This Man’s Return To Fitness Could Be Boon For Newcastle

Newcastle looked good for most of the game against Hull City today, but we were a bit unlucky to go behind when Jelavic scored a great goal after 48 minutes, probably the first shot Hull had on target in the game to that point.

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Papiss Cisse scoring the equalizer to mark a great comeback

And with Newcastle pressing hard for an equalizer, Mohamed Diame hit a second goal right out of the blue after 68 minutes, and Newcastle were two down.

But then Cisse was brought on and he scored a goal within four minutes of centering the fray, and then hit the equalizer after 87 minutes.

Alan Pardew revealed after the game that Papiss really shouldn’t have played:

“He shouldn’t have played today, really.¨ “My medical staff didn’t agree that he should be included today – I think he has trained five days.¨

“But when you are experienced – myself and John Carver looked at each other on Thursday I think it was, and your eye tells you sometimes that the player is fresh, he’s bright.¨

“Of course he’s not ready for 90 minutes, but he knows how to carry the jersey.¨ “That’s why I feel some sympathy today for Manu Riviere because Riviere has had to carry the shirt and he’s not ready to carry that shirt yet full-time.”

“It’s a shirt that is heavy, that number nine shirt.¨ “And I think he has seen an example from Papiss to take that chance, to make that little movement in the box.¨

“Manu will learn from that, and it gives me the opportunity with Papiss coming back to fitness to rest Manu and for him to understand what it is to play at a big club like this.¨

“He’s only 24, Riviere, and really and truly, we have put too much responsibility on him.”

Newcastle had chances before Cisse came on,  but Papiss seemed in different class and he looked terrific,  especially since he hadn’t played since he broke his knee-cap in Newcastle’s 2-1 home defeat to Swansea in April.

But with Cisse back, Newcastle should be able to score some goals, and Riviere will be given a break – it was never the plan that Manu would be leading the line so early in his career on Tyneside.

Papiss Cisse looked really sharp this afternoon, and that could prove to be a boon for Newcastle.

Hope so.

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37 comments so far

  • Magpies4Life

    Sep 20, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #1


  • sparky55

    Sep 21, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Been out on the raz all night and gutted to come home and find he’s still in the job…really thought tonight was the night.

    5 wins in 24…WTF does he have to do to lose his job

  • armchair fan

    Sep 21, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #3

    Forget all the negativity, come on the lads lets get a win next weekend, hope Pardew does have a good season as I’m not sure if Mashers will sack him.

    3 points would be great next weekend to a bad start to the season.


  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 21, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Percy for England!

  • armchair fan

    Sep 21, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #5

    Percy for manager of the month!

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Sep 21, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #6

    Newcastle won’t get any results in the next 2 away games.

    we had a good display today but against Hull! at home!

    things will be looking worse soon mark my words, MA was not at all impressed today and this could lead to the sacking of Pardew

  • BeeGuy

    Sep 21, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #7

    Today showed that:

    The squad does not believe in Riverie

    The squad has hope with Cisse

    Today, AP put out the guys who run around until something goes right

    Pushing the defense forward covered a myriad of problems.

    Bring back Haidara.

    Colbeck is lost on the pitch. He does not make himself available for the ball unless he is coming back.

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 21, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Percy for World Top Coach.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Sep 21, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #9

    every time Pardew is under immense pressure there’s always someone to save his ass

    if he doesn’t get sacked by next week the next 2 away games will be similar to the Southampton game, 5 games in with 0 wins, 3 draws and 2 lost with 5 goals scored and 11 conceded.

    just remeber the season we got relegated in 20082009 after 6 games we had won 1, draw 1, lost 4 with 5 goals scored and 11 conceded with 4 points in total whilst now we have 3.

    there could be a big chance Newcastle could get relegated again IF history repeats itself

  • Blofal

    Sep 21, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #10

    People are getting a bit side tracked with the Pardew Out campaign and are gro jetting that onto our performance which really wasn’t that bad.

    Tiote back and fit changed everything. Tiote is the key to our Defense even more so than the Centrebacks. He Controlled the game today and that fact that Cisse is winning man of the match votes really shows how most people on this blog don’t have a clue what they are talking about. Tiote was easily MOTM.

    Cabella needs to toughen up yes but every time he got the ball his head was up and he was trying to create. As was Janmaat.

    Colback was a bit off and flat footed today.

    Riviere was dropping back and holding the ball up well. He just needs a partner and some confidence.

    Perez coming on with only 3 minutes left was ridiculous. Typical Pardew.

    We created a lot of chances today and played well in a hostile atmosphere. Last week was unforgivable but today was OK. The players didn’t stop trying today. Which is how it should be.

  • stuart no9

    Sep 21, 2014 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #11

    bit gutted with the result really . Ireally thought at 2 down pardew was gone , nevermind , people talking as if weve just beaten madrid at the bernabau, a hard fought draw at home to hull dosnt have the same exciting ring to it but , we will play better teams and i still believe pardews sacking is still not to far away.

  • headtheball

    Sep 21, 2014 at 2:43 AM

    Comment #12

    To all the fans? who believe we will pick up points soon.
    Most teams expect to win games against teams who are deemed poorer, less motivated, poorly managed or have a poor or smaller squad.
    Look at the league table, check our recent form and remember the clubs net spend on players.
    Is this the first swallow of summer or are we heading for a bleak mid winter?
    So sorry for the effort put in to rid us of Percy.
    Will we ever learn?
    Will we ever GROW?
    WE are what we deserve!!!
    Sad Sad Sad.
    I usually end with HWTL but not this time. Deflated.
    The downward spiral must end one day.

  • expatmag

    Sep 21, 2014 at 2:54 AM

    Comment #13

    Having watched the game, these were the negatives I came across.

    1..We played with very little movement especially in the first half. We had a lot of possession but Hull had little trouble as we failed to get players in the box in numbers.

    2..I thought we looked decent down the right but little effect down the left until sameobi came on. I thought he did well.

    3..Colback to blame for the first goal, dilly dallying on the ball, janmaat easily turned for the second although a great strike.

    4. We need to pressure the opposition more when they are in possession.

    5. Gouffran should be played up front with Cisse when he is fit.

    6.. for gods sake, play a more attacking formation from the start especially at home.

    7. I would like to see more of Perez

  • expatmag

    Sep 21, 2014 at 3:10 AM

    Comment #14

    On the subject of the T shirts worn before the game as a gesture to Jonas, why the f@#× was WONGA emblazzoned across the front in large lettering. Surely it was irrelevant to have them advertising the fact.


    Sep 21, 2014 at 3:23 AM

    Comment #15

    I read somewhere in the net that ashley said we can’t compete for top 4 in premier league and he has every faith in pardew how stupid ashley can be we all know that under ashley and his penny pinching law we will never compete for top 4 what we want is a manager who plays positive attacking and entertaining football by which we can finish in top 7 is that too much to ask

  • Lost Plot

    Sep 21, 2014 at 4:06 AM

    Comment #16

    Whatever was said at half time today was positive approach to the opponents team talk

    Cisse the saviour (really hope that was for the right reasons)

    Certainly think Tiotes willingness brought a lot back into the team

    AND we need Siem De Jong back in the squad (and the introduction of the youngsters again)

    I was proud to be a Geordie today after latter half of match (it is a game of two halves)

    Night 🙂


    Sep 21, 2014 at 4:59 AM

    Comment #17

    Too much responsibility = you’re not good enough but I’m going to pick you anyway…

  • willowdalerez

    Sep 21, 2014 at 5:52 AM

    Comment #18

    My thoughts:

    1. MOTM – Tiote was a great addition but to be honest we had loads of chances when he didn’t start and was NOT our motm today. It was Cisse by a mile converting on chances that were not obvious (especially that first one) when Manu or Cabella have been choking.

    2. Pards – He’s not the man for us when Moyes is on the market but I’d wish we’d keep that to the papers and blogs and streets and pubs but out of St James on match day. The team needs our support, not a distraction, and there are stats that prove the home advantage is no myth and we can keep our lads in the zone. Was disappointed so many fans take it to the match… wny not just bombard MA with petitions op eds etc. Point made no effect on team on match day.

    3. Cisse’s Comments – I think Cisse’s comments after the match were class and and should be mandatory viewing for all our academy players. When asked if his play showed support for the Mgr. He said the mgr asked him to do a job, score, trusted him to do it and he went on the pitch and did his job, as for all the Pardew business he had no comment on that. To me his words are gold. A player’s job is to execute the game plan whether they like it or not, play their heart out for the team whether they like the mgr or not and keep their damn feelings to themselves. I loved HBA and am damn sorry Pards wasn’t gifted enough to develop him but HBA would do well to heed Cisse’s words if he wants his career to go anywhere.

    4. Relegation – We won’t get relegated (we are too strong a squad for that no matter who the mgr is and Manu and Cabella will settle in I’m certain of it – that and just statistically I don’t think we can stay on the goal drought we’ve been on) and now we’ve shown our weakness I’m 100% certain MA will buy a striker in January (maybe even dole out for a CB but don’t bet on that unless we are still in a relegation fight).


  • Go toon gooooo

    Sep 21, 2014 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #19

    For me Demba was,is and always will be the most precise striker in the world I’ve ever seen.But he has a very bad passing abilities and the most important thing is that he needs another striker(or another type of attacking player)that will run very fast in order for him to score goals.If that is not the case he will not deliver and will repeat Luuk-Demba awful partnership.
    Pardew out.

  • Slank

    Sep 21, 2014 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #20

    I agree with Blofal that Tiote was easily MOTM.

    He had drive and energy all over the park.

    Cisse showed again is natural instincts for goal. Those goals will give him bags of confidence as Riviere is losing his not surprisingly as he has stuck to a lonely, isolated and almost forlorn task in recent games without reward.

    Cabella played a lot in the centre of the park and was much more effective than his ineffectual appearances on the wing.

    The team was unbalanced as there was little or no threat coming down our left until Sammy arrived. Whether it was instructions or the players inability but Dummitt didn’t pose any threat going forward in almost total contrast to Haidara when he plays. In the absence of Aarons, Sammy needs to start as does Haidara.

  • expatmag

    Sep 21, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #21


    There is no such thing as being too good to go down. That has been proven time and time in football history. We experienced the very same in 2009. Everyone considered too good to go down but a multitude of behind the scenes issues impacted greatly.

    Look at our record since January. Look at the thinness of the squad. If we cant beat Palace and Hull at home, what chance gave we got against the rest.

    Yesterdays tactics were disgraceful until the final 20 minutes. Yes, we dominated possession but I can count on one hand, the number of times we had more than one player in the box when we attacked.

    Setting up defensively at home with this managet is going to get us relegated for sure, no matter who plays for us.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Sep 21, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #22

    WTF was hatem ben arfas agent doing amongst the hull subs Bruce is a wily twot

  • cestriasteve

    Sep 21, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #23

    Realistically. We will get nothing at Stoke and swansea so if that’s not relegation form I don’t know what is. Another 2 goals leaked with our best option defensive midfield on the park, I honestly think we will be in the bottom 3 for most of this season.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Sep 21, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #24


  • optimistic prime

    Sep 21, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #25

    Was at the match yesterday and it was plain as day that Hull could and should have won with ease.

    They didn’t really try, their game plan was to sit and wait for us to gift them opportunitys. If they had of pressed us and put us under pressure which they didn’t they would have won at ease.

    Tiote was MOTM easily, colo the clown pushed foward due to Mr T being on pitch.

    It was hard to work out our formation at times it looked 4231 and at other times 4141. When we play 4231 it doesn’t work because as the 3 interchange to much and never seem to be in position when a ball is played through. Gouffran is useless in this 3.

    What a joy to see Cisse come on and score, he looked so assured and confident when he came on and took his goals easily could have got the hatrick but wasn’t to be.

    Didn’t see any banners in the ground there was no booing except when Hull scored. Only heard Pardew out chants once. Didn’t wait after the match as I was sat in front of a pair of complete knobs who spent the whole match talking about shopping with their lass and complaining to stewards everytime I stood up.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 21, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #26

    Always thought must have listened to medical staff when putting HBA on to a frozen pitch after a long lay off, evidently not !

  • cestriasteve

    Sep 21, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #27


    I would like to know what brief both Goffy and Cabella get about their positioning, both looked all over the place. As for someone saying Gouffy to play up front!!!! He hasn’t scored in 31 games FFS. Rubbish.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 21, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #28


  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 21, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #29

    My MOM were Tiote and Cisse. Tiote for his overall performance. Cisse for what he does best – sticking the ball in the net.

    Thought we started well first ten fifteen minutes when Sissoko was at his best set up Cabella with a superb through ball.
    After the first 15 minutes it was as if the self belief went out of the team stopped looking for the ball started to play crab football sideways and backwards yet Hull had only one chance first half looked comfortable but neither side looked like scoring.
    As usually it does not take long in the second half for the wheels to come off – poor defending by Colback but still great technique from Jelavic. Had a great chance to equalise superb pull back to Cabella but shot straight at McGregor.
    Second goal came fro another mistake miss-placed pass from Tiote and Janmatt got turned to easy but again one hell of a shot.

    But I’ll give the TOON their dues when heads could of easily have gone down – cometh the hour cometh the man Cisse who from when he came on showed great movement and looked a yard and a half faster than last year. Took his first goal well but their keeper should of done better, second goal well worked goal – cross knock down from Goufron into Cisse path who drilled it home. Should of had a penalty when a cross came in some Hull player put his arm,hand way above his head and deflected the ball of Cisse’s head.
    a good game again for the neutral but edge of the seat again for us the TOON
    Did notice Krul used the ball a lot more yesterday instead of hoofing it upfield all the time.
    Dummet did what he had to do defending but does nowt much going forward.
    Colocinni steady at the back and brought the ball out of defence well. had hard luck with a ‘NEW’ corner routine superb technique to volley from outside of the box from Cabella corner shot going in when it took a deflection.
    Williamson defended well but does not look happy on the ball
    Janmaat had a good all-round game drove forward with the ball a lot linked up with midfield and forwards. one flaw got to easily turned for their second goal.
    Sissoko – first ten minutes was brilliant but faded to quickly until we went two down then something triggered him back into action.
    Cabella steady game covers every yard of grass – maybe tries to hard and needs to toughen up
    Goufran – probably our poorest player yet still kept going and laid on second goal with superb knock down.
    Colback – even with ginger hair still did notice him much except when popped up for shot first half and mistake for their first goal.
    Riviere – tried his best upfront but not a centre forward to lead the line on his own. like to see him partner Cisse upfront.
    Ameobi – did ok when came on – added balance attacked down both flanks but has a lot to learn and not give away stupid free kicks in the 90 odth minute on the half way line.
    Cisse – back to his best quick thought, movement got involved from the start hustled and bustled -and – scored two goals.
    Perez – to late to evaluate – like to see him given 30 minutes.

    Pardew – give him his credit did not hide on his seat all-day got up and instructed his players – but his substitutions – can’t get my head around at times. bringing Perez on in the 92 minute. I would of like to of seen Cisse play up front with Riviere, but what do I know about football

    The crowd I thought were brilliant first ten minutes when the team played well but got agitated and went quite when the TOON went into their shell. Great atmosphere after Cisse scored his first goal and cheered the team on in final ten minutes.
    As for the protest – worst performer on the day, did not get off the ground 30,00 thousand posters printed lucky their was 5,000 on show – mind you a bit over the top from the club having two stewards on every gate to take posters off fans if they had them in their hands.

  • scout

    Sep 21, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #30

    Hes only 24, people are fighting in wars at 18. Hes kicking a bag of air about ffs. Show this man the door

  • Dennis Twice

    Sep 21, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #31

    Attack Toon attack attack!


  • c-dog

    Sep 21, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #32

    The injury Cisse sustained may have been a real positive. His confidence was shot and a break may have been what he needed. Hopefully he can keep this type of performance up because we all know a happy confident Cisse will put them in from anywhere.

  • optimistic prime

    Sep 21, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #33

    I kinda forgot about Dumett due to a few pints after the match. That boy is cr@p!
    Looks like he’s injured or running treacle, two different occasions he gave the ball away then fell over looking for a free kick instead of tracking back.

    We’re desperate for someone to talk or take control in defence as all they do is look at Tiote to decide what the should be doing.

    Haha watching motd and Keone just said Pardew has a special relationship with Ashley lol

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 21, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #34

    very gutted

    this was just a typical pardew game, not really going for anything until we have to , always lots of possession , passing it around MF and DF with out really going anywhere,

    what people should look at is , hull were very poor on the day and still scored 2 against us, and even when we went 2 behind the chosen one still only played with one up front,

    now don’t get me wrong , I love Cisse , and you will not find one negative comment on this blog or any other from me , I honestly believe the problem is the system he and any other of our forwards play in, they get very few chances in the 18 y box because they are the only ones in it for the best part of the match,

    people we have 3 points from our opening games , that is not good enough ,
    hull and CP will be bottom half come the end of the season and we only got 1 point at home against each of them , and they scored first to force us to come out and play

    yippee let’s all clap

  • optimistic prime

    Sep 21, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #35


    Krull was a big plus for me yesterday lots of room to improve still but he actually looked before he lumped the ball to no one and had a couple decent throw outs to get us moving.

    Nice to see, even if it has taken three years 😉

  • Bambams

    Sep 21, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #36

    I got to the match yesterday and our approach play was decent but so powderpuff in front of goal !

    I think Riviere is a decent honest player but I am not convinced he will be the sttiker thst will even get 10 goals a season. Hope I am wrong.

    Remy Cabella….. Got nice touches but got knocked off the ball far too easily. He is either going to have to double his body mass or learn to ride tackles. Again from what I saw yesterday not sure if he is going to be thst good.

    Cisse came on and I think the break has done him well. Did not look as though the world was on his shoulders.

    I was also surprised that was not that much anti pard singing. Well I did not hear from leazes end.

  • stuart no9

    Sep 21, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #37

    catchy ===exactly. the only thing about yesterday , was that we played better than last week., and lets be honest- we had to really, that is what hbappens when we play as poor as we did last week, playing better the next week makes us lookm good. we’re not, nor is our manager . looks like houdini has done it again


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