Papiss Demba Cisse scored a goal in each half as Newcastle United beat Swansea City this afternoon to move them into fifth place in the Premier League. The January signing has now scored 9 goals in 8 Premier League games.
Newcastle United fans can still dream of Champions League football next season with 3 more points picked up today as they made it 4 wins in a row. The Magpies are 2 points behind both Arsenal and Tottenham having played a game more than the North London pair.
Incredibly, Newcastle had just 23% of the possession in today’s game, completed 654 fewer passes and faced 14 shots on goal from the home side. Alan Pardew set his side up well as they forced Swansea into a number of long range efforts that rarely threatened Tim Krul and scored two goals on the counter attack.
Of Swansea’s 914 pass attempts, only 23% of these went forward, compared to the 47% of 271 pass attempts from Newcastle that went forward.
Papiss Demba Cisse has been a revelation at Newcastle following his £10 million move from SC Freiburg in January. Only two players in the history of the Premier League have reached 9 goals in fewer appearances than the Senegalese strikers (Micky Quinn and Sergio Aguero). Cisse’s 9 goals have come from 12 shots on target (6 off target) as he averages 1 goal every 66 minutes in England’s top flight.
The striker did his part to help out the makeshift defence too, with a clearance from inside his own box as well as closing players down in and around his team’s own 18 yard box.
One player who’s goals have dried up since the arrive of Cisse is fellow countryman Demba Ba. The club’s top scorer has not scored since Cisse’s arrival and is without a goal in his last 707 minutes. Ba had previously scored 16 goals in 20 Premier League games this season.
Gylfi Sigurdsson resorted to 4 attempts from outside the box, 3 drawing comfortable saves from Tim Krul as the other was off target. None of the in-form Iceland midfielder’s attempts from inside the area forced a save out of the Dutch goalkeeper.
Luke Moore’s only attempt on goal was dragged several yards wide from a long way out his left foot, whilst his replacement Danny Graham failed to have a single shot during the 24 minutes he was on the pitch. Another outstanding performance from Newcastle defensively as they have now kept clean sheets in 3 of their games during this 4-game winning streak, with Shane Long’s consolation for West Brom being the exception.
Newcastle’s remaining 6 fixtures give them a legitimate shot at a Champions League position. Finishing above Chelsea is certainly a realistic aim with the Blues having a much tougher run in, as well as playing in at least 3 cup ties.