Mike Williamson insists that Newcastle can still qualify for the European Champions League next season, following our 2-0 victory over Liverpool yesterday.
Mike Williamson marking Andy Carroll yesterday
A second Papiss Cisse brace of goals in successive games for Newcastle, left us level on 53 points with Chelsea.
Newcastle are in sixth place in the Premier League, five points behind Arsenal in third place, and now a full 11 points ahead of Liverpool in 8th place.
Mike Williamson said this of Sunday’s win:
“It’s massive, it keeps the momentum going and the dream alive of as high a finish as possible”
“If we keep playing like that and working hard then anything’s possible.”
Newcastle’s Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul, who has conceded only one goal in the last three games, paid some compliments to Williamson and James Perch in central defense, and James again played great for the Magpies.
This is what Tim said:
“Williamson and Perchy were outstanding, they blocked everything – I didn’t have to make a proper save today.”
“Cisse is a fantastic striker, a proper goalscorer. He’s a typical number nine for Newcastle and I’m happy we signed a top-class player like him.”
The returning Andy Carroll’s miserable day – a very miserable day in truth, started when he was booked for diving, as he tried to round goalkeeper Tim Krul in the penalty area.
And it ended with the former Newcastle number 9 being booked, and then after 79 minutes he stormed off and down the tunnel ripping his Liverpool shirt off in the process, after being substituted.
This is what Tim Krul said about Carroll’s diving incident after 10 minutes:
“I never touched him,”“He dived. He was looking for a penalty which all strikers try and do, but the referee was in a good position and he made the right decision.”
And on the first half possible hand-ball by Danny Simpson, which could have cost Newcastle a penalty and a sending off, this is what Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had to say about that one:
“It hit Simpson high on the shoulder, I’d be very surprised if the referee gives that – it’s not a hand sticking out, I thought it was fine.”
And was Papiss offside for that second goal?
Of course not – but it didn’t stop the TV commentators from trying to prove it was offside throughout the game, and this is what Alan Pardew had to say about the possible offside:
“That little touch, by that time the Liverpool player is level and he’s onside,” “It’s a rule none of us managers like but that’s how it is.”
And finally Alan tells us what they had to eat last Friday, as Pardew tries to put things on the menu for our players from the different parts of the world.
And it happened to be curried goat for Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote and Demba Ba, that all the players and coaches ate for Friday lunch.
This is what Alan said about that:
“We all had curried goat on Friday and delicious it was too. It was Africa Day and we enjoyed it. The curry helped!”
“It was Cisse’s best performance yet for us.” “We have the new No.9 but I felt for Andy today,” “He is a terrific lad and has had a tough year.”
“But from our side of the coin we have Cisse and long may his form continue. His hold-up play gave Carragher a tough day.” “Two great goals, fantastic finishes and Cisse’s all-round performance was excellent.”
“If someone said we’d be in the Europa League after this season, I would snap their hands off.” “We have won three out of three now, and with seven games to go, we have Swansea away next. We are in good shape.”
“Hopefully we will get enough points to get into Europe.”
Papiss Cisse is fast making a name for himself with 7 goals in 7 appearances for the Magpies. And we put out an article this morning on his goal-scoring prowess at the other clubs he’s played for, and he has 122 goals at the rate of about one goal every two games, in his 247 appearances.
That’s about what Alan Shearer managed throughout his career at Southampton, Blackburn and Newcastle, with an amazing 379 goals in 733 total appearances.
Papiss looks a real star to us.