on september 27, 2012, newcastle united manager alan pardew signed a historic eight-year contract, which is still starting. all is well for him, he will remain at st james’ park until 2020, and the main reason behind the club’s decision to commit their long-term future to the former west ham united manager was his performance last season, during which they achieved a fifth place finish in the premier league.
After his result on this day in 2012, however, it looked like it was going to be much better for the magpies. the schedule had thrown up a very intriguing clash with just three games to play when fifth-placed chelsea met fourth-placed newcastle and just one point ahead. A win for the Magpies would put them in contention for the impossible, which would break the top four of the major league. In their favor they had the January signing of the freiburg papiss cisse , who had 11 in 12 in his name before the trip to stamford bridge.
Reading: Papiss cisse goal vs chelsea
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chelsea manager roberto di matteo was trying to salvage what up to that point had been a disappointing season for the blues. They were still in the Champions League and FA Cup Final, but a sixth place finish, which was a very real possibility, would have been unheard of at the start of the season. It started with fernando torres and daniel sturridge up front, but neither was going to have much of a say against a magpie side firing away.
next step for newcastle was manchester city at home so if they were to usurp tottenham hotspur who before this game were three points ahead with superior goal difference then they would do it the way more difficult. with the cup final over the weekend frank lampard, ashley cole, juan mata and didier drogba stayed everyone on the bench and led to a disjointed exhibition of the local team.
Still, Torres was creating something of an attacking threat and looked more lively than at most points since moving from Liverpool for £50m. However, in the 19th minute, Cissé, the best player on the pitch in the 90s, gave his team the advantage. davide santon found it, before cisse braced himself with a flick before launching a shot past petr cech into the chelsea goal. Chelsea were far from out of the game, but they were guilty of profligacy as florent malouda and branislav ivanovic amplified chances.
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Just before the break, Newcastle were inches away from doubling their lead. demba ba, now from chelsea, had beaten cech with a shot from the edge of the area but his effort deflected off the crossbar. Mata came off the bench in the second half but couldn’t weave the magic to get Chelsea back in the game as it looked more and more like an away win.
if cisse’s first goal was good, then his second was the contender’s goal of the season for sure. the game was in the 10th minute of stoppage time due to an injury to cheick tiote when a throw-in from the left was touched to cisse by shola ameobi. The Senegalese caught Cech with an outrageous curling attempt from the corner of the box that sank and spun into the top corner to seal the points and keep the Magpies’ top half charging.
In the end, they lost their last two games of the season to lose a place in the top four, but Pardew had done wonders and was rewarded with his new contract at the start of the next season. Chelsea finished sixth but won the Champions League on penalties, saving the embarrassment of a poor league season.