Cole and Beardsley would have been proud of Cisse strike

By Lee Ryder on Mar 18, 12 09:43 PM

I walked up to St James' Park recalling a wonder strike by Peter Beardsley against Norwich City but headed home with memories rekindled of his strike partner Andy Cole.

It was Beardsley's stunning strike against Norwich back in 1995 that lit up a late season encounter agains the Canaries as Kevin Keegan's Magpies ran out 3-0 winners.

Memories of the Entertainers era never run dry, but there were often games when it was the class of Beardsley and the clinical finishing of Cole decided matches.

There wasn't much entertaining going on against Norwich in the Premier League for Alan Pardew's side, but it was one true moment of class that decided it.

It may not have been identical, but Papiss Cisse's strike at the Leazes End brought back great memories of a time when Andy Cole was simply in the form of his life in a black and white shirt.

Cisse's strike was hailed as world class by pundits after the 1-0 win over the Canaries.

But at the same end of St James' Park, the quality was akin to Cole's wonder goal against Chelsea in 1994.

Cisse, like Cole, is a true predator and as Alan Pardew explained after the victory over Norwich, he will win games all by himself with that sort of finishing.

Few will remember the performance against Norwich today, but we won't forget Cisse's strike in a hurry.

Indeed, this was one that even Beardo and Cole would have been proud of.


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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