Premier League round-up: Cisse’s late Newcastle double saves Pardew’s job

first_img1 Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse celebrates scoring against Hull Newcastle substitute Papiss Cisse hit a late brace to go a long way to saving Alan Pardew’s job as the Magpies drew 2-2 with Hull at St James’ Park.Nikica Jelavic’s sensational overhead kick and Mohamed Diame’s blockbuster strike looked to have sealed the Toon Army manager’s fate until the Senegalese striker came on.A planned protest from Newcastle fans on five minutes received a mixed response with only a minority holding aloft ‘Sack Pardew’ signs and many choosing to back the team on the pitch.And their support was rewarded with a bright start from the hosts as Emmanuel Riviere, Remy Cabella and Jack Colback all went close.Crucially though, every opportunity fashioned by the Tyneside outfit had little confidence or conviction, something which was not lacking in a Hull side that is on a high under Geordie boss Steve Bruce.And that was typified by Tigers forward Jelavic, who buried an incredible bicycle kick from 15 yards, following some shoddy defending which allowed the Croatian a sight of goal.Diame then doubled the visitors’ tally with an incredible 25 yard effort that kissed the post on the way in, and that was just the ammunition Newcastle fans needed to begin howling their derision and launch into furious songs at both Pardew and the watching owner Mike Ashley.It looked like there was no way back for the hosts, but Cisse, back after five months out injured, offered some hope when he lashed in a strike at Allan McGregor’s near post on 73 minutes.And then with just three minutes remaining, Pardew breathed a huge sigh of relief and gave it a huge fist pump as the striker struck again, tapping in from Yoan Gouffran’s nod down. But in truth, the former West Ham boss still remains under scrutiny after a result which only papers over the cracks on Tyneside.Elsewhere, three goals in as many madcap minutes totally destroyed Aston Villa as Arsenal and Mesut Ozil, in particular, answered their critics in style.A rejuvenated Villa started brightly and should have gone ahead through excellent opportunities from Fabian Delph and Ciaran Clark, but on both occasions Wojciech Szczesny bailed out the visitors.Ozil had been panned for his poor performance in the insipid Champions League defeat at Borussia Dortmund in midweek, but at Villa Park he was the Gunners’ key man.The German, restored to his favoured no.10 position, was slipped through by Danny Welbeck and he coolly rolled the ball past Brad Guzan to give Arsene Wenger’s side a barely deserved lead.Less than a minute later the club record signing turned provider for the England striker, playing in a delicious cross for Welbeck to sidefoot hard and high into the net.And Villa Park was left totally speechless when just two minutes after the first goal they were suddenly three down when Aly Cissokho turned the a low cross into his own net with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain lurking behind him, ready to do the same.The second half was a bit of a non-event for both sides as Arsenal evidently eased up and Villa struggled to fashion any real opportunities.Meanwhile, at Swansea, Wilfried Bony’s unnecessary first half red card cost his side any chance of earning three points as Southampton won 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium.The Ivorian, who moments earlier had seen a header cleared off the line, received his second yellow after recklessy going through the back of Maya Yoshida.Prior to that the Jacks had been the far more dangerous as Wayne Routledge rattled the bar with an excellent effort.But Bony’s red card changed the game and allowed Southampton to control the rest of the tie and finally find a deserved winner on 80 minutes when substitute Victor Wanyama hammered the ball home.Finally, Burnley and Sunderland shared the spoils in a dour goalless draw that proved to be more of a battle of attrition than anything.Both sides failed to create much but late on Ashley Barnes hit the bar for the Clarets, while Patrick van Aanholt did similarly for the visitors when he rattled the woodwork.last_img

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