Papiss Cisse can’t escape NUFC’s plight

KEY MAN ... Newcastle's Papiss Demba Cisse.
KEY MAN ... Newcastle's Papiss Demba Cisse.

PAPISS Demba Cisse says there’s no escaping Newcastle United’s Premier League plight – even at the shops!

And the striker’s determined to end the relegation torment of the club’s fans as soon as possible.

Cisse and his team-mates take on Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Sunday, knowing a win will almost certainly be enough to secure Newcastle’s Premier League status.

The club’s domestic campaign has been a huge disappointment.

A campaign which had promised much is now all about survival – and Cisse says the club’s fans have every right to be unhappy with United’s predicament.

“We know at the moment it’s a very difficult time for the fans,” Cisse told SportMail.

“I often see people when I’m out and about on the street, and they tell me how difficult it is.

“Sometimes, obviously, there might be discontent with the result.

“But I can accept that. It’s our job. As supporters, they’re in their rights to feel like that. But when we go out there we do our best for them and for this club.”

Alan Pardew’s side drew 0-0 with West Ham United at the weekend, and the performance was a vast improvement on the one against Liverpool six days earlier, when Newcastle lost 6-0.

And Cisse, acutely aware of the sacrifices the club’s supporters make, is hopeful United can record a win for them at Loftus Road.

“We’re working hard to stay in the Premier League,” added the 27-year-old, who had a goal controversially ruled out at Upton Park.

“We want to keep this club in the Premier League.

“We know, for the fans, the best time in their week is when they come and watch their team.”