Papiss Cisse scores goals, it used to be a regular story that would not cause a shock. But the Senegalese striker has been so devoid of confidence and form since bagging 13 in his first 14 for the club in the 2012-13 campaign the fact he scored a brace today has come as a shock.
He fired in two goals in quick succession after entering as a second half substitute at St James Park this afternoon.
And they were vital goals as well. His brace saw Newcastle claw a 2-2 draw from their home tie with Hull City.
And on a day when there were mass protests against Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew the striker reminded us all that their are more important things in life than football.
Newcastle stalwart Jonas Gutierrez confirmed this week that he was battling testicular cancer and the whole football community has quickly got behind the charismatic Argentine.
And Cisse paid tribute to his friend and team-mate by revealing a message under his shirt after scoring that read 'Always looking forward Jonas' in homage to his stricken colleague.
He then took to Twitter after the game to send this message to his followers, again reminding everyone to get behind the midfielder.
On a day when fans went out of their way to show their disillusion at Newcastle United, it all simply pales into significance when you consider the battle Gutierrez now faces. But at least it would seem he will not face it alone.