Papiss Cisse’s return to the Newcastle side on Saturday, after being out about five months with a broken knee-cap, was monumental and Cisse looked like the player we signed in January of 2012, and he scored two good goals and looked very sharp and full of running.
Papiss Cisse – scoring the equalizer in the 87th minute
It turns out that Papiss played with a bit of a head cold, but nobody would have known it, and Cisse’s first goal of the season came after he had been on the field four minutes, and he added a second with three minutes to go to get Newcastle a point.
Amazingly Cisse equaled his Premier League goals of last season – two – and he had 24 league appearances last season, but the revitalized Papiss Cisse could become a big player again for Newcastle this season – as he will be our number one striker.
And Cisse was in contact with Jonas Gutierrez before the game, and we found out only last week that he is fighting cancer:
“On Friday night I spoke to Jonas and he told me to get a goal. So those goals were for him – and the gaffer too.”” “I know it’s been very, very hard for the boss this week, but Jonas’s news puts it into perspective.”
“The gaffer said 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 didn’t think I’d be playing. I started training on Tuesday. Then, on Friday, the gaffer said, ‘I think I’ll put you on the bench because you look right and good’. And I was OK. He put me on the bench and then I scored two. I’m happy.
It was a tonic for Newcastle fans in those last 20 minutes – yes it wasn’t a great result to draw 2-2 at home to Hull City – but it does show the players are still behind the manager, so the reports last week that Pardew had lost the dressing room were simply not true.
But we also need to start picking up some points quickly – that’s very important – and we are still bottom of the league.
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