You could see the difference immediately in Papiss Cisse’s play, once he got his first goal of the season in his 7th appearance, and shortly after his goal he had a wonderful effort – an overhead kick after controlling the ball with his chest and then his thigh – and that one hit the cross -bar and what a goal that would have been.
Papiss Cisse – after scoring his first goal of the season
Alan Pardew said the goal meant everything to Papiss, and you could see how he came to life after he had scored – and in football we all know that confidence is a huge thing – maybe everything.
And now we have a confident Papiss Cisse in the ranks, so we’ll see how he does at Reading on Saturday afternoon – since it looks like both Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse are in good form right now.
Cisse had this to say after the game:
“”I’m very happy.” “For me, it was very good to score. I came on as a substitute and that was what I was here for so yeah, I am happy.” “Two would have been very, very good but a goal didn’t happen that time.”
And more good news – he gave that interview in English before he boarded the team coach – so his English must be improving – those lessons are starting to pay off.
And before Cisse came on, we saw Alan Pardew demonstrating to an intense looking Papiss Cisse what he wanted him to do when he got on, and after the game Alan made it clear it was an important goal for the Senegal man:
“”Trust me, that goal was everything for him.” “You could see after he got it, his feathers went up.” “That exuberance came back to his game and I thought the overhead kick was in.” “It was a brilliant effort and that just sums him up.”
“People keep telling me that Demba and Papiss never score at the same time – well they both scored this week, so we will take them both to Reading and see how they get on.”
To be more accurate they never both score in the same game, and that’s happened only once, and it was the very first time they played together for Newcastle against Aston Villa in early February, when we scraped through 2-1 – with a goal each for the Senegal boys.
Maybe that will change on Saturday at Reading and they’ll both score in that game too.
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