Well it was exactly what we wanted yesterday - a win – and before the game we said we didn’t care how we got the goal that would win it – whether it was a fluke or an own goal or whatever – but as it turns out it was a good goal with Ben Arfa providing the class and Papiss Cisse, after missing three good earlier chances, demonstrated that you never give up as a striker – and he headed the ball home in great style – and you could see the relief on the Senegal striker’s face after he had finally scored.
Papiss Cisse scored the winner yesterday
And the goal was scored in 93 minutes and 14 seconds – there were three minutes minimum of stoppage time – and after Cisse missed an earlier chance a few minutes earlier, the goalkeeper Speroni took 45 seconds to take the goal kick – so Tony Pulis’ claims that the match should have been over, didn’t really mean too much.
In the last two matches Papiss Cisse has had about seven or eight decent chances and has finally scored from one of them, but to be fair to Papiss, he’s still getting himself into those positions, and most of his efforts were on target with the two goalkeepers making some great saves.
And Papiss dedicated his goal and the three points to Alan Pardew, who watched the game in his office at Benton, and had a direct land line to John Carver throughout the game, and hell do the same thing on Tuesday night for the final game of his three match stadium ban.
This is what Cisse said after the game:
“The gaffer said it was important we got three points today,” “Those three points were for him.”
We still think Cisse is a good striker, and we hope against Everton on Tuesday night that he will look little more like the Papiss Cisse who used to rifle them in for Newcastle two years ago, when he was simply phenomenal.
It will be a very tough game against the Toffees, who beat Swansea at home 3-2 yesterday, and a draw in that game would be a decent result.