Well, would you believe it – the Daily Express is reporting that Alan Pardew dressed down Newcastle hero Papiss Cisse at half time yesterday – because he was less then pleased with the striker’s performance in the first half, especially with one chance that was not taken.
Fantastic shot of Papiss Cisse after scoring sensational late winner
It was to do with that chance in the first half, when Sylvain Marveaux beautifully put the ball into the box to Papiss Cisse, who then swung his right foot and ballooned the ball over the bar, when Sylvain was all on his own in the middle of the penalty area – a huge chance lost by Newcastle in that first half yesterday.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Express:
“I don’t normally do it but I showed him a big chance we had in the first half.” “It was when he should have passed back to Sylvain Marveaux for a tap-in, to underline the composure we needed in the second half.”
“His reaction was very negative. He was so upset with himself, and I actually questioned whether it was the right thing to do.” “But then he goes and does what he did at the end of the game that no other player in our group would do.”
So to Papiss’ credit he took the criticism well, and you can see in the ten minutes or so before he scored, he was really anxious to put the ball into the back of the net – see how many time he’s involved in play in the last 10 minutes of the game yesterday.
And the way he did it – most players wouldn’t even think of doing what he did – they couldn’t do it if they tried.
Papiss chipped the ball over the Fulham defenders – and then with his second touch of the ball smashed it past the Fulham goalkeeper and into the back of the net – and it looked like it was even before the ball bounced – an unbelievable piece of skill from our Senegal striker.
We don’t think Alan dressed him down at the end of the game. 😀
A fantastic day yesterday for Newcastle fans – it’s what we dream of.
Here’s yet another look at that goal yesterday.
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