It was just a terrific result this afternoon for a Newcastle team who piled on the pressure against Fulham in the second half looking for the winner, and when the TV commentators said it was now do or die for the Magpies, with almost three minutes of added time already played, it was that man Papiss Cisse who scored a terrific individual goal which got all three points for Newcastle and we are now on 36 points from 31 games – and 5 points above the drop zone and 3 points off 10th placed Fulham.
Papiss Cisse scores the winner – unbelievable
This is how we saw the game as it happened this afternoon.
The crowd was over 51,000 when the game kicked off this afternoon – and that’s another excellent crowd at St. James’ Park.
On 11 minutes Moussa Sissoko on the right wing swung over a cross and Steven Taylor from about eight yards out had a decent chance, but he put the ball way over the bar – and he should really have done better.
After 17 minutes yet another injury fort Newcastle, when Davide Santon was seen to pull up with what looked like a hamstring strain, and he’ll now be out several weeks – what’s going on?
Davide Santon carried off with hamstring problem – yet another injury
After 24 minutes there was a a bit of a scare for Newcastle when a cross from Damien Duff had Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa trying to clear the ball, but he sliced it almost into his own net- but it went just wide for a corner.
On 32 minutes Marveaux put Cisse through but Cisse hit the ball over the bar first time with his right foot – and Marveaux was wide open in the middle – and a simple pass to him surely would have been the opening goal.
And then a fantastic save from Tim Krul saved Newcastle, after a corner had found Stanislav Manolev free, and only a great reaction save from the Dutch International saved Newcastle and the ball was scrambled clear. That was close.
Half time came – and you could see the tension in the Newcastle players, and it had been a fairly even first half but Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer still had to make a save so while Newcastle created some chances our finishing was poor.
Newcastle started well in the second half – and the question would be do they have the legs to be able to get the result, after their efforts in Lisbon, and after 53 minutes a great Vurnon Anita shot was deflected and hit the cross bar and went over, with the goalkeeper completely beaten.
After 57 minutes Gouffran made a run down the left wing and put over a cross for Cisse, but the striker’s first touch was poor and the goalkeeper got the ball.
Then five minutes later a corner was headed towards goal by Gouffran but it seemed to be blocked on the line by a Fulham defender with his arm, but referee Friend didn’t blow for a penalty – that was close.
Newcastle were putting pressure on Fulham, but then John Arne Riise put in a great free kick into the box and Berbatov headed the ball towards the goal, but it was Tim Krul again who saved it magnificently as he pushed the ball over the bar – Tim saved Newcastle there – what a goalkeeper this lad is.
Then Shola Ameobi came on for Yoan Gouffran after 69 minutes, and Yoan had looked sharp today, and it was a little surprising he was taken off.
Newcastle continued to press, and on 77 minutes it was Danny Simpson down the right wing, who sent in a great cross to Shola Ameobi at the far post – but Shola headed the ball wide – and the local lad should have done a lot better.
After 81 minutes Alan Pardew made an attacking change, and brought on young Adam Campbell who came on for Danny Simpson, with Anita going to right-back, and Newcastle want the 3 points today.
And in the final 10 minutes or so of the game Newcastle kept pressing Fulham, who were falling deeper and deeper as Newcastle pummelled the London side trying to get the all important winner.
There’s going to be five minutes of added time and Newcastle are really pressing for the winner – as the ball goes into and out of the penalty area – the tension is almost unbearable – and I’ve aged another couple of years in the second half.
And then the unbelievable happened – what again? – and the ball is played into the box once again by Yohan Cabaye – and he finds Papiss Cisse, who somehow chipped the ball over the heads of the tall Fulham defenders, and then turned and smashed the ball into the back of the net – a simply unbelievable strike from Papiss Cisse – and it must be all 3 points for Newcastle now – surely.
Cisse goes straight into the crowd who are delirious and the TV camera shows Alan Pardew being mobbed by Newcastle fans – and he’s pulled away by a steward – and the Londoner looks disheveled and his hair is ruffled and his shirt is hanging out of his pants – and he’s deliriously happy – what a scene!!
What a finish to the game – and oh – by the way – Papiss got a yellow card for going into the crowd – but the referee blows the final whistle and that’s it – a wonderful win.
Newcastle move up to 13th place in the table with what is simply the perfect result today.
Now to hammer Sunderland next Sunday at home, and they lost 2-1 at Chelsea, after scoring the first goal, and are now 5 points behind Newcastle in 4th bottom place.
And at QPR – Wigan equalized in the final minute of stoppage time, after a late strike from Loic Remy had put QPR 1-0 ahead.
Newcastle are now 5 points above the drop zone with 6 games to play, but we are only 3 points behind Fulham in 10th place – so we have to beat Sunderland next Sunday.
A wonderful result today for the lads.
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson (Adam Campbell 81), Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon (Vurnon Anita 17); Sylvain Marveaux, Yohan Cabaye (c), Moussa Sissoko, Jonas Gutierrez; Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran (Shola Ameobi 69)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Mike Williamson, Gael Bigirimana, Gabriel Obertan
Fulham (4-4-1-1): Mark Schwarzer; Sascha Riether, Philippe Senderos, Brede Hangeland (c), John Arne Riise; Stanislav Manolev (Hugo Rodallega 81), Eyong Enoh (Emmanuel Frimpong 51), Giorgos Karagounis, Damien Duff; Bryan Ruiz; Dimitar Berbatov
Subs not used: Neil Etheridge, Aaron Hughes, Kieran Richardson, Urby Emanuelson, Kerim Frei
Referee: Kevin Friend
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