It didn’t help today that the Senegal FA activated the five day rule to stop Cisse playing for Newcastle, because he had not traveled to join up with the Senegal squad for the game with Niger in mid-week – a friendly game that means nothing – and Cisse was supposed to travel all that distance with a sore back?
Papiss Cisse – stopped form playing at 1:40 pm today
But it seems spiteful that Senegal did this – and we could understand if it had been a World Cup qualifier – but for a friendly game – give me a break – please.
And the relationships with the club who have Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba playing in their ranks, will hardly be cordial, after the seemingly ridiculous and selfish decision by the Senegal FA.
This is what Alan Pardew said about the situation:
“We kept getting promised that the decision was going to be overturned and that Senegal were going to let Papiss play, but we kept waiting and waiting and it was at about 1.40pm that we finally found out that wasn’t going to happen.”
“It did affect our preparation. Him missing today was a blow to us. We didn’t feel we did anything wrong and he should have played.” “But when you have a difficult period like we are having, you need your senior players in and around you and we haven’t got them.”
When the team is doing poorly, as we have these last few games, you need all the experience in the side you can get, and we didn’t have too much of that today.
And we would have started in a 4-5-1 formation rather than 4-4-2, with Yohan Cabaye being out, and our 4-4-2 formation seemed to work in Swansea’s favor today, since they play three in the middle of the part.
It was a defeat – a bad defeat, but we are hoping Alan Pardew and the lads can start turning this around next weekend at Southampton – who hammered QPR 3-1 at Loftus Road today.
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