It was great to see Papiss Cisse finally get the winning goal, the only goal of the game yesterday, and certainly the reaction of John Carver and Steve Stone on the touchline was something to behold.
Papiss and John Carver after sensational winner
It was an important win for Newcastle, especially since the next two games, at home to Everton on Tuesday and at Southampton next Saturday will be tough games.
John Carver has said that Papiss continues to work hard in training, and it’s more luck that he needs, since his confidence remains high:
“There are only eight games left, but if he goes on a run from now until the end of the season he can have a good season. I’d like to think so.”
“He is a confidence player and like all strikers, if they get one goal, sometimes they get two, three or four. “We don’t know how long Loic Remy is going to be out and he is the guy in the firing line at the moment so hopefully he can go on a bit of a run.”
“At least on Saturday we created chances – 21 shots on goal. Last week the two chances fell to Papiss and I said after the game last week, how hard he does work on the training ground to put that right.”
“And he certainly did that, and he’s not going missing, he’s not hiding and sometimes you can when you’re lacking in confidence.”
“I don’t think he’s lacking in confidence, he is just lacking in a little bit of luck and he might have just had that little bit of luck at the end of the game, because he popped up in the right area and he had that composure to guide it in.”
That was a breakthrough goal for Cisse yesterday and a good one too, the most difficult chance he had yesterday, and he looked immediately at the linesman to make sure he was onside – which he was.
Let’s hope Cisse’s very sharp on Tuesday night against Everton, and we’ll do quite well if we can get a point from that game, against a strong Toffees side.
But you just never know with Newcastle.