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Newcastle 1 Fulham 0 – Cisse Wins It – Full Match Report

6:10 pm, Sunday, April 7th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 46 Comments

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 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?

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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.

Comments welcome.


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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46 responses so far ↓

  • 1 AS MAGS // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Can anyone confirm if that was Cisse’s 5th yellow of season.god I hope not.

  • 2 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    cheers alan. Thought he had more for some reason

  • 3 Alan Pas-de-clue // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    the derby looks like a battle of the PDC’s

  • 4 Alan Pas-de-clue // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    5th yellow yes but only 4th in the league

  • 5 Ketsbaia9 // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Looks like it’s Stoke, QPR and Reading going down. Can’t see Villa going down now.

  • 6 Alan Pas-de-clue // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:17 PM


    wigan still have a very real chance, have some difficult fixtures and some pivotal 6 pointers

  • 7 AS MAGS // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    You sure it’s only 4th domestic,league and cups re combined

  • 8 geordie157 // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    So when QPR go down, who wants Remy?? Great finish today. Wigan or Stoke to go with Reading and QPR.

  • 9 ToonDownSouth // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    The yellows get reset in January so it’s irrelevant what the season total is, no?

  • 10 yo-yo // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    There’s still a part of me that really wants the unwashed to go down. Happy to see Wigan Reading and QPR go down mind

  • 11 Alan Pas-de-clue // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    4th, the 5th was in europe

  • 12 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Kets…why stoke?

    Think chances are it’s either Villa, Sunderland or Wigan!

  • 13 Alan Pas-de-clue // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    and i wasnt aware that the yellows get reset in jan

  • 14 Alan Pas-de-clue // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    looking at the run in to me its between stoke wigan and sunderland. villa seem to be hitting ‘form’

  • 15 Bambams // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Would you lot take Remy ?

  • 16 manxpie // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    toonbrother repost

    toonbrother ther’s no doubt hes done well in his first season but the way sum “fans” saying that he’s brilliant and should replace pardew, i just pointed out that without there STAR player this season they would have struggled massively as where pardew has had to deal with many injuries all season to key players and also swansea have played the way they play since they were in the championship!
    you can’t say thats laudrops influence?
    and for me pardew needs a full season with his team he got half last season and we all seen wat happened and he should have got the second in the summer but he’s got them now in january all in all he deserves another season with a full squad to work with that he’s never had btw
    and i can add martinez to that aswell with “fans” thinking he’s great and should replace pardew!!

  • 17 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    The Newcastle vs. Sunderland at STJ is my favorite game of the year…and I am miles away from Newcastle!

    …would miss that game if they went down. Would actually like to see Middlesborough back in the PL 🙂

  • 18 daztoon // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Would like to see Wigan drop lost all respect for them and floppy chops is right they have had so much luck lately

  • 19 Footballwatch // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    If you wish you can watch the game’s highlights and later the game in full on

  • 20 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Bambams…I don’t think Newcastle would take Remy which is all that matters!

    …I honestly don’t care; I don’t bare a grudge,but truth to be told I think he all about the money and we will have to meet his £80k a week wage demand.

    Would Newcastle want to do that?

  • 21 manxpie // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    jesper did you see this post?

    toonbrother exactly and that goes for the manager aswell
    to be honest if laudrop doesn’t move this season i can’t wait to see what his second season is like when all the expectations and injuries kick in for him if his key player in michu was injured imagine where they’d be??
    i mean we’ve only had key players injured like krul,collo,santon,debuchy,taylor,cabeye,tiote n arfa and quite a few more but jesper seems to think that we,ve had normal injuries and as many others have pointed to laudrop bein an outstanding manager!
    we’ll see next season!

  • 22 9 // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    As said elsewhere, the derby match could be one of the most significant of all time. The current fortnight we’re in equally is of more dramatic possibilities, good and bad, than any I can remember: that is undoubtedly the case, we’ve never before been so close to a major trophy and major relegation at the same time! And to repeat an earlier point, as we stay up (cert, now) and QPR go down (cert) although I don’t as yet know the contractual situations, I do know our squad would be really strengthened by signing 3 and a more unlikely 4th of their players;
    Remy (obviously; don’t stand on wounded pride, this never helped anyone)
    Hoilett (fancied him like anything last year, how much better is he than that loser Obertan?)
    Taraabt (who else could give us such cover for the superb, but rarely available, HBA?)
    Samba (also fancied him like mad last year, but nor quite sure how financially available/age/commitment we might get)

  • 23 t00ntime // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    So i got laughed at when i said play jonas as LB this morning…. He had a great game.

  • 24 toon252 // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Don’t think we’ll see Remy in the Toon –

    He had his chance, chose money over us (Can’t blame the lad we were in a bad position and at the end of the day it’s his job), if the rumours where true that he told NUFC that he woke up late and was on his way on the next flight then can’t see MA letting that go!

    Hopefully we get PEA who has more pace, more skill and less injury prone!

  • 25 Ewokshatemackems // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Remy, Hoilett and Taraabt are mud. They should stick with Harry in the championship

  • 26 Carryingcoals // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Great great win. Loved the end scenes. How I saw the game today

  • 27 Ketsbaia9 // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Can only see Stoke getting 3 more points. They have the toughest run-in. Can see the rest picking up at least 7 points each.

    Stoke are in a mess.

    Sunderland have a couple of winnable home games.

    Wigan might need to beat Villa on the game of the season.

    I think Villa will get over 40 points.

  • 28 daztoon // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    I`d take him any day with a side foot finish like that.

  • 29 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    manxpie…reading it as we speak!

    Well the last time we meet Swansea they had 5 first team players injured and they did just fine!

    Michu has been out injured and so has Vorm. I actually think he would do just fine – Laudrup has been great at getting the best out of what he’s got before and he never seem to complain about the status quo!

    I actually think tads has posted the injurielist for both this and last season and the conclusion was that we were not really that worse for wear.

    Actually last season might end up being worse than this one.

    But honestly I don’t really care what other managers do or don’t do. I care about Newcastle and how Pardew does with what he’s got.

  • 30 toon252 // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    I hold my hands up.. I’ve been slating Pards and Jonas, but today Jonas was outstanding.. Like the days when he first signed , the game against Man Utd – Skipping past players for fun.

    It was great to see Pardews reaction, He loves the club but I still stand by what I said, If we are to get to the next level we need a new manager!

    I think Yanga-Mbiwa has given us that something we lacked with Colo and Tayls, pace – He is so quick over ten yards. Hopefully he picks something from training with Colo and develop into the World Class CB he looks

  • 31 hugotoon // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Pardew has certainly been poor at times with his management and substitutions this season, but he should be given huge credit for today. If you compare the tactics towards the end of todays game compared to that woeful, woeful day against Reading, there has been a very positive change. To put it into perspective in the final 10 minutes when Pards took off Simpson, Newcastle were playing with 3 strikers, 2 wingers, 3 creative midfielders and 2 Centre Backs, although some of this was enforced. Pardew properly went for it today and when Cisse scored and Pards went mental. I went crazy! Come on, lets slay the scum and get a top ten finish!!

  • 32 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    It’s funny how Jonas was more attacking playing at LB than he does as a winger 🙂

  • 33 Bambams // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    On the Remy issue he must have agreed to what we were offering or would not have started travelling in the first place. So he would not get £80k a week from us that he got from them.

    I am split, if we can get another like toon252 suggests PEA I would be happy but I think others are looking at him.

    Remy looks ideal, why did he have to be such a greedy buggrr….. Would have fitted in well .

    In Carr we trust……

  • 34 WWYCD // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Hey where’s everyone who was on pre game? Oh wait we won didn’t we! My mistake

  • 35 Mister Tuff // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    We were very lucky today -however it is matterless now as we have a massive 3 points. i think the QPR v Wigan result was good ie -they both dropped points. With QPR definitely going down along with Reading -all in all not a bad day for the Toon. Spirits must be high now for Thursday -we might get a win.
    Wigans’ next game is against Man City – so no points for them there.

    Another win against the Roker jokers and we should be home and dry.

    I expect in the summer at least half a team of reinforcements -minimum of five players. To get anywhere we need 2 players per position. I think Jesper mentioned this a while ago in respect of an interview Laudrup did a few weeks ago about his days at Barcelona.

  • 36 IITianToon // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    And on a side note, CONGRATS BRAD INMAN.. another cup winner from our loanees!!! 🙂

  • 37 toon252 // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    We know 1 thing.. This Summer will finally prove how much ambition MA has – With the new TV deal, hopefully we’ll see a few ‘purples’..

  • 38 ToonDownSouth // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Let’s not be fooled into thinking Jonas is perfect LB cover – the City game showed that he really really isn’t.

    He was brilliant today, but Fulham didn’t exactly stretch our defense today because we kept them pinned back all match.

  • 39 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    manxpie…about your post #16, Laudrup actually have a different style than both Martinez and Rodgers. They all play a continental style with pass and move, but basically all they got in common.

    In my book Laudrup have bought better players and taken them to a whole new level.

    Just my opinion.

  • 40 Eddie // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Marvellous result and great application from the lads. Many creditable performances today but a special mention for Jonas who exemplified everything that was good about us – gracias Jonas, eres un leon.

  • 41 ToonDownSouth // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Mister Tuff

    Were we lucky? Hit the woodwork 3 times, should have had a penalty & red card for one of them, and lost a player 20 minutes in.

    I’d call that unlucky to be honest 😐

  • 42 Mister Tuff // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    TDS @41 -well yes we had some bad luck during the game -but towards the end I’m sure everyone thought it was going to be a 0 – 0 draw – it looked like we were never going to score so for us to get the rub of the green in the final minutes I think was a bit lucky (compared to the lack of luck this season) -we did keep going though which was a good point.

  • 43 Jamiemac // Apr 7, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Mister Tuff

    I would love it if you could explain to me how we were ‘very lucky’

  • 44 Byker Boy // Apr 7, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Fantastic result in fact “THE” result of our season.

  • 45 Alan Pas-de-clue // Apr 7, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    yanga and taylor looks like a great partnership

  • 46 Mister Tuff // Apr 7, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Jamiemac @43 – As I explained previously @42.
    After all the bad luck we have encountered -not just in this game -for us to get a result today when it really did look like a 0 -0 draw seems to me that we were lucky or very lucky.
    Opposite of bad luck is good luck.

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