Papiss Cisse had a great effort on goal just two minutes into the second half on Saturday, and that would have made the score 3-1 and been one of the goals of the season, and although we may not have been able to get back into the game. a goal then should have lifted the Newcastle players – and they needed a lift.
Papiss Cisse on Saturday challenged by Mangala
A high cross came in from the right wing after 47 minutes, and Papiss hit it on the volley with his left foot and the ball was screaming into the back of the net only for Joe Hart had to make a terrific save to turn the ball over the bar for a corner.
That’s the danger of Papiss Cisse when he’s in form – he can score almost at any time, but that effort from the Senegal striker was the only shot on goal for Newcastle on Saturday in the whole game. 🙁
If you don’t take the shots you will not score goals.
John Carver felt sorry for Papiss after the game:
“Your Coloccinis, your Tim Kruls, your Moussa Sissokos and Papiss Cisse coming back from the African Cup of Nations.” “He’s given us a lift because he’s our top goalscorer.”
“I felt sorry for him a little bit, because he worked extremely hard and had a great effort on goal just after half time, but he never got any service because we were always defending.”
“We knew we were going to come here and have to defend for long periods, but we didn’t defend well enough.”
“It’s not as if they’ve opened us up with a fantastic goal or a great strike from 30 yards. All the goals were preventable.”
And one of the problems John Carver has is that he doesn’t have any experienced defenders to come in and replace those who are out of form.
Center-back Mike Williamson is one of those who is having a tough time of it lately, and Mike’s weakness is when he is on the ball and has to pass it out of defense – he’s never confident on the ball in those situations.
Mike made a daft pass inside to Vurnon Anita after 20 seconds of the game, and Anita didn’t control the ball, and he brought down Dzeko as the City striker moved past him in the penalty area.
That was 1-0 after Aguero had dispatched the penalty, and the start of the malaise.
That’s one of the problems when you leave yourself with a very small squad for the rest of the season.
And that’s what John Carver had been left with after the January transfer window, and after more Newcastle players have picked up injuries.
It’s not a good situation to be in.
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