Papiss Demba Cisse never hid for Newcastle United

GOT A GOAL: Papiss Demba Cisse.
GOT A GOAL: Papiss Demba Cisse.

PAPISS Demba Cisse never once tried to hide during his troubles in front of goal, according to John Carver.

Cisse’s 11-month long search for a Premier League goal from open play ended on Saturday.

The forward’s strike in the fourth minute of stoppage time gave Newcastle a 1-0 over Crystal Palace at St James’s Park.

A series of chances had come and gone for Cisse during the match. And Carver felt it would have been easy for the 28-year-old to “go missing” on the pitch.

But the Senegal international never gave up hope of getting a goal, even after missing a close-range chance in the second minute of injury time after Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa rolled the ball to him.

“A good striker like Papiss keeps believing and doesn’t go missing,” Carver told SportMail.

“The easiest thing in front of 52,000 people is to go missing – to hide – and not want to go in the area and get a chance.

“He’s been brave and tenacious.

“For him to score the goal he scored ... happy days.”

Newcastle, eighth in the Premier League with eight games left to play, take on sixth-placed Everton hoping to close the gap between the two sides to five points.

“It’s a starting point – a clean sheet, a win and a goal for Papiss – with eight games to go,” said Carver, who will again run the dugout in banned manager Alan Pardew’s absence.