This photo below just about sums up how frustrated Papiss Cisse must have been last night after having two good goals disallowed, and then having other efforts saved by the goalkeeper – and one was a header with just 20 seconds to go in injury time.
Papiss Cisse – frustrated last night – who can blame him?
The big news being reported about last night’s game is that Papiss had two good goals disallowed by the same Norwegian linesman – one in each half – just to balance things out.
And goalkeeper Olexandr Goryainov saved three other good chances the Senegal striker had – but at least he forced the save from the goalkeeper – who had a very good game for Metalist Kharkiv.
It’s natural that Cisse thinks both goals should have been allowed, and they should have been:
“I think they were both goals – it’s down to the linesman.” “He said ‘no’, and once he’s made his decision it’s a no. There’s nothing you can do. It’s so frustrating.”
“I think we should be talking about a win.” “That would have been very, very good for the team.” “But the other team tried very hard and denied us. We just couldn’t get the win.”
“We can win the second leg – we’ll be going over there to give everything.” “We’re confident of still doing the job and getting through.”
We’ll hear a lot of our players say they will go to the Ukraine next Thursday night and win the game, and of course you’d hate it if they came out and said there’s no chance at all next week – but we’ll still make the trip.
But the truth is it will be very difficult, and maybe the best we can hope for is to score a goal there – and end up with a score draw and we can go through.
But we must try to win the game against Southampton the following Sunday, and we don’t want our best players tired for that game – because the Saints will come at us in that game, and they have shown some good form of late including a 3-1 home win last time out against Manchester City – the Premier League Champions.
We are tied on points with Southampton at 27, and it would be good to gain 3 points on them, especially since they hammered us 2-0 at St. Mary’s earlier this season, in one of our worst performances of the season.
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