Newcastle were 2-0 down in this game after 72 minutes, and it looked like this could be the very last game for Newcastle manager as fans were shouting Taxi For Pardew – but then Papiss Cisse showed what a terrific goalscorer he can be with two late goals – and Papiss showed the rest of the forwards how to put the ball into the back of the net today.
Papiss Cisse today – his two late goals saved Newcastle
Newcastle looked down and out at 2-0 down when Papiss Cisse was brought on after 69 minutes for Manu Riviere – who never looked like scoring this afternoon.
Papiss was back from his injury lay off with a broken knee cap, and would you believe it but he scored two great goals to bring Newcastle level after 88 minutes.
That rescued Newcastle and possibly manager Pardew as the lads got a 2-2 draw.
It was a fairly easy first half for Newcastle, who looked solid at the back today, and much better than in the last two games, but we missed a couple of chances that fell to Riviere and Cabella.
Newcastle looked well organized going forward, but there was simply no threat up front – and we don’t seem to have the players who can put the ball in the back of the net at the moment.
But then after just three minutes of the second half, Jelavic put Hull ahead with maybe Hull’s first shot of the game, as Jelavic rifled home in brilliant style past Krul from a right wing ball into him.
And then after 68 minutes, as Newcastle pushed forward, Hull scored another great goal through Diame – his second in two games as he smashed the ball past Krul from outside the penalty area. – but he was given far too much space and time to shoot by the Newcastle defense.
Cisse was immediately brought on in place of the ineffective Riviere, and within four minutes of coming on he had scored his first goal of the season.
Cheick Tiote, who had a very good game today but worryingly limped off near the end, had a good run forward and put Cisse through in the inside right position , and Cisse rifled the ball home past the goalkeeper with the ball going just inside the near post – a brilliant opportunist goal from the Senegal striker.
And then after 86 minutes with the game looking out of Newcastle’s reach, a left wing cross came over and Yoan Gouffran did well to head it down along the six yard line, and Papiss Cisse nipped in to put the ball into the back of the net and he was just onside.
Papiss Cisse scores – thanks mate!!
And Newcastle pushed for the winner in the five minutes of added time, but didn’t have any luck.
So it’s one point and only 3 points from the first five games for Newcastle.
Papiss Cisse has already equalled the number of Premier League goals he scored last season in 24 appearances – he scored two today in just 21 minutes of normal time.
But our record for the last 13 league games is still very poor, one win and three draws – so that’s 6 points from a possible 39 points played for – and that’s just 18 points over a 38 game season.
Newcastle looked down and out after 72 minutes, and the big positive coming out of this game is how the lads fought back – and the fact that Cisse showed us how good he can be when he’s on song.
And Cisse must start next Saturday at Stoke – and in fact if he had started this game, we may well have won this game.
But that’s all in retrospect.
It was a good point but all the old failings were still there in not being able to score – until Papiss Cisse came on.
But those late goals will probably see Alan Pardew still manager for next week’s trip to Stoke – which will be a tough test – and we wonder how bad Cheick Tiote’s injury is?
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