Papiss keeps Pardew afloat
Once again Senegal forward Papiss Demba Cisse eased the pressure on Alan Pardew with a brace in Newcastle United’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City.
The match began with an emphatic finish from Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony. Following the high-profile transfer attention he received this summer, the forward has struggled to find his rhythm at times this term, despite Swansea’s encouraging start.
He returned to form on Saturday with a 17th-minute opener which gave Tim Krul no chance.
Newcastle responded, however, through Papiss Demba Cisse, who bagged his third goal of the season so far just before the break.
Swansea came out strong after the pause and Wayne Routledge exposed the Magpies’ shoddy defending after some excellent movement from the home side.
Pardew’s boys weren’t accepting defeat, however, and Cisse hit his second 15 minutes from time, sending a Sammy Ameobi cross past Lukasz Fabianski.
Cheikh Tiote was a bullish figure in the midfield for Newcastle, even though he often struggled with the movement of the opposition. Ameobi deserves credit for the impact he made following his introduction as a substitute.