Manager Hopes Newcastle Striker Will Do His Job

Papiss  Cisse scored his first goal in 11 appearances for Newcastle last night, and after missing a chance early on in the game he was set up brilliantly by Sammy Ameobi after 31 minutes, and the Senegal striker headed home in style.

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Papiss Cisse – after scoring first goal of the season last night

One reason we think Alan Pardew started Cisse in the game last night, was that so he could break his duck for the season, and the manager thinks it will only do Papiss good,  that he finally got on the scoring trail:

“The goals can settle a player down and hopefully it will. He’s not been as powerful as he should have been.”  “I think all strikers when they’re not scoring feel like they haven’t done their job.”

“He’s always disappointed if he hasn’t scored and that was an important goal. How important, we’ll have to wait and see.”  “They were two fantastic goal, both made by Sammy Ameobi”. ” Gouff’s goal was as good as I have seen at that end.”

“It was a great game and I was very impressed with both sets of supporters. “

We’ll see if Cisse can push on from here, and no doubt Alan is hoping Papiss can do that – but it’s not certain of course.

It would be good if the 28 year-old  can also get among the goals next Monday night at Everton, and certainly Alan Pardew will now have some selection posers for that game.

The Leeds United supporters did their club proud last night,  and they sang their heads off all game, and it seemed a great atmosphere at St. James’ Park.

Leeds United are currently 11th in the Championship this season, but they belong in the Premier League, and the sooner they can make the jump to the top tier in English football the better.

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169 comments so far

  • ArtyH

    Sep 26, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Yeh, good article.

  • G

    Sep 26, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m hoping that goal does the trick for Cisse, he seems to be a confidence player, and his confidence has looked shaky at best this season. With a bit of luck, that goal will have settled him a bit and floodgates will open now.

  • Spotlight Kid

    Sep 26, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Leeds are 13th not 11th, Ed. No good overstating their abilities to make our performance look better. They were mediocre but we were the better side on the night – no more, no less.

    Sadly Leeds will not back to St James’ any time soon unless we draw them in the FA Cup, or get r******d.

  • martoon

    Sep 26, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #4

    There is an old expression that “you can only beat what is in front of you”. We did that OK with only a couple of scares at the back. Imagine this Blog if we hadn’t won! Anybody think their tall striker Smith and young lad in midfield (I’ve forgotten his name) worth a punt in January?

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 26, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #5

    Last night was a good win, think we played much better and looked a bit more joined up, granted it was only leeds but still our team looked more settled.

    The only down side for me was debuchy, hate to sound overly critical, but the guy struggled all night against a championship winger…he did well going forward but defensively he looked lost again.

    Positives were dummet and sammy, both did a good job, dummett solid in defense (beat a few time but happens to everyone) and sammy did well, started getting his head up more than he has before.

    Gouffran was the biggest plus, looked good in the central striking role when cisse when off. He not only got a goal but managed to hold the ball up and lay it off nicely.

  • G

    Sep 26, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Young lad in midfield? Mowatt? Looked ok, but nothing special..

  • G

    Sep 26, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #7

    I can’t see Matt Smith ever playing the Prem if I’m honest Martoon. A move to a Championship club was a bit of a surprise to him as well as Leeds fans.

  • Wiz

    Sep 26, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Of course we are playing people like Gouffran and Sammy Ameobi, as well as less capable reinforcements such as Williamson, because we are giving more senior players a rest. It is reassuring they can step up to the plate against poor sides like Leeds. What is less clear is whether Pardew will try harder against Manchester City. Or is that when our policy in the cups (‘not a priority’ according to John Irving, our financial controller) kicks in and we put out the same kind of inferior side?

  • GenralHez

    Sep 26, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #9

    There is no point in keeping players who cannot cut it in the Premiership, i.e. Williamson and Obertran, get rid and free up some wages.

    Well done Sammy, Gouffran and Dummett; keep up the good work.

    Cisse, one goal does not make a season but well done anyway, keep your belief and more will follow.

  • toon kk

    Sep 26, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #10

    Great to get a win but lets not get carried away it was Leeds a bottom half team in the championship.

  • Nufc-83

    Sep 26, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #11

    I think that lad Smith would be a handful for any cb in the league he looked so strong. He looks young enough (not sure how old) in that he has time to develop his all round game and he should have hit the target with a few headers last night but overall he looks to have potential.

  • Blofal

    Sep 26, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #12

    Against Man City we will no doubt have to play Mbiwa instead of Willo. But for sure we should play Dummet and Sammy.

    To date Dummet has not shown to be any worse than both Santon or Debuchy in defence and Sammy has taken every opportunity given to him so far.. Both him and Sammy have got us into the next round and they deserve to keep going.

    Replace Cisse with Remy, Marveaux with Cabaye and Willo for Mbiwa and that team is a team that would give a good account of themselves.

    I wouldn’t personally start Ben Arfa against Man City as he gives up possession too often and thats too much of a risk given their players. Better off subbing him on later and letting him run at tired defenders.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 26, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #13

    My take on last nights match
    I quite liked the midfield of Tiote Anita and Marvo last night.
    With Tiote and Anita playing a more holding midfield role it allowed Marvo to be the play maker – Don’t know if it would work in Premier.
    I was more impressed with the Dummett, Sammi link up down the left – set up the first goal with two first time balls lightning quick move strike. But when Dummett went forward Sammi came back and acted as the full back which we failed to do on Saturday.

    Maybe HBA could learn from Sammi .

    Also mention for ‘Iron Mike’ stepped in last night and played well kept it simple and was also available for a pass out from Krul.

    Who does Pardew start upfront as I thought Goufran had another good game and capped it off with a very good goal.

    Krul has GOT to work on his distribution poor again last night

    Good atmosphere last night made by the Leeds fans who were outstanding in their support.

    And nice minutes applause on the 11th minute for Garry Speed.

  • G

    Sep 26, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #14

    Nufc-83, Smith is 24 and has spent most of his career with Oldham, or non-league. His goalscoring records down there are not exactly fantastic either.

  • SeanNufc87

    Sep 26, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #15

    Think our only hope against city is how poorly they defend without kompany, and hopefully pelagrini will see this cup as a non entity and rest him.

    Then we only have to worry about dzeko, negrado… nasri… milner… garcia *sigh* oh balls.

  • gaz 44

    Sep 26, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #16

    Charlie thought mike had a good game but as soon as I said to my dad sat at the side ‘Williamson has hardly put a foot wrong’ he totally mid kicked the ball in our own area lol, against a good prem team he’s a liability..
    Sammy man of match first half for me with Marv doing it in the second. Both impressed me as I’m not a fan of either..

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 26, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #17


    good summary there…willo looked a bit shakey at time but first real game for months so understandable.

  • VanToonMan

    Sep 26, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #18

    Spotlight Kid // Sep 26, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Leeds are 13th not 11th, Ed. No good overstating their abilities to make our performance look better. They were mediocre but we were the better side on the night – no more, no less.

    Sadly Leeds will not back to St James’ any time soon unless we draw them in the FA Cup, or get r******d.

    Spotlight LOL I really don’t think Ed intentionally said 11th instead of 13th in order to make our performance look better. If he wanted to overstate their abilities with that intention he would have chosen a higher position – 11th and 13th in the Championship is hardly much of a difference.

    Jeeeez some people on here are so negative and try and be too smart for their own good!

    I think it’s time for all those negative fans to leave this blog and everything newcastle united because the truth is we could win at Goodison Park on Monday and they would still complain. – Might as well relinquish everything Newcastle United and come back when they think something is actually good – whether that be in months or years time…or never

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 26, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #19


    Cheers lads

  • gaz 44

    Sep 26, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #20

    Need to get level 7 corner back, Leeds fans were brilliant out sang us for the full 90, I miss the atmosphere it used to create when we had the choir up there

  • fatman

    Sep 26, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #21


    you want negative fans to leave the blog just like you have left reality, never mind go in the corner and have a good cry, sure to make you fell better.

  • Slank

    Sep 26, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #22

    To me the outstanding aspects of our game yesterday was the way the lads kept the ball, the patience and the passing instead of the ever hopeful panic hoof the ball up the pack tactic.

    Also, the left side. What a difference it makes when the left back and the left winger both have left feet. It gives the team a natural balance. Unfortunately I don’t see Sammy and Dummitt ousting Remy and Santon. But a nice problem for Pardew.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 26, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #23

    Daft idea – maybe
    In away games if toon winning or drawing and home team pressing.
    Bring on Obertan.
    Reason got pace to burn and long ball or chip ahead as last night when Gosling fed him could sneak a goal.

    Pity he missed both chances last night.

    Also looking at last night. Marvo maybe be a bit more selfish and shoot – had a couple of chances last night to shoot but was looking for the pass

  • Slank

    Sep 26, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #24

    park tactic

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 26, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #25


    obertan did so well with the run, control and getting the chance….he needs to watch players like pedro, ronaldo, sanchez etc who get there and just drill it home….not watch the likes of walcott who more often than not tamely tap it down the middle at the keeper.


    Sep 26, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #26

    With Newcastle not playing this weekend, get your weekend plans here.

  • Slank

    Sep 26, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #27


    When I saw Obertan bearing down on their keeper and moving to his left and drawing the keeper the same way I yelled at him to slip it to the right (the keepers left), even a toe poke would do but alas no.

    He is not a natural finisher I’m afraid unlike Goofy who is. Goofy has all the instincts of a finisher. Very similar to Remy who knows where the goal is.

  • dcdick

    Sep 26, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #28

    It should have been a far more comprehensive victory last night
    And for that reason ………….

    Pardew out !!!

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Sep 26, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #29

    I really hope Pardew starts Gouffran ahead of Cisse on monday night. Cisse won’t score against a premier league team. Cisse cannot pass the ball. He cannot play a part in the build up play. He’s hopeless.

  • Coach

    Sep 26, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #30

    As a slightly off beat addition to your point about left footed players on the left, how about Santon wide on the right where he can cross without always cutting in on his right foot.

    He will also provide excellent cover for Debuchy who gets no support at all on the right. Against Hull, they clearly attacked that wing and Pardew did nothing to counter the tactic, he was completely out thought by Bruce. Other teams will have noted what happened so expect more of the same.

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 26, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #31

    north atlantic

    I wouldn’t write cisse off altogether, he is just in a very bad spell of form and doesn’t seem able to told the ball up or lay it off. He scored in a variety of league, including the prem but he doesn’t seem to be right anymore.

    I’d prefer remy or gouff in the middle with the other in the left.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 26, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #32

    Any fan who wants to comment on the club (as opposed to the team) needs to have read this, otherwise your comment just doesn’t count:

    I know some people think I talk a lot of sense, others just disagree with me and there are some idiots who are so far gone that they can’t see the wood for the trees. For what it’s worth, here’s my take.
    – the financial prudence makes perfect sense to me
    – it’s interesting that MA makes a difference between the £29M short-term loan (£18M outstanding) and the £111 long-term loan. It’s also interesting that MA has deferred the repayment of the £18M which surely gives us room to maneuver in the transfer market this season
    – £58M debt on the stadium plus £29M debt on player transfers signed before MA took over is a lot of debt
    – I can understand MA hiring JFK because he knows him and trusts him but I still think he’s the wrong man for the ob. But MA operates like that.
    – Ok, loan signings weren’t made because we were planning to fill our 1/2 slots in the squad with permanent transfers that didn’t happen Doesn’t justify not being in for Lukaku
    – How is JFK not responsible for no transfers in? If Gomis etc. had extenuating circumstances, a good DoF should have back-up plans (i.e. Lukaku on loan)
    – agree that there are stupid nasty rumours about JFK though. Those don’t help the club.
    – VERY disappointed that the club are stating that they will put PL performance ahead of cup success. But at least they are honest and I reckon most clubs are the same.
    – Mention of Category 1 status but no confirmation that we are. Anyone seen anything?
    – I really think the Sports Direct advertising is chicken feed. People shouldn’t be bothered about that.
    – Confirmed exactly what I said that the TV deal benefited some clubs more than us. But those clubs are at more risk of implosion than us.

    Overall I think it’s pretty good and at least we have some answers about where the club is and where it’s going. Most of their decisions make sense, they just could have communicated the reasons a little better.

    Biggest disappointment for me is definitely the attitude to the cups. I’d rather we finished 17th and won a trophy than finished 7th and won nothing. I think most fans would agree.

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Sep 26, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #33

    Obertan missed great opportunities but he created a lot more than Cisse with his runs. Obertan for Cisse on any day.

  • Assam Toon

    Sep 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #34

    next up man city….and our priority is not the cup…that is very scary indeed. if our first team loses 4-0, what will the fringe players do? the record defeat in league cup is 10-0 by the way. man city on the other hand doesn’t seem to have a weaker side these days.

  • Assam Toon

    Sep 26, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #35

    the club said at nust meet that they bought in january because they predicted that the market will see inflation due to all the TV money…they were right, almost everybody overpaid on someone or the other this summer. that’s super business skills, but the real reason for the january shopping was the slump in our form, wasn’t it?

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 26, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #36


    I disagree on lukaku…we had no chance with him.

    He wanted west brom but chelsea wanted him to go to everton, a club which finished 6th and have a chance to kick on and get first team footballl (not nailed on with us…although he would walk into our 11 pardew would pick cisse)

  • Slank

    Sep 26, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #37


    ‘Biggest disappointment for me is definitely the attitude to the cups. ‘

    Sods law says we will now do well or better than we have done in recent years (no mean feet).

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 26, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #38

    They are answers but the striking lack of ambition to win a trophy (seeing as we wont win the league) leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.

    1. because i want to see us lift a trophy

    but mainly

    2. the owner is directing the manager on what team he should be putting out in cups

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 26, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #39


    I think the question is, did we go in for him?

    At Everton surely it’s him or Jelavic? I’d be surprised if they will play them both together too often. Gomis is a similar player to Lukaku, so would he have been willing to join us as a squad player?

  • Spotlight Kid

    Sep 26, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #40


    I was being, err, sardonic about Leeds’ lowly position to emphasise the inescapable fact that we were playing a mediocre mid-table Championship club, and while our performance was satisfactory (the ball was being played on the deck which was good to see) it was far from 100% convincing (especially defensively).

    If AP can repeat this result against Citeh, I will be the first on here to give credit. Meanwhile, I suggest, it’s the Hull result which you should be more concerned about.

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