Papiss Cisse finding form when it matters for Newcastle
Newcastle United striker Papiss Demba Cisse scoring vital goals during Premier League run-in
Papiss Demba Cisse scored yet another late winner to increase his hero status at St James' Park and improve on a forgettable season in front of goal.
Cisse has scored just 12 goals in all competitions this season and failed to build on last years honeymoon period with the Magpies but described yesterdays goal to the Shields Gazette as his most important for the club.
The hero of the hour also went on to discuss his nak of getting late goals.
"It has happened again to me, and to score in the last minute again to help the team take three points is very important for the team. All the fans were happy and the players," he told the paper.
The Senegalese striker had been overshadowed by the goalscoring exploits of his ex-strike partner Demba Ba during the first half of the season and began to falter in front of goal after the departure of his fellow countryman.
With late winners at home to Anzhi Makhachkala, Stoke City and now Fulham, it seems Cisse is coming to life at the business end of the season once again and told the Newcastle Chronicle that his strike was for the fans.
"The goal was for our fans. It was very good to celebrate the goal for the fans. It was very, very important," he added.
The £9m signing from S.C. Freiburg of the Bundesliga scored some memorable goals after his January move to Newcastle last season notably the two wonder strikes at Stamford Bridge which at the time kept Champions League dreams alive.
It has been a tough season for Alan Pardew's side still only five points off the relegation zone and losing Ba halfway through the season meant goals would surely dwindle.
However in the last few weeks Cisse has earned six vital points in the league and scored his sides only two goals of the last 16 and quarter final rounds of the UEFA Europa League.
Cisse explained finally that wild celebrations like the one with the fans yesterday are extremely important to him.
"The fans were behind us for the whole game and they supported the team and myself. It can be difficult so when you score you should go to see the fans."