My most important Newcastle goal says Papiss Demba Cisse

PAPISS Demba Cisse told of his joy after heading Newcastle United into the Europa League’s quarter-finals.

Cisse struck deep in injury time with a header at St James’s Park to give the club a 1-0 aggregate win over 10-man Anzhi Makhachkala.

The goal followed his Premier League winner against Stoke City in added time four days earlier.

And Cisse feels his 23rd goal for United is by far the “most important yet”.

“I’m so happy – we’ve won again, and I’ve scored again,” Cisse said.

“But for me the most important is that the team wins and goes through.”

Cisse had been a peripheral figure up to his dramatic intervention, the Senegal international heading a Sylvain Marveaux cross past Vladimir Gabulov with what was the last action of the game.

But the 27-year-old always felt he would get a chance to book Newcastle a place in the last eight.

“The striker must always keep his concentration - the tie was still alive,” he added.

“The game wasn’t finished. Only when the ref blows, it’s over - so I knew we still had time.

“I always felt we could still score in normal time.

“I saw Sylvain and he put in a perfect ball for me and luckily I scored.

“I had just one chance, and I scored it.”

The goal took Cisse’s tally for the season to 10 - and he’s now looking to add to that total, with Wigan Athletic next up at the DW Stadium on Sunday.

“Ten goals is great, but I’ll be trying for more,” said Cisse. “The season is not finished.

“My job is to score goals and the team’s job is to win.”

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