When that cross came over after from Jonas Gutierrez on the left wing after 54 minutes in yesterday’s game, you could see how determined Moussa Sissoko was and he was able out-jump two West defenders to head the ball down and past Hammers goalkeeper Adrian, and the Frenchman got the all important go-ahead goal for Newcastle.
30 minutes later it was Jonas again, and this time he rifled the ball home to get us a fantastic 2-0 win – and Premier League safety.
Moussa Sissoko scoring first goal yesterday
That win was just what Newcastle needed – late as it was in the season – and it was our first win in over twelve weeks, but a great win nevertheless, and a very good display that will help settle some of our Newcastle players this summer.
And Moussa Sissoko himself seems determined to stay on Tyneside. after what was a nightmare second half of the season under John Carver.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley yesterday in his Sky Sports interview said he was shocked at the position we were in yesterday – given where we had been at Christmas.
This is what the 25 year-old French International Sissoko said after the game yesterday:
“I’m very happy, because the last few weeks have been very hard for us.” “This was a very big game – like the final of the Champions League or something like that – but we won so we are very happy.”
“Now, we need to have a good rest and hopefully next season we will be better.” “I think it’s the most important goal I have scored. It was 0-0, and we didn’t know what was happening between Hull and Manchester United.”
“When I scored I was so happy, and that’s why I ran to the bench with the rest of the team. I think we played very well from the beginning to the end.”
“The team was very good.” “Jonas played very well and when he scored the second goal, everyone could see how happy he was.”
“He has had some very bad times this year with his cancer, but he came back very well and I was very happy for him.”
“I still have four years on my contract, and .” “I am going to have one week off now, and then after that I will be joining up with the national team.
“I will be back in Newcastle in July, and I am still here and still happy.” “This is a big club with good players and fantastic fans. Maybe we have to play with more confidence next season, like we did today.”
“If we do that, there is no reason why we cannot finish in the top eight, because we have a very good team.” “We just have to prove that every week because everybody knows that the Premier League is not easy.”
“Everyone can beat everyone else, so we will see what happens next year.” “We have to be stronger next season.”
There will be players leaving this summer and certainly Cheick Tiote will be gone before September, but we hope we can keep players like Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat and Moussa Sissoko at the club.
Then we can build on them and players like Jack Colback, Siem de Jong and Remy Cabella – so we could still have a decent core squad of players.
But we need to bring in new players to fortify the squad this summer, and hopefully our first signing will be a top experienced head coach – and there are a number of them available.
That will be the most important signing this summer – and it cannot be John Carver.