Two Players Fight It Out For Our Man Of The Match

In our Man of the Match poll Ben Arfa took an early lead after playing well and setting up the sensational winner for Papiss Cisse, but Papiss has come on strong this morning, and there’s now only 2% between the two players, with the industrious and hard-working Vurnon Anita in third place.

papiss cisse congratulated by John carver

Papiss Cisse after scoring winner yesterday

Ben Arfa made a big difference after he came on after 59 minutes yesterday for the ineffective Luuk de Jong, and Papiss Cisse had at least four good chances and he did well putting most of them on goal.

But he missed a sitter a couple of minutes before he scored, and had earlier headed over the bar following a good cross from Ben Arfa after the Frenchman  had beaten three Palace defenders.

But Papiss never gave up hope, and once again got a dramatic winner very late in a game at St. James’ Park – which he’s done a number of times before.

Usually by this time we can declare a winner but not this time – and there’s still time to vote if you haven’t already done so.

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6 comments so far

  • BandB

    Mar 23, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #1


    Thanks for making the effort on that bit of analysis, despite your obvious frustrations. Not everyone CAN comment beyond “he’s great and he’s sh*te”. Hopefully it will get a bit of debate going.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #2

    I shouted TOON TOON yesterday and somebody said ‘do you mind, I’m trying to read’

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 23, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #3

    catchy in norway // Mar 23, 2014 at 7:32 AM


    the problem i have with you is, your reading pardews scripts, you seem incapable of making a judgment of your own, trying to back pardews quote up with pardews quote is really just a huge joke,

    you are judging HBA on the fact he dont pardew says he dosnt do enough for the team, but hat is looking at it from a defensive point of view, looking at it only from a negative prospective,
    yet i chose to look at it from the point of view what we do get from him,
    HBA has more assists and goals than every other player in our team bar goofy, the last time i check, that was doing something for the team, and that was with cabaye in those stats also

    and your point about HBA being in the team v those 3 you mentioned, he was the best player on the pitch v norwich, hitting the woodwork 3 times

    i could also point out that goofy is just as lazy on the wing, pardew has no problem with that

    i could also point out that sissoko might be great at defending his RB but as a right winger he is shocking, pardew says nothing about that,

    i could say that even with cabaye in the team we lost more than we won,

    the fact is all 4 should be in the team, but not in the positions pardew plays them in that is the problem, the fact that pardew only focuses on the negative side of the game

    the fact that LDJ is now coming out and saying he is helping the team defensivly is testament to the defensive negative attitude that is at the club,

    under KK HBA would have been a superstar, like ginola, ginola was encouraged to strut his stuff, as the team benifited,

    as a human, i would hate to think you where my boss or worse still my farther,

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 23, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #4

    Can you really not spell the word father ?

  • BandB

    Mar 23, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #5

    It has been said that Palace came to park the bus. They may have thrived more had they taken a more positive approach, but they did try to play a counter attacking game. They had a lot of players behind the ball when they weren’t in possession.
    Which made it probably not the task for De Jong. I think he controls and lays off the ball well. I’d like to see him given a chance, though he does need to be alongside a free scorer. I do worry that he might not be one to stick his head where it might hurt.
    Shearer was right. Cisse has never stopped getting into positions to shoot, and that bodes well. I know it has been a long trot, but no-one could claim he has been spectacularly well handled. He has an athleticism and eye for goal that I believe is superior to Remy’s (and remember Remy has missed some sitters). He is misfiring, but he kept working for his chance and that was admirable.
    As for Ben Arfa, it looks like he could be sold by popular demand. Great. What we need is more honest toilers who can’t unlock a defence, but can run around a lot in that space in front of the full backs.

    Jail…..I saw lots of lads getting off the Metro here around 5 and heading for the pubs. They didn’t even know we’d won.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 23, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Luckily Cisse thought he was offside for the goal which presumably took the pressure off him, it would be great if that goal took the monkey off his back and we see him converting more of those chances, watching MOTD this morning and Shearer said he’d be more worried if he wasn’t getting chances (btw what was Russell Brand doing on there, has it got that stale)


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