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Pardew - Best Game Of The Season!
Alan Pardew says Newcastle's win over Chelsea is their 'game of the season'.
Alan Pardew: "The whole team was magnificent but it would be silly to ignore the fact that Sissoko announced his presence in the game, not just with his technical quality but his power.
"It's been something that's been missing from the team.
"I don't have to say too much - his performance spoke for itself.
"It was undoubtedly the game of the season.
"I don't think we're going to better that between now and the end. It was a fabulous game. It's a massive win for us today.
"When you're against a top side it's important to put them off their stride and show no fear and put them under pressure and we did that really well in the first half.
"Perhaps we should have scored earlier, from Papiss (Cisse), but we got the goal.
"We had an intelligence about us today.
"You see the injection a lift can give. The injection of players, the injection of a win. It was a fabulous game."NEWCASTLE 3 CHELSEA 2 NEWCASTLE: 1. Tim Krul 26. Mathieu Debuchy 27. Steven Taylor 2. Fabricio Coloccini 3. Davide Santon 14. James Perch 4. Yohan Cabaye 11. Yoan Gouffran 84' 7. Moussa Sissoko 90+2' 18. Jonas Gutierrez 9. Papiss Cisse Subs: 21. Rob Elliot 8. Vurnon Anita 13. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 90+2' 20. Gael Bigirimana 22. Sylvain Marveaux 84' 25. Gabriel Obertan 23. Shola Ameobi CHELSEA: 1. Petr Cech 2. Branislav Ivanovic 24. Gary Cahill 26. John Terry 3. Ashley Cole 7. Ramires 8. Frank Lampard 11. Oscar 10. Juan Mata 34. Ryan Bertrand 29. Demba Ba 43' Subs: 22. Ross Turnbull 9. Fernando Torres 43' 19. Paulo Ferreira 21. Marko Marin 28. Cesar Azpilicueta 30. Yossi Benayoun 57. Nathan Ake
I wasn't particularly convinced we had turned the corner with the win at Villa Park ... but this went a hell of a long way to banishing our relegation concerns.
Moussa Sissoko made a statement at St James' Park that he is a class act and he ready to 'rock and roll' in the Premiership. The France midfielder marked his home debut with a 68th-minute strike to level the game at 2-2 and then blasted home a brilliant winner to further boost Alan Pardew's survival mission.
Chelsea looked to be on their way to a first victory in four attempts in all competitions when, after Frank Lampard had cancelled out Jonas Gutierrez's first-half opener by scoring his 10th Barclays Premier League goal of the season for the 10th successive campaign, Juan Mata curled home a superb 61st-minute effort.
But a rejuvenated Newcastle refused to accept defeat and Sissoko snatched a dramatic win which was secured when Steven Taylor blocked Lampard's goal-bound effort deep into injury-time.
It was meant to be striker Demba Ba's day as he returned to St James' Park, where he had given sterling service in his 18 months in a black and white shirt.
But having arrived to a less than harmonious welcome, with some Newcastle fans accusing him of chasing the money by heading for Stamford Bridge last month, he departed prematurely with a bloodied nosed to more catcalls after just 42 minutes.
The Magpies followed him down the tunnel just a few minutes later with the advantage at the end of a thoroughly entertaining 45 minutes of football.
While Ba's departure from Tyneside might have come as a major blow to Pardew, the early signs are that the recruitment drive launched in response was astutely conducted.
The confidence gained in Tuesday night's 2-1 victory at Aston Villa with new boys Mathieu Debuchy, Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran in the team was in evidence as the home side set about their task with some relish.
Papiss Cisse, the man Pardew hopes will supply the goals which once came from Ba, saw a fifth-minute effort blocked by defender Gary Cahill, but then failed to test returning keeper Petr Cech adequately when played in by Sissoko after 20 minutes and then Yohan Cabaye 16 minutes later.
Cabaye and full-back Davide Santon both sent rasping volleys just off target in an end-to-end contest in which the Magpies gave as good as they got.
However, Chelsea might have gone in front twice, Lampard blasting high over from Ashley Cole's 15th-minute pull-back, and then Ba forcing a 32nd-minute save from Tim Krul before heading the rebound inches wide under pressure from Fabricio Coloccini, whose boot caused the damage which forced his exit.
The opening goal eventually arrived four minutes before the break and from an unusual source.
Newcastle's final ball had at times been ordinary, but Santon produced a telling cross to allow Gutierrez to glance a deft header across Cech and into the bottom corner to send the home fans into raptures.
They were equally pleased to see the back of Ba seconds later but, as the whistle sounded, there was a general acceptance that they would need to produce a much better second-half display than they did at Villa Park if they were to hold on to their advantage.
Chelsea returned in determined mood to pin the Magpies back into their own half, and as Pardew's men retreated, Cisse found himself isolated in attack despite the best efforts of Sissoko and Gouffran.
They were back on terms within 10 minutes in stunning style when Lampard controlled Cole's pass on his chest, took another touch and then lashed a dipping shot past the helpless Krul.
Things might have been worse for Newcastle on the hour when James Perch gifted the ball to Oscar and the visitors broke at pace for Mata to cross for Lampard, but he headed straight at Krul.
The Dutchman was not so fortunate seconds later, however, when Torres laid the ball back to Mata, who curled a superb left-foot shot over Krul and into the top corner.
John Terry only just managed to prevent Cisse from connecting with Santon's 65th-minute cross in front of goal, but Krul had to back-pedal hurriedly to keep out Branislav Ivanovic's speculative effort from his own half a minute later.
However, the home side dragged themselves back into it with 22 minutes remaining when, after Cech had parried Gouffran's effort, Sissoko steered the rebound home.
Cech had to be at his best to palm away Sissoko's searing drive after he had run away from Cole down the right, and the former Toulouse midfielder tore the Blues open once again seven minutes from time before cutting inside Cahill, only to toe-poke his effort straight at Cech.
But the Czech Republic international could not deny the Frenchman in the final minutes when he exchanged passes with Santon before drilling a sweet drive past Cech to win it.
Source: Newcastle United Mad
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