Papiss Cisse was the hero in the last leg of the Europa League tie against Russian side Anzhi, when he scored the only goal of the tie, three minutes into stoppage time, at St. James’ Park – and the Newcastle crowd went wild.
Cisse and Steven Taylor – Papiss had just scored late winner against Anzhi
But Cisse didn’t score in the two games following that triumph, two Premier League defeats at Wigan and Manchester City, that has placed the team just 3 points above the drop zone.
Manager Alan Pardew thinks the Senegal striker is simply not getting good enough service, and he had this to say in the Shields Gazette today:
“We know that if we can get the delivery right, he’ll score.” “Sometimes we’ve had to give credit to the opposition because they won’t let us get the quality service in there.”
“I heard Rob Lee say recently on the telly we aren’t getting quality in the box – but some teams won’t let us get quality in.”
Cisse has not has as good a season as he did last year, when he scored 13 goals in his first 14 appearances for Newcastle, after he joined us from SC Freiburg at the beginning of last year.
But the striker has still hit double figures this season with 10 goals in 38 appearances, and seven of those goals have been in the Premier League.
So Cisse has scored 23 goals in the fifteen months he’s been on Tyneside – all in 52 appearances, which is not too bad at all.
Let’s hope Papiss can get some decent service and add to that total on Thursday night in Lisbon.
And why did we let Shane Ferguson go out on loan, when the Irishman seemed to be able to find Cisse with those great left-wing crosses of his?
Howay The Lads!!
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