Newcastle United 1 Anzhi Makhachkala 0

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NEWCASTLE are on the march in Europe - but only by the skin of their teeth.

Alan Pardew praised Papiss Cisse’s returning killer instinct after seeing him fire Newcastle into the Europa League quarter-finals.

The Senegal international, who scored a 92nd-minute Barclays Premier League winner against Stoke on Sunday, left it two minutes longer to lead the Magpies past Anzhi Makhachkala and into the last eight.

Pardew said: “When you have got a natural goalscorer, then you need to create chances and he hasn’t been blessed with a lot of chances in the last two games.

“Having said that, we had a run of games here where he had loads of chances and didn’t score, and that’s how sometimes it goes for a striker.

“We kept saying, ‘He keeps getting into position, but not scoring’. This week, he had really and truly, I would say, two really good chances and scored them both.

“Sometimes it’s difficult to weigh that up with a player. I do know one thing: his mood, like all strikers, changes with goals.

“I was actually shouting my head off at him about something else before he scored.

“He does a good shift for us as well, apart from the goals.”

Cisse’s dramatic intervention, his 10th goal of the campaign, was the last touch of an enthralling encounter which fluctuated throughout.

Anzhi, who had midfielder Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez sent off for a second bookable offence 10 minutes after the break, gave as good as they got throughout and created most of the game’s better chances.