Newcastle Fight Back To Get Point At Burnley

Papiss Cisse scored a good opportunist goal for Newcastle after 52 minutes tonight to earn Newcastle a well deserved draw, after Burnley had taken the lead after 34 minutes through former Hull player George Boyd.

Papiss- Cisse scores at Burnley

Papiss Cisse after scoring early in second half

Newcastle’s team was stronger than expected – and included five players who were doubts before the game – Rob Elliot, Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Massadio Haidara and Mehdi Abeid all started this game.

Newcastle started the game very poorly, much like we did at West Ham, but the only saving grace in the first half was that Burnley were no better , with neither side able to string too many passes together.

On 11 minutes Rob Elliot was called into action and made a good save after Danny Ings had got past Mike Williamson and Elliot made a one handed save, and Paul Dummett headed away.

It was Ings again after 21 minutes – rumored to be a Newcastle target in January – who put through Barnes, but he hit the ball just wide – as Burnley were making a better start than the Magpies.

After 32 minutes Mehdi Abeid was straight through on goal but goalkeeper Heaton did well to block the shot for a corner.

But after 34 minutes Burnley went ahead with the all important first goal, when a ball was played high into the box,  and it was Danny Ings who headed it nicely down to Boyd, who shot home with his left foot past Rob Elliot.

The ball was only a couple of feet to the left of Elliot as it flew by him, but it looked like he was unsighted by the Newcastle defenders.

It was poor defending by Newcastle with four players around Ings when he headed the ball, and it was 1-0 at the break.

Alan Pardew made a bold move at half time by bringing on Steven Taylor for Mike Williamson, who was on a yellow card, and on came Remy Cabella for an ineffectual Ayoze Perez, who couldn’t get to grips with the withdrawn striker role.

Within minutes, Cabella almost scored when he had a half chance to score, but Newcastle were soon level and it was a Daryl Janmaat cross that was missed by Yoan Gouffran, but not by natural goalscorer Cisse, who swept the ball into the net in one movement.

After 55 minutes Cheick Tiote tried his luck but his shot was well held by goalkeeper Heaton.

Newcastle were showing much more purpose in the second half, and after 61 minutes Ameobi crossed from the left wing and it was Steven Taylor who headed the ball wide of the post.

Newcastle pushed for the winner but just couldn’t get the second goal that we needed – but nevertheless given all the injuries in the lead up to the game – this was a decent point and we are now in 10th place with 20 points from 14 games.

Newcastle looked more like their recent form in the second half, but we must improve our first half performances – especially against Chelsea on Saturday.

Some Newcastle players put in some good performances in that second half,  with both Remy Cabella and Mehdi Abeid both catching the eye, and Steven Taylor looked good at the heart of the Newcastle defense.

Remy Cabella almost got his first goal for Newcastle  within seconds of the restart, and he’s starting to look like the player we thought we had signed from Montpellier.

Sammy Ameobi and Janmaat also showed up well and Al;an Pardew will have to think long and hard on what the starting eleven should be on Saturday against league leaders Chelsea – which is shaping up to be another good game.

We suppose a draw was a fair result – but who cares about fairness when we could have won the game. 😀

We are also like to see Fab Coloccini and Rolando back from injury – and of course the suspended Jack Colback and Moussa Sissoko.

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Newcastle: Elliot; Janmaat, Williamson (S Taylor, 46), Dummett, Haidara; Abeid, Tiote; Gouffran, Perez (Cabella, 46), Ameobi (Riviere, 75); Cisse. Subs not used: Alnwick, Streete, Anita, Armstrong.

Burnley: Heaton; Ward (Mee, 66), Shackell, Keane, Trippier; Boyd, Jones, Marney, Arfield; Barnes (Jutkiewicz, 85) Ings. Subs not used: Gilks, Sordell, Kightly, Wallace, Long.

Goals: Boyd 34, Cisse 48
Bookings: Williamson 10, Keane 55, Tiote 80, Arfield 90
Referee: Phil Dowd (Stoke-on-Trent)

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42 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #1

    When gouffron starts = 1 lose and 1 draw

    when gouffron at the bench = 6 wins !!!

    Gouffron is sh*t

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #2


    They are presumptions you have made though, you can’t say that for sure.

    He had settled on dummet at left back but as he is our CB now haidara has come in. I agree with the criticism of the left back position last year, he was a joke with how he kept subbing them.

    As for the rest well lets just see, saturday will decide the abeid issue for sure.

    Perez has been getting more support than our forwards used to get, it’s not perfect but better.

    Kids often only get a chance through injuries, that’s normal. What will be key is seeing if they keep their place in the side when the seniors come back.

    Also fully agree that taylor should start above willo.

  • Graeme

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #3

    TS @ 21 previous post – no argument with Cisse, he will score goals; Everytime I see his magic trick against Chelski, I just have to lol.

    I’m not convinced he is a proper 9 though, to me, he’s more of a Bellamy to Shearer or a Tudor to Supermac. He isnt getting the service he needs and its frustrating the shit out of him, and me!!

    Sort out the front line, whichever way works, even playing Arma instead of a Purple, I really dont care who plays as long as they understand their role in the team.

    If that was in place tonight, we would have won the game!!!

  • Brutooon

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Williamson is a league 2 quality defender.

    The only TALL defender in the world who NEVER won any header

  • manxpie

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #5

    manxpie // Dec 2, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    jail and wolf had it right earlier!


  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #6


    I kind of agree with you. Think cisse would work well alongside a shearer type as you say but also think that in modern football it’s rare to play 2 out and out strikers so doubt that would happen.

    I just think we are struggling now we are missing aarons and obertan, they were the ones offering pace and starting to get some quality in wide areas. We need to buy and strengthen there in january, to make sure we have cover with pace.

    Just my opinion but the pace out wide was the difference in the recent form.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #7


    read it again please, it says nothing like that at all,

    its about the list of injuries and how some would get nowhere near the first team for me,

    i think we have a top six squad, that is being held back by a cautious manager,

    but yeh please read it again,,

    and yeh i thought we would get beat, because of tactics and poor choices of player positioning by pardew, that is no slight on our players abilities,
    perez is a better CF than a link up player, FACT
    goofy is crap when he is on the left side of the pich for us, but put him on the right side, then we are playing with 10 men for 90 mins
    williamson can only hoof a ball, is no where near prem class for any club in the division

    players should be in there best positions to get the best out of them,

    easy one for you, cabella or goofy on the right side of the pitch,, you pick one

  • VanToonMan

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Have to admit Brutoon – Gouffran really should not be starting. At the absolute most – a bench player to come on up front as a striker if we have a crisis up top during the game. He definitely is NOT a winger!

    I really hope Pardew doesn’t think that just because Cisse scored he is back to his best – his touch is shockingly bad!

    Perez needs to play up top with sameobi sissoko cabella behind

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #9


    I personally think you over rate our squad, just my opinion.

    Think you could argue there are 10/12 other teams who are better or at least a similar level to us so a top ten place would be good.

    Although agree a better manager would get more from them.

  • manxpie

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #10

    if saylor got injured in the 1st 20 pardew would have been hammered for starting him willo did well at west ham he does exactly wat he’s there for i.e header and put his body in the way
    he isn’t good at playing with the ball and we all know that

    but i bet the wolves on here would have picked up on my 1st point if it had happened and the same with abeid!

  • toonking

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #11


    before we can get the front line sorted we need to get the creativity sorted out and right now we are facing real problems.

    cisse needs decent crosses and for that we need the wingers which provide them, currently we using sammy and gouffran who were originally strikers. the previous ones were obatan and arrons but they are both out injuryed.

    So we could try perez but what he needs is players with speed to assist him and them players were sissoko abeid obatan and arrons, 3 of them are missing and the other has just return from injury. we do have cabbella but sometimes he’ll struggle against these teams as they are very phsical unlike his previous league

    i don’t know what it is about newcastle but for some reason they get lots of injuries coming at once rather than suffering from a couple every now and then ie sammy went off this match. the trouble with getting so many in such short time is we are making a whole new team.


    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #12


    you could say the same about tiote

    tiote starts = 1 loss and 1 draw
    tiote out = 6 wins

    is tiote sh!t aswell???

  • armchair fan

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #13

    I keep seeing the term ‘opportunist goal’ on this site Ed, lets hope we can start scoring some headed corners written in future

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #14


    You tell them mate, I think some of them have got short memories.

  • toonicle

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #15

    Gouffran is not at all a winger, doesn’t deserve starting spot over Cabella. My team for Chelsea would be


  • Graeme

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #16

    TS @ 6, no argument from me there mate.

    But if you had a “Shearer” would you not play Cisse alongside him?? You would terrify every defence in the League!! That in itself is worth 10 goals a season lol


    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #17

    We need to sort out our set plays.
    they are absolutely shocking
    abeid, gouffran and cabella took a corner at one stage and all of them were embarrassing.

    SORT IT OUT!!!!

  • manxpie

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #18

    catchy in norway // Dec 2, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Coloccini , would play
    Krul would play

    Taylor(R), he was a bench warmer before his injury nighmare, should play more football at reserve level before he get any where near the first team

    Aarons, I would play him if he was fit, but has been nothing but a bench/squad player, if goofy is fit he would not get a game, maybe a few mins as sub

    Santon, for me , he is a miss, I think the tactics pardew plays don’t help him and he is out of position to often because of them, gets no cover from first Jonas, then goofy, he should be a right winger IMO

    Siem de Jong, can you miss someone you have not really seen much of? I don’t think so, he has shown us nothing for us to miss, should be a huge asset when he is fit though

    Gutierrez, offered us nothing for 2 seasons before he left, was told he had no future with the club by pardew, so we should not be missing him,

    Obertan, for me offers us nothing at all, a total waste of a place on the pitch or bench.

    Sissoko. not injured, self inflicted
    Colback not injured self inflicted

    Williamson, another total waste of a place on the pitch or bench, 6ft4 and can not head a ball, struggles to pass it, has the turning circle of the titanic. only thing he does well is hoof it, should now be looking at the kids who have a future in the game, at least they will have some pace

    Haidara, good back up, but needs a lot of work, pretty much the same as Santon, get caught out of position because he is our winger and LB, goofy does nothing to help
    Janmaat, been a better player for us going forward than defending, like I said earlier , its our system that lets him down, trying to cover 2 positions and gets caught out a lot,

    Elliot for me he is a poor keeper, but with krul out he would start

    out of this lot
    should be missed , but lets face it , its only Burnley we are playing, if our squad players can not come in and do a job tonight, there is something very wrong with our squad

    But lets face it, we are going to set up regardless of who plays, very defensive, try and keep it tight for 70 mins , hope for a point but try and nick all 3 late on,

    its the P45 way

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #19


    i agree, kids get chances because of injury,


    that should only be one of a few ways to get into the first team,
    another way is a senior player not being very good and a “kid” offering more in that position, this is never the case under pardew, pardew will continue with a poor player as he is doing a job for the team under his instructions, kids are more likely to try and attack more, which is not pardews way

    and if your waiting to see who gets in the team on saturday , your only setting yourslef up for a fall,

    tiote will not be dropped and sissoko will walk back into the team,
    sammy will be dropped for colback, abied for sissoko,

    cisse will start ahead of perez which means no support for cisse, 4 very defensive MF , sissoko will be asked to do his box to box stuff, but also cover the right wing

  • Brutooon

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #20

    Tiote, Gouffron & Williamson

    when they starts:
    1 Draw and 1 Lose

    when they NOT starts:
    6 wins in a row !!!

    Tiote – his mind already at arsenal
    Williamson – not good enough even during our championship year
    Gouffron – forget the basic of attacking

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #21


    by posting the whole thing , only backs my argument up fully,

    by posting that one little bit, you could have fooled a lot of people


  • 70TWO

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #22

    It is very worrying when the opposition start playing their set pieces towards Williamson.

  • Graeme

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #23

    Toonking @ 11 – I agree completely. Its a case of having a manager who knows his players, inside out and how to get the best out of them, in their NATURAL positions. Round pegs, in round holes is far better than hammering a square peg in anywhere!!

  • VanToonMan

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Toonicle – surely Perez has to start instead of Cisse?! – Perez has played so much better than Cisse – he has :

    1. Better touch
    2. Better vision
    3. A better passer
    4. Makes better/intelligent runs
    5. More pace

    Perez HAS to start up top against Chelsea NOT Cisse.

  • Brutooon

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #25

    If i am the opposition manager, its simple:

    1) play long ball to williamson – i even can ask my shortest player to challenge him and still WIN the ball.

    2) If cisse is playing, i would play 2 at the back simple because he can’t even control the ball

    3) Gouffron? he wont come to our half of the field, he be busy “defensively”

  • manxpie

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #26

    catchy i posted the words you said!

    so you admit we’ll miss 5 players! thats nearly half a team but then say well if the people that replace them can’t win against burnley our squad isn’t good enough!

    but you have constantly said our squad is amazing and its only pardew that is holding it back infact you said it near the end of our very recent winning streak!

    at the end of the day 1 loss and 6 wins out of 9 games is a brilliant return full fuskin stop!!!!

  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #27

    Dross. Especially the entire first half. So many poor first touches and turnovers by our attacking players. Cisse has so many poor touches. Perez looked lost today. Very disappointing game and we gave up 2 important points.

  • Goofy

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #28

    Apart from the 1st, my player’s ratings
    Elliot 7
    Janmaat 8
    Willybum -2 Useless
    Dummett 8 solid again( blamed Tiote for there goal for not protecting the 2 CB’s, although he made up fo it in 2nd half.
    Haidara 8 him and Ameobi work great together
    Goofy 5 non existant
    Tiote 7
    Abeid 8.5 my MOM
    Ameobi 8
    Cisse 6 only coz he scored
    Perez 6 not at his best today
    Cabella 7
    Saylor 7 Rivierre not on long enough to rate.

  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #29

    Very good points at 25 Brutoon. We just don’t have strength in depth. Ashley sat and grinned like an idiot as usual.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #30


    read it agian,, not just the few words you like

  • manxpie

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #31

    catchy full backs playing 2 positions well stone me its only been happening for the last 10 years!

    wat are you on about full backs are supposed to defend and get forward

  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #32

    If we play like that against Chelsea they’ll tear us apart. Obvious but true. And could be very devastating to the players’ confidence.

  • VanToonMan

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #33

    I think it’s unfair for people to say Perez was bad today. As the Thommo on the skysports panel said – Perez is not a number 10 – he is best up top with his runs pace and finishing quality. It was Pardew’s fault for playing Cisse up top instead of Perez.

    Also – people who say Shearer and Cisse would be devastating – again that is wrong. The Shearer Bellamy combo worked well because Bellamy was quick, made good runs and could finish – ie with our current squad it would be Perez who would be a devastating comb with Shearer.

  • VanToonMan

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #34

    Against Chelsea it has to be:

    —-Janmaat- – – — – Taylor (Unless Colo fit)—-Dumm—–Haidara–




  • toonking

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #35

    to do that you need an owner which allows the manager to choose what he wants to buy.

    cabbella, cisse and gouffran were all random players that were made to be his so when we have played with them he doesn’t know how to use them as they not his type.

    obatan, arrons and colback are all players he has choosen to buy or decided are worthy of a place in the main team rather than the youth.

    looking back at the past it took sissoko, debuchy, colo and enrique time to develop and really that’s the trouble with us now, perez abeid and cabbella are still getting themselves adapted, tiote i think is the new cabyebye, cisse is just the one off.

    the thing i’m thinking is now missing is that leadership and passion, the players which give us that are colo, obatan saylor and colback

  • manxpie

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #36

    catchy i have read it fella and am pointing out wat shows ya that you talk shite

    your point a couple of weeks ago (when you finally showed up after a win) was that you were right about the squad!

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #37


    not sure where your coming from

    goofy started ahead of cabella, which would you have started with

    sammy offers more than goofy on the left side

    dummett has been solid at cb

    hidarra not out of place at LB

    abied has looked quality in his general play, takling and passing better than our other first choice MF

    perez chases everything down, and has 3 goals from nothing so far,

    these have been our back up players,

    i think you have to look at how we set up to win games, not at at the squad

    for me its all about wrong players starting, players in not there best positions

    sissoko is not a winger
    goofy is not a dmc
    it looks like dummett is not a LB , more suited to CB

    pardews wisdom

  • Brutooon

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #38

    Perez style of play is like Suarez, not the same level (yet).

    he is good for counter attacking football and always pressuring the defenders.

    Cisse on the other hand is useless – despite the goal

  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 2, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #39

    Why do we have to go behind for them to show some spark? Last 2 games would have been ours if they’d just played the 2nd half first

  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 2, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #40

    We’ll be 5 down at halftime if we come out like tonight against Chelsea


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