Alan Pardew gave his press conference yesterday for the game at Manchester United tomorrow, and he seemed upbeat after the hard-fought win against QPR, which we really needed, and he said it would be a busy Christmas Day for the manager and his players.
Papiss Cisse – work-rate praised by the manager
Newcastle will have a morning training session to prepare for the game at the Red Devils and then they will spend some time with their families before they board the plane to take them to Manchester for the game tomorrow afternoon, which has a normal 3:00 pm kickoff.
And Alan was asked about Papiss Cisse, who seemed visibly frustrated at being taken off amid boos from the Newcastle crowd on Saturday, but the Newcastle manager has paid tribute to Cisse’s work-rate, although the goals are not there this season – so far – with only four goals in all competitions for the Senegal captain.
But Alan Pardew said there were reasons for that:
“I think Papiss is just a victim of our injury program, if I’m honest” “Without Ben Arfa and Cabaye we’ve lacked a bit of flair and quality in the final third and of course if you’ve got that it creates moments for Papiss to finish.”
“He hasn’t had a lot moments in games but his work-rate, his commitment to the cause, cannot be faulted and we continue to work with him and hopefully he’ll get the goals soon.”
It’s going to be a tough game tomorrow afternoon, and we have a feeling that Shola Ameobi and Gabby Obertan will start the game, and maybe even Sylvain Marveaux, and it looks like the reliable and solid James Perch will fill in for the absent Cheick Tiote, who is banned from this game because he picked up his fifth booking against QPR.
We don’t really expect too much out of this game, but we want to see a fighting performance from our lads and some solid and determined defensive play.
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