In our Man of the Match polling for yesterday’s game at Swansea Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote, Gabby Obertan, Sammy Ameobi and Tim Krul, in that order, were Newcastle’s best players yesterday.
Papiss Cisse another two good opportunist goals
- Papiss Cisse (61%) – played another good game up front and scored two good opportunist goals for the side and he equalled his goal tally of four goals last season in just 3 appearances so far this term, and he had 26 appearances for the club last season. Papiss knows he’s an important player for Newcastle and he seems in good form and even inspired by the tremendous guts and fight shown by comrade Jonas Gutierrez.
When we switched to 4-4-2 when Riviere came on near the end, we looked a lot more accomplished and mobile unit and more threatening up front. A good game by Papiss Cisse – he could yet save us this season.
- Cheick Tiote (18%) – had another terrific game for the Magpies and we must make every effort to keep the 28 year-old Ivorian, and he worked his socks off and had an excellent game for us.
Cheick kept going right until the end when it even looked we could even win. We must sign Cheick to a long term deal soon – he gives everything for Newcastle when he plays, but there’s some news today that Spurs may want him in January.
- Gabby Obertan (7%) – Gabby is a plus for us this season so far, because he would have been sold or sent out on loan in the summer if somebody had come in for him. But when he’s played this season, his orthodox right wing play is good and he sets up chances, as he did yesterday. The Frenchman set up Papiss for the first goal that came out of nothing, and after being outplayed in the first half we went in at 1-1 at the break. Gabriel needs to keep his place for the home game against Leicester City in a couple of weeks time.
- Sammy Ameobi (6%) – looked good when he came on in the second half and his unorthodox dribbling style seems to confuse defenders, Sammy quite brilliantly set up Papiss Cisse’s second goal after 75 minutes, and the TV commentators marveled at the skill he has in that left foot of his. Sammy was on the right wing yet played the perfect pass into Cisse with his left foot – we need to see more of this cutting edge from the 22 year-old from now on.
- Tim Krul (5%) – made an absolutely terrific save just three minutes before we equalized in the second half when he got down low to his left and flicked the ball around the post for a corner after 72 minutes, when it looked like the ball was going into the net.
Tim also made a great save in the first half from Wilfried Bony.
The Dutchman seems to be coming into form at the right time, and he did a lot yesterday to keep Newcastle in this game, and allowed us to get what looked like an unlikely point against a team who were better than us for long stretches of the game.
We were delighted with the players’ attitudes yesterday, and they never gave up and somehow managed to get a point at Swansea – which these days is a good point.
Now we need our new boys and experienced players like Colo and Willo at the back, to find some form quickly.
What do you think?
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