Papiss Cisse had two good chances to score in yesterday’s game at Fulham, one in the first half and one in the second, and while he got the ball on target each time, goalkeeper David Stockdale saved both of Papiss’ efforts, and yes – they were excellent saves from the goalkeeper – so in that sense Papiss and Newcastle were a little unlucky.
Papiss Cisse – not in good form this season
And after the second miss in the second half, Fulham broke quickly from defense and substitute Ashkan Dejagah scored the winning goal after 68 minutes, when the ball went under goalkeeper Tim Krul.
It was one of those games where the first team that scored was probably going to win it – and with Luuk de Jong missing a good opportunity early in the second half we had missed three good chances before Fulham got their winning goal.
This is what Cheick Tiote told the Newcastle web-site after the game:
“The game was 50-50 but then Papiss missed, they scored and that is football sometimes,” “We had a good chance and if you don’t score, then you know the other team will create chances and they may take them.”
“That moment decided the game. Normally Papiss would score that chance. That is not like him.” “He is a very good striker and today he missed, but he will score in the next game, I’m sure.”
In fact it was like Cisse this season to miss a chance, and he’s been off form all season and has only scored three times in 20 appearances.
He’s definitely lacking confidence, and we suppose it’s nothing that a couple of goals wouldn’t cure – but Papiss must get back to his scoring ways soon, or else he will join Shola Ameobi and Loic Remy, who will both leave the club this summer.
Alan Pardew has already said he will see how Papiss performs in the last games of the season, before deciding on his future in the summer.
And we cannot see Newcastle signing Luuk de Jong permanently, unless he scores a few goals for us through the rest of the season – so it’s a good question as to which strikers Newcastle will have on their books come September.
What do you think?