We're still at the level where if we win the opposition must have 'had an off-day' or fielded a weakened team, just because it's a cliché that gets trotted out on a regular basis doesn't mean it's always wrong. Cissé and Cabaye in particular are two big players for Newcastle (Cissé scoring 13 goals from 39 shots last season and Cabaye coming top at Newcastle for Touches, Assists, Tackles and Interceptions - More details here).
That's far from saying Newcastle would have won this game with those two (and others including Coloccini), but it certainly didn't do Swansea any harm. Much has been made of Newcastle arguably making the most of their opportunities last season as the chart below hints at, despite being below average in terms of both possession and possession in the final third, they finished an impressive 5th.
|PL 2012 - Number of games where team makes more passes than opposition. Note Swansea in bottom right on their own, dominating possession last season but not final third possession|
|Take-ons by Team|
Michu's goal was his fourth headed goal of the season in the league and that compares to Swansea only scoring 7 headed goals in the league all of last season with Lita with 2 scoring the most.
Swansea's win sees them 7 points clear of the drop ahead of a mid-table clash with Liverpool, a visit from Champions League chasing West Brom and then a visit to highly talented but unpredictable Arsenal. As Laudrup himself has said, there are a lot of new Swansea players still bedding in, so there is every hope for even greater things to come.
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