Newcastle got a much needed win at home to Norwich City yesterday, but it didn’t come easily.
Papiss Cisse – after scoring 3rd goal in just 5 appearances
In only the second minute of the game Papiss Cisse found himself straight through on goal, and although he was calm he tried to lob goalkeeper John Ruddy, the goalkeeper was able to reach the ball.
But then just 8 minutes later Cisse got a good cross from left-back Jonas Gutierrez, and he had the ball in the back of the net in an instant, after beating American Zak Whitbread to the ball – and it was a real goalscorer’s goal and Newcastle were one up.
Newcastle managed to hold on, but never approached the form they showed in that first fifteen minutes or so, when they were all over Norwich.
Norwich are a good and resilient team and came back well, especially in the second half, and Newcastle had to work hard to protect their lead, which they did, and it was with the help of a couple of great saves from Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul.
Cisse’s contribution proved the match winner, and both Demba Ba and Cisse promise to build an awesome strike partnership for Newcastle, and the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew thought Cisse’s overall play made it his best game yet for the Magpies:
“I thought he had his best game for us, not just the fact that he threatened the goal, but his link-up play, his work-rate were right up there with the best in this division.”
“I am really pleased he got the goal, and perhaps should have had two. In training, he bangs three or four goals in in quick succession, and it surprised me that he missed them, actually.”
Demba Ba didn’t get on the score sheet again yesterday, although he went close a couple of times, and when this lad does score again he could get a few goals, so we hope it’s next Sunday in our next game at West Brom.
Alan Pardew though Ba and Cisse are starting to work well together and they are putting in the work that the Londoner demands of all his players in the black and white shirt:
“They were a little bit closer together, and that worked better for us.” “If you are going to play two out-and-out strikers like they are, you have got to ask them to work, and they really put in a shift.”
“That extra midfield player Norwich had started to get a grip at times.” “If you can manage to contain it and be able to deal with it, then you have got two goalscorers on the pitch, and that might have been the difference today.”
Cisse could have had a hat trick in that first half as he was through again in that first half after the goal, surrounded by a number of Norwich players, but goalkeeper John Ruddy saved his shot.
But there’s no doubt that Papiss Demba Cisse is a natural goalscorer, and looks worthy of that famous Newcastle number 9 shirt.
Newcastle move up to 47 points with the win, 5 points clear of Liverpool who have a game in hand, and it was our 13th win of the season in 29 games.
And it was Newcastle’s first clean sheet in six games, and the 10th clean sheet of the season.
There’s a lot of positives that came out of this match, not the least of which was another fine performance from James Perch in defensive midfield.
And this lad looks to be our Man of the Match with 41% of the vote, and he is ahead of both Gutierrez and Krul in the voting, which is on our home page if you haven’t voted yet.
Newcastle got the job done yesterday – although it was hardly easy.