Cape Town - Newcastle came from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw with basement Swansea in their Premier League clash at St James' Park on Saturday.
With the Toon coming into the home fixture in 13th place but holding a winless run stretching to six games at St James Park, Carlos Carvalhal's side arrived with a real sense of optimism they could achieve a result.
Christian Atsu was the liveliest player on the pitch in an otherwise dull first half, but the Ghana winger was guilty of not converting the half-chances that fell to him before the half-hour mark.
There was drama before half-time, though, as Mohamed Diame looked to have prevented the ball from crossing the goalline with his arm and Dwight Gayle thought he opened the scoring at the other end shortly after.
However, it was ruled offside, much to the dismay of the home supporters.
Gayle came close again five minutes into the second half, but his fizzing effort from 25 yards out flew just wide of the post.
A dull and uninspired fixture eventually found an opening goal on the hour mark with Jordan Ayew following up a rebound from his own headed effort.
But just eight minutes later, on-loan Stoke forward Joselu equalised as his low shot went through the legs of Alfie Mawson.
The point was not enough to lift the Swans off the foot of the table, while the Magpies dropped to 15th due to other results