Newcastle's new hero Papiss Cissé has superior record to legend Alan Shearer

 

Stamford Bridge

It is 17 years since Tony Yeboah hit a football so hard it might have popped. Instead it flew past David James' outstretched arms and into the psyche of every follower of English football. Whether Papiss Cissé has delivered such a moment will only be known in years to come, but in the 94th minute, he delivered something similarly breathtaking, with the outside of his foot, humiliating Petr Cech with its movement, its power and its accuracy.

There was disbelief that the Newcastle forward had tried the shot, so late in the game as they chased a truly historic victory. They only led by a goal and there were a further six minutes of injury time left when he took a chested pass from Shola Ameobi and struck gold with the outside of his foot. There was a genuine moment, however brief, of "did that actually happen?" but by then the entire Newcastle coaching staff had tumbled forward from their dugout, and Cisse was wheeling away towards a set of supporters who had not even heard of him three months ago. Here come the stats: 13 goals in 12 games (11 starts). Eleven goals in his last eight games. A record to surpass even Alan Shearer's barnstorming start at Blackburn (12 in 12) and superior to Shearer's record when he went back home (12 in his first 17 league games). When Newcastle paid £9 million for a Senegalese forward at the end of January, no one realised they might just have landed a golden ticket to the Champions League. They may well have eliminated the Champions League finalists from the fight for the top four last night; and on their own turf, too. Cissé had struck a pretty decent first before he eclipsed himself.

John Anderson, an uncompromising defender in his day, was in the press box at Stamford Bridge as a co-commentator for Radio Newcastle last night. In 1986, he was a Newcastle player. He was in the team the last time the visitors from Tyneside returned from West London with three points, more than a quarter of a century ago.

Contextualising last night's heroic victory is important. At certain grounds Newcastle have been rubbish for as long as most people can remember: Anfield, Old Trafford, Highbury and most certainly Stamford Bridge. There are some statistics that football clubs have to bury if they are to ever progress, and Newcastle had never won a Premier League game on this ground before yesterday's 18th attempt.

Removing such failure is huge and puts this result into an even brighter perspective. It is seven wins from Newcastle's last eight games after this victory. They are the team who keep coming. Last night it was about bravery, rugged defending, organisation and then the occasional touch of genuine quality that has given them such force. Or two. As was the case last night. Both by a breathtaking centre-forward. Papiss Cissé is, as the song suggests, scoring when he wants and, in the process, dismantling English football's meritocracy, as well as Newcastle's history.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own