NEWCASTLE, England — Swansea condemned Newcastle to an unwanted club record of seven straight Premier League defeats, beating the Magpies 3-2 at St James' Park on Saturday.
ÂNewcastle, which started the day just seven points clear of the relegation zone, went into first-half stoppage time leading through Ayoze Perez's 20th-minute strike. But the hosts surrendered their advantage before the break when striker Nelson Oliveira took advantage of weak defending to head home, and capitulated within five minutes of the restart as Gylfi Sigurdsson gave the visitors the lead.
ÂJack Cork put the eighth-place Swans further ahead in the 71st and, although Siem de Jong marked his return from an eight-month injury nightmare with an 87th-minute goal, he could not prevent his side from losing.
ÂThere were protests by home fans both before and during the game, with owner Mike Ashley the target of pre-arranged action in the 34th minute, drawing attention to the 34 million pounds ($51.6 million) the club banked during the last financial year.