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Hatem Ben Arfa to return for Newcastle against Sunderland

Ben Arfa could return to bench for Benfica… and is set to take on Sunderland in derby

By
Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

09:30 GMT, 9 April 2013

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UPDATED:

23:04 GMT, 9 April 2013

Newcastle United midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa could make a shock return to the bench for tomorrow's Europa League tie with Benfica.

The France midfielder, who has missed the last month with a recurrence of the hamstring injury which has hampered most of his season, was originally ruled out for the rest of the campaign by manager Alan Pardew.

But Ben Arfa, who suffered the injury in Moscow last month, has given Pardew a welcome boost as the Toon boss contemplates whether to field his strongest side for the European quarter-final, which Portuguese league leaders Benfica lead 3-1 from last week's first leg at the Stadium of Light, or for Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby at St James's Park.

Swagger: Hatem Ben Arfa is Newcastle's most talented player

Swagger: Hatem Ben Arfa is Newcastle's most talented player

Captain Fabricio Coloccini and France
international defender Mathieu Debuchy are also in line for comebacks
from injury in Sunday's North East while Yohan Cabaye, who suffered a
foot injury in Sunday's win over Fulham, is unlikely to be risked
against Benfica so he will be fit to face Sunderland.

Ben Arfa had a short run-out at St
James' on Sunday ahead of the Fulham clash and has made excellent
progress under the watchful eye of Pardew's medical team, and a
consultant from France.

Pardew said: 'He thinks he is now 100
per cent and we are treating him as that. He is running and there could
be a cameo against Sunderland.

'He has a week's work and if he gets through that he could be involved.'

With a sell-out expected at St James'
tomorrow night, the Newcastle boss has warned supporters they will need
to be patient to help the team through a testing night.

Alan Pardew

Paolo Di Canio

Touchline passion: Both Alan Pardew and Paolo Di Canio will be targeting three points on Sunday

Benfica, who lead Porto in their
domestic league, are unbeaten in 30 games but face a Newcastle side who
have not in 13 European home games – 24 if the Intertoto Cup defeat to
Deportivo La Coruna more than 10 years ago is discounted.

Pardew added: 'We just need to get
ourselves in a good position. If we can get a goal with 20 minutes to go
we can do it. That's the agenda for me.

'Our fans need to understand we go
gung-ho for two goals we are just going to get killed. They have real
quality on the break and we have got to be very intelligent and
patient.'

Sunderland head coach Paolo Di Canio
has no fresh injury worries for the weekend, although he must find a
central midfield replacement for Craig Gardner who is suspended after
picking up his 10th booking at Chelsea on Sunday.

The former Birmingham City midfielder blamed former Newcastle striker Demba Ba for his caution.

'It was not a yellow card,' Gardner said of the challenge which many felt could have earned a red.

'He just rolled around and forced the booking.'

Newcastle vow to keep spending big as scout Graham Carr"s search for new talent goes on

Newcastle vow to keep spending big with super scout Carr scouring the globe (possibly in disguise) for new talent

By
Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

23:06 GMT, 27 March 2013

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UPDATED:

23:29 GMT, 27 March 2013

Newcastle United have vowed to keep spending and scour Europe for new talent after re-entering the world's top 20 spenders.

And managing director Derek Llambias says chief scout Graham Carr, the man responsible for Newcastle's successful forays into France, may have to travel in disguise in his personal bid to find the best the continent has to offer.

His comments came after Newcastle announced they made a profit for the second year running in their financial figures, released yesterday. The figure of 1.4million is significantly down on last year's 32.6million, but that was largely down to Andy Carroll's 35million sale to Liverpool.

Classy: France international Yohan Cabaye has proved a superb signing

Classy: France international Yohan Cabaye has proved a superb signing

Disguise needed Newcastle's Graham Carr

Disguise needed Newcastle's Graham Carr

Newcastle, who are back among the game's big-spenders after increasing turnover by 5.4 per cent to 93.3million, increased their wage bill to 64.1million. But that 20 per cent rise is thanks to the addition of players Yohan Cabaye, Papiss Cisse, Davide Santon, Sylvain Marveaux and the recently departed Demba Ba.

Even after adding five more French players to their squad in January, Llambias has vowed to continue backing manager Alan Pardew, and the judgement of Carr in their summer's transfer window.

Although he admitted the Newcastle chief scout may have to go disguised as comedian son Alan to see off competition from Barclays Premier League rivals.

Scouted: Papiss Cisse was a surprise signing but has also impressed

Scouted: Papiss Cisse was a surprise signing but has also impressed

Llambias said: 'I think Graham Carr has more company when he is out there. He's not wearing a disguise just yet but definitely has more company. If he started wearing glasses, he would start looking like his son, Alan.

'There is still money available. There are several positions we are looking at. Next year, we will have the TV money. There is a budget to spend.

'But our transfer policy remains the same. No trophy buys. Basically, we will continue our model as it is. It works so we won't break it.

Healthy profit: Newcastle received a good fee for Demba Ba from Chelsea

Healthy profit: Newcastle received a good fee for Demba Ba from Chelsea

'We are actively looking at players and have been since October. All over Europe. It's not just France. That's been a good market for us but there are only so many you can get from there.

'There is again a profit this year and we are pleased with any profit, considering where we were in 08-09 to where we are now. It is a huge difference and we have increased the size of the squad in the meantime. We are definitely going in the right direction. We had a 17million operating loss in our first year.'

Newcastle"s Yohan Cabaye talks about his battle with depression

Cabaye reveals battle with depression and how words from Wilkinson and Nadal helped him bounce back

. It was then depression caught up with him.

Cabaye told L’Equipe: ‘Depression I am not afraid to say that. It was that.

Back to his best: Yohan Cabaye has struggled to recapture his brilliant first year, until now

Back to his best: Yohan Cabaye has struggled to recapture his brilliant first year, until now

‘I was reassured reading the books of Jonny Wilkinson and Rafael Nadal, who both talked about the same thing. They talked about post competition depression and the need to have a break.

‘Euro 2012 was the first big international competition I had played. It is completely different than what you could experience in daily life with your club.

‘My season was long in a league where the pace is higher than in Le Championnat. I started with Newcastle early in July 2011 and finished late in June 2012 and, for the very first time, I didn’t have any winter break so then to resume in July 2012, it was very difficult.

Fatigue: Cabaye suffered the effects of the domestic season when he joined up with France for Euro 2012

Fatigue: Cabaye suffered the effects of the domestic season when he joined up with France for Euro 2012

'Maybe it is difficult to start again after a big competition such as the Euros, but my body didn’t allow me to do what I wanted to do.

‘On a morning when I woke up, I could still feel tiredness. I wanted to think about something else rather than football.’

Cabaye believes that rather than a curse, his groin injury at the end of last year helped reignite his time at Newcastle.

‘I am lucky to earn a living with my passion, but it was the right moment for a break. So my groin injury at the end of the year was finally not such a bad thing. Maybe that is why I was back earlier than expected.

Help: Books by Jonny Wilkinson and Rafael Nadal helped Cabaye combat his depression

Help: Books by Jonny Wilkinson and Rafael Nadal helped Cabaye combat his depression

Help: Books by Jonny Wilkinson and Rafael Nadal helped Cabaye combat his depression

‘I asked myself a lot of questions. As long as you didn’t experience it (depression) you cannot understand. But I was not worried.

‘My injury allowed me to have some rest, meet my family and friends in Lille. When I was back in Newcastle in December I knew I felt better.’

Newcastle set to bid 9m for Ajax"s Siem de Jong

EXCLUSIVE: Newcastle plot bold 9m swoop for Ajax playmaker De Jong

: Scores 13 goals as Ajax win the title

2012: Named in provisional Holland squad for Euro 2012 but does not make final 23

2012: Takes over club captaincy as Jan Vertonghen joins Tottenham

2012: Scores three goals in two games to help knock Man City out of the Champions League

Ajax appearances: 196. Goals: 64.

He has two years remaining on his Ajax contract and while wages wont be a problem to Newcastle, sources in Holland say he is eager to run down his deal and move on a free.

Pardew and his team of scouts will have to overcome that and convince him now is the time to move to the Premier League.

Pardew is planning a push for the Champions League places next season and wants to pack his team with more quality. It is understood he is particularly keen to link De Jong with French midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

Pardew also wants to show Cabaye – missing for much of the season with injury – that Newcastle are prepared to buy big.

Money talks: Pardew hopes to make a statement with the signing of De Jong

Money talks: Pardew hopes to make a statement with the signing of De Jong

With QPR winning the race to sign of French forward Loic Remy from Marseille, the move for the much-wanted De Jong is Pardew’s next move.

De Jong is being pursued by German Bundesliga clubs and his brother, Luuk already plays for Borussia Monchengladbach.

VIDEO Siem de Jong's best moments at Ajax

Demba Ba and Simon Mignolet among frontrunners for North East player of the year – Northern Exposure

Has Demba set the Ba highest or has Mignolet pulled out all the stops Player of the year crown up for grabs

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UPDATED:

16:26 GMT, 19 December 2012

The voting slips will go out for the North East player of 2012 this week.

And although anyone from Newcastle United, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool United, Carlisle United and even Darlington has a chance, there are of course a few leading candidates.

But only a few.

For the first half of the season, you could take your pick of the Newcastle squad, while there were a couple of worthy candidates at Sunderland. The second half is less clear cut. It hasn’t been a great six months.

Partners in time Newcastle strikers Demba Ba (left) and Papiss Cisse (right)

Partners in time Newcastle strikers Demba Ba (left) and Papiss Cisse (right)

Newcastle’s No 1 is Tim Krul and the young Dutchman has been arguably the most consistent performer for Alan Pardew at both ends of the Barclays Premier League.

Handed the opportunity, if not the actual shirt, by Pardew at the start of last season, Krul was simply outstanding behind a Newcastle back four which had to contend with the loss of Steven Taylor for most of 2012.

Not only has he proved himself an excellent shot-stopper when it counts, Krul has a real presence about him, and a confidence which is an absolute necessity in any top flight goalkeeper. He has kept Steve Harper out of the side, and has earned the right to be named Newcastle No 1 now.

And he has maintained it throughout the year. If it had not been for Krul, and, admittedly, some very un-world-class finishing, Manchester City would have been even more rampant last week but Krul, using his whole body, kept the champions at bay.

Sorely missed: Yohan Cabaye's injury has deprived Newcastle of a top midfielder

Sorely missed: Yohan Cabaye's injury has deprived Newcastle of a top midfielder

The current player of the year is Fabricio Coloccini, who has had another excellent year – or nine months at least.

Another man who makes his presence felt in the Newcastle side, as both centre-back and captain, the Argentina international was the undoubted leader of the team which finished fifth last season.

Very little got past him, but he has struggled on occasions this season, particularly when he has perhaps not been fully fit, and even dared to make a few mistakes. Perhaps he has been trying too hard. Taylor is suffering another long-term injury and has been missed over the last two months and at times Coloccini has been doing two players’ jobs. When he concentrates on one, there are not many better centre-backs in the Premier League.

Cheick Tiote is a replication of his skipper.

Another essential component of the Newcastle team, he was near faultless at times last season, and even his disciplinary problems, which are very much on-going, can be overlooked. He likes a tackle, he likes to win the ball and keep it and when he is suspended, he is sorely missed.

Tim Krul

Simon Mignolet

No 1's to watch: Tim Krul (left) and Sunderland's Simon Mignolet (right)

But like Coloccini, Tiote has not reached the standards he set when he first joined the club, never mind of last season. He has missed his tackles and given the ball away. Hit by injury that kept him out for the first two months, he has struggled to find his rhythm and exert his influence on matches for Newcastle. There were indications against Manchester City that he is getting back to his best.

Sadly Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa were both missing against City, and will be absent for the difficult Christmas period.

Cabaye is just a very good footballer, which he proved in his first English league season, and then in the European Championship finals for France. His injury was a real blow to Pardew and Newcastle.

He is very nearly the perfect midfielder because he can do just about everything, tackle, score, pass to keep possession or open a chasm in the opposition’s defence. No wonder Manchester United and Arsenal have been eyeing him with envy until his knee injury.

Hot and cold: Stephane Sessegnon has failed to hit the heights of last season

Hot and cold: Stephane Sessegnon has failed to hit the heights of last season

Ben Arfa meanwhile has the wow factor, as his brilliant goals against Blackburn and Bolton highlighted. Newcastle supporters, brought up on Waddle, Ginola and Robert, love him. He wins matches when he is at his best, and he has been at his best for most of the year.

And that brings us finally to Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse.

Alan Shearer raised questions about their partnership on Match of the Day and the former No 9 is not the first critic to notice that the pair don’t seem to be able actually to play together, score in the same games and show any sort of telepathy as a front pair. Pardew, for the moment, is reluctant to pick them in that role.

Fans have been asking quite openly if they even like each other – which was never an issue for Sheringham and Cole at Manchester United but has led to very different halves of the year in their case.

Cisse was on fire when he first signed, scoring an incredible 13 goals in 14 games. This season he has two in 15, and to go back to the City game again, he blasted his side’s best chance of an equaliser with a dreadful wild shot. It was an opportunity he took for fun last season, as his wonderful two goals at Chelsea demonstrated.

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Ba had scored 15 before his fellow Senegal international arrived, and added just one more after January. This season, he has certainly re-discovered his pre-Christmas touch, with 11 goals so far. Newcastle need him to stay, and to keep scoring.

If you could put Ba and Cisse together as one player, he’d win the award by a mile. Putting them together as a partnership is a priority for their manager.

Like Krul, Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet has seized his opportunity to be No 1 with two very safe hands.

The Belgium keeper, who like the Newcastle man faces stiff competition to be the regular first choice for his country, has had to be consistent to keep Keiren Westwood out of Martin O’Neill’s team.

And the fact his error against West Brom was the first he has really made since Westwood’s New Year’s Day illness speaks volumes for his consistency and performances. Historically, Sunderland supporters like their goalkeepers and Mignolet could be up there with the best over time.

He has certainly been O’Neill’s best performer over the 12 months, although others have had their moments.

James McClean was sensational in his first season but has inevitably found it tougher this campaign. Defenders know how to play against him and perseverance alone has not been enough. But O’Neill has preserved, confident he can hit the heights again.

He has done the same with Stephane Sessegnon whose form last season I put up with the best ever seen in a Sunderland player. There have been too many games this season when it’s hard to believe it is actually the same footballer. But like Ben Arfa, he wins and changes matches. Sunderland need the real Sessegnon to step up now.

It says something about Sunderland’s current woes that new signings Danny Rose and Steven Fletcher have been their best outfield players. Sadly for them, it won’t be enough to claim the coveted North East award whose roll-call includes Shearer, Quinn, Phillips, Given, Keegan, Beardsley, Juninho, Ferdinand and Allon.

Who is it going to be this year

Alan Pardew says he has Newcastle board backing

Pardew believes he has Toon board backing despite being close to unwanted record

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 2 December 2012

Alan Pardew has got the backing from the Newcastle United boardroom to turn things around as he bids to avoid setting an unwanted record on Monday night.

If Wigan leave St James’ Park with all three points then Pardew will have become the first Newcastle boss to suffer five Premier League defeats in a row.

But a frustrated Pardew is confident the encouragement he has from owner Mike Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias can help bring the winning feeling back to Tyneside.

Backing: Alan Pardew said he thinks the board have supported him

Backing: Alan Pardew said he thinks the board have supported him

The Newcastle boss, whose side sit just two points above the bottom three, said: ‘The word from the boardroom is concern. We want to get going again and obviously to do well. They’ve given me massive support this week in trying to help me get the result I want, almost asking me what can they do for me

‘At the minute there’s not much they can do for me if truth be known. Little things here and there we talked about could help but they’ve been very forthcoming in that.’

Pardew is expecting to dip in to the transfer market when the window opens next month but a string of injuries to key players means he is not yet sure what areas of his squad needs strengthening the most.

He will welcome striker Shola Ameobi back to his bench tonight after groin trouble. The likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor headline a long list of absentees.

Pardew, who only signed an eight-year contract in September, said: ‘Unfortunately for us we’ve had a real turn of events in terms of injuries.

Assistance: Papiss Cisse could help Pardew avoid the record

Assistance: Papiss Cisse could help Pardew avoid the record

'I can’t think of a Premier League team in the last couple of years that has suffered as badly as we have in terms of key players. You can almost look in every position.

‘People are asking me about the window and what am I going to do but you could argue we’re weak in every position through injury. In my view the January window isn’t something we can focus on at the minute in terms of a target.

‘We have to keep our eye on every position and make sure that in January we react to who we get back because one or two will come back, for sure.’

Yohan Cabaye has operation on groin

Newcastle star Cabaye goes under the knife again in bid to cure troublesome groin

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UPDATED:

17:47 GMT, 26 November 2012

Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye faces his second groin operation in two days on Tuesday.

The France international released a statement from his hospital bed today to say the first part of his surgery has been successful and he expects to go under the knife again.

In Toon: Cabaye has undergone surgery in Paris

In Toon: Cabaye has undergone surgery in Paris

Cabaye, who is ruled out until the
New Year, said: 'A recurring pain (forced) me to get operated on my
abdominal wall. There will be two steps in the surgery. The first on
November 26, the second will happen the day after. I will let you know
about my recovery as often as possible. I'll do my best to get back on
my feet as soon as possible.'

Former Lille midfielder Cabaye was one of several Newcastle players who missed the defeat at Southampton on Sunday.

Manager Alan Pardew will still be
without Hatem Ben Arfa for Wednesday night's visit to Stoke City but
captain Fabricio Coloccini will return from his three-match ban.

Alan Pardew"s bleak outlook as Newcastle are stretched to the limit

Pardew's bleak outlook as Newcastle are stretched to the limit

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21:40 GMT, 18 November 2012

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is facing his biggest challenge since the day he walked in as Chris Hughton's successor.

His team have won just one of their
last seven Barclays Premier League games and their 2-1 defeat by Swansea
was their second successive home setback.

Tough times: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

Tough times: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

A difficult fixture list looms in December. The squad is stretched and Newcastle's only major signing in the summer was midfielder Vurnon Anita from Ajax for 6million.

Yohan Cabaye may need a groin operation and a two-month lay-off and while Jonas Gutierrez will be back sooner than expected, influential skipper Fabricio Coloccini still has to serve one more game of a three-match suspension.

Pardew has had to turn to untried players but the likes of Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Shane Ferguson, Sylvain Marveaux, Gael Bigirimana and Romain Amalfitano have shown only glimpses of their talent. Also, they have not come from behind in a Premier League game since winning at West Ham in October 2010.

But the January transfer window can address fans' concerns about failing to build on last season's success. Pardew said: 'I can only think of one occasion when I have had everyone to pick and that was Sunderland, when I had all my senior players.

'We need our best players back. We have two tough away games (Southampton and Stoke), but there is no reason why we can't win them.'

Newcastle 1 Swansea 2 – match report

Newcastle 1 Swansea 2: Michu and De Guzman put profligate Magpies in a flap

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16:52 GMT, 17 November 2012

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UPDATED:

17:08 GMT, 17 November 2012

Michu set Swansea on the road to victory at Newcastle as the misfiring Magpies slipped to a second home defeat in seven days.

On a day when the home side were prevented from fielding their own big-money frontman Papiss Cisse because of a wrangle with the Senegal Football Federation, the depth of Alan Pardew's squad was exposed once again.

A team shorn of Cisse, the suspended Fabricio Coloccini and the injured Yohan Cabaye and Jonas Gutierrez once again failed to score in a home game and allowed three points to slip tamely from their grasp.

Not this time: Swansea's Ashley Williams thwarts Demba Ba

Not this time: Swansea's Ashley Williams thwarts Demba Ba

Match facts

NEWCASTLE: Krul, Simpson (Bigirimana 73), Taylor, Williamson, Santon, Ben Arfa, Anita, Tiote, Ferguson (Shola Ameobi 45), Sammy Ameobi (Marveaux 78), Ba. Subs not used: Elliot, Amalfitano, Tavernier, Abeid.

Goals: Ba 90

Booked: Santon

SWANSEA: Tremmel, Rangel, Williams, Monk, Davies, Britton, De Guzman, Dyer (Routledge 61), Michu (Graham 81), Hernandez, Shechter (Agustien 65). Subs not used: Cornell, Chico, Moore, Tiendalli.

Goals: Michu 58, De Guzman 87

Booked: Britton, Shechter, Rangel

Referee: Phil Dowd

Att: 49,403

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Last Sunday it was West Ham, this time Swansea were the beneficiaries.

Newcastle had chances – Hatem Ben
Arfa was denied a spectacular first-half opener by Swans goalkeeper
Gerhard Tremmel – and Demba Ba, who struck in injury time, was guilty of
a series of costly earlier misses.

However, the visitors were more than a
match for their hosts and were good value for their win, which was
secured by Michu's 58th-minute header and a second from Jonathan de
Guzman three minutes from time.

There were boos on the final whistle
from sections of the home fans among a crowd of 49,403, with memories of
last season's champagne football increasingly distant amid a run of
seven Barclays Premier League games which has brought just one victory.

Cisse, who scored both goals in a 2-0
win at the Liberty Stadium last season, was conspicuous by his absence
after Senegal carried through their threat to invoke FIFA's five-day
rule following his failure to report for international duty because of
injury.

Tough tussle: Newcastle's Danny Simpson tangles with Nathan Dyer (left)

Tough tussle: Newcastle's Danny Simpson tangles with Nathan Dyer (left)

That, combined with Pardew's other
selection problems, gave something of a make-do-and-mend look to the
team and perhaps understandably, they were disjointed.

The system with which they began was
nominally 4-4-1-1, but at times, resembled more like 2-1-5-1-1 with
right-back Danny Simpson repeatedly finding himself more advanced than
winger Ben Arfa, and holding midfielder Cheick Tiote frequently
out-numbered as Swansea broke at pace.

Michu, employed behind lone striker
Itay Shechter, caused all kinds of problems as the home side struggled
to pick him up, and on more than one occasion central defender Mike
Williamson was left chasing shadows as a result of the Spaniard's
intelligent movement.

Cutting edge: But Ba's scissor kick goes just wide

Cutting edge: But Ba's scissor kick goes just wide

The visitors might have struck the
first blow when Nathan Dyer scuffed a sixth-minute shot across the face
of goal, and Tim Krul was relieved to clutch Pablo Hernandez's
long-range effort to his midriff four minutes later.

Michu tested the Dutchman from distance with a curling left-footed effort with the Magpies short of inspiration.

However, as Ben Arfa picked up the
baton, they gradually started to force their way into the game. The
Frenchman blasted a right-footed effort into the side-netting and
delivered a 27th-minute cross which Ba glanced just wide.

Poacher: Michu (left) heads home to give Swansea the lead at St James' Park

Poacher: Michu (left) heads home to give Swansea the lead at St James' Park

Going nowhere: Hatem Ben Arfa (right) nips in to take the ball from Swansea's Ben Davies

Going nowhere: Hatem Ben Arfa (right) nips in to take the ball from Swansea's Ben Davies

But it took a fine one-handed save by
Tremmel to keep out Ben Arfa's fizzing left-footed strike after he cut
inside 12 minutes before the break.

As Newcastle pressed forward, the
Swans took advantage of the space they left behind them and Krul had to
save twice from Shechter in quick succession with his defence in
disarray.

But he would have been helpless had
Michu managed to hit the target with a 41st-minute header after the
Israeli had combined with Hernandez down the left.

Danny Simpson had to get in a vital
clearing header after Dyer had caught the Magpies flat-footed with a
quickly-taken free-kick after the restart.

Arms race: Newcastle's Sammy Ameobi (right) fends off Jonathan De Guzman

Arms race: Newcastle's Sammy Ameobi (right) fends off Jonathan De Guzman

Stout defending: Cheick Tiote (right) is halted by Swansea's Miguel Michu

Stout defending: Cheick Tiote (right) is halted by Swansea's Miguel Michu

Ba scuffed a volley after superbly
controlling Davide Santon's cross on his chest and then Vurnon Anita
almost capped good inter-play between the Ameobi brothers when he
drilled inches over the top from 25 yards.

The chances were starting to come
thick and fast and Ba might have scored twice inside a minute, first
side-footing wastefully wide from Sammy Ameobi's driven cross and then
shooting straight at Tremmel after being played in by Ben Arfa.

But Swansea should really have been
in front 10 minutes into the second half when Hernandez broke down the
left and squared for Shechter, who took his time, but blasted a
right-footed shot over.

Too little, too late: Ba (2nd left) watches his header cross the goal line

Too little, too late: Ba (2nd left) watches his header cross the goal line

Krul had to dive to his right two
minutes later to turn away Hernandez's strike, but there was nothing he
could do seconds later when the same man latched onto his poor clearance
and crossed for Michu to head firmly into the bottom corner.

Ba headed a 64th-minute Tiote cross
towards goal, but without the power to trouble Tremmel, and then could
not react quickly enough to direct Shola Ameobi's driven cross on target
three minutes later.

The Magpies were demonstrating
little composure in front of goal, and were grateful to see Michu
uncharacteristically do the same to miscue Hernandez's 76th-minute cross
wide.

But the sting in the tail arrived
three minutes from time when Krul could only parry substitute Danny
Graham's shot and De Guzman smashed home the rebound from a tight angle,
making Ba's late header after substitute Sylvain Marveaux had struck
the bar practically irrelevant.

Pensive: Michael Laudrup

Pensive: Alan Pardew

Pensive: Swansea manager Michael Laudrup and counterpart Alan Pardew

Close call: Ba rues a chance that got away

Close call: Ba rues a chance that got away

Papiss Cisse could miss Newcastle v Swansea

Senegal could block Cisse from facing Swansea after striker missed international

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 15 November 2012

Newcastle United are hoping to get clearance on Friday for striker Papiss Cisse to face Swansea City this weekend after a row with Senegal’s FA.

The African nation are ready to block Cisse’s involvement after he missed their friendly in Niger with a back injury.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who is hoping the 27-year-old will be fit to face Swansea, insists the club sent off details of the problem which forced him off at half-time in last weekend’s defeat to West Ham.

Doubt: Papiss Cisse (centre) could miss Newcastle's match with Swansea

Doubt: Papiss Cisse (centre) could miss Newcastle's match with Swansea

The Senegal FA say they have not received the e-mails and have threatened to invoke FIFA’s five-day rule, which would keep Cisse out of Saturday’s clash at St James’s Park.

Pardew said: 'We have a bit of an issue going on with the federation.

'We feel we have covered all the bases to give them the information, but they seem not to have received it, so we are in discussions with Senegal and the FA about his availability for Saturday.

'I want to be diplomatic. I don’t want to fall out with Senegal. Hopefully the communication lines will come together and we can put it right. We have Demba and Papiss so we don’t want this.

'It is not an ideal scenario leading up to a game when a guy we are trying to get to hit his best form has this over him.

'We need to create more opportunities
for him. We are trying to work on procedures in the team, more chances
for him. I think he will find his best form and his form is mirroring
the team a little bit.’

Main man: Steven Taylor will captain Newcastle on Saturday

Main man: Steven Taylor will captain Newcastle on Saturday

Midfielders Yohan Cabaye and Jonas Gutierrez are both ruled out as well as suspended captain Fabricio Coloccini but Cheick Tiote is back from suspension.

Pardew said centre-back Steven Taylor will captain the side for the first time in the absence of Coloccini and his deputy Gutierrez, who has a knee injury.

He added: 'It’s good for Steven and in light of England this week, this will give him the extra profile because I think he should be in and around that team. He needs to get a few games under his belt. I think he is maturing.

'He is a player comfortable with the ball, he can step in to midfield and make a quality pass. He can also do all of the things that you want a centre-half to do. He can pass, tackle, head a ball. The problem he has had with England is injuries and he needs to stay fit.’