We’re not too worried about Papiss Cisse, although he’s been a little short of goals this season, but he still has four goals, two in the Premier League and two in the cups, and he’s five behind top scorer Demba Ba, who has eight in the league and behind only Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez.
Papiss Cisse – will come again at Newcastle
And goals give strikers the confidence they need, and Papiss will be happy enough that he scored a good opportunist goal at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday – that was made by our two Senegal men.
Demba Ba had a snap shot that bounced just in front of Stoke goalkeeper Begovic – and the Bosnian International couldn’t hold it – and Cisse had the ball in the back of the net in a nanasecond (one billionth of a second – 10 to the power of -9) – just to show he’s still sharp – well on second thoughts maybe it was just a bit longer than a nanasecond.
Of course Cisse is coming off a fantastic second half of last season, after he joined the Magpies from SC Freiburg in January, when he scored 13 goals in 14 games for us, and while that’s a hard act to follow – we need his goals again right now.
This is what Cisse said:
“I haven’t scored as many goals this season.” “Maybe there have not been as many opportunities for me. But what is important now is that we work hard to improve as a team to rediscover the form we showed last season.”
“I hope I can continue to score. It gives me pleasure to score for this team – but the most important thing is that the team wins.” “It doesn’t matter who scores, we must win the match.” “We all need to contribute now.”
Yes – we lost again at Stoke, but the display was a vast improvement on the Southampton debacle – so that should give Alan Pardew, the players and even the fans some hope that we can soon get back to our winning ways.
We are hoping this is just a hiccup in our form, and it’s important to stay right behind the lads right now – a win on Monday night against Wigan is what we all want to see.
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