Papiss Cisse has not been in goal-scoring form for Newcastle so far this season, and on Saturday Papiss must have had about three fairly good chances, but he couldn’t convert any of them, but on another day he could have had a hat trick, and it’s just when strikers are not scoring goals, nothing seems to go for them.
Papiss Cisse in action on Saturday
Make no mistake that Newcastle’s performance in that first half on Saturday was absolutely first-rate ( we watched the whole game again yesterday), and we could have easily been 4-0 up at the break with a little bit of luck, and it was Loic Remy who scored the two goals form about six good chances Newcastle created in the first half, and they certainly were not easy chances that Loic converted.
They were both excellent striker goals, and it’s good that the Frenchman is in good form while Papiss continues to struggle.
Alan Pardew said in the Chronicle today that he even felt a bit sorry for the Senegal International on Saturday:
“I felt sorry for Papiss in Cardiff on Saturday.” “I thought two or three things could have dropped for him during the game, but they didn’t.”
“So hopefully he can score when he is away with Senegal this week. That would do him the world of good.” “They have a massive game against the Ivory Coast and it’s one I’m looking forward to watching.”
Senegal plays the Ivory Coast this Friday in Abidjan, but the return leg is not 16th October as we said this morning – it’s the 16th November (sorry about that mistake), and that game is in Casablanca, Morocco – since Senegal are banned from playing their home games in Senegal.
There is a ban in place at the Leopold Senghor Stadium in Dakar, and the ban was for the riot there last October, when Senegal hosted the Ivory Coast in an African Cup qualifier, and their fans invaded the pitch and started fires both on the pitch and in the stadium – when they were losing the game.
The winner of the two legs goes through to the 2014 World Cup Finals in Brazil next summer, so they are vitally important games for both countries.
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