NEWCASTLE United’s Papiss Demba Cisse told of his frustration after having TWO goals chalked off against Metalist Kharkiv.
The striker twice had the ball in the net in last night’s Europa League Round of 32 tie.
But the Norwegian linesman flagged for both – and the game at St James’s Park ended goalless.
TV replays showed Moussa Sissoko was clearly onside when he made the run for Cisse’s first-half effort, while the second, set up by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, was a tighter call.
However, Cisse – who was denied an injury-time winner by goalkeeper Olexandr Goryainov – is adamant both should have stood.
“I think they were both goals – it’s down to the linesman,” said Cisse.
“He said ‘no’, and once he’s made his decision it’s a no. There’s nothing you can do. It’s so frustrating.
“I think we should be talking about a win.
“That would have been very, very good for the team.
“But the other team tried very hard and denied us. We just couldn’t get the win.”
Newcastle play the return leg at the Metalist Stadium in six days time, and while the home team don’t have the advantage of an away goal, the tie is on a knife-edge,
While disappointed United aren’t taking a goal advantage to the Ukraine, Cisse remains upbeat about United’s chances of progressing to the last 16.
“We can win the second leg – we’ll be going over there to give everything,” added the Senegal striker.
“We’re confident of still doing the job and getting through.”
Meanwhile, should Newcastle progress, they will face the winner of the tie between Anzhi Makhachkala and Hannover.
Anzhi won last night’s first leg in Russia 3-1 to take a commanding lead to Germany.