Alan Pardew was unhappy that Loic Remy took the first half penalty against Stoke and missed it, and the manager was not at all happy at half time, because Yohan Cabaye is the official penalty taker for Newcastle.
Papiss Cisse shows great technique in scoring from penalty spot on Saturday
We dare say an issue wouldn’t have been made of it if Loic had scored, but he missed and it was a poor penalty and Pardew showed his irritation in the dressing room at the break.
And he was asked if he was annoyed that Papiss took the penalty in the second half, and this is what he said:
“I was still expecting Yohan to take the second penalty, but to pass the penalty onto Papiss was a lovely touch, and I thought Papiss’ finish was very very clinical and great for the fans, because we all want him to do well.”
“We are all desperate for Papiss to do well and he came over and apologized for taking the penalty after the game, and I thought that was a nice touch.”
By all accounts Papiss is a great lad in the dressing room and extremely humble, just like Demba Ba was in his magical but too short eighteen months stay on Tyneside.
That goal will have done Papiss the world of good, and of course the same thing happened last season when he was allowed to take a penalty in the home game to Norwich a year last September, to get back on the goal track.
But on that occasion he ballooned the ball over the bar – but we still won 1-0 through a goal from – who else – Demba Ba.
Papiss certainly didn’t make that mistake on Saturday, and it was a beautiful penalty right into the top right hand corner, that gave the goalkeeper no chance at all and it was Newcastle’s fifth and final goal of the game.
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