When Newcastle received the news at 1:45 pm on Saturday that Papiss Cisse was being prevented from playing for Newcastle because the Senegal Football Federation had initiated the five day rule, and Newcastle immediately issued their statement on the matter – we thought if anything our players would have been even more determined to do well against Swansea City.
Papiss Cisse in training last week
But apparently that wasn’t exactly the case, and Alan Pardew has said today it was a blow to the players just before the game with Swansea.
This is how Alan Pardew explained it in the local press this morning:
“To have Papiss taken away from us was hard. It was not like we took him off after 89 minutes. He went off with a bad back.” “We did everything we thought was right and we were waiting until 1-45 pm to see if we could play him.”
“It was a blow for the players in the changing room.” “There is no other way I could dress it up, but they tried to cope the best way they could with it.” “You take Suarez out of Liverpool or Torres out of Chelsea it would be tough to take.”
“You just try to keep a calm head.” “We had to accept it, there was no point panicking.” “We had to get the mentality of the group right for the game, which I thought we did.” “You can bet your life our players would have been thinking if we had Papiss we might have won. “
“We can never answer that question.” “Now we want our senior players at their best.” “We need to work hard and get the result we need.” “
It’s really time to put the Cisse affair behind us, and it remains to be seen if Papiss elects to end his International career, after what the Senegal FF did last Saturday.
But we now have two games this week which are very important, but of the two games – at home to Maritimo on Thursday and at Southampton next Sunday afternoon – the most important game is in the Premier League, and we must try to pick up a win at St. Mary’s against an in-form Southampton side, who looked good against QPR on Saturday in beating them 3-1 at Loftus Road.
That left QPR in disarray with just 4 points from their first 12 games, after spending so much this year on new players, and they remain rock bottom of the league, 4 points behind Southampton.
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