Sunderland play Tottenham today in the 12:45 pm early kick-off game at the Stadium of Light.
Papiss Cisse scoring first opportunist goal yesterday
And we’ll be hoping for a Sunderland win in that game, and that would mean Spurs were only 2 points ahead of Newcastle but our goal difference is much worse than that of Spurs.
Papiss Cisse please take note.
And we’ll hope that Wigan can get something out of their game at Chelsea later today, and anything but a Chelsea win will see Newcastle hold on to 5th place.
And then next Saturday we’ll be hoping for a Liverpool win against Everton, and if the lads can beat Bolton on Monday afternoon, Liverpool getting to the FA Cup final will almost guarantee Newcastle being in the Europa League next season and that would be tremendous.
But Liverpool will have to play a lot better than they’ve been doing this year, when they have just 8 points out of their 12 league games, and 3 of those points were against Everton.
Alan Pardew said after the game yesterday that Newcastle would be wanting Sunderland to do well today, and he also talked about a certain red-hot Papiss Cisse:
“It will be one of the first times we are all going to be pulling for Sunderland in our dressing room!” “So good luck to Martin and the boys up in the north-east. We will be hoping they can do us a favor.”
“We have got ourselves in a position which elevates us in a greater form than we expected. But, with six just games to go, we can see the finishing line now.”
“We have a guy in red-hot form in Cisse and that can set you apart. He was the difference between the two sides. I didn’t think we were brilliant and were a little bit flat. But Cisse was electric.”
“I thought his second goal had gone over the bar because it hovered in mid-air. He had a bit of back-spin on that – it was a Masters shot!”
“But he is someone with pedigree. He’s not a mystery or somebody we have plucked from Borneo. He has a fantastic CV. His record in the Bundesliga in a struggling team was excellent.”
Papiss Cisse looks like Alan Shearer was, simply a great goal-scoring machine, and we have to remember we also have Demba Ba, and Alan Pardew will have to work out some system that has both strikers getting the goals.
But it really doesn’t much matter much, as long as somebody is putting the ball into the back of the net, and the new Newcastle number 9 has been unbelievable for the Magpies since he arrived from SC Freiburg in January for just £8M.
Wonder how much he’s worth now, and how much Liverpool would pay for him – £50M?
Anyway, as far as today goes it’s got to be come on Sunderland and come on Wigan – and we’ll be supporting Liverpool next Saturday against Everton!
We’re not proud.