Newcastle played the first half with nor real flowing play and at the half we thought it may be difficult for us to get the win we desperately needed, especially against a good Fulham side who were on a decent run of form.
Papiss Cisse after scoring sensational late winner
But whatever Alan said at half time did the trick, because we were a different side in the second half – a more confident side, and we were opening up the Fulham defense and hit the cross-bar once and the post twice before Papiss Cisse got that sensational winner three minutes into stoppage time.
Alan Pardew was delirious after the goal, and we know he has some critics within the Newcastle fan base, but after seeing Alan’s reaction to the goal you have to at least admit the man’s heart is at Newcastle – it was amazing and the scenes when Cisse scored showed Newcastle in a great light – that’s what passion is!
This is what Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:
“There are a lot of teams around us who will be very disappointed with the result, which is good. That is good for us, it really is.” “I said before we went out – we just needed to find a way.”
“We just had to win and we did.” “It was a tense day.” “It was a tense day for us all.” “We all knew how important it was we got three points.”
“It did not really matter how they came.” “They came in the last minute, which led to the celebrations that followed.” “It was almost like winning the cup final. I did not give up hope.” “We had a great spell.”
“Sometimes you know, when teams are hitting you on the break and you do not have any ideas.” “But no, I felt we were in a good situation.”
“We were pressing and the crowd got involved. We just needed a half-chance.” “Papiss made a chance out of nothing, really, and it won us the game.
After the goal Papiss Cisse jumped into the crowd – as shown in the photo above and yes – he was given a yellow card – because you are not allowed to be that happy on a football pitch – it’s all in the rules.
We just wish the officials would lighten up a bit, and certainly the Newcastle fans and manager Alan Pardew lit up big time when Papiss scored – Alan was simply delirious – and Papiss was a man possessed – those scenes could only happen at Newcastle.
It’s called passion – and it has brought Newcastle some great publicity since yesterday afternoon – wonder if our striker target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw the scenes. 😀
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