In the last seven games in all competitions Newcastle have scored 7 goals, and Papiss Cisse, Newcastle’s number 9, has scored five of them – and three of them have been scored in stoppage time that won the game for Newcastle.
Papiss Cisse – sweeping the ball home in added time last Sunday against Fulham
That probably puts into perspective just how important this striker is for Newcastle at the moment, and let’s hope Papiss is in goalscoring for tomorrow’s game against Sunderland, where anything less than a win will be a huge let-down – after Newcastle’s heroics this season in the Europa League.
Papiss is the man in goalscoring form at the moment and he now has 13 goals in all competitions, the same as Demba Ba – who left Newcastle for Chelsea in early January.
And Papiss played in this fixture last season, when Sunderland almost got a rare win over Newcastle, but that man Shola Ameobi scored a dramatic equalizer in stoppage time to spare Newcastle’s blushes.
Papiss has told the local press today that the intensity of the game took him by surprise last March, but he will be ready for the derby tomorrow:
“Last season when I played in the game against Sunderland it was difficult for me.” “It was early in my career. Now, though, I know what this game is all about.”
“I remember my first derby. We were losing 1-0 and the manager called for Shola Ameobi.” “He came on and saved us. The fans celebrated so much to see a 1-1 draw.”
“That was the moment I knew how important the game was. This year I will do better.” “I also think the Sunderland game is one for Shola.” “If the manager picks me on the pitch I will try with everything I have.”
“Maybe I will score as well in the game.” “Shola loves to score in this game so we will see.”
Newcastle will have players like Yohan Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko, Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux playing at some time tomorrow, and every one of them can set up the chances for the Senegal striker – and one of these days Cisse’s going to put every chance he gets into the back of the net, and not hit the post or narrowly miss, as has happened in the last several games.
If that’s against Sunderland tomorrow, it’s going to be a happy day indeed for the Geordie fans.
Let’s know how you think the game will go tomorrow.
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