Cisse saves Pardew
Super-sub Papiss Cisse fired a quick brace to possibly save manager Alan Pardew from the sack.
Pardew did not quite face the mass hysteria of protests that he would have expected, due to stewards being authorised to confiscate any banners or flyers that fans attempted to bring in, though, some fans still managed to bring in banners in order to continue the planned protest.
Though, there was vocal abuse throughout for Pardew, including one incident where he touched the ball as it went out of play, in which he was greeted by a huge amount of boos.
But the seeming hatred of Pardew still looms in the cold Tyneside air despite his side coming from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Hull City. A result that is still a disappointment when looking at the big picture as the side are still without a win in five games this season.
Hull manager Steve Bruce, who has been touted as a favourite to succeed Pardew’s brought The Tigers to St. James’ Park in confident mood following the black and whites’ dismal start to the season.
Despite a strong start from Newcastle who saw good chances for Jack Colback and Emmanuel Riviere go to waste, Hull took the lead. Ahmed Elmohamady’s cross in the first half found Nikica Jealvic whose bicycle kick flew into the corner of the net in the first half.
Newcastle came out expecting to be on top again, but Mohamed Diame could have made Pardew’s day a misery as he rifled a shot in from 25 yards to stun The Toon.
But credit must be given to the spirit of the players and to Pardew who brought on Papiss Cisse for his first appearance of the season, and the Senegalese striker fired a double to possibly save Pardew from losing his job. Cisse dispatched his first goal well from the right hand side before latching onto a Moussa Sissoko cross and applying a real poacher’s finish for his second. He then showed his support for team mate Jonas Gutierrez who revealed last week he is suffering from testicular cancer.
And in the second half, you got the feeling that the fans were really willing to support their team and at least for a moment forget the fact that they are supposed to be protesting against the manager they want sacked. The magpies fought hard to end the game level, in a match which Pardew described as being even tougher to come from behind in than their dramatic four goal comeback against Arsenal in 2011.
Pardew was reluctant to criticise the fans in his post match interview when asked about their treatment of him; he understood why the fans are frustrated but insisted he remains proud to manage the club.
It now looks increasingly unlikely as though owner Mike Ashley will sack him in the near future, but if the poor run continues, surely Pardew’s reign cannot go on. But regardless, the fans’ opinion on Pardew has not changes despite Newcastle’s rallying second half performance.