Papiss Cisse had two goals disallowed last night, and on three other occasions he went close, but each time hit the goalkeeper – but one of these days Cisse will score a goal for each of the chances he gets in games, like he was doing a year ago, and the real key for a striker is to gett into positions where he can score – and Cisse is doing that.
Papiss Cisse – cannot believe he hasn’t scored
It’s a pity for the Senegal man that his two good goals were disallowed, but there seems to be a promising partnership developing between the impressive Moussa Sissoko and Cisse, as the Frenchman laid on a number of chances last night, and Papiss was just a little unlucky not to get on the score-sheet.
Alan Pardew had this to say about Papiss after the game, and the manager doesn’t seem too worried about his form:
“He hasn’t seen the replays yet and I think that will just hinder his sleep somewhat.” “But he looks sharp and he keeps getting in there. The last three or four games, he has had more chances than he has had all season.”
“With all strikers, they feel a lot better when they score. When he looks back and sees those two goals, he will be disappointed.” “But it will just put fire in his belly, hopefully, for the return leg or the game against Southampton, wherever he plays.”
You start to worry about strikers and the team if there are no chances created in a game, but that’s not happening with Newcastle, and we carved out about five or six decent chances last night against Metalist Kharkiv, who looked a good and well organized side.
Tim Krul also is looking like he’s getting back to his best form, as he made a terrific save in the first half on the half hour, as he managed to block Cleiton Xavier’s close-range header – a great save from the Newcastle goalkeeper to keep the scores level.
And as we said after the game, there were some positive things to take away from the game – not least of which was a clean sheet for the first time since we drew 0-0 with Norwich on January 12th.
And the defense looked solid enough and well organized, and new signing Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa had a very solid starting debut for Newcastle – and he looks a good player – but we already knew that.
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