Half time: Magpies
0 Eagles 0
90+4mins Papiss Cisse was on hand to head
home Hatem Ben Arfa's deep cross from seven yards at the Gallowgate End 1-0
Full time: Magpies
1 Eagles 0
Carver (taking charge of team affairs and on the phone to Alan Pardew,
watching the game with a video analyst back at the training ground):
"When Hatem (Ben Arfa) came inside, I thought he was going to shoot,
but he had the sense to stick it on Papiss' head and he probably took the
hardest chance, because it came quickly.
"Of all the chances he had today, he guided it past the goalkeeper, and
there's nobody more pleased for him than me.
"Last week, we didn't create a great deal, but the two chances fell to
Papiss. I said after the game last week how hard he does work on the training
ground to put that right, and he certainly did that today.
"He's not going missing, he's not hiding and sometimes you can when you are
lacking in confidence.
"You'd like to think so. There are only eight games left, so if he goes on
a run from now until the end of the season, he'll have had a good season, I
"I'd like to think so. He is a confidence-type player and you know what
strikers are like, if they get one goal, sometimes they get two, three, four
goals, so hopefully.
asking him (Mike Ashley) for a new contract I think! It’s good that
he’s shown his support.
"I take credit for everything today! We
(Carver and Pardew) had a number of conversations, just before half-time
and as the game was going on.
"But in fairness, the manager never
once said to me ‘we should do this’ or ‘we should do that’. He always
gave me an option, some of them we used and some of them we didn’t.
"But like he said during the week, he
trusts people and he trusts the staff, and because we’re in the stadium, we
can get a sense for a feel of what’s going on and we have to make the final
decision, so it works both ways.
"I’ve spoken to Alan and he is
delighted, obviously. He’s pleased for myself because there has been a bit of
a pressure on me, with being a local lad and the manager not being there.
"I don’t feel it because my job does
not really change – he is still the manger. He is just doing it from seven or
eight miles away. But he is pleased.
"He’s coming to the stadium later on
because I think his ban finished when the ball went into the back of the net.
He’s coming to have a chat and I will have a beer with him.”
"I say thank you to the fans. All the time, they're here for the
team - away or home, singing for the team. I think today has been my day. I kept
going and it's given me a punch - Papiss, go, go, go.
"It's good, but the players say all the time, 'try to score quickly' and
'don't leave it until after 90 minutes to score because it's not good'.
"I try to score - I like to score
quickly and we can relax, but my chance came after 90 minutes. It's okay. I am
very, very happy to score because it's a long time. I am a striker and I know
sometimes strikers have these moments and it's very, very hard.
"Now it's nine years I have played in
the big championships and I have a little bit of experience. In my head, I say
all the time, 'go to training and work hard, and if you start the game or if you
come on for 10 minutes or five minutes, you do your job and keep going all the
"Maybe you have one day and this day,
you start to score. I have a contract with the Newcastle team and I work hard.
If they need me, I am ready.
"Like today, the striker (Loic Remy)
was injured and today the team needed me and I was here. I scored in the last
minute and gave three points to the team."
talk about the final few seconds. He (the fourth official) put three minutes up
and he (Lee Probert) played over three minutes.
"In the first half it was over when
he's given the free-kick and he's played 15 second over that. He allowed them to
take the free-kick before he blew up so he's waiting for them to finish their
play before he blew up, so we're really disappointed with that.
"One or two of the players tired late
on and to get beat with the last kick of the game is really disappointing.
"We created some good chances. You know
you're going to come to Newcastle and they're going to create opportunities and
chances because they've got some good players.
"But I thought we had good
opportunities first half and into the first quarter of an hour, 20 minutes
second half. The fixtures haven't been kind to us but the performances the lads
have put in have been absolutely fantastic.
"The players have done really well and to be beaten by the last kick of the
game was disappointing. I think we created some good chances, we had good
opportunities in the first half and in the first 15 minutes of the second half.
"I thought for an hour we did very,
very well. We tired at the end, they had a couple of chances at the end, but I
thought we'd really seen it out. The disappointing thing is, if you look at the
video, we think we should have had a free-kick outside their box with 20 seconds
"Then they come down and they score, which is over time. First half he
played a minute and 40 seconds over time. And in the second half I think it's
3.40 when they score the goal.
"We need a break, we need one or two things going for us. We missed a great
chance at sunderland last minute and today we've got done in the 48th minute,
which was 30 seconds over time."
last Premier League goal from the penalty spot at home to Stoke on
Boxing Day, Papiss Cisse netted from open play for the first time
in the PL since his 94th minute winner at home to Fulham in April 2013.
Today's goal ended a 350 minute scoreless run in the Premier
League for the man from Senegal, a mere blink of the eye compared to the
1,209 minutes between those previous PL goals against Fulham and
Cisse's strike ended a depressing sequence of matches when Loic Remy
hasn't featured for United, this being the seventh game the on-loan
striker has missed - and the first in which we've scored a goal without
Deja vu again - Cisse's last-gasp interventions:
2011/12 Chelsea (a) 94 mins won 2-0
2012/13 West Bromwich Albion (h) 93 mins won 2-1
2012/13 Stoke City (h) 92 mins won 2-1
2012/13 Anji (h) 94 mins won 1-0
2012/13 Fulham (h) 94 mins won 1-0
2013/14 Crystal Palace (h) 94 mins won 1-0
Anyone who has exited at the 90 minute mark in the last four games
Newcastle scored in really has missed out:
West Ham (a) Cabaye 95 mins
Aston Villa (h) Remy 92 mins
Hull City (a) Anita 92 mins
Crystal Palace (h) Cisse 94 mins
Having recorded a 3-0 victory at
Selhurst Park back in December, Newcastle registered their second double
of the season - also beating Aston Villa home and away.
Eagles @ Magpies - all
2013/14 Won 1-0 Cisse
2009/10 Won 2-0 og(Derry), Ranger
2004/05 Drew 0-0
2001/02 Won 2-0 Shearer, Acuna (FAC)
1998/99 Won 2-1 Speed, Shearer (FAC)
1997/98 Lost 1-2 Shearer
1994/95 Won 3-2 Fox, Lee, Gillespie
1987/88 Won 1-0 Gascoigne (FAC)
1983/84 Won 3-1 Waddle, Keegan, Ryan
1982/83 Won 1-0 Waddle
1981/82 Drew 0-0
1978/79 Won 1-0 Shoulder
1972/73 Won 2-0
1971/72 lost 1-2 Dyson
1970/71 Won 2-0 Robson
1969/70 Drew 0-0
1964/65 Won 2-0
1946/47 Won 6-2 Bentley,
Pearson, Shackleton 2, Stobbart, Wayman(FAC)
Won 2-0 Dixon, Hall (FAC)
1906/07 Lost 0-1
Full record v Palace:
Sat March 15th Fulham (a) stadium
Sat March 22nd Crystal Palace (h) stadium ban
Tue March 25th Everton (h) stadium ban
Sat March 29th Southampton (a) touchline ban
Sat April 5th Manchester United (h) touchline ban
Sat April 12th Stoke City (a) touchline ban
Sat April 19th Swansea City (h) touchline ban
Mon April 28th Arsenal (a) (8pm)
For the second successive home game, Newcastle
struck deep into added time to secure all three points and wipe away the
mundanity of the previous 90 minutes.
Today's late show star was Papiss Cisse, who ended his latest goal drought with
the only goal of the afternoon - rewarding those home fans who resisted the
temptation of the early metro/pint to remain in their places.
A goalless draw had seemed inevitable once Cheick Tiote had struck the bar in
the closing moments and Cisse failed to turn home the rebound. Thankfully
though, he quickly atoned for that by heading a cross from substitute Hatem Ben
Arfa into the Gallowgate net in the 94th minute.
Fresh from registering a 0-0 draw on wearside last week, Tony Pulis' Palace side
returned to the region looking for another point, packing their defence and
wasting large amounts of time from an early point in proceedings.
However, a less cautious adventurous approach from the division's lowest away
scorers could have paid dividends against a stuttering United, with the physical
presence of Cameron Jerome once again testing our back four.
The Eagles came closest to a goal when Yannick Bolasie's shot flicked off Tim
Krul's goalframe early in the second half, while Cisse was denied three times by
Julian Speroni - and also twice missed the target when well placed.
Both of those misdirected efforts came late on, as the United number 9 headed a
right wing centre from Ben Arfa over. He then somehow contrived to miss the ball
when Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa controlled the rebound from Tiote's piledriver and rolled
the ball across the face of the goal.
Speaking to the press on Thursday, Alan Pardew had made little secret of the
fact that Ben Arfa's standing within the squad had diminished due to his lack of
industry - and that fielding him would risk something approaching a mutiny.
After almost an hour of failing to make a breakthrough on the straight and
narrow though, the opportunity of playing our wld card was duly taken.
With both Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran noticeably below-par, the
introduction of Ben Arfa injected some desperatly-needed pace
and invention into our forward play. Almost inevitably though his
contribution mixed fine dribbling with misplaced passes, over-elaboration and
Deep into added time and with a rare foray upfield from Palace ending in a
sizeable shout from their travelling contingent for a Mike Williamson handball,
United pushed forward for what would surely be the final time.
Recently-arrived substitute Sylvain Marveaux switched play from the left flank
infield, Williamson then finding Ben Arfa, who cut infield from the opposite
wing and set off for goal leaving Joe Ledley in his wake.
Having ended his previous push into the box by blasting widly into the crowd,
this time Hatem's left-footed centre fell perfectly for the unmarked Cisse to
spring and bullet a header past Speroni.
In contrast to his team mates and coach John Carver (in the technical area in
the absence of his manager), the goalscorer seemed almost sheepish in his
celebrations - no leaping charge into the crowd this time round. And like many present, he sneaked a quick look at the linesman just to make sure
that a flag wasn't raised.
Carver's decision to leave Cisse on the field ultimately proved fruitful, with
welcome hints of his previous potency evident and more chances arriving at his
feet - and head - than in recent memory. Evidence of some improved timing also
came in his remaining onside.
Alleged strike partner Luuk De Jong was withdrawn before the hour though, a
seventh outing in our colours doing little to enhance his reputation - or hopes
of securing a permanent move. Tracking back well to make a
vital first half clearance was admirable, ducking under two far post crosses
rather less so - and given that the geezer who signs the cheques was present,
Securing back to back home wins for the first time since November halted a
sequence of results that had seen United fail to score in the absence of Loic
Remy. The three points meanwhile took us back up to eighth in the table,
leapfrogging Southampton once again. United then retained that position on
Sunday when the Saints lost 2-3 at Spurs, with Alan Pardew present at
White Hart Lane.
It's always pleasurable to beat a Pulis side and the tracksuited and cap-wearing
moaner inevitably berated referee Lee Probert at full time for playing beyond
the three minutes indicated by the fourth official. Rather than snipe at the referee though, Pulis may reflect that his own
goalkeeper's obvious delaying tactics gave Probert every encouragement to keep
the clock running - and possibly consign Palace to the Championship.