ALAN Pardew admitted it was going to a take a goal to go in off Papiss Demba Cisse’s backside to get him off the mark in the Premier League.
A shot from Sammy Ameobi cannoned off the back of Cisse to give Newcastle United a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion yesterday.
The goal was Cisse’s first in the league this season.
Cisse – whose two previous goals had come in cup competitions – has struggled to rediscover the form he showed last term after his January move from Freiburg.
The 27-year-old’s 13 goals took the club back into Europe.
Since then, chance after chance has come and gone for the Senegal international, but his strike against West Brom moved United into 10th place, and left Pardew’s side two points from sixth-placed Arsenal. With the game seemingly heading for a draw, Hatem Ben Arfa was fouled as he strode upfield. Referee Chris Foy waved play on, and substitute Ameobi tried his luck from distance.
“We had two breaks, really,” Pardew told the Gazette. “We had that decision (from Foy), and it’s hit Papiss on the bottom and gone in.
“That’ll be the headlines, I bet your life, but Sammy’s had a shot and been positive. That’s what you’ve got to do.”
Meanwhile, Cisse’s fortunate winner stunned West Brom manager Steve Clarke, who assisted Ruud Gullit during his time in charge of United.
Clarke said: “I thought we were terrific, and it’s disappointing when you come to a place like this, and you’re the best team, and not only do you not get a point but you don’t come away with anything.”