Papiss Cisse scored another brace to rescue a point for Newcastle United in a 2-2 draw at Swansea City.
The Senegal striker was recalled to the Newcastle starting XI in place of Emmanuel Riviere and delivered once again with a fine double. Cisse had come off the bench and netted twice to salvage a 2-2 draw with Hull City at St James’ Park a fortnight ago, and replicated the feat with two clever finishes at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
Wilfried Bony, who came in to Swansea's team at the expense of Bafetimbi Gomis, opened the scoring in the 17th minute for the hosts. Cisse levelled shortly before half-time, but Wayne Routledge looked to have condemned his former club to defeat when he restored Swansea's lead.
But Newcastle refused to accept defeat and Cisse was their saviour, stealing in 15 minutes from time to seal a share of the spoils. Newcastle remain without a Barclays Premier League win this season, while Swansea have gone four top-flight matches without victory after winning their first three in the 2014/15 campaign.
It took until the 16th minute for Newcastle to craft the first opportunity of the match as Gabriel Obertan, who was recalled alongside Cisse as one of two changes by manager Alan Pardew, fired wide.
Newcastle were punished almost immediately by Bony, who slotted beyond Tim Krul following neat link-up play with Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The visitors dominated possession in their search for an equaliser but lacked a cutting edge for much of the first half. For all Newcastle's industry, Swansea could have doubled their lead in the 34th minute, but midfielder Ki Sung-yueng headed wide from Sigurdsson's free-kick with the goal at his mercy. Bony was denied by a brilliant save from Krul, the goalkeeper diving low to his left to keep out a volley.
Swansea paid the penalty for their profligacy in the 42nd minute when Cisse cleverly turned home Obertan's low delivery at the near post.
Yet Garry Monk's men retook the lead five minutes after the restart through Routledge. The winger latched on to a pass from Sigurdsson and lifted the ball over Krul.
In an attempt to regain momentum, Pardew brought on Riviere to partner Cisse up front, with Jack Colback making way. Swansea continued to create the better chances, Krul pulling off another wonderful save to prevent Bony from claiming a second.
Krul was rewarded for his heroics by Cisse, who prodded home a pinpoint right-wing cross from substitute Sammy Ameobi.
Sensing a spectacular comeback, Newcastle threw bodies forward in search of a winner. Cisse spurned the chance for a hat-trick and a winner late on as he shot over the crossbar with the goal seemingly gaping.
Swansea manager Garry Monk: "We should have won the game. The two times we didn't concentrate we were punished but one point is better than none.
"The possession was so easy that our concentration lapsed a little. We talked about managing the game properly but we didn't do it. We had chances to put the game to bed and didn't so we ran the risk of that happening."
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "The comeback showed great spirit and character. Swansea keep possession so well and it's difficult but we really dug in and carried a little more threat today.
"There's always pressure when you're behind in a game but it's my job to try and lift the players and make sure there's fight in their belly. The confidence will get better and this will give us belief. They've been good in training but you can see on the pitch that they are under a little bit of stress but they responded really well today."
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