Moussa Sissoko had a much improved match experience on Saturday, a decent performance himself and scored the killer second goal, plus captained Newcastle to a 3-0 win.
That was the French midfielder’s first Premier League goal in 11 months and not before time.
The lack of goals from around the team has been a constant problem for years, Newcastle constantly relying on a very small number of people to score.
This season is no different, with Wijnaldum (9 goals), Mitrovic (8) and Perez (6) getting almost zero assistance from the rest of the team/squad.
The January acquisition of Andros Townsend has added three goals in only a handful of appearances but other than that, Moussa Sissoko and the rest of the squad have added only an embarrassing eight PL goals between them this season.
What is most annoying, is that Sissoko has shown he is capable of not only scoring goals, but very good ones as well.
His soaring header against West Ham in the final game of last season, the long range scorcher against West Brom the season before, two against Chelsea on his home debut and of course one of the two goals in that excellent victory away at tonight’s opponents in the League Cup.
The question is why are these so rare when he shows he can do it, plus of course why not more scruffy goals like the one on Saturday when the ball fell kindly from a corner?
Moussa Sissoko says that ‘At the training ground the always laugh about me because I have a lot of chances but I don’t score so many goals..’.
I don’t want to put too much of a dampener on the relief of the 3-0 win over Swansea but the lack of goals from the team overall – and players such as Moussa Sissoko in particular – is no laughing matter and something which is still very likely going to relegate us.
We need the desire from all the players to do the hard stuff and take responsibility for scoring goals, something summed up by Jamaal Lascelles when he talked afterward about how he was determined to get on the end of that corner no matter what stood in his way.
So Moussa Sissoko – no reason why you now can’t grab two or three more goals in these remaining five matches.
That might sound a bit far-fetched considering how few he does score but at the very least should be the thinking that is going through his own head.
“The second half was hard and Swansea tried to push and score – but I think we defended well and then I had a chance to score so I’m very happy.
“It was my first goal of the season and it is good for my confidence, so I hope now we score some more goals before the end of the season. It’s most important if the team win, so if I score or someone else scores, I will be happy.
“We still can do it, so we need to fight every game. It was six finals. Swansea was the first final, and we won the game. On Tuesday it will be the second final, and if we win we will be on the same points as Norwich, so that’s good. We need to believe and keep going.
“A couple of weeks ago, some people said we will be relegated, but the manager said we can do it, now we need to believe and stay focused on our job, give everything on the pitch.
“The next game is Tuesday against Manchester City and it’s going to be a tough game, but at home we can beat anyone so we need to be ready and try to give everything to win game.
“At the training ground they always laugh about me because I have a lot of chances but I don’t score so many goals, so that’s why when I scored I sprinted to the bench to enjoy it all together.
“It was a good moment and I’m very happy, but now we have to be focused for the next game.
“When we saw Sunderland beat Norwich we said it was a good moment to win, so that’s why we came on the pitch with a lot of energy, with heart, with everything, so that’s good.”