Newcastle Get Good Win – Thanks To Another Papiss Cisse Goal

Newcastle got a really valuable win today with a good goal from Papiss Cisse after 37 minutes when he turned the ball home from another good Daryl Janmaat cross – and it was yet another assist for the Dutch right-back – and it was in front of a very good crowd of 51,573, which given our poor form of late shows terrific support.


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Papiss goes to Jonas after he scored – a nice tough

It was a fairly close game but Newcastle were able to hold on to the lead – thanks to two good saves by Tim Krul, and a goal by Christian Benteke in the second half that was ruled to be offside.

It was good that Newcastle could get a clean sheet given the disaster last weekend in Manchester.

But the victory was marred by Massadio Haidara being taken off in the second half with an injury – so Newcastle are really down to the bare bones as far as the squad goes.

Here’s how we saw the game.

After just three minutes Aston Villa had a chance to score as a low cross came in from the right, but Janmaat just managed to turn the ball for a corner.

The two teams were evenly matched and there wasn’t much inspiring from either side but then on 28 minutes Benteke showed his class as he hit a great shot at goals that Tim Krul did well to block – a great save form the Newcastle goalkeeper.

And then on 37 minutes it was Janmaat who set up another goal for Newcastle and it was Daryl who put a quality ball into the penalty area from the right wing.

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Papiss Cisse scores!

Papiss Cisse got the ball and in an instant he had put it past Brad Guzan to put Newcastle ahead and it was Cisse’s 11th league goal for Newcastle in only 18 appearances – we must hold onto this player in the summer.

Half time came and it was still 1-0 to Newcastle.

After 58 minutes a good free kick from Sammy Ameobi was headed wide by Papiss Cisse.

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Big concern – Massadio Haidara carried off on a stretcher

Ryan Taylor was brought on for Massadio Haidara after 60 minutes – because of a knee injury to the Frenchman – we’ll just have to hope the injury isn’t too bad,  but we have a threadbare squad at the moment.

After 63 minutes Tom Cleverley should really have scored for Villa but it was Tim Krul again who made a great save from Cleverley’s left foot shot and the ball was cleared with his legs to preserve Newcastle’s slender lead.

Former Newcastle winger Charles N’Zogbia came on for Sinclair after 66 minutes.

Newcastle were having to defend their lead,  but they were hanging on well and Fabricio Coloccini was marshalling the back four well – so let’s hope the Argentine is back in form.

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Christian Benteke scores but ruled offside

Then Christian Benteke seemed to have equalised, but his goal was ruled offside – phew – that was close.

On 72 minutes it was Ayoze Perez on for Many Riviere and five minutes later Yoan Gouffran was on for Gabby Obertan so unfortunately no Jonas Gutierrez today, although Jonas was applauded when he was warming up on the sidelines.

After 74 minutes Ryan Taylor took a free kick from just outside the box and beautifully curled the ball round the wall to bring out a good save from Guzan.

And then two minutes later from a right wing corner, Ayose Perez headed the ball against a post – so unlucky.

After 78 minutes if was Yoan Gouffran on for Gabby Obertan who has some decent runs down the wing and may be getting back to his form of earlier this season.

After 83 minutes Ryan Taylor tried a shot from outside the box but it was straight at the goalkeeper – but a good effort from the 30 year-old.

After a long seven minutes of added time the referee blew his whistle and we have taken a valuable 3 points.

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Newcastle: Janmaat; Williamson, Coloccini, Haidara (R Taylor, 61); Obertan (Gouffran, 78), Sissoko, Abeid, Ameobi; Riviere (Perez, 73) Cisse
Subs not used: Woodman, Anita, Gutierrez, Armstrong

Goal: Cisse 37

Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Clark, Lowton (Bacuna, 82), Sinclair (N’Zogbia, 66), Delph, Cleverley, Westwood, Agbonlahor (Weimann, 73), Benteke
Subs not used: Given, Sanchez, Gil, Grealish.

Bookings: Hutton 26, Lowton 45, Williamson 53, Agbonlahor 62, Clark 83, Cleverley 90

Referee: Lee Mason (Bolton)

Attendance: 51,573

15 comments so far

  • p

    Feb 28, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #1

    Colloidal for me but we look so much better with Taylor, so underrated. Abheid was a bit. Of a disappointment

  • Belfast

    Feb 28, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Never fear Colback can play left back

    God knows what the plan is if he gets injured.

  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 28, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Good ole Cisse. A welcomed 3 points today. Personally I’m glad we can breathe a little easier, although the more comfortable we look, the more chance Carver will be allowed to continue to manage.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 28, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #4

    We need:..

    Siem ‘Sicknote’ de Jong back fit asap.

    Riviere played on any side of a front 3

    We need to offer Perez a contract extension

    We need to offer Rolando Aarons a contract extension and play him ahead of Gouffran every game.

    We need to offer Sammy a contract extension

    We need to put Sammy to take every corner from now on.

    We should play Raylor more as he is more than a decent defender with a great right foot- proved it today again.

    We need to sign 2 or 3 CBs

    We need to sign 1 or 2 STs

    We need to sign 1 Winger

    We need to sign 1 CAM

    …we do those things I’ve listed and we will be fine and have a half decent squad.

    We need to sell Saylor- Too injury prone

    We need to sell Anita – Not good enough

    We need to sell Obertan – Not good enough

    We need to sell Coloccini – Too old now

    We need to sell Tiote – Not good enough anymore

    We need to sell Gutierrez – Not good enough anymore

    We replace the players mentioned with quality and we will be flying again!!

  • Belfast

    Feb 28, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Ibiza I’m personally glad that you’re personally glad.

  • Belfast

    Feb 28, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #6

    Yes Jp anything else?

    Anything we don’t need to do?

  • Belfast

    Feb 28, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Ashley wouldn’t like that list.

  • bladeuser

    Feb 28, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #8

    A win but over 51 thousand there i cannot and never will fathom it out
    carver is a snivilling kiss arse little s#@$ who will worm his way in to getting the job full time ashley,s little bum boy

  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 28, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Belfast…Personally speaking…ah f**k it.

    JP…You can pick one thing. Stop being greedy. Do you think Ashley’s made of money?

  • BandB

    Feb 28, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #10



    And it’s not even March.
    One more round of trimming, and we can be prudently safe by April next year.
    Saving another £10 million from the margins.

    The worst is almost over.


  • catchy in norway

    Feb 28, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #11

    it was a close one for me, I thought Cisse was class today , not many chances , but he dropped deep to help out and took his chance well

    collo was a rock today though , some great blocks, lead by example today,

    mendi for me played really well ,

    rivi didn’t put himself about like I expected ,

    obertan , is not a footballer , no were near one , wasted to many good opportunities like he always does ,

  • Tsunki

    Feb 28, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Belfast one thing we dont need to do is endure any more of your tripe. Shove that on your list JP, and Befast…just shove it.

  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 28, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #13

    BandB…Well, we’re not there yet, I suppose I’m just a little giddy from the excitement of picking up, what had to be down as, expected points.

    We have a fairly scary run coming up, so I think these were essential.

    We certainly need to trim the main squad some more. Think of all those youth players who need their chance. All that money doing NOTHING. I don’t know why Ashley puts up with it. 25 man squad for a game only 14 players can participate in? Mugs game.

  • check the toastie

    Feb 28, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Carver is useless, no idea and no manager.

    Sissoko plays Right Midfield or Nowhere, he has no sustained stamina in the middle of the park. no touch and no vision, he runs into space and that’s his use.

    We miss Cabaye, if he was with Colback/Abeid in a middle two we would be decent with a decent manager, however we have no decent manager, absolutely clueless and it can be seen how much these boys influenced some of the stuff Pardew played.

    Disjointed, no idea football, no combinations and no partnerships anywhere on the pitch, utter drivel served up until we install somebody who knows what they are doing.

    Don’t hold your breath….

  • Belfast

    Feb 28, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Personally speaking I agree with you Skunki


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