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Cisse The Injury Time Hero!

31 Aug 2013 11:31:47

Cisse The Injury Time Hero!

The last time Fulham came to St James' Park ... 2012/13 NEWCASTLE 1 FULHAM 0

    1. Tim Krul    5. Danny Simpson 81'    13. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa    27. Steven Taylor    3. Davide Santon 17'    22. Sylvain Marveaux    4. Yohan Cabaye    7. Moussa Sissoko    18. Jonas Gutierrez    9. Papiss Cisse    11. Yoan Gouffran 69'

Subs

    21. Rob Elliot    6. Mike Williamson    8. Vurnon Anita 17'    20. Gael Bigirimana    23. Shola Ameobi 69'    25. Gabriel Obertan    49. Adam Campbell 81'

Papiss Cisse eased Newcastle's relegation fears with an injury-time winner against Fulham on a day when it appeared as if luck had deserted the United striker.

Alan Pardew's side - and Cisse especially - had previously spurned a catalogue of chances at St James' Park against a Fulham side who suffered their first defeat in six games.

But with frustration and anxiety growing, the Senegal forward finally beat Mark Schwarzer in the third minute of added-on time for his 11th goal of the season.

After a run of three straight defeats - two in the Barclays Premier League and a 3-1 loss to Benfica on Thursday in the first leg of a Europa League quarter-final tie, this was a crucial win for the Toon.

They dominated in terms of opportunities after Dimitar Berbatov, with four goals in four games coming into this match, had audaciously curled a 20-yard shot just over the right-hand angle of Tim Krul's crossbar and post.

But the win was not without cost because after Steven Taylor had agonisingly planted a header just over the crossbar in running on to a right-wing cross from Moussa Sissoko, Pardew's injury woes increased further.

Already without a host of big names for the run in, the sight of right-back Davide Santon pulling up and clutching the top of his left thigh in the 15th minute will only have intensified Pardew's anxiety.

Beyond that, one sliced clearance from Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to a low left-wing ball from Damien Duff was the only other serious moment of concern for Pardew and the Magpies through to shortly before the interval.

Instead, going into the break, they should arguably have been in front, only to see three opportunities go begging in the space of six minutes for Cisse either side of the half-hour mark.

Twice Cisse was set up by Sissoko, but on both occasions his right-foot shots were wide, albeit his first much closer than his second as Schwarzer was relieved to see it flash just beyond his left-hand post.

The visitors, though, weathered the storm and countered late on with two chances of their own in a two-minute burst of activity.

From Berbatov's through ball, Bryan Ruiz's angled drive was blocked by Yanga-Mbiwa for a corner eventually swung into the heart of the area by Giorgios Karagounis.

In a melee, Stanislav Manolev was the man who managed to get a boot on the ball inside the six-yard box, but a host of bodies denied him an opener in a half that eventually petered out.

For 20 minutes after the interval, however, it was all Newcastle and another sustained spell where the only thing lacking was a goal.

Initially, Schwarzer was beaten in the 53rd minute via a deflection on to his bar as Emmanuel Frimpong, on minutes earlier for the injured Eyong Enoh, was in the way of a dipping shot from Vurnon Anita, who had earlier replaced Santon.

Five minutes later and again Cisse was guilty of another miss, this time stabbing tamely at a low ball in from Yoan Gouffran that neither Philippe Senderos nor Hangeland could cut out.

After Schwarzer saved an angled drive from Taylor, United then hit the post twice in a matter of seconds, appearing to underline this was simply not going to be their day in front of goal.

From a Sylvain Marveaux corner, Gouffran's initial flick appeared to brush Sascha Riether on the line - potentially even his right arm - on the way to clipping the right-hand upright, with claims for a penalty ignored by referee Kevin Friend.

The rebound fell to Cisse, only for his hapless display to continue in front of goal as from four yards out he sidefooted against the same piece of woodwork.

Proving they were still in the game, Fulham almost stole it in the 68th minute as it took a brilliant fingertip save from Tim Krul to deny Berbatov with a header after he had latched on to a free-kick from John Arne Riise.

Towards the close, Cisse's agonising day continued as a goal-bound header to a right-wing cross from Anita was superbly turned away by Schwarzer in the 88th minute.

But with the clock ticking, Cisse latched on to a loose ball in the area to beat Schwarzer from close range.

His fervent celebrations were understandable as he jumped in among the delirious Newcastle fans, earning himself a booking to boot, but one worthy of his cause.

TOON v FULHAM - THE HISTORY

2012/2013  Sun 07 Apr  Newcastle Utd.  1 - 0  Fulham  Premier League   Mon 10 Dec  Fulham  2 - 1  Newcastle Utd.  Premier League  2011/2012  Sat 21 Jan  Fulham  5 - 2  Newcastle Utd.  Premier League   Sun 28 Aug  Newcastle Utd.  2 - 1  Fulham  Premier League  2010/2011  Wed 02 Feb  Fulham  1 - 0  Newcastle Utd.  Premier League   Sat 13 Nov  Newcastle Utd.  0 - 0  Fulham  Premier League  2008/2009  Sat 16 May  Newcastle Utd.  0 - 1  Fulham  Premier League   Sun 09 Nov  Fulham  2 - 1  Newcastle Utd.  Premier League  2007/2008  Sat 22 Mar  Newcastle Utd.  2 - 0  Fulham  Premier League   Sat 15 Dec  Fulham  0 - 1  Newcastle Utd.  Premier League  2006/2007  Sat 03 Feb  Fulham  2 - 1  Newcastle Utd.  Premiership   Sat 09 Sep  Newcastle Utd.  1 - 2  Fulham  Premiership  2005/2006  Sat 14 Jan  Fulham  1 - 0  Newcastle Utd.  Premiership   Sat 10 Sep  Newcastle Utd.  1 - 1  Fulham  Premiership  2004/2005  Wed 04 May  Fulham  1 - 3  Newcastle Utd.  Premiership   Sun 07 Nov  Newcastle Utd.  1 - 4  Fulham  Premiership  2003/2004  Mon 19 Jan  Newcastle Utd.  3 - 1  Fulham  Premiership   Tue 21 Oct  Fulham  2 - 3  Newcastle Utd.  Premiership  2002/2003  Sat 19 Apr  Fulham  2 - 1  Newcastle Utd.  Premiership   Sat 21 Dec  Newcastle Utd.  2 - 0  Fulham  Premiership  2001/2002  Mon 08 Apr  Newcastle Utd.  1 - 1  Fulham  Premiership   Sat 17 Nov  Fulham  3 - 1  Newcastle Utd.  Premiership  1983/1984  Sat 03 Mar  Fulham  2 - 2  Newcastle Utd.  Second Division   Sat 05 Nov  Newcastle Utd.  3 - 2  Fulham  Second Division  1982/1983  Sat 26 Feb  Fulham  2 - 2  Newcastle Utd.  Second Division   Sat 16 Oct  Newcastle Utd.  1 - 4  Fulham  Second Division  1979/1980  Sat 12 Apr  Fulham  1 - 0  Newcastle Utd.  Second Division   Sat 01 Dec  Newcastle Utd.  2 - 0  Fulham  Second Division  1978/1979  Sat 21 Apr  Newcastle Utd.  0 - 0  Fulham  Second Division   Sat 16 Dec  Fulham  1 - 3  Newcastle Utd.  Second Division  1967/1968  Sat 20 Apr  Fulham  2 - 0  Newcastle Utd.  First Division   Sat 14 Oct  Newcastle Utd.  2 - 1  Fulham  First Division  1966/1967  Sat 04 Feb  Fulham  5 - 1  Newcastle Utd.  First Division   Sat 24 Sep  Newcastle Utd.  1 - 1  Fulham  First Division  1965/1966  Sat 07 May  Newcastle Utd.  1 - 1  Fulham  First Division   Sat 30 Oct  Fulham  2 - 0  Newcastle Utd.  First Division  1960/1961  Wed 31 Aug  Fulham  4 - 3  Newcastle Utd.  First Division   Wed 24 Aug  Newcastle Utd.  7 - 2  Fulham  First Division  1959/1960  Sat 05 Mar  Newcastle Utd.  3 - 1  Fulham  First Division   Sat 17 Oct  Fulham  4 - 3  Newcastle Utd.  First Division  1951/1952  Sat 09 Feb  Fulham  1 - 1  Newcastle Utd.  First Division   Sat 29 Sep  Newcastle Utd.  0 - 1  Fulham  First Division  1950/1951  Sat 31 Mar  Fulham  1 - 1  Newcastle Utd.  First Division   Sat 11 Nov  Newcastle Utd.  1 - 2  Fulham  First Division  1949/1950  Sat 04 Feb  Newcastle Utd.  3 - 1  Fulham  First Division   Sat 24 Sep  Fulham  2 - 1  Newcastle Utd.  First Division  1947/1948  Wed 14 Apr  Newcastle Utd.  1 - 0  Fulham  Second Division   Sat 27 Sep  Fulham  3 - 0  Newcastle Utd.  Second Division  1946/1947  Sat 22 Mar  Newcastle Utd.  1 - 3  Fulham  Second Division   Sat 16 Nov  Fulham  0 - 3  Newcastle Utd.  Second Division  1938/1939  Sat 18 Mar  Fulham  1 - 1  Newcastle Utd.  Second Division   Sat 12 Nov  Newcastle Utd.  2 - 1  Fulham  Second Division  1937/1938  Sat 09 Apr  Newcastle Utd.  1 - 2  Fulham  Second Division   Sat 27 Nov  Fulham  1 - 2  Newcastle Utd.  Second Division  1936/1937  Sat 27 Mar  Newcastle Utd.  1 - 1  Fulham  Second Division   Sat 21 Nov  Fulham  3 - 4  Newcastle Utd.  Second Division  1935/1936  Sat 01 Feb  Fulham  3 - 1  Newcastle Utd.  Second Division   Sat 28 Sep  Newcastle Utd.  6 - 2  Fulham  Second Division  1934/1935  Sat 19 Jan  Newcastle Utd.  1 - 1  Fulham  Second Division   Sat 08 Sep  Fulham  3 - 2  Newcastle Utd.  Second Division 

 

Source: Newcastle United Mad


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