PAPISS Demba Cisse says no player is bigger than Newcastle United.
And the striker’s adamant that the only way the club can turn its season around is through teamwork.
Cisse and his team-mates take on Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium in the FA Cup’s third round tomorrow.
The game comes in the wake of Demba Ba’s transfer window move to Chelsea, and a home defeat to Everton which left Newcastle just two points above the Premier League’s relegation zone.
Ba’s goals – the striker netted 13 for the club – will be missed, and the pressure is on Cisse to hit form in front of goal between now and the end of the campaign.
Cisse – who scored his sixth goal of the season against Everton – believes Alan Pardew’s injury-hit side can pull away from the drop zone – and progress in the cups – if the team pulls together over the coming weeks.
“It’s not just about me – it’s about the team,” Cisse told the Gazette.
“To have a good result in the FA Cup or the league, we have to work as a team.
“We’re conscious of that, and we have to work hard.
“It’s been difficult this season as we have many injured players. That’s very difficult for us.
“But we don’t have a choice – all we can do is work hard.
“We have to give something better to the fans.
“We want to win every game and do well in the cups and the league.”
Cisse is expected to lead the line for United against Brighton, having played wide right in recent weeks.
Pardew is likely to leave long-serving Shola Ameobi – who came in for Ba against Everton at short notice – out of his starting XI at the Amex Stadium.
“I thought Shola was terrific,” said Pardew. “He wasn’t in the starting line-up when we did the team, but he came in, and I was proud of him.
“Whether he can two games in four days...that’s a risk for him. I thinking about resting him.”