English Premiership

Toon sticking together

2014-09-22 10:25
Papiss Cisse (AP)

Cape Town - Two goals from Papiss Cisse inspired Newcastle to come back and earn a vital point against Hull City on Saturday.

Embattled Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was handed a lifeline as Senegal striker Papiss Cisse scored twice to salvage a 2-2 draw against Hull on Saturday.

Cisse came off the bench as a 69th minute substitute on his return from a knee injury with the Magpies trailing 2-0 to superb strikes from Nikica Jelavic and Mohamed Diame.

On a tense day when Newcastle fans once again called for Pardew's sacking after their woeful start to the Premier League season, it seemed Hull's two-goal blast might signal the end of their Newcastle manager's reign.

"It was massive because we knew it was going to be a hard game. We obviously haven't won in the Premier League this season, and there's never any easy game in this league anyway," said Paul Dummett, the Newcastle left back to the club's website.

"At two goals down there was massive togetherness from the team to pull it back and get a 2-2."

"We needed to stick together," said Dummet.

"I thought if we got one goal, we could go on and get more and that's what happened. Thankfully Papiss has got us two, and it could have been three.

"It shows the togetherness in the team and we strive to do better every game.

"It was really hard going down two goals and I think we've proved a lot of people wrong because we had a lot of doubters out there, probably when we went 2-0 down people though we would have just crumbled, but we've shown that we can do it.

"It has been tough, so Papiss has hopefully given us a bit extra confidence that we can go out there and score goals." 

Newcastle United travel to the Britannia Stadium on Monday, September 29 to take on Stoke City.

Newcastle are still without a win and find themselves bottom of the English Premiership while Stoke are just two points better off in 13th position.


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