Papiss Cisse broke his knee cap last April, and it was revealed a few weeks ago that he was still feeling discomfort in the knee from the screws that had been put in by the surgeon to strengthen the knee.
Papiss Cisse scores early in the second half last night
Papiss played the whole game last night and scored a good opportunist goal after 48 minutes to get Newcastle a well deserved point at Burnley.
He scored the goal in front of an impressive 4,000 travelling Newcastle fans, and they then roared on Newcastle in that second half, but we just couldn’t get that second goal to capture all 3 points, although Papiss admits Newcastle were going all out for the win.
This is what the 29 year-old said after the game last night:
“It was very, very important for me and the team,” “I need to score goals – that’s my job.” “The team have one point. We wanted three points, but it’s not easy to get three points here.”
“I’m happy, and the team are happy as well. This game wasn’t an easy game.” “It was very, very difficult in the first half. “The team did well in the second half to come back into the game.”
“My injury is not easy.” “I need to look after myself, and the doctor – Paul Catterson – does a very good job for me.”
“I’m happy to come back in the team, play 90 minutes and score a goal.” “The gaffer did his job and made two changes,” “He put Remy in and he changed the game.”
Hopefully Papiss is over the worst part in his comeback from injury, and the knee will trouble him less and less as he plays more and more.
It was an excellent move from the manager at half-time to withdraw Willo for Steven Taylor, since the center-back seemed out of sorts in that first half, and it came out after the game that he has an upcoming court appearance, and that may have been on his mind.
And the real move that made the difference was to bring on Remy Cabella for Ayoze Perez, and Remy was like a live-wire in that second half – and it was great to see some good form from the 24 year-old Frenchman.
With Coloccini and Aarons expected to be back for Saturday’s home game against Chelsea, and Sissoko and Colback returning from suspension there is going to be some competition for places in the starting line-up – and that can only be good for Newcastle.
Howay The Lads!!
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