Matt le Tissier spoke for many Newcastle fans when describing United’s comeback today against Liverpool.
Looking down and out at 2-0 after goals on 68 seconds and 30 minutes, Matt le Tissier says ‘it was mad’ what happened next.
Instead of collapsing as we have come to expect under Pardew, Carver and McClaren, instead these same players pulled themselves together and fought back brilliantly.
Papiss Cisse got on after only four minutes of the second half kicking off and then Colback levelled things with 26 minutes remaining.
Matt le Tissier saying ‘I’m not quite sure how that happened…’
The Sky pundit says the decision to play Papiss Cisse was vindicated when he scored and looked a lot more mobile and threatening than Mitrovic, the Serbian replacing Cisse for the final quarter of an hour.
Once levelling, Matt le Tissier was full of praise for the way that Newcastle fought and scrapped for everything.
Fighting qualities aren’t something you would have associated with Newcastle United until Rafa Benitez rocked up only six weeks ago…
Matt le Tissier talking to Sky Sports:
“I’m not quite sure how that happened…
“Wijnaldum came in at half-time so they changed it a little bit there and they got an early goal, which geed them up a little bit.
“They were looking a little bit down-hearted heading towards half-time – conceded after 68 seconds with a brilliant finish from Sturridge, Lallana then made it two with an equally good goal.
“At that point you couldn’t see any other result – it was mad (the Newcastle fightback)…
“Papiss Cisse’s header, I would say Mignolet was a little bit at fault. Anita crossed it and think he (Mignolet) must have been a bit bored in that first half because he decided he was going to come for it and it has gone over him – Cisse with a good header.
“At that point you could see Newcastle’s spirit just lifted.
“Liverpool then han a little spell with a disallowed goal but then Jack Colback with a bit of a deflection off Lovren made it 2-2 and Newcastle fought and scrapped from that moment on to the final whistle.
“Defended really well and ground out a point. It could just prove to be a very important one at the end of the season.
“Newcastle had a few counter-attacks but a lot of the play was around the edge of their area, without Liverpool creating many chances.
“Yes Liverpool had plenty of possession but Newcastle defended very well once it was 2-2.
“It was a bold decision (playing Cisse not Mitrovic), it worked and he took him off after an hour, so that must have been the game plan from the start.
“Cisse is a bit more mobile, a bit quicker than Mitrovic, throw Mitrovic on for the last 25 minutes and he didn’t really get into the game. So of the two, you would say it was justified in playing Cisse.”