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Pardew: Team 'gave me everything' for Swansea draw

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says the Magpies are a better team than they are showing at the moment, and 'confidence' and 'flare' will only come with a win.

Speaking after Newcastle's 2-2 draw away at Swansea, he said:

"One thing you have to analyse as a football manager is 'is the team giving you everything?'

"And I don't think our worst critic today could argue that they didn't give me everything today."

– Newcastle manager Alan Pardew

Two goals from Papiss Cisse to level the scores has eased the pressure on Pardew, amid mounting calls from fans for him to leave the club.

MORE: Match report - Cisse goals ease pressure on Pardew

Cisse goals ease pressure on Pardew

Cisse celebrates scoring his second goal against Swansea. Credit: PA

Papiss Cisse eased some of the pressure on under-fire Newcastle manager Alan Pardew as his second brace of the season secured a precious Barclays Premier League point as the Magpies drew 2-2 at Swansea.

Cisse was starting for the first time on Saturday 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.

Wayne Routledge scores Swansea's second goal against the Magpies. Credit: PA

Swansea twice took the lead through Wilfried Bony and Wayne Routledge, but the Senegal striker took advantage of some slack home marking to score Newcastle's first away goals in the top flight since March 1.

The Newcastle fans voiced their displeasure at both Pardew and owner Mike Ashley - who was present at the Liberty Stadium - regularly during an entertaining contest, with the visitors desperately short of confidence and still seeking their first win of the league campaign.

Swansea had made their best start to a Premier League campaign but they had gone three games without a win and it showed as both sides took time to settle.

An early spell of shadow boxing ended when Gabriel 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 for his first goal since scoring for the Ivory Coast at the World Cup in Brazil.

It was also Sigurdsson's fifth assist of a productive Premier League season but from a Newcastle perspective their defence had been breached far too easily.

Shelvey's delicate chip cleared Krul's crossbar following some slick Swans approach play and the hosts almost doubled their advantage after 38 minutes.

Another free-flowing move had threatened to break down but Sigurdsson helped it onto Nathan Dyer and he beat his marker Paul Dummett with ease.

Dyer's cross found Bony but Krul produced an excellent save to divert his volley wide at the expense of a corner.

Newcastle had barely functioned as an attacking force but two minutes before half-time 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.

Pardew acknowledges the fans at the Liberty stadium. Credit: PA

Swansea responded immediately with Bony seeing a shot blocked by his skipper Williams before driving a fierce effort over, but Newcastle's luck held only until five minutes into the second half.

Sigurdsson 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.

Krul came rushing off his line but Routledge nonchalantly beat him with a delightful chip to restore Swansea's lead.

Newcastle 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.

Bony was almost on the scoresheet again when he met Dyer's centre sweetly and Krul pulled a save from right out of the top drawer.

And that stop proved more important moments later when substitute Sammy Ameobi evaded the challenge of Federico Fernandez and crossed for Cisse to volley home from close range.

Cisse 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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Fans pile pressure on Pardew at Swansea

Newcastle fans are piling the pressure on Alan Pardew to leave as the Magpies trail Swansea 2 -1.

Magpie fans make their feelings known at Swansea. Credit: PA
Newcastle United fans hold up SackPardew.com banners during the Barclays Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. Credit: PA

Supporters of the club looking for its first win this season held up 'Sack Pardew' signs as owner Mike Ashley looked on from the stands.

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley (right) and Chief executive Lee Charnley in the stands during the Barclays Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. Credit: PA

Papiss Cisse equalised for Newcastle in the first half but a goal from Wayne Routledge has put Swansea ahead again.

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Papiss Cisse celebrates scoring his first half goal. Credit: PA

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Swansea wish Jonas Gutierrez well on big screen

Swansea sent a 'get well soon' message to Jonas Gutierrez ahead of their match against Newcastle.

There was applause around the home side's Liberty Stadium for the Newcastle midfielder, who announced last month that he has testicular cancer.

Ashley doubles his stake in Rangers with £4.26m shares

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley in the stands during the Barclays Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke on Trent. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA

Mike Ashley, the Sports Direct tycoon and Newcastle United owner, has emerged as the mystery buyer behind the purchase of a 5.23% stake which was completed on his behalf by Paris-based BNP Paribas Arbitrage SNC.

According to share information on the Rangers International Football Club plc website, Ashley is now the third largest shareholder behind Laxey Partners (16.32%) and Artemis (9.95%), although football club director Sandy Easdale holds voting rights of more than 26% of the shares.

Ashley's move comes weeks after he stated to the London Stock Exchange that he was not taking part in a share offer which was open to all existing Rangers shareholders. The board had hoped to raise about £4million but fell almost £1million short, with half of the new income quickly going out of Ibrox to repay loans.

Ashley bought his latest batch of shares for 20p each - the same price at which they were on sale for in the open offer.

Speculation surrounding his intentions for Rangers, and the possible problems caused by football rules regarding influence at more than one club, forced Ashley to reaffirm his commitment to Newcastle last month.

A club statement on 12th September added: "For the avoidance of doubt, this means that for the remainder of this season and at least until the end of next season, Mike Ashley will not, under any circumstances, sell Newcastle United at any price."

Alan Pardew determined to fight on

Alan Pardew isn't ready to throw in the towel at Newcastle United. The Magpies Manager is under increasing pressure on Tyneside, with the team one place off the bottom of the premier league and many Newcastle fans openly calling for his head.

Today, as he looked forward to Saturday's vital game at Swansea, Pardew confirmed he's grateful for the continued support of Magpies Owner Mike Ashley and there are no plans for face to face talks before the weekend.

Pardew says he's totally focused on getting a win at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, but he admits the personal nature of the criticism is hard to deal with.

'Sack Pardew' campaigners take to St James' Park

A man distributes 'SackPardew' leaflets Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
The campaigners even have their own van advert Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Campaigners hold up a banner Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

'SackPardew' campaigners have handed out tens of thousands of leaflets, and taken banners into St James' Park to express their frustration with the Newcastle United manager.

The group planned to hold up banners and leaflets in the fifth minute of the game to highlight that manager Alan Pardew has only won five games this calendar year.

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