Pardew – It Was A Quality Cross And Finish – It Was Magnificent

Papiss Cisse powered a header home after three minutes and two seconds of added time tonight,  when he converted a wonderful Sylvain Marveaux right wing cross to take Newcastle United through to the quarter finals of the Europa League. It was an unbelievable finish to the game.

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A concerned looking Alan Pardew tonight

This is what a delighted Alan Pardew said on ESPN after the game:

“It was a marvellous finish,” “Papiss did it on Sunday and did it again on Thursday night.” “It was a quality cross and he finished it off.”

“We did a lot better in the second half and put them under pressure and when you put them under pressure something gives.”  “I think we’ve put out one of the best teams in the competition if I’m honest.”

“We just squeezed over the line and I’m highly delighted. We’ve had a very, very tough two games.”  “In the first half we got the runaround a bit, but in the second half we got stuck in and we did it,” 

“Papiss has stepped up to the plate and scored and got us through to the quarter-finals. It was magnificent.”

Newcastle had a poor first half and Anzhi were the better side, and had a few decent chances to score, which they didn’t take.

And then after 56 minutes the game was turned on its head when Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez was sent off after 55 minutes, and Newcastle pressed but Anzhi still managed to hit the cross bar with a fantastic Mbark Boussoufa free kick.

The Newcastle defense just about held Anzhi, who looked an excellent team tonight, and it was Newcastle’s fourth successive clean sheet in a home European game this season.

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7 comments so far

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 14, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #1

    2 assists in two games for Marv.

  • Somerset Mag

    Mar 14, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #2

    It would be nice to draw Benfica in the next round.

    I’d be disappointed if we drew Spurs or Chelsea.

  • LeToonARMY

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #3


    Santon Taylor Yanga Hadira

    Marveux Sissoko Cabaye

    Ben Arfa Cisse Campbell

    R Taylor

  • LeToonARMY

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #4

    **Hopefully we can play with a team like that**

  • Sav

    Mar 15, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #5

    Tiote shudda been booked for dangerous play, he gave away the ball in bad positions so many times. He needs to get back to basics, keep it simple and quick. And Sissoko hasn’t looked the world-beater we hyped the lad up to be during the last 2 games. He needs to get his head up and his wits about him.

  • Charlietoon

    Mar 15, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Sav you need to pull your expectations in. When Sissoko started turning it on I bet you were full of admiration and excitement. Now you have decided he has to score every week and of course being a 1.8mill buy we should expect a world beater shouldn’t we?

  • geordiehammer

    Mar 15, 2013 at 5:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Have to agree with Sav, Sissoko gave the ball away to cheaply last night, thought overall we looked a bit tired but still managed to grind out a result!
    Onwards and upwards, bring on Wigan!


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