On This Day | Bony brace beats Toon
Wilfried Bony’s stoppage-time penalty saw Swansea City earn a dramatic victory over Newcastle United on April 19, 2014.
Having earlier cancelled out Shola Ameobi’s first-half effort for the hosts, the Ivorian calmly beat Tim Krul from 12 yards out as Garry Monk’s side took a huge stride towards securing their Premier League status.
The Swans arrived at St James’ Park just three points above the relegation zone following back-to-back defeats against Hull City and Chelsea.
But although they made a bright start, the visitors fell behind inside the 23rd minute.
Desperate to end a run of four consecutive losses, Newcastle edged their noses ahead as Ameobi neatly linked up with Luuk de Jong, before sweeping the ball past Michel Vorm.
However, the Swans responded well and levelled in first-half stoppage time, when Bony towered above the hosts’ defence to head home Ben Davies’ corner.
It looked like the honours would be shared but there was to be a dramatic late twist in the dying moments.
Lively substitute Marvin Emnes embarked on a surging run into the box before been brought down by Cheikh Tiote, leaving referee Anthony Taylor with no choice but to point to the spot.
Bony stepped up and coolly lifted the ball into the roof of the net to send the travelling Jack Army into raptures and move the Swans six points clear of the relegation zone with three matches remaining.
Five years later, the Swans edged out Rotherham United in a seven-goal thriller at the Liberty.
Graham Potter’s side trailed early on to a Michael Ihiekwe header and again at the break as Matt Crooks finished from close range.
Oli McBurnie had levelled the opener, but the Swans took control as Barrie McKay, McBurnie’s second and a George Byers effort put them 4-2 up.
Captain Will Vaulks smashed home to narrow the visitors’ deficit but the hosts emerged victorious for a sixth game in succession in SA1.
Eleven years earlier, the Swans were crowned League One champions despite going down 2-1 against Yeovil Town.
Andy Robinson was on target for Roberto Martinez’s side, who trailed following earlier strikes from Terry Skiverton and Aiden Downes, but it proved to be a consolation in the game.
However, the disappointment was soon forgotten as title rivals Carlisle were also beaten 2-1 by Southend – meaning that the celebrations could begin with two games to spare.