Papiss Cisse's late strike means much more than three points

By Lee Ryder on Apr 8, 13 11:32 AM

For a moment on Sunday it was easy to forget that Papiss Cisse's injury time winner had only earned three points at St James' Park.

Given that Cisse could have had good reason to claim being tired (considering cramp victim Sylvain Marveaux was lying on the floor unable to move) he didn't half find the energy levels to leap into the Gallowgate End!

The number 9's reaction as he jumped into the crowd probably said it all as the Geordie crowd celebrated wildly before Alan Pardew also instinctively turned to the Toon faithful to make the most of the moment.

But the celebrations went on long after the final whistle and when Sunderland's result from Stamford Bridge also crackled over the PA system both Steven Taylor and Tim Krul - spotted hugging each other - were very much on the same wavelength as fans, knowing a huge step to survival had been taken.


All of it had been a far cry from the scenes at half-time after a second half that did little to lift spirits from a Newcastle point of view.

At that point with Sunderland ahead and Newcastle failing to break down Fulham it was looking like a day to forget.

Instead, this will be a game that people will look back on as a turning point of the campaign.

Pardew had admitted that beating Fulham was key to the games with Benfica and Sunderland.

Even with tired bodies in the camp after a long, hard season, winning football matches can give players new levels of energy.

It will be energy that must be carried into Benfica but in all truth as the players still celebrated on their way out of SJP on Sunday night and fans headed to their favourite watering holes to celebrate, had the Europa League game been announced to be played there and then - nobody would have complained.

Suddenly Newcastle United aren't tired any more.

Indeed, "Bring on Benfica" was the phrase used during the aftermath of the win over Fulham!


jatupon said:

Papiss Cisse Superb.


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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