No Problems With Papiss Cisse Form

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.

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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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13 comments so far

  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 15, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Cisse is a cracking CF.

    I hear some people say his movement is crap.

    I believe he contributes tirelessly throughout every game and his movement is good.

    His goals should have stood last night and he linked up well with Suduko.

    The goals will flow shortly cos he’s always there in good positions.

  • Griff-toon

    Feb 15, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #2


    Hi chaps!

    Good game yesterday. Unlucky not to win it. We did enough to win and had 2 goals wrongly dissalowed.

    I thought Jonas had a good game and I cant understand why so many are always on the players backs after every single game.

    Metalist where good with the ball at their feet, we needed defencive minded players to close them down effectively so they would make bad passes. I thought we succeded in this and they didnt have to many clear cut chances.

    Cisse has a lot of chances and its only a matter of time before they start hitting the net more often. Oh and 2 of those chances actually where good goals. What about thet finish for the second one?? Not bad

    Tiote is having a bad patch, I believe however that he will get back to his former self. Remember when he was absolutely bossing the midfield and so strong on the ball. Everyone was afraid he would leave.

  • spitfire_

    Feb 15, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #3

    I wondering does Pardew now regret for his decision for sacrifice Cisse for Ba.

  • pawl250

    Feb 15, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #4

    2nd Leg Team –

    ——————- Krul ———————–
    Santon – Mbiwa – Coloccini – Haidara
    ————- Anita – Perch —————–
    Sissoko —— Cabaye ——- Marveaux
    ——————- Cisse ———————

    Against Southampton –

    ———————– Krul ———————
    Debuchy – STaylor – Coloccini – Santon
    —————- Tiote —- Cabaye ———–
    Jonas ———– Sissoko ——– Gouffran
    ——————— Cisse ———————-

    Players playing both games – Krul, Santon, Colo, Cabaye, Sissoko, Cisse

    Thats 6 players, without losing much quality, personally I dont see why ALL players cannot have a whole 7 day rest now, then play 1 game (albeit in Russia, but not exactly swimming there) then 2 days rest before playing Southampton at home?

    We should be ok, especially given its ANOTHER 6 days rest until next game against Swansea. These are fit footballers, but we need to get through the EL round for the sake of having something to look forward to this season, although I do not want to be relegated but I dont think we will get relegated if am honest.

  • pawl250

    Feb 15, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Ukraine rather lol

  • toon1707

    Feb 15, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #6

    At the end of the day if the linesman had kept his flag down twice cisse would have 2 goals to his name and people would start singing his praises again its not his fault that 2 decisions went against him. I for one believe he will find his firm again

  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 15, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #7


    Agree with your summary.

    The thing with Tiote or any other player for that matter. Every single player that has ever played have been thru bad spells and poor run of form.

    It’s about remembering what standard they have achieved and having patience.

    Of course, some players get injured and it can affect their form for the rest of their careers, like Torres for example, but Tiote has not been so, its simply a matter of time before he returns to form.

    Fans can be so fickle.

  • dominnit

    Feb 15, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #8

    Anyone else tearing their hair out watching Gutierrez last night?
    Sure people may argue that he loves the club and works his socks off, I agree. But, he continuously loses the ball, his runs go nowhere apart form the sidelines, he cannot shoot to save his life and his crossing… Well that is just diabolical. So many good positions in the past few games to put in a half decent cross so someone can get a head on but every time he scuffs it.
    Please Pards, grow a pair and drop him.

  • Topbanana

    Feb 15, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #9

    We will be slight underdogs for the return leg. However with a little bit of luck which was missing last night we are still in with a shout. Keep creating the chances as we did last night and you never know. HWTL.

  • big bob

    Feb 15, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #10

    need to play a high tempo in ukraine as there on a winter break still and looked tired when we got at them wht didnt taylor play right back last night and mbwia play centre back would have made more sense as mbwia looked a little lost going forward at rb also jonas time to have a rest cant believe obertan didnt start right wing and marveux on left

  • spudzzz

    Feb 15, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #11

    loads of positives for me…..sissocko tremendous….Mapou impressive…he will be some player and he’s fast as a rocket…exactly what our defense needed. guti had a dodgy 15 minutes at start of game but then was very good and started looking like his old self (except maybe for his crossing :))…cisse looked sharp and was unlucky….overall intensity, shape and movement was close to the best we produced last season…Up UP and AWAY

  • Sav

    Feb 15, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #12

    He better be good because he’s all we’ve got. If Cisse gets injured, we are cooked. Anyway, Parsds comments mean we won’t be resting Papiss on Thursday.

  • Bucks mag

    Feb 15, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #13

    His movement for his headed chance at the death was really good.

    However he needs to start scoring sharpish, I have no doubt he’s a top centre forward but he should have scored so many more goals this season.


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