ALAN Pardew won’t give up on misfiring Newcastle United striker Papiss Demba Cisse.
Cisse has struggled for form all season, with his only Premier League goal coming from the penalty spot.
The 28-year-old missed a clearcut chance in last weekend’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa.
Cisse missed the target after Loic Remy – who scored Newcastle’s late winner at St James’s Park – squared the ball for him in the box.
United manager Pardew had started Cisse ahead of on-loan striker Luuk de Jong, who came off the bench and had a hand in Remy’s strike.
And Pardew – whose side take on Hull City at the KC Stadium tomorrow – still believes Cisse can come good between now and the end of the season.
“Papiss isn’t the type to blame anyone – he looks to himself,” Pardew said.
“He’s obviously desperate for a goal, and that could kick-start him.
“This weekend he might have the opportunity to do that.
“I certainly hope he does. I think he’s a good guy, and he’s done well for us.
“We want to get him back playing at his best again.”
Meanwhile, Hull came from behind to win 3-2 at St James’s Park early this season, and Pardew is understandably wary of Steve Bruce’s 11th-placed side.
Newcastle – eighth in the Premier League – are looking to close the gap on Everton and Manchester United above them in the table.
And Pardew has warned his players not to waste last Sunday’s result against Villa on Humberside.
“This is a tough place to go,” he said. “They’ve only conceded 10 goals all year.
“They’ve only been beaten four times at home. This is a tough game for us.
“But we mustn’t think we’ve beaten Villa and everything’s OK.”
In his pre-match Press conference, Pardew said Bruce was a candidate for the Premier League’s manager of the season honour.
Meanwhile, Hatem Ben Arfa and Davide Santon are out of Newcastle United’s visit to the KC Stadium.
The pair have “knocks” and won’t be involved against Hull City tomorrow.
However, Sylvain Marveaux – who didn’t make the bench for last weekend’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa – is available for selection.
“Sylvain’s fit, but we will have to wait and see (if he is involved),” said Pardew today.
“But Hatem and Davide have both got knocks at the moment.”