Papiss Cisse scored two opportunistic goals at the Liberty Stadium on April 6th last year to give Newcastle a 2-0 win, and that was our fourth successive win, and we got two more against Bolton and Stoke City before crashing 4-0 at Wigan, when we conceded all four foals in the first half.
Papiss Cisse - scoring last week against Southampton – wow!!
Papiss has struggled a bit this year and currently has 8 total goals, with six of them in the Premier League, but since Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran arrived in January, he seems to have linked up well with them and is playing a lot better.
And of course he scored that sensational goal out of nothing last Sunday, when he let a free kick from goalkeeper Rob Elliot bounce once, and then he hit the ball into the back of the net with a superb strike to put Newcastle 2-1 up against the Saints just before the break.
It reminds me of a goal I scored at Walker Park when I was 10 years old back in the olden days, and the only difference is I think my shot went just a little bit faster than Papiss’ shot last Sunday.
Alan Pardew doesn’t seem to have many problems with Cisse, since he’s continued to work hard for the team throughout the ups and downs of the season, and his link up play has improved a lot over the last year.
This is what the Newcastle manager said about Papiss in the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“I think he is a bit chirpier and that’s down to goals. Strikers do that. You can see that goal lifted him like it would lift anybody, let’s be honest.” “But his work-rate and the effort he has put in, you have to say has been pretty consistent.”
“And he did not put in extra effort against Southampton, he just got a wonder goal; sometimes that takes you to another level. Hopefully, it does with Papiss.” “We have good memories of this Swansea pitch because he was the difference last year.”
“Whereas Swansea had a lot of possession, they did not really have that cutting edge, which I think they have improved on, and we did have a cutting edge with Papiss deciding it that day.”
Let’s hope that Papiss Cisse shows his very best goal-scoring form today at the Liberty Stadium, and if he does then we could even win the game and move up the league table.
And Newcastle are trying to ensure they have sell-outs in all our remaining home games in the league, and to that end the club have announced a cheap ticket deal for the Stoke game a week tomorrow, and are offering a £50 ticket that will guarantee a seat for two adults and two children.
That’s a great deal – and as the famous Yankee’s catcher Yogi Berra said when you come to a fork in the road – take it!
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