Football - Pardew delighted with hero Cisse

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has revealed how a half-time pep talk to eventual hero Papiss Cisse almost badly backfired.

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For the third successive match at St James' Park, Cisse grabbed an injury-time winner as United defeated Fulham 1-0 to ease their fears of relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

It was Cisse's 11th goal of the season, and arguably his most vital, as Newcastle are now five points clear of the bottom three.

But it nearly never happened on this occasion as Cisse took to the pitch for the second half deflated after Pardew had highlighted at the interval where he felt the Senegal striker was going wrong.

After watching Cisse miss a number of chances during the opening 45 minutes, Pardew said: "I don't normally do it, but I showed him a big chance we had in the first half.

"It was when he should have passed back to (Sylvain) Marveaux for a tap in to underline the composure we needed in the second half.

"His reaction was very negative. He was so upset with himself, and I actually questioned whether it was the right thing to do.

"But then he goes and does what he did at the end of the game that no other player in our group would do.

"Maybe (Fulham striker Dimitar) Berbatov was the only player on the pitch who would have done what he did, so fair play to him."

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