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.
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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