Cisse double retrieves Newcastle draw against Hull
NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Newcastle substitute Papiss Cisse made an instant impact on his return from knee surgery on Saturday, scoring twice to recover a 2-2 draw against Hull amid fan protests against manager Alan Pardew.
Despite the second-half comeback, Pardew’s side remains without a win five matches into the Premier League season.
But it could have been much worse at St. James’ Park for Newcastle, which was trailing 2-0 — after conceding from Nikica Jelavic and Mohamed Diame — when Cisse came on in the 69th minute.
The Senegal forward, who has been sidelined since April, scored after four minutes on the pitch, and equalized in the 87th.
“He shouldn’t have played today, really,” Pardew said. “My medical staff didn’t agree that he should be included today — I think he has trained five days, but ... your eye tells you sometimes that the player is fresh, he’s bright.
“Of course he’s not ready for 90 minutes, but he knows how to carry the jersey.”
Newcastle responded to protests with an enterprising display at times although, until Cisse’s introduction, the team lacked the cutting edge to make the pressure tell.
Hull exacerbated Newcastle’s problems when Jelavic volleyed in the opener in the 48th minute and Diame’s long-range drive increased the lead 20 minutes later.
However, Cisse dragged the hosts back into it when he beat goalkeeper Allan McGregor at his near post, and stabbed in the equalizer from Yoan Gouffran’s knockdown.
During his celebrations, Cisse unveiled a T-shirt with the message ‘Always looking forward, Jonas’, a reference to teammate Jonas Gutierrez’s ongoing battle with testicular cancer.