Steve McClaren tasted his first defeat last night as a Newcastle head coach, when the Magpies went down 2-1 to Club Atlas of Mexico in Milwaukee, and we again made a poor start to the game and were 2-0 down after only 16 minutes and then had to try to come back.
Just before half time an excellent rapid breakaway saw Papiss Cisse put Moussa Sissoko through and he hit the ball under the goalkeeper to make it 2-1, but we couldn’t get the equalizer, even though we created a number of chances in the second half.
Papiss Cisse – keep him this summer
Steve McClaren talked to the media after the game at Miller Park last night, and confessed he was impressed with Papiss Cisse:
“It is a unique thing. You can see that with the smiles on their faces that they like playing with each other. They combine very well.”“I thought Papiss was brilliant, he held the ball up and he brought people into the game.”
“It’s a test and a challenge – not just the games, but the travel as well. But we have to deal with it and that’s the challenge for the team to deal with it and train well. We have to be professional and perform well.”
“Football or soccer I should say here, is a passionate game.
“I was delighted with the reaction. We came out and were aggressive and put our foot in. We got the goal because we they were keeping the ball and were cocky
“We got annoyed and stayed annoyed and it got us back in the game.”
Yes – whenever anybody talks about football in the states, that’s American football – so it’s called soccer – although the rest of the world knows football as football.
As we said before, we’d be daft to let Papiss Cisse go – especially when he’s looks like he’s going to be 100% fit next season – for the first time in a long time – and he seems to want to stay at Newcastle too.
We hope Papiss is around come September, however many new strikers we bring through the door this summer.
As a reminder, the 30 year-old Senegal International scored 11 Premier League goals in 21 appearances for us last season, and since he joined us from SC Freiburg in January, 2012 – he’s scored 41 goals in 109 total appearances.