In-form Cisse inspires Toon again
Another brace from Papiss Cisse saw Newcastle climb to fifth in the Barclays Premier League as a 2-0 victory at Swansea gave them a fourth win in a row.
The in-form Senegal striker opened the scoring with a low shot in just the fifth minute, before sealing the win in the 69th minute by lofting over Michel Vorm for his ninth goal in just eight games.
Swansea, who suffered a third straight league loss for the first time since 2004, at times enjoyed almost a monopoly on possession but their lack of a genuine cutting edge was cruelly exposed by the Magpies.
Gylfi Sigurdsson, the Premier League Player of the Month for March, had their best chances but it was Cisse whose goalscoring prowess again stole the headlines.
His Liberty Stadium double was the former Freiburg man's third in consecutive games, and his form since his arrival in January has been key in Newcastle's best league run since April 2006.
The contest between Alan Pardew and Brendan Rodgers had been tipped as a clash between two potential winners of the manager of the season award.
But the ultimate difference between the sides was highlighted inside the opening five minutes.
Sigurdsson had an early chance for the hosts but he could only screw his shot wide.
And Newcastle showed how it should be done. Yohan Cabaye produced a classy first-time throughball to find Cisse and although Swansea keeper Vorm got a hand to the striker's low effort, he could not keep it out.
Swansea piled on the pressure on in search of an equaliser but it was Newcastle who doubled their advantage - Cabaye again combining with Cisse, with the striker delicately lofting the ball over Vorm and into the far corner while off balance.