Papiss Cisse had a chance after a couple of minutes on Thursday night in Lisbon, and then he scored a great team goal when he smashed in Sissoko’s cross after just 12 minutes, and then he hit the upright with the score still at 1-0, and in the first minute of the second half he was put through beautifully by Marveaux, and Papiss chipped the goalkeeper, but the ball agonizingly swerved away from goal and hit the upright and was cleared.
Papiss Cisse scoring last Thursday night
So the Newcastle number nine – with just a little bit of luck – could have had a hat trick after 46 minutes in the game on Thursday night.
And it seems that Papiss is getting back to the goal scoring form we saw last year at this time, and the Senegal striker now has 11 goals in his 39 appearances this season, and 24 goals since he joined us just over a year ago from German club SC Freiburg.
Alan Pardew had this to say about 27 year-old striker:
“His all-round game in Lisbon was as good as it’s been for us,” said Pardew. “His hold-up play and some of his trickery in attack at breaks was terrific. He had a couple of really clever moves that set us up on the break.”
“I think Cisse’s on the top of his form. Fulham will have to watch out.” “His movement was great and it was quick movement. I have never been worried about his work rate, which has gone unrecorded shall we say.”
“Papiss does an awful lot for this team. Not a lot of strikers work as hard off the ball as him. We are lucky he is in this rich vein of form.” “Looking to Thursday, if we are going to get the two or three goals we need to go through, we would need Papiss to get a couple. He likes the bigger games.”
When Papiss arrived in February of 2012 he scored goals out of nothing, and hit 13 goals in his 14 appearances last season – and we think this player can help Newcastle to Premier League safety by scoring goals in the next two vital home league games against Fulham and Sunderland.
And with both Aston Villa and Southampton both winning on Saturday, the pressure is definitely now on Newcastle.
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