Sky Sports pundit outlines key to Newcastle comeback, comments on Cisse

Rafa Benitez

Newcastle United played out a 2-2 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday.

Former West Bromwich Albion and Reading manager Steve Clarke praised Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez on the Goals on Sunday show on Sky Sports 1 on Sunday morning (broadcast from 10am, April 24).

Clarke was impressed with Benitez making a key change during the half-time break of the Premier League game between Liverpool and Newcastle at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

The Magpies headed into the break 2-0 down, thanks to goals from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana for the home team.

Benitez took off forward Ayoze Perez and introduced midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum into the game at the start of the second half.

Newcastle staged a stunning comeback thereafter and scored two goals to salvage a 2-2 draw.

Clarke, who has been an assistant manager at both Newcastle and Liverpool, was impressed with Benitez’s change at half time.

“It was a good week for them, and credit as well to Benitez yesterday, made a change at half time,” said the former Scotland international on the Goals on Sunday show on Sky Sports 1 on Sunday morning (broadcast from 10am, April 24).

“He brought Wijnaldum into the game, pushed Colback further on the left. Colback scored from that position."

Clarke also praised Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse, who scored in the 48th minute of the encounter.

“They have struggled for score goals a little bit,” said the former Chelsea defender. “Cisse, obviously, is a goalscorer.

"Now that he has got one, hopefully he can get a few more. He is a confidence player like most strikers and that will do his confidence a world of good.”

Cisse has scored three goals and created 10 chances in 19 Premier League appearances for Newcastle so far this season.

The Magpies are second from bottom in the league table at the moment with 30 points from 35 matches.

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