It wasn’t surprising that Alan Pardew was delighted to see Papiss Cisse score a great goal on his Newcastle debut this afternoon at St. James’ Park.
The two Dembas celebrate after Cisse goal
The two Senegal strikers showed what they are capable of this afternoon, with two opportunistic goals for the Magpies, to give them all 3 points against a decent Aston Villa side.
Alan Pardew praised Papiss Cisse after the game, and Newcastle fans will have gone home this afternoon (or to the pub), rubbing their hands together, with the thoughts of what these two lads can do for Newcastle through the end of this season.
This is what a delighted Newcastle manager told Sky Sports after the game:
“We mustn’t get carried away from the team ethic we have got here because the guys did brilliantly to get a result at Blackburn in the week and again we have put in a display here that has been strong,”
“Perch in midfield was brilliant. We had no Cheick Tiote today, no Yohan Cabaye, but we keep winning. That’s a great thing.”
“Having said that, you still need great players because they change games. Papiss did that today and Demba has done it for us before.” “It was a real bonus that he got a goal on his debut.” “They are a dangerous pair.”
“Of course he got a dream goal for us, because he’s a new signing and he wanted to do well. It was a fantastic goal.” “Papiss has got that ability to turn with his first touch, and Demba’s got that too.”
“They can get at back fours as soon as the ball is played into them.” We have got dangerous strikers all over the place here because Shola Ameobi and Besty have done well.”
“Peter Lovenkrands is there as well and Hatem Ben Arfa, so we have got firepower. We just need to tighten up a little bit more.”
“It was a good win because Villa came here and looked lively. They looked lively first half.” “Although they scored just before half-time, they deserved to be level. They deserved to be in the lead at half-time.”
“We accepted that and second half we knew we had to be better and more controlled, and we were. We limited their breakaways on us and we got a bit of pressure building.”
That’s a good point Alan makes, because Villa looked very dangerous in that first half, and Newcastle had Tim Krul to thank for two good saves and good goalkeeping in general in those first 45 minutes.
In that first half the defense was stretched too many times by the Villa fast breaks, and that was a concern, and it’s that part of the game Newcastle must tighten up for the next game at White Hart Lane next Saturday afternoon.
In the second half Newcastle were the better side, and both Guthrie and Perch had good games in the center of midfield, and Santon and Obertan also looked good.
But hey, the lads got the job done today, and it was our 4th successive win this year at St. James’ Park in front of a crowd of just under 49,000.
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