Newcastle 1-2 Swansea
You're Newcastle United. You've lost your last four games and are moments away from avoiding a fifth. It's the 91st minute. So why, Cheick Tiote, why oh why do you go and do a stupid thing like clatter Marvin Emnes in the box? The Ivorian is the only one who knows what went through his head before his daft lunge cost the Magpies a point, but Alan Pardew probably won't want to know.
Tiote's 'moment' perhaps won't come as too much of a surprise to Newcastle fans, but their midfielder often defies his lively reputation. The Ivorian enforcer is generally steady in possession (although at only 82% here), and in this game he was defensively strong with 5/7 tackles won, 16 balls recovered in midfield (that's a helluva lot, by the way), 3 clearances completed and a couple of aerial duels won.
Slightly ahead of him, Dan Gosling was heavily involved too, clocking a whopping 8 interceptions and winning 6/8 tackles. But the duo's good defensive work was undone, and Newcastle's slide continues. How To Ruin Everything by Cheick Tiote, in shops soon.
But what a day it could have been for Geordie favorite Shola Ameobi. Loic Remy was unfit to start (but did come on eventually), and the fabled Mackem Slayer was on hand to notch his second goal in 55 games (fifty-five, sorry Shola) and give his side the lead. He tested Michel Vorm with 2/3 efforts, carved out 2 chances for team-mates, and, most impressively, was beaten only 3 times in 12 aerial battles. Nigeria boss Stephen Keshi won't have minded what he saw.