Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has backed Papiss Cisse to build on his dramatic late winning goal over the weekend to come out of a lengthy slump in form.
The Senegalese striker nodded home in the 93rd minute to secure three points in Saturday’s tie against Crystal Palace with what was his first goal from open play since April last year.
Cisse’s poor performances in recent times have come as a shock, with the powerful front-man having made a staggering start to life in the Premier League after his January 2012 arrival from Freiburg.
After netting 13 goals in the latter half of that season, his form dipped last term and has since remained below par.
But Pardew has stuck with his man, and gave him a fresh chance against Palace with Loic Remy out injured.
The currently banned boss has been impressed with his forward’s work rate and is hopeful that he can build on his showing and net more goals before the campaign ends:
“Papiss has had a difficult season as many strikers do in some years,” he is quoted by the Daily Star.
“It is very rare for a forward to go through his whole career and have successful seasons back to back. Only the very best can do that.
“It is important that managers send out the right signals and he has repaid me.
“He actually had better chances against Palace but he never fails to deliver at some point.
“That’s the third goal he’s scored deep into injury time so it speaks volumes for his fitness.
“I’m just so pleased he scored that goal and now hopefully, there will be a few more between now and the end of the season.”