Pardew hails ‘marvellous’ Cisse
The Senegalese striker netted the only goal of the game in the dying minutes of normal time to send the Magpies into the quarter-finals.
It was Cisse’s second decisive strike in as many games, after his late effort against Stoke last Sunday secured a Premier League win for his side.
Pardew was delighted with his player’s contribution, and believes his side did very well to overcome one of the best team’s left in the competition:
“It was a marvellous, marvellous finish,” he is quoted by Sky Sports.
“Papiss did it on Sunday and he did it again tonight. It was a quality cross and he finished it off.
“They are a top, top team. They didn’t let us have a moment’s peace and they’re fantastic on the ball.
“I think we’ve put out one of the best teams in the competition if I’m honest.”
Newcastle benefitted from a little luck on the night, with Anzhi’s Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez receiving a red card in the second-half.
Pardew admitted that the odds swung in his side’s favour after the incident and that it was just a matter of time before they made the most of their numerical advantage:
“They had the guy sent off and it was a question of were we going to get the goal in the 90 minutes or in extra-time; luckily we got it with the last kick of the game.”