Yesterday was one of those games when the Newcastle crowd – an impressive 51,588 (only 799 short of the 52,387 capacity) – willed the side to get the single goal that would give Newcastle a very vital 3 points.
Papiss Cisse – after scoring another last minute winner against Fulham
It’s happened a few times, and the players rose to the occasion yesterday, and in the final 20 minutes it was Newcastle surging forward all the time.
And it wasn’t unlike last season’s Fulham game when Papiss Cisse scored a dramatic late winner and then ran into the crowd up those steps.
Papiss didn’t have the energy yesterday to do that – as he looked so relieved to have finally scored again, and if you get a chance – go to the Newcastle web site home page, and Papiss and John Carver give interviews after the game.
Last season Papiss scored sensational last minute winners at St. James’ Park against Anzhi Makha and Stoke as well as that goal against Fulham.
This is what John Carver said at the end of the game yesterday:
“Yeah, I did think it wasn’t coming, especially when Papiss missed that chance on the stroke of 90 minutes,” “That was a great ball from Mapou and you think he has to put this one in.”
“As long as we have time on the clock, we believe we can score right up to the last minute. We’ve done it on a number of occasions, especially going down that hill.”
“When Hatem came inside I thought he was going to shoot, but he had the sense to stick it on Papiss’ head. “Papiss probably took the hardest chance of the game.”
“He guided it past the goalkeeper and there isn’t anybody more pleased for him than me.” “You’d like to think it will kick-start it for him now.”
“He is a confidence-type player. If they get one, they sometimes get two or three.” “I’ve spoken to the manager and he’s delighted,”
This was a good win for Newcastle without both Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy – and hopefully Loic could be ready for next Saturday’s game at Southampton, which will be a really tough game.
Newcastle will probably start the same side on Tuesday night against Everton, although Luuk de Jong may be on the bench after an uninspired performance yesterday, and either Ben Arfa or Shola Ameobi could be up front with Papiss.