Just Exactly What Rafa Benitez Told His Players At Half Time

Papiss Cisse scored a rare goal for the side yesterday and it came at a great time – just three minutes into the second half – with a good header to bring Newcastle back to 2-1 after Liverpool had mainly bossed the game in the first half with goals from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana.

It was Cisse’s first goal since he scored at crystal Palace way back in November, although Papiss has been out injured a lot of that time.

And another goal from Jack Colback leveled the scores so that Newcastle came away with a vital point from Anfield.

The 30 year-old has started the last three games for Newcastle in preference to Alexandar Mitrovic – and the Serbian has come on as an impact sub in each of the games in which we have secured a decent 5 points.

papiss cisse heads home

Papiss Cisse beats Simon Mignolet to the ball to head home

This is what Papiss said on the Newcastle web-site after the game:

“Liverpool are doing very well at this moment, so in the first 15 minutes I think we were waiting and it was very quick from the other side.”

“Everyone knew that we needed a point now, and we started very, very badly. But the reaction in the second half was very, very good – amazing – for the team and all the players.”

“The message was ‘you don’t have anything to lose now – you have 45 minutes to give everything you have’. All the players knew that, and they came back and gave everything. In the end, to have one point is an amazing point.”

“It’s been a long time since I scored a goal, and it’s very, very important for me to get it and some confidence.” “My objective is to try and keep this team in the Premier League, and that’s my only objective.

“Every game I try to do my best to help the team, to help the fans, so today I’m happy to score.”

The lads came back well in that second half but we cannot start these games half a sleep although both Liverpool goals were brilliant individual efforts.

It was an excellent point for us and now we’ll see how Sunderland do this afternoon at home to Arsenal.

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