Newcastle 2 Aston Villa 1 – Ba And Cisse Deliver


Newcastle beat Aston Villa 2-1 this afternoon at St. James’ Park and it was Senegal strikers Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse – making his debut – that both scored good opportunist goals to get Newcastle the win.

It was after Tim Krul had made two good saves to keep Newcastle in the game, that Demba Ba scored his 16th league goal of the season after 30 minutes, as he collected the ball after a Ryan Taylor shot had been blocked, and he smashed the ball into the net from six  yards out.

Leon Best had gone off injured after just 12 minutes and Papiss Cisse had come on to make his debut, with a tremendous greeting from the home fans.

But Ryan Taylor had to be stretchered off with his right leg in a brace, and it didn’t look good for the Liverpudlian.

Gabby Obertan came on and had another very decent game out on the right wing with some good runs straight at the Villa defense – this lad can become a very good player for Newcastle.

Then a full five minutes into injury time Robbie Keane equalized for a good looking Villa side, as he put the ball into the net from a Charles N’Zogbia left wing cross.

Newcastle came more into the game in the second half with Danny Gtuhrie and Davide Santon prominent.

And then after 71 minutes Papis Cisse collected the ball on his chest just inside the penalty area from a Ba head-on of a Gutierrez cross, and in one movement he hit the ball high into the back of the net with his left foot.

A  magnificent goal for the Senegal striker on his debut, in front of 48,569 fans.

Newcastle were able to hang onto the lead and collected an important three points and they will keep their 5th position in the league.

It was two opportunist goals from the Senegal boys who saw Newcastle home today, and good goalkeeping from Tim Krul, who saved well twice when the score was still 0-0.

Newcastle are now on 42 points – just four points short of last season’s total after the full 38 games –  and we still  have 14 games to play.

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Here are some of the highlights as we saw them during the game – and keep refreshing as we add the second half highlights.

The game started off fairly slowly as booth sides were testing each other out and then Bent had a chance after 13 minutes when Krul made a point blank save, but that was a warning to Newcastle.

After 12 minutes Leon best went down with a leg injury and he finally had to come off and it was time for Papiss Cisse to make his debut with roars form the Newcastle crowd.

Adler 28 minutes Tim Krul again saved from bent, this time with his left boot, as Villa were continuing to catch Newcastle short at the back with quick breakaways.

After 30 minutes Newcastle went ahead with a good opportunist goal from Demba Ba.

The ball cam into the box and Ryan Taylor’s shot was blocked but the ball went to Ba, who controlled it with his right foot and then blasted the ball past goalkeeper Shay Given for his 16th league goal of the season.

But Ryan Taylor had been injured and there was a long delay during which Ryan’s right leg was put into a brace before he was stretchered off and it didn’t look good.

So two Newcastle played were taken off injured in the first 30 minutes of the game.

Gabriel Obertan came ion the right wing, after his decent showing on Wednesday night at Blackburn.

And the game continued to be even as Aston Villa were having their fair share of this game, and then in the fifth minute of injury time in the first half Newcastle conceded.

Charles N’Zogbia went down the left wing and crossed to Robbie Keane who put the ball home from within the six yard box.

It was a terrible time for Newcastle to concede a goal, but Villa had been threatening with their counter attacks in the first half.

It was 1-1 at the half in a fairly even game.

Newcastle went into a higher gear in the second half after the disappointment of conceding just before the break and Danny Guthrie started to take control of the midfield.

James Perch was having a no-nonsense game in central defensive midfield, and was doing what he had top do to protect the back four.

On 55 minutes Obertan had a decent chance when he took the ball inside but he shot high and wide from a decent position, and then after 62 minutes Cisse headed over the bar when he really should have done better.

But then a wonderful first goal for Papiss Cisse as Ba headed the ball on and the lad took the ball on his chest and as it dropped he hit the ball brilliantly first time into Given’s top right hand corner – a terrific goal from the 26 year-old on his debut and the fans went wild.

And then it was James Perch – who had another good game, who went  close on 80 minutes when he hit his shot just wide of the post.

But Newcastle saw this game out and it was two opportunist goals from the Senegal boys who saw Newcastle home today.



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47 comments so far

  • Barras

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #1

    Come on Man Utd please beat them.

    For the Tottenham game I would play:

    Krul,
    Simpson, Colocinni, Williamson, Santon,
    Guthrie, Perch, Gutierrez
    Hatem Ben Arfa,
    Cisse, Ba

    Substitutions depends on how Best and Ryan Taylor are.

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  • krijo

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #2

    3

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #3

    denied

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #4

    haha seems not

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  • gorgonzola

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #5

    child

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #6

    3 in midfield…while Spurs best player plays on the wing? Suicide man, utter suicide. We need a tight 4-4-2

    Krul
    Simmo Willo Colo Santon

    Obertan Guthrie Perch Guti

    Ba Cisse

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  • hattambenarfa

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Ooh. Strength in depth. Like it :D. Can’t see hba sticking round on the bench though :S. Still what a strike Demba2 ! HWTL

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  • Cheickn Stevens

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #8

    Gotta love the Sky Sports 1 post-match analysis. It went a little like this:
    Presenter: Good goal from Cisse wasn’t it, Jamie?
    Jamie Redknapp: Yes
    Presenter: Gary?
    Gary Neville: Yes
    Presenter: Alright, next up we have MANCHESTER UNITED VS CHELSEA

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  • lynchmob

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #9

    cisse wonder goal looks a great plyer we played well today but obertan stressing the hell outt me at times …..

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  • t00ntime

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #10

    good win, I was one of the neggers before the game started and it looked like it wud be a bore draw but maybe the injuries were a blessing in discguise as when cisse and obertan came on we looked better.

    obertan jonas and willmson were making some mistakes but over the whole match they played pretty well.

    perch had another solid game

    cisse and Ba looked good together

    If we can iron out some stupid mistakes, like when we switch off for the last 5/10 mins of an half etc. we can give tottenham a game. I would take a draw next game. But definatly more confident with cisse and Ba

    o even if they were a blessing I still hope the injuries aren’t as bad as they looked :S

    and benny needs to play with cisse and ba upfront, there movement was great (think he would of played if we didnt lose 2 players in a mad 20mins)

    HWTL

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  • Oleg G

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #11

    WTF?!

    Scumberland with 5 wins in 6 last matches?

    Us, Man U and Man C are with 4 wins from the last 6 games, but what is going on in that mad house on the unwashed?

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  • gorgonzola

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Cheickn Stevens

    Rolf what a twatt…..

    He is just so eager to ignore us let him sod…

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #13

    OMG the cisse goal was a world class strike, make no mistake, control, half-volley, top left corner and I mean TOP LEFT CORNER.

    Wow. Shearer and Ferdinand mark II. Exciting times.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #14

    For most parts a very good second half.

    Nice to see we for ones corrected some of the mistakes that have made our 4-4-2 to very week this season.

    Job well done AP 😉

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  • free giveaways

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #15

    Would go with the same team as Barras for spuds if everyone’s fit.

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  • Brutooon

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #16

    the same starting eleven but with Cisse and Obertan inside it.

    HBA as impact sub

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  • mattyNUFC

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #17

    cisse played decent, great strike, but he and Ba definitely play well together. Cisse is nothing like Ba so I hope they’re still playing together next season because Ba is pretty much irreplaceable

    perch played well but i feel the game just moves past him too many times. he’s not direct but, then again, our defence needs someone parked in front of them because williamson is very, very shaky.

    would rather play perch at CB instead of Willo.

    Guthrie my man of the match by a country mile. Ba next, Guti after that

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #18

    Against Spuds it’ll be

    Krul
    Simmo – Willo – Colo – Santon
    Obertan – Guthrie – Perch – Jonas
    Cisse – Ba

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  • gorgonzola

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #19

    “3 in midfield…while Spurs best player plays on the wing? Suicide man, utter suicide. We need a tight 4-4-2”

    For ONCE I agree with you….

    Well said they would overrun us completely…

    However I would no go in there flat definitively play HBA

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #20

    Oleg the honeymoon period will come crashing down with a bang and the Martin O’Neill factor will wear off. He has a knack of making average teams over achieve…look what he did with Villa. Don’t worry whenever he doesn’t get the financial backing off Ellis Short he will run a mile, just like he did at Villa. A proper manager creates a team, not buy one.

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  • Oleg G

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #21

    Ober is much better in an open game than in the beginning of the match when both teams are still defending strong.
    He looked much better when A.Villa were looking for that goal and had all that open space in their back.

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  • hattambenarfa

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #22

    In an ideal world without injuries we have some starting XI…defensive cover pleease. Especially a rb 😀

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  • archaeomag

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #23

    Absolutely fabulous Goal from Cisse Demba mk II;
    Perhapswe have found God I & God II.
    Pearch and Guthrie very solid in the middle of the park, another great all round performance.
    let’s hope Ryan is not badly hurt.
    [At the end I really wanted Shola to score]
    &
    Never thought I would be routing for the Devils to win!

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  • SydToon

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #24

    Great result, dream debut for “The Demba’s” , Not being a neg but just some thoughts, Williamson had a cracker, and Collo trys too hard sometimes and got caught out of position covering for Simmo when keane scored, and Simmo hardly ever close his man down just backs off.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #25

    Bit risky playing HBA in CM, he looses the ball too much, we need a player who will recycle the ball quickly and effectively…a la Perch.

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  • Tooooon

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #26

    first time in my life ive wanted manure to win

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  • mattyNUFC

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #27

    for next match (though i know this is too bold for pards to drop willo)

    simmo….perch….colo…..santon
    obertan/HBA..guthrie..abeid..guti
    ………………ba………………………….
    …………………….cisse………………

    when our whole squad is back play this

    simmo….perch….colo….santon
    …………………tiote……………………
    …………guthrie…cabaye…………
    oba/HBA……Cisse…………Ba…

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  • shay Robson

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #28

    chicken if we make a cl spot, sky commentators will say we are half decent.

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  • Barras

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #29

    @Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Yes, but the compactness and the combined work rate of Perch, Guthrie and Gutierrez will be superb help to the defense. Whilst, they will be the team who will have to be worried about how their going to defense because we can take the game to them with Hatem Ben Arfa, Cisse and Ba.

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  • shay Robson

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #30

    did anyone notice guti hobbling and limping a bit

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  • Oleg G

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #31

    Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 5, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    I agree to a degree with you there.
    Still have to be a little bit impressed with that form. I was hoping that they will continue to struggle through out this season and maybe even fall, but they came back very strong.
    In their first 16 games, only 14 points.
    In their last 9, 19 points (only 1 draw and 1 loss).
    From 0.875 points a game, to 2.11 points a game.

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  • ToonHero

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #32

    Buzzing about the result! Cissé wow good goal!

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  • mikenotiades

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #33

    Guti usually ends up hobbling, he should be OK for Sunday…
    A really positive thing for me is I can’y pick a man-of-the-match… Guti, Perch-elele, Guthrie, Williamson, Santon, Simpson, and the Dembas…. All put in a great contributions….
    Cisse might get it if I’m feeling romantic… It is Valentines day soon isn’t it..

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  • free giveaways

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #34

    I would go with HBA on the right vs Spuds but I think Pardew will play Obertan.

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  • Cheickn Stevens

    Feb 5, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #35

    gorgonzola

    It’s the same in the media… Can’t understand their problem with us!

    shay Robson

    That’s the hope! Wouldn’t be surprised if we got 4th and they started calling it “The Top 3” instead though haha

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  • klenja

    Feb 5, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #36

    we gotta thank raylor for the first goal…………wat a brave lad..

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  • mra

    Feb 5, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #37

    Have to agree that Taylor showed string stuff putting him self in harms way to help create the goal. He isn’t my first outright choice for any position, but what a fantastic squad player. Get well soon lad.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 5, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #38

    First halves display still begs some questions to be addressed for the Spurs game.

    Depending on who’s available and how Spurs’ lineup I would be tempted to go for a 5 man midfield.

    Our 4-4-2 did look solid in second half so I am still undecided 😉

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 5, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #39

    What a dream debut by Cisse exactly what I had been hoping for since we signed him. He played well and connected with Ba neatly a few times.

    What a GOAL that was!! Very Top Left Corner Given no chance. He seemed so cool too not even fazed. He is going to be a legend I feel.

    I really feel for Raylor and Best hope they’re OK.

    Another impressive display by Perch, Guthrie and Obertan, keep up the great work lads.

    Gutierrez needs a break I think as he does look slower than usual, I would put Ben Arfa in his place with Obertan on the right. I may even be tempted to play Fergurson LW with Benny replacing either wing that underperforms in the second half.

    What a brilliant resultand now all we need is for Those damn Red Devils to beat Chelsea.

    HWTL!!

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  • karasu

    Feb 5, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #40

    man i was thinking of whether we should plant ryan at left wing and give jonas a rest. jonas looked kinda jaded from so many games. then ryan have to go off injured like that.

    robbie and darren exposed our center backs’ weakness to speed today. nobody marked robbie when he scored the equaliser. we kinda switched off for 5 – 10 mins at the 80 min mark but it was a good three points overall.

    now for next week’s game against spurs, i really hope ryan’s ok. the commentators said that he’s got bruising on his bone or something. gabby or hatem on the right against gareth sounds bad to me. both of them aren’t keen on tracking back like ryan does. reckon we should plant guthrie on the right instead if ryan can’t make it.

    sorry jonas but you will need to give even more against lennon. central midfield since hatem might not make it against gareth, naturally this means he will go to central midfield with lil’ jamie.

    but then comes a problem: hatem doesn’t like to defend and lil’ jamie is still a fringe player. rafael and luka will cut through them like butter. this means that we’ll need another body in the center. i reckon mehdi or gosling can come in and help out. it’s not much, mehdi being young and gosling being unspectacular and all but it’s still something.

    so here it is, my idea is a 4-5-1. backline manned by today’s back four. midifeld is with jonas and guthrie on the wing, hatem, mehdi and jamie in center. up front i’ll put the tried and tested ba up front. of course i’m just a couch manager so take what i said with a pinch of salt.

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