Papiss Cisse has told the press that all the players are still right behind the manager, and we suppose the 2-2 draw against Hull City on Saturday was a much improved performance from the last two games against Southampton and Crystal Palace.
Papiss Cisse – our Man of the Match on Saturday
But those two performances were also sub-par and unacceptable, so Newcastle were somewhere nearer where we need to get too – but Newcastle have to start picking up points soon.
If we stay too long in the relegation zone – we are currently rock bottom – there’s always a threat that we cannot get out – and the confidence of the players starts to drain – and the very last thing we want this season is another fight against relegation.
No way. 🙁
After the game on Saturday Papiss Cisse talked about the plight Alan Pardew finds himself in:
“Yeah, I know it’s very, very hard for him. It’s been hard for him this week.” “In the video room together, he said that we had to be disciplined and work hard together as a team.”
“We had to forget everything else and concentrate on the pitch and play football.” “I’m a just happy man. I came back from injury and scored two goals and gained one point for the team.”
“I think the team worked very, very hard. If you see all the game, Newcastle did well and I’m just a happy man.” “I feel strong. In my head, during the week, I didn’t think I’d be playing.”
“Yes, last year was very, very hard. I knew that last year had been hard and this year I just needed to do my best in all the games.”
“I needed to work hard on the training ground and, come the games, be strong and work hard.”
Papiss did have a very difficult season last term, when he scored only four goals in 26 total appearances.
But he looked great on Saturday, and we are hoping his good form will help Newcastle show some real threat in front of goal, which hasn’t been too apparent this season, well not until Cisse came on in the second half and scored two goals in his first 18 minutes of the season.
We hope Papiss Cisse can keep scoring, as he did when he first arrived from SC Freiburg in January of 2012 for about £9M, when he scored 13 goals in his first 14 appearances, and some of those goals were simply spectacular.
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