Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Parents Cannot Score in Tandem

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Parents Cannot Score in Tandem

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Byline: John GIBSON

THROUGH all the opinion and conjecture, one thing stands out like Grey's Monument - Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba can't score together in harness.

Not a matter of speculation but of hard, cold fact. It's one or t'other. Last season Ba, previously in full flow gushing goals a'plenty, couldn't notch once to add to his 16 when he started alongside his newly arrived Senegalese partner Cisse.

Meanwhile, the new kid on the block became the sensation of the nation. Thirteen goals plundered in 17 Premier League appearances plus one as a sub. Everything he hit ended in the rigging.

This campaign, however, and the pendulum has swung full distance.

Ba is notching again like a good 'un - his winner against Norwich was his fourth PL strike - but Cisse is as dry as the Sahara.

Even a penalty was unable to yield a goal for him - but then Ba also missed a spot-kick during his barren spell in the second half of last season.

Score? Cisse couldn't even hit the target.

Yet he had received the sympathy vote from team-mates who were trying to buy him a goal.

All nice and matey, but I'm sorry. Football is a cut-throat business and Cisse's wild miss could have cost United three points.

When the penalty was correctly awarded on the stroke of half-time for Steve Morison's stupid lunge on Mike Williamson the ball was grabbed by Hatem Ben Arfa, scorer of a spot-kick winner on the opening day against Spurs.

Quite right. United's in-form star should have been given the responsibility, not a guy who cannot hit a barn door at three paces these days.

Yet stand-in skipper Jonas Gutierrez, seemingly backed by Ba, tried to be nice and pleaded the case for Cisse, who did what he did during pre-season on a penalty shoot-out and blazed over the top.

Are United memories so bad? Get professional boys! …

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