Papiss Cisse believes that new manager (gaffer) Rafa Benitez has now got Newcastle playing near their best and it took a little time for Rafa to get some of his idea across to the players.
But two excellent performances in the last two games got us 4 points – a win against Swansea and a draw against Manchester City last night in what was a pulsating game.
Papiss Cisse – starting for Rafa
Rafa has used Papiss Cisse at the start of the last two games and brought on Aleksandar Mitrovic as an impact sub in the second half.
And certainly the Serbian made a huge difference when he came on in the final 10 minutes of the Swansea game and he had a hand in both late goals – so to speak.
This is what Papiss has said about the arrival of Rafa Benitez on Tyneside:
“One moment it’s difficult to get confidence when you’re working hard, but losing the game and your head’s going down.”
“But when the new gaffer came in he’s made everybody happy and given the chance for everyone to show the people how he’d like everyone to play.”
“Everyone has had this feeling to give 100% every time on the training ground and in the game. That is a good point too, because we have a connection with the gaffer, we speak to him and I think it’s a good thing.”
“It’s never going to be easy to go to Liverpool. But we have a team now who is ready to play take on any team and we have to do so.”
“We can change it – the away results. The work and the form we have at home, we have to take that into the away games. We need to do something at Anfield and try to win the game.”
“The team needs the fans. The fans tried to do their best for us and we tried to do our best to make the fans happy and to try to win the game because the position is not very good.”
“But everyone knows that and we are trying to do something to make it better.”
“All the players like to play like this and have the fans behind them. I just say to the fans that we have to keep going, because the players will keep going and working hard to get out of this.”
There are four games to go and Newcastle desperately need to win as many of their games as possible. otherwise it looks like we could take the drop – which would be an utter disaster for the club.
Next up is Liverpool and we haven’t won at Anfield since way back in 1994 – so it’s a great time to do just that on Saturday.
Here are the remaining games for Newcastle.
April Sat 23 15:00 A Liverpool Sat 30 15:00 H Crystal Palace May Sat 07 15:00 A Aston Villa Sun 15 15:00 H Tottenham