Newcastle were lucky to come away with a point from south Wales last Saturday, but maybe because of the never-say-die attitude of our players, we deserved to take something away from the Liberty Stadium, when other sides may have given up.
Papiss Cisse – the man of the moment at Newcastle
Even after Papiss Cisse had equalized after 75 minutes – for the second time in the game – the players were trying to win the game until the very last kick.
That’s because the players know as well as the fans, that we must start picking up some wins soon, if we are to move away from the bottom of the league.
We didn’t play particularly well, so lets not get carried away, but the lads are at least fighting for the shirt.
Here are four things we picked up from the game, and we’ll make them all positive – that makes a nice change these days:
- Papiss Cisse is back in great form with 4 goals in his three appearances so far this season, and he’s even showing the form he showed when he first arrived at Newcastle in January two years ago, which was simply sensational.
One reason we got the point at Swansea was because of his prowess in front of goal, and while Cisse is in this kind of form we could start picking up the points and even some wins – long may his great form continue.
- Fringe players can make a difference and two of them – Gabriel Obertan and Sammy Ameobi – made the goals for Papiss on Saturday. Chances and goals are not in great supply at the moment, so it’s good that both wingers played well on Saturday and set up the chances for Papiss to score.
- If it wasn’t for two terrific saves from Tim Krul on Saturday, we would have lost the game, and that was one reason we managed to stay in the game and were never more than one goal down. When on form Tim is a top goalkeeper, and he seems to be coming into some good form of late – and that has to be good news for Newcastle.
- And finally – something we mentioned at the beginning – but it’s a vital thing as we fight our way up the league – our players are playing their hearts out.
And while we haven’t been playing all that well it would only take some players like Colo and Willo to hit some decent form and we could start getting on the winning track soon. With all the media scrutiny on Alan Pardew this season, and this year for that matter, we’ve been impressed with the application of our players – they are showing some guts and fighting spirit when it is needed most – that’s got to be good.
What do you think?
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