Papiss Cisse scored his first goal of the season three minutes into added time at St. James’ Park against West Brom last Sunday, and that was his first league goal of the season for Newcastle and his 14th league goal since joining the club from SC Freiburg last January.
All smiles after Cisse’s in-off goal from Sammy Ameobi’s shot
It wasn’t a Papiss’ classic, and by the way there have already been plenty of them since he joined the club, and this time the ball ricocheted off his back (or was it his behind?) after Sammy Ameobi had shot at goal, but hey – they all count – and that won the game for us last Sunday.
But it seems Papiss has had to put up with a lot of stuff from his fellow team-mates this week in training, and Alan Pardew lifted the lid on what has been happening in training this week:
“The guys have been taking the mickey out of him all week.” “But I still think it is a great thing that the ball struck him and went in like that.” “Cheick Tiote has been laughing at him all week, trying to hit him and deflect the ball into the goal.”
“Everyone’s been doing it. If anything, I think it probably deepens his resolve to get a proper goal.” “But I really don’t care how they go in. They can do it again in a game for all I care.”
This also shows the great team spirit that exists in the squad at Newcastle these days – they enjoy their training, and that’s got to be a good thing.
Cisse is anxious to start at Anfield tomorrow, but it would appear that if Demba Ba is fit he will start alongside Shola Ameobi for the third league game running tomorrow.
Alan Pardew has a big name for being able to coach strikers well, and he knows that Cisse’s goal was a big positive for the Senegal striker, there’s no doubt about that.
And when he does get on tomorrow, whether he starts or not, he’ll be trying to score a more conventional goal, like the ones he means to put the ball in the back of the net – and he’s pretty good at that.
Our advice to Liverpool would be – watch out – this lad can score some screamers.
But they already know that.
There’s no reason why Newcastle cannot get an excellent result in tomorrow’s game at Anfield.
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