By Alan Duffy
Swansea City 0-2 Newcastle United – Premier League – 6th April 2012
In-form striker Papiss Demba Cissé kicked off the Easter top tier Programme with another virtuoso performance, this time at the Liberty Stadium.
The Senegalese striker made the most of his chances in a game which was totally dominated, in terms of possession anyway, by Swansea. Indeed, from the off, the home side looked fully in control. However, it only took the Magpies five minutes to open the scoring against the run of play, wtih Yohan Cabaye releasing Cissé who fired past Michel Vorm.
The Swans pushed for an equaliser, but despite all their possession and pretty passing, they rarely troubled Tim Krul in the Newcastle goal. Then, on 69 minutes, Cabaye once again found Cissé, with the African producing a stunning chip which sailed over Vorm and into the back of the Swansea net.
That goal made Cissé, according to the boffins at Opta, the player with the best minutes to goals rate in the entire history of the Premier League. It also secured a vital win for Alan Pardew’s men, who go fifth (two points behind Arsenal and Tottenham), at least for the time being.
Brendan Rodger’s side remain in a creditable 11th spot.