Cisse wonder strike puts Toon over the Saints
It wasn’t just a goal, to paraphrase those pricey food merchants; it was a Papiss Cisse goal – and in a pseudo-relegation six-pointer it paved the way for Europa League last-16 side Newcastle to beat Southampton at St. James Park.
February 25th, 2013
No professional manager worth his salt would dare admit it to camera, but it’s within the realm of possibility that Toon manager Alan Pardew took a bit more pleasure out of this win than most others; after his surprise dismissal from the Saints 30 months ago Pardew is well within his rights to allow a smirk to camera, just as he did yesterday when discussing the game with reporters.
After going behind early on, Cisse’s beautifully-hit half-volley dipped under the bar just before the interval to give Newcastle the lead against Pardew’s former club; a strike he hailed as “a wonder goal, an Alan Shearer-type moment. That will get in Cisse’s top ten for sure.”
The result enables the Toon to leapfrog Southampton in the league, as well as local rivals Sunderland, into 14th place – and Pardew has taken this win as a starting point on which to build – insisting that Newcastle can now afford to look ahead of them in the league table rather than behind.
“Looking at the league table, we can now attack tenth. That is the mind-set of the players now… the top ten. We are different from six weeks ago. We have new players and not many injuries. There is an assurance about us and even when we went behind twice, we didn’t panic. At 2-2 we rode a bad period too which bodes well.
“When we went to Villa a few weeks ago I said we had to have top four form for the last 15 games, we have so far I suppose, and we have to maintain that.”