SWANSEA, Wales — Papiss Cisse eased some of the pressure on Newcastle manager Alan Pardew after his second brace of the season secured a precious Premier League point as the Magpies drew 2-2 at Swansea on Saturday.
Newcastle remained in the relegation zone with four points from seven games, while Swansea is provisionally fourth.
ÂCisse was starting for the first time since fracturing a patella in April and he repeated his two-goal show against Hull last month when he came on as a substitute to stun Garry Monk's side at the Liberty Stadium.
ÂSwansea twice took the lead through Wilfried Bony and Wayne Routledge, but Senegal striker Cisse took advantage of some slack home marking to score Newcastle's first away goals in the top flight since March 1.
ÂNewcastle fans voiced their displeasure at both Pardew and owner Mike Ashley — who was present at the match — regularly during an entertaining contest, with the visitors desperately short of confidence and still seeking their first win of the league campaign.
ÂSwansea had made its best start to a Premier League campaign but had gone three games without a win and it showed as both sides took time to settle.
ÂGabriel Obertan fired just wide and the chance seemed to spur Swansea into action at the other end. Bony played Ki Sung-yueng's pass to Gylfi Sigurdsson and a simple one-two saw the Ivorian bear down on goal and slot home pass Tim Krul.
ÂNewcastle had barely functioned as an attacking force but two minutes before halftime Obertan got the better of Neil Taylor and Cisse stole across Ashley Williams at the near post to beat Lukasz Fabianski in the Swansea goal.
ÂSwansea responded immediately with Bony seeing a shot blocked before driving a fierce effort over, but Newcastle's luck held only until five minutes into the second half.
ÂSigurdsson held off Moussa Sissoko, perhaps too forcefully for Pardew's liking, to slip a pass into Routledge's path with Dummett playing him onside in the left-back position.
ÂKrul came rushing off his line but Routledge nonchalantly beat him with a delightful chip to restore Swansea's lead.
ÂNewcastle were making little attacking headway and came close to conceding a third when Sigurdsson's back heel found Bony and the Ivorian just failed to keep his chip under Krul's bar.
ÂBony was almost on the scoresheet again when he met Nathan Dyer's pass and Krul did well to save.
ÂCisse almost completed his hat trick with 10 minutes remaining when Emmanuel Riviere's blocked shot fell to him inside the six-yard area but he couldn't maintain his balance and the chance was lost.
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