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Stewart Coggin

Cisse off the Mark

By October 29, 2012

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Papiss Cisse was a revelation after joining Newcastle United from Freiburg in January.

The Senegal international struck 13 Premier League goals, including a wonder strike against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

But the 2012-13 campaign has not started well for the striker, who has been dropped to the bench by manager Alan Pardew for the last two Premier League games.

Sunday's 2-1 win over West Brom may represent a change in fortunes for Cisse, who finally opened his Premier League account by scoring with his back in injury time.

Sammy Ameobi's shot was heading for the stands until it hit Cisse and wrong footed Ben Foster in the Baggies goal.

It was not a result Newcastle deserved, but such a huge slice of luck could transform Cisse's season.

The challenge now for Pardew? To get Cisse and compatriot Demba Ba playing effectively as a partnership.


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