Date: Sunday 5th February 2012 1.30pm
Live on Sky Sports
Venue: St. James' Park
Conditions: Senegal-e force winds
2 - 1
30 mins Santon's throw in to
Guthrie down the United left saw the latter come away from the corner flag
to evade Ireland and then head back infield before sending over a
right-footed chip that Dunne got ahead of Ba to flick across the box.
Half time: Magpies 1 Villans 1
Presumably his intention had been to set up Warnock for the clearance, but
the loose ball bounced in front of him and saw Ryan Taylor reach it
fractionally ahead of the Villa defender. As Taylor tried to shoot
right-footed towards goal, Warnock advanced and sent him cartwheeling into
The ball however has squeezed across the six yard box and fell to Demba
Ba, who controlled it with a touch of his right boot before forcing it
home with a low right footed effort from six yards at the Leazes End. 1-0
45+5 mins Jonas Gutierrez
cheaply gave away possession when attempting to squirm away from three Villa
players on the touchline adjacent to the home dugout. Petrov picked out
Keane with a dipping forward pass on the edge of the box and he turned away
from Coloccini before finding N'Zogbia lurking out on the left flank.
With Williamson caught between shadowing Bent and Keane as both made their
way into the middle, N'Zogbia found space between Coloccini and Simpson to
centre for Robbie Keane to side
foot home from close range 1-1
71 mins A
left wing cross from Jonas was left by Ba, bounced over the outstretched
left foot of Dunne and dropped to Papiss Cisse. Controlling the ball
on his chest, the debutant allowed the ball to bounce and then
thumped a sublime left-footed drive into the top corner of the Gallowgate goal
for a dream start to life in the famous shirt, sighted again after a year's
absence. That's his weaker foot, apparently. 2-1
Magpies 2 Villans 1
Alan Pardew commented:
"We mustn't get carried from the
team ethic we have got here because the guys did brilliantly to get a
result at Blackburn in the week and again we have put in a display here
that has been strong.
"(James) Perch in midfield was brilliant. We had no Cheick (Tiote)
today, no (Yohan) Cabaye, but we keep winning. That's a great
"Having said that, you still need great players because they change
games. Papiss did that today and Demba has done it for us before. It was a
real bonus that he got a goal on his debut.
"Papiss has got that ability to turn with his first touch, and
Demba's got that too. They can get at back fours as soon as the ball is
played into them.
"They are a dangerous pair. We have got dangerous strikers all over
the place here because Shola and Besty have done well, Lovenkrands is
there as well and Ben Arfa, so we have got firepower. We just need to make
sure that we have enough quality, enough composure and enough control of
the game - which we did second half.
"It was a good win because Villa came here and looked lively. They
looked lively first half. Although they scored just before half-time, they
deserved to be level. They deserved to be in the lead at half-time.
"We accepted that and second half we knew we had to be better and
more controlled, and we were. We limited their breakaways on us and we got
a bit of pressure building. Of course we got a dream goal for us, because
he's a new signing and he wanted to do well. It was a fantastic goal.
"He (Cisse) looked a threat and his goal was something special
- it lifted the roof off the place. It really was a great hit and I didnít
think it was too bad for his weak foot. If you are going to wear that
number 9 shirt at Newcastle you need a good start and he has had that.
"It's Boyís Own Annual stuff that goal but his all-round
performance would have had any Newcastle fan nudging his mate thinking we
have got a good one here."Papiss Cisse is the right age for that
Number 9 jersey. He has Bundesliga experience. He is a good player. And I
thought he showed that in his first moments. His first touch was a turn.
"Scoring a goal like that will really help him settle down and after
the game he did his interview and shook everyoneís hands Those little
moments are nice. He is a genuine guy. This is a guy who just wants to do
well for Newcastle. He hasnít come here with any other agenda than to do
well for us and he has had a great start. I didnít want to bring him on
"In my career I have been lucky with strikers on debuts and so I am
really pleased because it is a big investment for the club. Although Mike
Ashley sanctioned it and he is the owner I have got to spend the fans'
money here. I like to spend it well we have taken our time and I would
like to think we have got it right.
"Demba and Papiss have been in Africa travelling around and had three
disappointing games and then a long flight back and I didnít think they
would be fresh enough to put in the performances in that they have today
so I am delighted with that.
"People are under a misconception that they are a partnership that
has formed. They have hardly ever played together but they are going to
complement each other well because Papiss wants to go in behind and Demba
wants to come short so you have a nice balance there.
"We are missing some players in a key area in Yohan Cabaye and Cheik
Tiote and you would think their absence would hurt us against a Villa side
that were good today. They were really sharp and caused us a lot of
problems and got what they deserved at half-time."We can go to
Tottenham and let our hair down. We will have a go and if we get beat, we
Papiss Demba Cisse conducted media interviews in French after
the game (with old boy Olivier Bernard acting as his interpreter). Our new
number 9 wore a Northern Rock tracksuit top - old skool? or no new Virgin
"The aim from now is to keep working hard in training. If I do
that I would like to think that I can get more goals like that. Firstly, I
have to work hard and get to know my team-mates.
"I'm happy with my first goal, but I have a lot of thank yous to give
out. Firstly the club for signing me, my team-mates and to all of the fans
who made it so memorable.
"When I signed for the club, to score in my first game was one of my
aims. To do that is fantastic. I thank God for that."
Big Eck said (after others said Feck):
"The opposition have a great work ethic Ė the whole lot of them
Ė they put the ball in the box and flood it. That was the reason for their
first goal. I donít think itís rocket science. They get results because of a
fantastic team work ethic.
ďWe could be where Newcastle could be. The
difference with us is too many draws. They have turned those into wins. There
are certain parts of our squad who are still learning and a little bit unused to
doing certain jobs that I am now asking them to do. I just cite Newcastle as a
great example of what I am trying to do with the team.
Itís a kick in the teeth - I thought we were well worth a point, if not all
three. In the first half we were especially good, we kind of controlled the
game, so to go behind was pretty awful to bear, but we got back in at half-time
and started the second half slow as well and then looked livelier before they
ďIt was disappointing, the goals
themselves.We didnít get the tackle in to stop the crosses. This is a must
when youíre playing in Aston Villa colours. We have to stop these crosses
coming in. We must engage with the opposition winger or full-back or whoever is
in there, and then we donít deal with the ball coming into the box.
On the substitution of Stephen Ireland, who had earlier told his manager to go
forth and multiply:
"I never saw the eff-off thing - I know he spoke back but, at the same
time, players don't like to hear the manager screaming at them from the
touchline. I kick every ball. I'm passionate and I care. I wouldn't be so petty
to take a player off for something like that if he is doing a fantastic job.
"I donít even know why you (the
media) want to elaborate on it. Itís trivial. If you want to look at
everyoneís lip-reading, I am sure youíll get a few more and you can get
another story. Itís trivial. Itís a trivial question. I think itís a
ďStevie had an ankle problem and wasnít
able to close down. Danny Guthrie sidestepped him to put the cross in. I thought
it was too easy and Stevie should of been making that tackle or at least putting
a block on the cross.
ďIt was clear at half-time that he didnít
have capacity to get close to people. His touch was still great at certain
moments, but at this level in the Barclays Premier League you need players with
legs and energy.
On his decision to withdraw N'Zogbia:
"I just felt that the space between Newcastleís right side that Gabriel
Obertan was getting on the ball too easily and was able to run at the back four
without any doubling up. I felt Charles was just isolating Stephen Warnock a
little bit. I needed the gap filled.Ē
became the 171st player to appear for United in the Premier League
and the 102nd scorer (excluding own goals). He's the fourth Senegalese
international to score for Newcastle, following on from Habib Beye, Abdoulaye
Faye and Demba Ba.
By our calculations, Papiss becomes the sixth Newcastle player to make a
goalscoring debut for the club in the Premier League and only the second to do
so from the substitutes bench - Alex Mathie being the first:
1. Alex Mathie v Sheff Wed (h) 1993 (19
2. Les Ferdinand v Coventry City (h) 1995 (83 mins)
3. Stephane Guivarc'h v Liverpool (h) 1998 (28 mins)
4. Duncan Ferguson v Wimbledon (h) 1998 (59 mins)
5. Xisco v Hull City (h) 2008 (82 mins)
6. Papiss Cisse (h) 2012 (57 mins)
(number in brackets is time on pitch before goal)
Demba Ba's sixteenth PL goal is already the tenth best seasonal
total by a Newcastle player:
1. 1993/94 Andy Cole 34
2. 1995/96 Les Ferdinand 25
3. 1996/97 Alan Shearer 25
4. 1993/94 Peter Beardsley 21
5. 1999/00 Alan Shearer 23
6. 2001/02 Alan Shearer 23
7. 2003/04 Alan Shearer 22
8. 2002/03 Alan Shearer 17
9. 1996/97 Les Ferdinand 16
10.2011/12 Demba Ba 16
Villans @ SJP - Premier League Years:
2011/12: Won 2-1 Ba, Cisse
2010/11: Won 6-0 Barton, Nolan 2, Carroll 3
2008/09: Won 2-0 Martins 2
2007/08: Drew 0-0
2006/07: Won 3-1 Milner, Dyer, Sibierski
2005/06: Drew 1-1 Shearer (pen)
2004/05: Lost 0-3
2003/04: Drew 1-1 Robert
2002/03: Drew 1-1 Solano
2001/02: Won 3-0 Bellamy 2, Shearer
2000/01: Won 3-1 Glass, Cort, OG
2000/01: Drew 1-1 Solano (FAC)
1999/00: Lost 0-1
1998/99: Won 2-1 Shearer, Ketsbaia
1997/98: Won 1-0 Beresford
1996/97: Won 4-3 Ferdinand 2, Shearer, Howey
1995/96: Won 1-0 Ferdinand
1994/95: Won 3-1 Venison, Beardsley 2
1993/94: Won 5-1 Bracewell, Beardsley 2, Cole, Sellars
Full record against Villa:
Various media outlets grasped on to the fact that Robbie Keane
scored on his third successive visit to St. James' Park, but failed to
add that he finished on the losing side not only in that trio
of visits, but also the other five times he's taken to the
field at Gallowgate:
Apr 2000 lost 0-2 with Coventry
Dec 2000 lost 1-2 with Leeds
Dec 2002 lost 1-2 with Spurs
Dec 2003 lost 0-4 with Spurs
Mar 2005 lost 0-1 with Spurs (FAC)
Apr 2006 lost 1-2 with Spurs (scored 1)
Oct 2007 lost 1-3 with Spurs (scored 1)
Feb 2012 lost 1-2 with Villa (scored 1)
(The nearest Keane has come to winning at SJP was when named as a
non-appearing substitute for Liverpool in December 2008, when the Reds
NUFC after 24 games: 24 points, 15th position (scored 30, conceded 40)
2010/11: NUFC after 24 games: 30 points, 10th position (scored 36,
2011/12: NUFC after 24 games: 42 points, 5th position (scored 36,
Having failed to make an impact at
the African Cup of Nations, Senegal strike pair Demba Ba and Papiss Demba Cisse
capitalised on an early return by rediscovering their goal
touch and delighting the Geordie Nation.
And while Ba was swiftly back in the old routine to plunder his 16th club goal
of the season, our new number nine appeared to mark his Magpies debut with a
spectacular winner - seven weeks after his last club outing for Freiburg, for
whom he'd plundered nine Bundesliga goals this season.
James Perch replaced Hatem Ben
Arfa in midfield in the absence of Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote, Alan Pardew had looked for
something capable of slowing Villa's fleet-footed attack and encouraged by his
composed 45 minute stint at Blackburn, Perch got the nod.
Jonas Gutierrez meanwhile had made a welcome return to the outside left
position where he's the biggest threat and looks most at home. Ba returned in place of Shola Ameobi while
Cisse began his Premier League career on the bench. However he was soon handed his debut
Leon Best fell awkwardly under challenge from Stephen Warnock after his shot had been charged down.
Cisse replaced him amid loud cheers and a
standing ovation, but it was Parisian, Ba, who pounced on the half hour to give United the
lead. The goal came at some cost though, with Taylor felled by an awful
two-footed lunge from Warnock - who was lucky to remain on the field.
departed on a stretcher with his leg in a splint, en route to an X-ray that
thankfully proved to be a badly swollen ankle rather than the feared broken
bone. despite looking reckless, the challenge went unremarked by both match
officials and the TV - especially galling, given the goggle box jury conviction
of Yohan Cabaye for a questionable incident in the Brighton cup tie.
Warnock's transgression gave home fans yet another Villan to abuse, with
Charles N'Zogbia and former Toon loan flop Stephen Ireland taking stick
from the crowd. Both subsequently failed to complete 90 minutes, with McLeish
getting stick from his own fans when replacing Zog, who huffily then took to
twitter communicate his unhappiness. Boo hoo - who says that grief from the
crowd doesn't have an effect?
Mackem-deserter Darren Bent inevitably received most abuse,
while Shay Given took his place between the posts before both halves amid warm
applause - his long service as a Magpie rightly overshadowing bad feeling in
some quarters at the manner and timing of his departure in 2009.
Taylor's departure allowed Gabriel Obertan to try and build on his midweek
debut strike in a like for like replacement down the right for Taylor, our two
most recent signings giving us the look of a more balanced and conventional
With much attention paid to the striking talent old and new on show (later
substitute arrival Emile Heskey having scored here for Leicester almost exactly
15 years earlier), the home keeper proved to be the busier of the two
custodians, another top show from Krul giving his side the
platform to go on and win the game.
Deservedly pegged back to go in level at half time, United returned with a
renewed purpose and Ba and Cisse almost combined only for the ball to be scrambled
away. The new man then had a glorious chance to open his account when Guthrie clipped a
cross to him, only for the striker to head over when unmarked just six yards
But nine minutes later he found the target with a fabulous strike and although Villa pressed and had
most of the possession through until full time, United held out until referee Mark
Halsey blew the final whistle, amid great relief.
Climbing back above Arsenal into fifth spot,
the Magpies briefly joined Chelsea on 42 points until the Londoners went one ahead after sharing six goals with Manchester United
later on Sunday.
Post-match injury reports meanwhile confirmed that Taylor hadn't sustained a broken
leg and reported a badly swollen ankle, while Best had medial ligament damage
on his left knee and is expected to be out for at least a month.
While Leon's absence is now manageable, the news about utility man Taylor is a
relief given our lack of cover: winger-cum-left back Shane Ferguson the nearest
thing we had to defensive cover on the bench at kickoff time today.
The circus now moves on to White Hart Lane, where quite honestly anything could
happen but we at least travel with the confidence of fielding a pair of
strikers who look set to give defenders of any pedigree sleepless nights. It's
been a long time since we were able to say that.