Newcastle got the job done in the second half with a dominant display – and the only question was if Newcastle could get the winner, and Papiss Cisse did after three minutes of stoppage time afer Newcastle had hit the cross-bar once and the post twice.
Papiss Cisse confronts a frenzied Alan Pardew after the goal
After the game Alan Pardew talked about the financial implications of Newcastle staying in the Premier League this season:
“The financial implications and the implications for the fans made it a very special goal.” “You could not put a price on it. But you play to the last kick – just look at Manchester City’s goal last season that won the league.”
“It was a fantastic goal to lift it over the centre-half and score like that. It was a big moment because we all know the pressure we were under.” “We looked nervous and tired in the first half and we lacked composure.”
“But that last period got the crowd involved. That’s why we clinched it.”
Newcastle were ordinary in the first half and looked a little uncoordinated and we lost Davide Santon to a hamstring injury after 17 minutes and that could see the Italian International out for several months.
Fulham manager Martin Jol was disappointed but magnanimous in defeat:
“That was hard to take, but all credit to Newcastle.”
This emotional win sets up the next two games against Benfica on Thursday night and Sunderland next Sunday, and with another two sold-out St. James’ Park crowds, – it seems anything is possible.
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