Papiss Cisse has been phenomenally successful in the Newcastle number 9 shirt, ever since he made his debut against Aston Villa on February 5th.
Papiss Cisse scores again – YES!!
Papiss now has 10 goals in 9 games for the Magpies, and Newcastle fans will be hoping he can keep up his amazing goal-scoring exploits in the final 5 games of the season, and propel Newcastle to a European place for next season.
Given where we were last August, when there were some doubts about having to fight relegation, Newcastle have done amazingly well, and yes, that’s an understatement.
Papiss has talked today about what is possible for Newcastle in the last five games of this season:
“Like the manager says, it is possible, but it is only a possibility.” “We have got five matches left and we have to work really, really hard in the week so we are ready for the weekend, and then we will see if we can get there.”
“We have only got five matches left, so we are going to take it match by match.” “But we have really got momentum behind us, so I still think we can do something really extraordinary.”
“The team spirit is good and we just want to keep going, to keep winning. It’s good for the team.” “We have one month to go and it is good to go to the training ground to work for something.”
“Now we have the Champions League as a target, and it’s very, very exciting to play for that.” “We are very, very happy. The results yesterday were great for us.”
“We keep winning and now we are with Tottenham with the same points.” “So with five games to go, why not?”
Newcastle now have five wins in a row, and next up is Stoke a week on Saturday, and another sell-out crowd at St. James’ Park will be willing the team on to victory, just as they did yesterday.
But Bolton were tough yesterday, and for a team fighting relegation they played very well, and in the first half in particular, restricted Newcastle to no chances at all.
It was only in the second half when Alan Pardew brought on Shane Fergusoan for James Perch, in what was a clear attacking move, that the game opened up.
But Bolton could still have been 2-0 up, but they missed two golden opportunities to score in the second half.
One of the misses was down to a great save by top goalkeeper Tim Krul, and then after 73 minutes, Ben Arfa got another of those fantastic goals and his 7th goal of the season.
Papiss Cisse again helped himself to a goal to make it 2-0 with just 7 minutes to go, after being set up so well by Shola Ameobi, and the game was over, and Newcastle were clear in 5th place in the league table and 2 points above Chelsea.
Yohan Cabaye, who will make the French squad for the European Championships this summer, and would love for Ben Arfa to be joining him, had this to say today about the mercurial one:
“That was the real Hatem Ben Arfa and fortunately he is playing with us.” “He is in our squad and he is a different-class player.”
“He works hard every day for that, to be fit for us, and he has the national team as a target as well.”
“There are still five games and if he plays like that in the last five games, I think he has a big chance to get into the squad.”
Newcastle must remain calm and down to earth, just like the Newcastle fans are – kind of.
But anything is now possible, and it would even be possible for Newcastle to win all five of their league games they still have to play.