Thursday, April 5, 2012

Inside Newcastle United: Crazy Cisse

photo by Darin Barryvia PhotoRee

Our famous 11 year old columnist, Connor, returns to these pages after a brief absence, with his thoughts and observations on Newcastle's 2-nil humiliation of Liverpool from last Sunday:

Newcastle came into the game off a two game winning streak. Papiss Cisse was at his best, scoring twice, once before the break and once after, bringing the Magpies to a two-nil victory over the Reds.

Both of Cisse's goals required top-notch athleticism. The goal in the 19th minute was a beautiful cross by Hatem Ben Arfa, but even a better header by the Senegalese forward to put them up before the break. Cisse did not stop putting pressure on the Red’s defense; not even five minutes into the second half he barely missed the right post.

After an hour played, Cisse found the net again. Hatem Ben Arfa assisted on the score again with a picture perfect pass to Cisse, who put away the close range shot. The goal made Alan Pardew do some thinking and finally he put in some more defenders to secure the lead.

With 15 minutes to play, Pardew, who is in his second year with the Magpies, switched to a more defensive style. This shift put away any hopes of a Liverpool comeback. But the troubles got worse for the Reds as their Goalie, Jose "Pepe" Reina, received a red card in the 82nd minute. The game ended with no further crucial events.

If Papiss Cisse can continue to shine the way he has, I believe the Magpies can clinch the fourth and final UEFA Champions League spot this season. This would take tremendous efforts from Magpies' Goalie Tim Krul and from Newcastle's stellar defense.

With Pardew’s great mind and Cisse’s killer shot, the Reds are just an example of what’s to come: perhaps a EPL Championship one day soon?

This is farlieonfootie for April 5.

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