansea, meanwhile, have now lost three league games in a row for the first time since losing to York, Bury and Lincoln in Division Three in January 2003.
Swansea v Newcastle facts
- Newcastle are unbeaten against Swansea since December 1980
- Swansea have failed to win or score against north-east clubs in four games this season
- Papiss Cisse's nine goals in 2012 is equal best with Manchester United's Wayne Rooney
- This is the second time that Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has won four in a row as a Premier League manager, the other was as West Ham manager in January and February 2006
- Newcastle's win is their first Premier League away victory on a Friday
Newcastle keeper Tim Krul was rarely tested although Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson, the recently-crowned Premier League Player of the Month for March, should have done so in the opening two minutes.
However, after Nathan Dyer had cut in from the right and set up the Iceland international, Sigurdsson could only drag his shot across Krul's goal and harmlessly wide.
The hosts were immediately punished as the Cisse capitalised on some generous Swansea marking to fire Newcastle into a fifth-minute lead.
The Senegal striker lost his marker, sped onto Cabaye's lovely one-touch through pass and fired past Vorm from 20 yards, although the Swans stopper would be disappointed not have saved Cisse's low drive.
Swansea reacted with their trademark domination of possession but Newcastle's hard work and off-the-ball pressing ensured Brendan Rodgers' team were restricted to long-range efforts at goal.
Sigurdsson stung the hands of Krul with a fierce 25-yard drive before he had a shot blocked by Davide Santon and a weak 30-yard free-kick easily collected by the Newcastle keeper.
Rodgers had rested his leading scorers Danny Graham and Scott Sinclair, who had scored 17 of Swansea's 35 league goals this season.
But the Swans struggled to penetrate the Newcastle defence and, after a deflected Joe Allen 25-yard effort was beaten away by Krul, Rodgers unleashed the pair.
Sinclair has just showed a glimpse of his ability when Cisse ended Swansea's hopes.
Cabaye was again the provider as his perfectly weighted ball found the £9m striker, who had again escaped marker Ashley Williams.
He dug the ball out beautifully and looped it over stranded Swans keeper Vorm into the far top corner for his ninth Newcastle goal since his January arrival from German side Freiburg.
- 01 Vorm
- 02 Williams Booked
- 03 Taylor
- 04 Caulker
- 22 Rangel
- 07 Britton
- 12 Dyer (Sinclair - 66' )
- 15 Routledge
- 24 Allen
- 42 Sigurdsson
- 19 Moore (Graham - 66' )
- 25 Tremmel
- 05 Tate
- 16 Monk
- 11 Sinclair
- 17 McEachran
- 27 Gower
- 10 Graham
- 26 Krul
- 03 Santon
- 05 Simpson
- 06 Williamson Booked
- 14 Perch
- 04 Cabaye (Gosling - 73' )
- 10 Ben Arfa
- 18 Gutierrez
- 24 Tiote (R Taylor - 46' )
- 09 Cisse
- 19 Ba (Ferguson - 59' )
- 35 Elliot
- 16 R Taylor
- 31 Ferguson
- 34 Tavernier
- 13 Abeid
- 15 Gosling
- 23 Sh Ameobi
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.90:00 +2:06
Danny Simpson is penalised for a handball. Gylfi Sigurdsson has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Tim Krul.87:01
Jonas Gutierrez fouled by Gylfi Sigurdsson, the ref awards a free kick. Tim Krul takes the free kick.86:40
Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Simpson on Scott Sinclair. Direct free kick taken by Joe Allen.85:03
Neil Taylor delivers the ball.83:23
Corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson, Header from close range by Ashley Williams misses to the right of the goal.81:37
Ashley Williams concedes a free kick for a foul on Dan Gosling. Ryan Taylor restarts play with the free kick.79:04
Scott Sinclair takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.75:22
Shane Ferguson concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Britton. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson, Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance.74:19
The ball is swung over by Papiss Cisse.73:31
Wayne Routledge concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.72:43 Substitution
Substitution Dan Gosling replaces Yohan Cabaye.72:21
Gylfi Sigurdsson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.72:09
A cross is delivered by Wayne Routledge, James Perch manages to make a clearance.70:49
Scott Sinclair takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.68:36
Yohan Cabaye provided the assist for the goal.68:36 Goal scored
Goal! - Papiss Cisse - Swansea 0 - 2 Newcastle Papiss Cisse finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Swansea 0-2 Newcastle.67:14
Inswinging corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson.67:02
Scott Sinclair takes a shot. Ryan Taylor gets a block in.65:35 Substitution
Substitution Nathan Dyer leaves the field to be replaced by Scott Sinclair.
Substitution Danny Graham is brought on as a substitute for Luke Moore.64:35
Papiss Cisse has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.59:45
Luke Moore produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.57:46
Free kick crossed right-footed by Ryan Taylor from right channel.57:46 Substitution
Substitution Shane Ferguson replaces Demba Ba.57:46 Booking
Booking The referee shows Ashley Williams a yellow card.57:42
Unfair challenge on Papiss Cisse by Ashley Williams results in a free kick.54:48
Centre by Joe Allen, Steven Caulker takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save.54:14
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the right by-line, Demba Ba makes a clearance.54:03
Angel Rangel takes a shot. Blocked by Jonas Gutierrez.53:55
Gylfi Sigurdsson produces a cross.53:44
Corner taken short by Gylfi Sigurdsson.53:39
Angel Rangel produces a cross, Danny Simpson manages to make a clearance.52:23
Joe Allen takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul. Corner from the right by-line taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson, save made by Tim Krul.52:17
Angel Rangel sends in a cross, clearance by Ryan Taylor.51:22
The ball is delivered by Hatem Ben Arfa.48:58
Foul by Nathan Dyer on Ryan Taylor, free kick awarded. Tim Krul takes the free kick.46:13
The ball is sent over by Neil Taylor, Danny Simpson gets a block in.45:53
Short corner worked by Joe Allen, Centre by Gylfi Sigurdsson, clearance by Papiss Cisse.45:34
Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. Yohan Cabaye gets a block in.45:01
The game restarts for the second half.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Cheick Tiote leaves the field to be replaced by Ryan Taylor.45:00 +1:08 Half time
Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.45:00 +0:18
Unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Luke Moore results in a free kick. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.41:27
Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. Blocked by James Perch.40:25
Davide Santon is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Angel Rangel takes the free kick.38:54
Strike comes in from Gylfi Sigurdsson from the free kick, Tim Krul makes a save.38:54 Booking
Booking Mike Williamson booked.38:49
Unfair challenge on Luke Moore by Mike Williamson results in a free kick.38:13
The ball is delivered by Angel Rangel, James Perch manages to make a clearance.36:29
Unfair challenge on Ashley Williams by Demba Ba results in a free kick. Neil Taylor takes the direct free kick.33:05
Nathan Dyer concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.32:03
A cross is delivered by Angel Rangel.30:19
Ashley Williams fouled by Demba Ba, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Williams.29:20
Outswinging corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the left by-line played to the near post, Close range headed effort by Steven Caulker clears the crossbar.29:12
Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.27:19
Nathan Dyer produces a cross.22:28
Hatem Ben Arfa takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.20:11
Luke Moore challenges Mike Williamson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.19:57
Joe Allen takes a shot. Blocked by Cheick Tiote.19:51
Centre by Wayne Routledge, clearance made by Mike Williamson.18:38
Foul by Danny Simpson on Wayne Routledge, free kick awarded. Neil Taylor takes the free kick.16:27
Demba Ba takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Caulker.15:32
Joe Allen takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.13:56
Effort from the edge of the area by Angel Rangel goes wide of the right-hand upright.12:47
The referee blows for offside against Demba Ba. Indirect free kick taken by Leon Britton.11:59
Unfair challenge on James Perch by Luke Moore results in a free kick. Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.11:39
Angel Rangel delivers the ball, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.11:01
Wayne Routledge delivers the ball, clearance made by Davide Santon.6:06
Joe Allen challenges Cheick Tiote unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Hatem Ben Arfa, clearance by Angel Rangel.5:28
Unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer by Demba Ba results in a free kick. Angel Rangel takes the free kick.4:20
Yohan Cabaye provided the assist for the goal.4:20 Goal scored
Goal! - Papiss Cisse - Swansea 0 - 1 Newcastle Papiss Cisse scores a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Swansea 0-1 Newcastle.1:56
Gylfi Sigurdsson has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.0:00
The game gets underway.
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