Cisse savours special strike

Newcastle striker happy to have taken Premier League by storm

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Papiss Cisse: Astonishing second goal at Chelsea took his tally to 13 in 12 appearances for Newcastle

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Papiss Cisse rates the goal he scored against Chelsea as the best of his career and is full of confidence ahead of Newcastle's clash with Manchester City on Sunday.

The Senegal international struck twice in Wednesday's game at Stamford Bridge to seal a 2-0 victory for the Magpies and take his tally to 13 goals in 12 appearances for the club.

While Cisse's opener against Chelsea was excellent, his second was a truly memorable stoppage-time volley from an outrageous angle that swerved away from Petr Cech.

And the 26-year-old, who has taken English football by storm since arriving in January, admits it was a special feeling to score such a goal.

"It was a wonderful goal. It was the best goal of my career - I was so happy to score it. "

Papiss Cisse

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Wonderful

He told the Shields Gazette: "It was a wonderful goal. It was the best goal of my career - I was so happy to score it.

"When the ball came to me, I was only thinking about scoring. It was an instinctive finish.

"I was also pleased with my first goal. It was important for the team. It was a good evening for me and the team.

"I came to the Premier League to show my quality, and everything is going well. I'm enjoying my football - everything is good on and off the pitch."

Work hard

Cisse's goals have helped to propel Newcastle into the thick of the race for UEFA Champions League qualification, although they remain in fifth place with just two games to go and victory for Chelsea over Bayern Munich in this season's final would mean only the top three will make it.

However, while there is still a chance, Cisse and his team-mates are planning to take the fight all the way to the wire as they prepare for Sunday's visit of leaders Manchester City to Tyneside and the final day trip to Everton.

The former Freiburg striker said: "It's not going to be easy, but we have confidence, which is important. We believe in each other.

"We hope to play in the Champions League, and we will work hard to achieve that."

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