Claridge stunned to a groan by Cissé wonder goal

Updated: May 4, 2012

In this era of satellite telecommunications; everyone has seen Papa Cissé’s goal for Newcastle United against Chelsea at this stage.

Everyone who has seen it will likely have been stunned by it.  I know I was.  There could hardly have been a reaction to the goal to beat Steve Claridge’s however – who had his own ‘Gary Neville moment’ – as he watched the ‘banana kick’ from far out on the left fizz past Chelsea ‘keeper Petr Cech:

The Football Writer’s Association (FWA) voted Waynes Rooney’s amazing flying overhead scissors kick against Manchester City at Old Trafford last season as the  “Best Premier League Goal” of its 20 year history.  One wonders had the panel had a chance to vote on Cissé’s wonder strike, would they have given the nod to the 26 year-old Senegallese international instead?

Having arrived at Newcastle in the middle of January, Cissé has scored 13 goals from just 12 Premier League appearances and would surely be close to being “Premier League Player of the Year” were the vote taking place today.

Below is Rooney’s goal, which was voted the best from 20 years of Premier League action:

This is Cissé’s goal against Chelsea:    Decide for yourself which goal you prefer.

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