It was good to see Papiss Cisse get his second goal of the season for Newcastle last night, and the Senegal striker dispatched a Shane Ferguson cross into the net in one sweeping movement, and we have to think he likes Shane being on the field, because the Irishman has set up both his goals this season, with those great left wing crosses.
Shola congratulates Papiss Cisse after his goal last night
And we know confidence is always a big thing with footballers, but it seems that Papiss doesn’t worry too much about things when he’s not scoring.
He probably has that inner confidence that when he gets the chance, he can put the ball into the back of the net, which he did superbly last night.
This is what Alan Pardew said about Papiss after the game last night – and particularly about his confidence:
“We all worry and especially the media worry more about his confidence than he does. It’s pretty sound, his confidence.” “It was a fantastic goal, by the way. The technique to swivel and score like that was of the top level.”
“What we have to be careful of is that we have got a return match in Bordeaux and they showed in that first 30 minutes that they are a very good side.” “The second leg will worry me, I have to say, because what I saw tonight was a very good side.”
“It just all fell for us. The goals were at good times and it worked for us.” “But Papiss was part of a great team performance, you have to say that.”
Both strikers scored for Newcastle last night and played well together, and Shola’s goal in the 16th minute was his 13th European goal for the club, and he was brilliantly set up by Man of the Match Gabby Obertan, who had a great game against his former club.
For the record, Papiss Cisse has appeared 23 times for Newcastle and so far has scored 15 goals.
Not too bad at all.