Pardew Wants A Livelier Cisse Today – Hopes Senegal Lose

Both Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba have so far been a little quiet this season, with only one goal between them, and Papiss Cisse has been the quieter striker of the two, and has not scored in his last five appearances for Newcastle.

Papiss Cisse – very quiet this season

Considering these two scored 29 goals between them last season, and Papiss Cisse got his 13 goals in less than half a season on Tyneside, big things are expected of these two strikers this term, and we have very little in reserve.

Shola Ameobi is the third striker at the club, but the local lad has been out all season with a hamstring pull, and very rarely is he fit enough to play more than half  of Newcastle’s games in any one season.

Alan Pardew has talked about least season’s 2-1 win against Aston Villa in February, when Papiss Cisse made his debut and both Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse scoring in the first game they ever played together.

But they haven’t done the same thing since, and we have to hope both can get on target today when Aston Villa come visiting St. James’ Park.

This is how the Newcastle manager described that game:

The manager said:

“It was a flat game actually, and he lifted it with that wonder goal, and it underlined his start for us.”  “It would be great if he gets a goal again because when he is scoring, we do look a different side.”

“He has had a couple of quiet ones for him, so we are looking for him to be a little bit livelier on Sunday and get a goal.”   “There’s a big game in this international window for Newcastle. Really from my side, I don’t really want Senegal to win.”

 “That’s just on a selfish front, and I apologize to our Senegal fans, but that’s just my opinion. It would give us a problem.”

The big game is the play-off between the Ivory Coast and Senegal in the African Cup of nations, which will take place in South Africa in January and February.

Senegal have Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba, and the Ivory Coast have  with Cheick Tiote, and Alan is simply playing the numbers game, and hoping that Senegal are eliminated.

If Senegal win, Newcastle may have to bring in another striker in the January transfer window, but we should have done that this summer, to replace Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best, who both left the club.

It’s a little bit late to think of that now.

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94 comments so far

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 2, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #1

    If we had signed a top centre back then I would have been very happy. As it is we do have two top first choice centre backs and proven cover in Williamson and Perch and a promising youngster in Good. Not ideal, but maybe we’ll be ok. The rest of the team looks great. Anita looks like he could hold down a regular spot at DM or either fullback positions.
    We are light upfront but we have two top strikers and excellent cover in Shola and can always play 433 with such a raft of top wide men.
    We may lack depth in experience, that may be our undoing battling on so many fronts, then again maybe not. Do you throw money at it or trust in what you’ve got. I’m hoping for the best.


    Sep 2, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Was watching soccer am today and glen Johnson is a Newcastle fan ! Wouldn’t mind him for a few years at right back…. Yes long shot I know.

    Slightly disappointed by transfers…. However stupid it sounds I was last summer! As long as we are in top 8 by January doing well on Europe and sign one player in next transfer window I will still be one happy steward!! 😉

    My accumulator £5
    Birmingham city west brom wins
    Stoke v Wigan spurs v Norwhich draws

    All I need is a Newcastle win for £455!!

    3-1 Ben arfa & demba ba 2

    HWTL !!


    Sep 2, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #3

    They’ll be great after Ramadan.
    Until then we need the midfield to chip in with some goals, mainly Ben arfa.
    We could also do with some goals from set pieces by our CB’s.

  • pbNcl

    Sep 2, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Must win game tomorrow. Is it a power armour night on here or is the blog in tranquility haha

  • pbNcl

    Sep 2, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #5

    Wahey DG MAGPIE !!! Bet your buzzin come 6 o clock tomorrow enjoy it wor kid!

  • voodoo85

    Sep 2, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #6

    @ Ramadan has finished now i believe, hope we start both Demba and Cisse upfront tomorrow but Pardew wont be able to play both strikers too much as if one pulls a hamstring (touch wood) or something and is out for 6 weeks etc, we would depend on the other so much

    especially with shola out and even when he is fit – cant really play a full 90 mins

  • Ben-Arfa11

    Sep 2, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #7

    it aint a good feeling when you bet on your team and they end up messing it up for you

    i bet on newcastle to beat chelsea last week couldnt resist at the price of 6-1 especially when they won there last season they got destroyed

    i have had some mixed fortunes betting on newcastle

    they won for me when they beat liverpool last season got a nice few bob there

    also got some money for demba ba scoring 1st goal against man united last season

    and got money when they trashed cardiff when we were in championship

    they cost me a treble tho in the championship when they drew at home to bristol city and my other 2 teams won.

    so i really hope it works out for you dj magpie

    i bet on newcastle last season to beat villa and they did 2-1 thanks to cisse goal but i had a double on them and spurs to beat liverpool at anfield and it was a 0-0 draw

    as i said usually 1 team always lets you down or maybe its just me 🙁

  • Graeme

    Sep 2, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #8

    Ramadam ended last week mate – we had some great celebrations here in Nigeria. Unfortunately I couldnt attend as they are “Fruit Juice” only, no grog!!

    Such a shame.

  • Ben-Arfa11

    Sep 2, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #9

    has anyone realised that the newcastle united blog banner has just changed

  • pbNcl

    Sep 2, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Aye the banner looks class! And I’m sure newcastle’s gonna win tomorrow so that lad’s in the cash! Luck won’t come into it, cabaye ben arfa and the damba’s will! Plus an iron clad defensive display! If we have tiote and perch on the pitch villa will 5hit themselves cos those lads can clatter an elephant. Is tiote okay yet anybody know?

  • TorqToon

    Sep 2, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #11

    Ben Arfa – well can I just say that I highly doubt he was signed based on 25 appearances and you can’t gauge a definite idea on how successful and player will be when you’ve only seen him play 12 times! That’s probably 12 more times than you’ve seen Alfi play – yet rule him out as a good prospect straight away!

    These players need time to adjust to the English game, history tells us we sign very good players (with the odd exception – Xisco) but that was down to YouTube scout Dennis wise.

    Bigi is a talent I can tell you that, and Amalifitano is an incredible, technical and exciting player! I’m over the moon we signed the lad and one day, whenever that will be, he and Anita will prove you wrong.

    Then I hope you will step up and admit it. That’s all I’m saying, lad.


    Sep 2, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #12

    Ah my bad, I thought Ramadan ended at the end of September for some wild reason haa.

    Nice banner ed ! 😀

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 2, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #13

    So much for “we are looking at a defender who is a threat in the set piece and scores 8 goals per season”

    Pardew can thank MA in making him look like a mug now. The defender was never coming.

  • pbNcl

    Sep 2, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #14

    Anita is sheer class. So he tripped up floppy legs torres so what, that lad can knock himself over combing his hair. He’s the sort of player who intends to go down and had falling over as an art. Horrific, I’ve never liked him. He should watch his compatriot david silva, that kid jus bundles thru challanges and never once looks to go down, he’s like a gyroscope

  • pbNcl

    Sep 2, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #15

    ilovetoon8788 fair enough your disapointed we didn’t get a defender in but to be fair double award winning pardew looks far from being a mug. These things happen in football

  • Ben-Arfa11

    Sep 2, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #16


    exactly finally someone getting my points and views.

    alan pardew is a big fat liar

    he said in jaunary when our failed bid for marripa he said we wont be signing him in the summer as we get a much better deal and option… where is this better option eh???

    he also said ben-arfa was injured yet he plays against spurs another lie

    he also said when we bought demba ba that most of the 35 million was spent and the secretary is ticking away on how much we have left making out agent fees cost that much total bollocks .

    he also said we bring in 3-4 players that will take the club forward bringing 3 youngsters into the club who wont play for us for ages is not taking the club forward he made out he was going to buy quailty.

    he also thinks we should be pleased that mike ashley hasnt sold anyone

    we get 50 million a season been in the league got 35 million for andy carroll cut our wage bill considerable with guthrie and smith off the books and get cash for been in europa league and we got a huge magnifencet stadium that is packed to the rafters yet we only can just try and keep our players there is something so wrong about that.

    also he says that he is afraid of clubs coming in for our players.tiote cabaye ba and cisse have all said they are happy at our club so why would he be afraid if an offer came in all you say is no thanks no go away simple as that it was clear from the start of the season we were advertising our players and were hoping for big fees and it didnt happen we would of loved to sell our best players but the prices were piss poor thats y we rejected them.

    also he says we cant splash the cash unless we are in the champions league so how the hell are qpr sunderland and others spending money then and how the hell will we get to the champions league to spend money if we dont even have a good enough team to get there

    alan pardew thank you for getting us 5th but jesus have some balls and tell the fans whats really going on

  • pbNcl

    Sep 2, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #17

    Love and peace I’m off to sleep

    Big up the crew

  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #18

    Loving the new header Ed 😀

  • Thump

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #19

    “It would give us a problem.”

    Wow, so he does realise having only 3 strikers – 2 of which are likely to be away for a relatively significant portion of the season – is an issue. Thanks, Pards.

  • Mystic Mike's Iron Curtain

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #20

    I hope he wants to score tomorrow.

  • 89Norcal

    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #21

    To be fair to the Dembas, they haven’t gotten much supply from our midfield, but also the tactics have been off. I don’t like the 4-4-2 system with them static at the top of the box like vs Chelsea. They need to be making runs across each other in the attack third, and open some space up.

    Campbell just may be a gem for us this season, when you consider our short striker list and the fact they’ll be off to ACON again.

  • t00ntime

    Sep 2, 2012 at 2:52 AM

    Comment #22

    @ben arfa

    I’ve been reading ur posts all day and you like to exagerate alot.
    Ok we didnt sign the defender that we wanted and pardew wanted but if you look at it with a bit of perspective you will notice that our window wasnt that bad.
    If you ask me, MA has told AP he will need to sell a player and use that money to bring in new ones. That would explain the ‘advertising’ pardew did before the window.

    I want CL football as much as every fan but we have a 5 year plan and we qualified for europa before we planned so we are ahead of schedule, no need to worry after 2 games.

  • Zebras4Life

    Sep 2, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    Comment #23

    Buzzing for the match tomorrow. 6 PTs in 3 matches will look nice heading into break.

  • Zebras4Life

    Sep 2, 2012 at 3:03 AM

    Comment #24

    Almost forgot. The banner looks incredible!

  • chris_g

    Sep 2, 2012 at 3:04 AM

    Comment #25

    Ben-Arfa11 // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    torq toon

    ive seen curtis good play many times for melbourne heart he has played 25 times for them and ive seen him play about 12 times he has been live on setanta ireland where im from and they usually show australian football games and he looks an excellent player very composed on the ball and a leader reminds me of a young jonathan woodgate

    That sounds like bullsh1t to me. I’d be very surprised if any Australian football (soccer) games are shown live on Setanta Ireland, because here in Australia the broadcast rights are owned exclusively by Fox Sports and the games can’t be shown by Setanta.

    As far as I’m aware, these are the only countries around the world where A-League soccer matches (or highlights) are shown, and Setanta don’t appear to have the broadcast rights in any of them:

    Australia – Fox Sports (live coverage & highlights)
    New Zealand – SKY Sport (New Zealand) (live coverage & highlights)
    United States – Fox Soccer Channel (1 game per week + highlights)
    Hong Kong – Cable TV Hong Kong (1 / 2 game per week + highlights)
    Canada – Fox Sports World (highlights)
    United Kingdom and Republic Of Ireland – Sky Sports (highlights + Play offs and Final live)

  • AussieToon

    Sep 2, 2012 at 3:36 AM

    Comment #26

    It’s a bloody joke. The transfer window has shown, we are not serious about competing. End of.

    We had a chance to build a squad to have a massive run in Europe, maybe go far in the FA Cup and build on another top 5 league finish.

    Nearly everyone has improved around us, we still have a paper thin squad and with Williamson and Simpson in our team, we won’t be having a chance to win anything.

    Yeah, thanks Mike, much appreciated. You git. Piss the hell off.

  • HOGC

    Sep 2, 2012 at 3:39 AM

    Comment #27

    Well, i think Cisse and Ba cant really be faulted for not scoring goals or looking lively this season.

    Brcause Pardew had a cautious tactic, majority of the time, the ball was just passed around our defence, we rarely looked like threathening until Ben Arfa took the ball..

    Its similar to the start of last season, we played super cautiously, i remembered very clearly that Cabaye was always made to sit back deep and concentrate more on defending then attacking even though we all know his attacking exploits while he was with Lille..

    It was only when Pardew started to allow Cabaye to attack more that more chances came for out strikers.

    So until the tactics changes, Ba and Cisse wont see much goal scoring opportunities supplied.. 🙁

  • AussieNUFC

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:22 AM

    Comment #28

    Anyone know a website to watch the game live ?

  • AussieNUFC

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:25 AM

    Comment #29

    Anyone know a website to watch epl games live ?

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:30 AM

    Comment #30

  • TorqToon

    Sep 2, 2012 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #31

    Chris G – Well played mate! I suspected last night that it was complete bullsh1t but didn’t know for sure do didn’t say anything. But seems you have put somebody in their place well and truely!

    I think I learnt last night exactly WHY I don’t come in the blog late at night as it seems most neggers and Ashley bashers are nocturnal!!!

    🙂 Good detective work mate 🙂


    Sep 2, 2012 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #32

    The season has only just started and the Doom merchants are on here again!

    Cisse will come good, he just needs to get his rythym back and get match-fit again

    Chelski,s first goal last week was a joke! Anita,s contact for the Pen was minimal, and i noticed how Torres dived again later in the match and got Yellow for arguieng against the Ref ! He learnt his diving technique from Suarez before he left Liverfool !

    The 2-0 however was class, and no complaints about that!

    If that,s how they want to play it then okay but the 1-0 left a bitter taste watching it live here on the box!
    However that,s gone and we need to move on.

    We should beat Villa today!

  • hdavid23

    Sep 2, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #33

    theyll start scoring, remember Ba last year, it took him some time after Ramadan, but then he exploded with a hattrick…
    also, a bit off, but what do you think about the other 2 games today? im thinking of putting some money on southampton, manure always fail against promoted sides

  • Whistler

    Sep 2, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #34

    Sounds like AP is more than a little anxious about the forthcoming Senegal qualifier….I’d hazard a guess that privately he’s with the 75% of fans disappointed at our transfer activity….we may yet ride our luck on this but could equally rue our failure to replace any of our outgoing forwards during this window….

    2-0 to the Toon today I reckon….HWTL


    Sep 2, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #35


    I think some people here are disappointed that 20Mil Plus was,nt spent on new players.
    Manure lost to Everton but the season,s only just started. Plus they,ve got RVP now! Southampton, may if they are lucky come away with a draw.
    Chelsea may win the league this year but its all just too early to say. It depends how many times Torres gets away with his diving in the Box!

    I think Manure will win today against the Saints.

  • bambams

    Sep 2, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #36

    i said at the end of last season that the most important thing would be to ensure Cisse gets a goal early into the new season, he is a ‘confidence’ striker that just takes on anything when in that mood.
    Lets hope he gets one today.

  • Gateshead-Mag

    Sep 2, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #37

    match day lets have ya!!!!

    3-1 to the toon, hba, cisse, saylor


  • bro56

    Sep 2, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #39

    hahah LOL LOL

    exposes as a serial bullshoiter


    as if we didnt all ready know. gets his info from google.

    What a sad life!


  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Sep 2, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #40

    Cant beat a home match day, good pi55 up in the strawberry lets get it on.

    4-0 to the tooooooon cisse hattrick cabaye with the other


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