Cisse goals save United boss Pardew for now
FOOTBALL: Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse kept Alan Pardew in a job for at least another couple of weeks with a fighting 2-2 draw at Swansea.
Twice the Magpies trailed, fuelling the groundswell of opposition against the manager and club owner Mike Ashley. Yet for the second time in a fortnight Cisse (pictured) struck twice, the first a touch of class and the second an instinctive finish, to claim a point and, more tellingly, save his manager's job.
Newcastle remains without a win from its first seven games and Pardew may not hang on much longer but at least there were signs of commitment.
Their players - and manager - are refusing to give up without a fight even in the face of a relentless tirade from the fans. The only surprise was that it took a full 12 minutes for the taunts to ring out. But the collective sigh of relief at the final whistle could surely be heard back in the north east.
The arrival of Sammy Ameobi off the bench was crucial in finding the second equaliser after Cisse struck just before half-time, though goalkeeper Tim Krul was just as key, twice superbly denying Wilfried Bony.
Bony put Swansea ahead with his first of the season and Wayne Routledge looked set to haunt Pardew, the man who sold him to Swansea, with his goal. But Swansea's Achilles heel for the past 12 months has been their failure to kill-off opponents and a habit of switching off.
Manager Garry Monk said: "We're disappointed because that was two points dropped.
"We were dominant but at times it was too easy for us to keep possession and we lost concentration.
"Both goals we conceded were soft but we should have won that game by a couple of goals."
In other games, Manchester City left it late to beat Aston Villa 2-0 at Villa Park to move to second, while Hull City beat Crystal Palace 2-0. Sunderland earned its first win with a 3-1 success over Stoke, while Liverpool beat West Brom 2-1 and Leicester and Burnley drew 2-2.