Jonas Gutierrez set up Newcastle’s winning goal in the 71st minute on Sunday afternoon, when he ran down the left wing and put in a quick center across into the box.
No – I think it’s my turn to score isn’t it?
And of course the rest is history, as new boy Papiss Cisse brilliantly controlled the ball on his chest, and then rifled the ball home into the top corner with his left foot, and Shay Given got nowhere near the ball.
What a goal to score when you are making your debut in the iconic Newcastle number 9 shirt at St. James’ Park!
Argentina winger Jonas talked about the goal today:
“It was a moment of sheer class,” “I was thinking ‘What will he do?’ when I crossed the ball in but it was really good control and a great finish.”
“We always knew the type of player that he is but we didn’t know what he could do because you only learn about a player when you play with him.”
“It was important that his first moment with the club was to score. Him and Demba will be a good partnership.”
And of course Demba Ba’s last game before he left for the African Cup of Nations was the Manchester United game at home.
That’s when he scored Newcastle’s first goal in the first half, with a great right foot strike, and it’s true to say the Manchester defense just couldn’t handle the big man that night, when Newcastle smashed the Red Devils 3-0.
And Ba came back into the Newcastle side on Sunday after missing five games, and scored his 16th goal of the season after just 30 minutes – as though he had never been away – what a player this lad is!
And Jonas talked about the striker who is in second place in the PL goal-scoring charts, behind Robin van Persie who has 22 goals:
“When Demba left he was in brilliant form and we missed him. Now he is back and he scored again so it is like nothing has changed,”
“Papiss came on because of an injury and it is really good that he did well too, but the really important thing is came on and worked really hard for the team.”
Papiss did work hard for the side, and on a second look at the game yesterday on TV, he had some nice touches in the game, with a couple of heading opportunities, but we’ll never forget his very first goal in black and white colors – it was simply fantastic.