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.
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.
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