When He’s On The Pitch, Newcastle Always Have A Chance

Rob Elliot only played one half on Saturday against Chelsea,  before injuring what looked like his thigh, and we’ll have to wait and see just how bad the injury is – but Alan Pardew said after the game he was out until January, which means 21 year-old Jak Alnwick gets his big chance in goal.

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Papiss Cisse – scoring the first goal on Saturday

Rob was interviewed after the game,  and he showered praise on Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse, who for the third time this season scored a brace of goals for Newcastle.

Papiss did it to get us draws at home to Hull City and at Swansea City, and now he scored another two good opportunist goals after he came on early in the second half,  to give us yet another famous victory over Chelsea.

This is what Rob said after the game:

“When you have Papiss on the pitch you always have a chance.”  “Papiss does what he does best.”  “He sniffs chances out and it’s a talent you can’t coach.”

“We had a poor start to the season.”  “We had a few new signings.” “It took time to bed in and I don’t think we quite get going.” “We didn’t figure out what type of team we are.”

“Now we’ve realised the game plans we play.”  “We play to our strengths now.” “Especially having big Moussa down the middle, he’s such a powerful player down the middle.”

“Everybody is playing together.”

Those two goals has Papiss on 7 Premier League goals after just 9 appearances, and most of those have been sub appearances since that knee of his is still bothering him.

And Alan Pardew still said he will probably have to protect him and use Papiss as a sub until he gets used to those screws that were put into his knee to help fix the broken knee cap he suffered last April.

It looks to us that Papiss is in the great goal-scoring form he was in when he first arrived in January of 2012, that helped propel us up to 5th in the Premier League,  and he scored a brace at Chelsea near the end of the season to get us that 2-0 win.

And Rob is right – when Papiss is on the field we always have a chance – and now we are up to 7th in the Premier League. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

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7 comments so far

  • Vagabond of the Western World

    Dec 8, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Two tap in’s.
    Poaching at it’s finest.
    Andy Cole esque.
    Sniffs out a chance and he’s in the right place at the right time.
    Fair play to him, he’s offering the most important commodity of all at the minute – goals.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 8, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #2

    Morning Bills,
    Firstly, you were in denial that this was the policy at all until it was blatantly obvious, and yes it was very good busines the transfers you have listed, for Mike Ashley not for the fans, the sale of Carroll saw a very drab second half of the season which was pretty much the beginning of the new atmosphere inside SJP, I was at the relegated Brum game we laboured to
    a 2-1 win which guaranteed our safety, the selling of Ba without replacement (Gouffran??) saw us avoid relegation with a game to spare and the selling of Cabaye was seen as a deliberate write off to a season which caused the worst ill feeling at the club for a long long time, the fans suffered throughout all this but hey, great business for Mike Ashley.

  • bills-son

    Dec 8, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #3


    Ive said plenty of times that we should have signed another CB two years ago + Ive bored myself repeatedly saying our biggest problem up to now was not the defence but midfield. Before Sissoko moved into the middle, Colback was signec and Abeid has come through we were powderpuff with only Tiote putting himself about. Cabaye was a fouler not a genuinely aggressive physical CM and Anita just doesn’t cut it. Add HBA and Marveaux into the mix and all too often the midfield offered little protection to the back four. Thats why we conceded so many goals.

    What a difference now. We have Tiote, Sissoko, Colback and Abeid for the CM spots, Sammy and even Perez and Cabella tracking back which allows the defence to hold their positions and keep tight on forwards.

    Pardew was slated by many for wanting Colback after we sold Cabaye. He was dead right. It also allowed him to play Sissoko CM which didn’t work when Cabaye wanted to pull the strings in that position.

    I bet neither Kruk, Tiote, Sissoko

  • bills-son

    Dec 8, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Are sold this Jan.

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 8, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Ashley does benefit from the sale of players, in that the money goes into streamlining costs and improving infrastructure, which of course increase the value of his asset long term. It is patently true that he has been willing to weaken the side in the short term, apparently for longer term gain. You’d hope that as the club becomes more solvent, we’ll see less of it, although quite how that will happen, considering large outlays from time to time are an inevitable part of running a big club well, is another cause for concern, when he won’t spend any of his own money nor borrow from a bank. Makes you think, stockpiling cash for use as needed, may be a policy as things stand.

  • Mag52

    Dec 8, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #6


    I think you’ve pointed out the problem that Pardew has as a manager.
    He has a strategy which he has got his team to play extremely effectively, that of a well organized defensive set up with rapid counter attacks.
    This will often work well against those teams, the top teams, who set out to attack us or even the mid table teams when playing at home. Where it can fall down is when we are up against the teams who are happy to contain us, who are happy to get a point or snatch a breakaway win against us. Then, decent manager though he is, I’m not sure if he has the ability, or flexibility, to put in place a more aggressive plan B.

  • south coast toon

    Dec 8, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #7

    in all fairness to pardew he out foxed chelsea with ten men and a debutant 3rd choice goal keeper surely marino should of be able to out fox us with the jewels at his disposal and hba seems alot of us were wrong not getting a game at hull perhaps we should be appologising to pardew he had that one spot on


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