It was an amazing finish to the game today, when Newcastle were 2-0 down after 72 minutes, and there were calls for Alan Pardew to finally be fired as the Newcastle manager – but nobody told Papiss Cisse that – who came on as a substitute after 69 minutes after Hull had just gone 2-0 up.
Alan Pardew – at the game today – was on the sidelines
On came Papiss for his first appearance since he broke his knee-cap in April, and it’s not stretching it too much to say he was simply brilliant and scored two great opportunist goals to rescue Newcastle from another defeat, and probably save Alan Pardew’s job – well at least for a week.
This is what a delighted Pardew told the BBC immediately after the game:
“We’ve had to climb a mountain. The players were magnificent for me, I have to thank them. It just goes to show, with Papiss Cisse’s celebration, football can bring you together.”
“I’m conscious of not making excuses because I’ve been accused of making excuses. I just want to do defend the team, but we were really good at times today and hopefully the fans can digest that.¨
“It’s not lost on me that I get accused of being arrogant, but I’m also a proud man to be manager of this football club, and I’m going to fight to keep it. My team need to reflect that and I think they did today.¨
“Ironically, one or two people clapped me as I walked out and I thanked those couple of fans – it was only two. We need to win every game that we can at the moment to release some pressure.¨
¨And I just want to end this interview by thanking the players because I wouldn’t have liked to have played in that game.”
Hull City manager Steve Bruce said it felt like a loss, since they seemed to be home and dry after they went 2-0 up after 68 minutes.
And this almost seemed like a win for Newcastle, and will give us some hope that at least Papiss Cisse can score some goals for us, when he is in the mood, although to be truthful – no other forward looked like scoring this afternoon.
All we now need from Papiss is the form he showed when he first arrived in January of 2012, when he scored 13 goals in his first 14 appearances and was magnificent.
And Papiss has already equalled his Premier League goals of last season, when it took him 24 appearances to score two goals – and he is also Newcastle’s top goalscorer this season.
All done in a short 21 minutes today – an unbelievable cameo appearance from the Senegal striker.
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