I’m hungry – but I’m a happy boy, says Newcastle saviour Cisse

FORM ... Papiss Demba Cisse scores his first.
FORM ... Papiss Demba Cisse scores his first.
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IN-FORM Papiss Demba Cisse has pledged to carry on finding the back of the net – and solve Newcastle United’s goalscoring problems.

The striker has made an explosive return from a six-month lay-off.

Cisse netted twice in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Swansea City to take his tally to four goals from three Premier League games.

It followed a double against Hull City in the club’s last home game.

Alan Pardew’s side twice came from behind at the Liberty Stadium, where Cisse famously netted a stunning strike during the club’s run to a European place three seasons ago.

And Cisse – who has endured two barren years in front of goal – is determined to build on his promising comeback and ease the goalscoring problems which have afflicted the team this year.

“I’m so hungry – I need to score more goals,” said Cisse.

“For me, it’s very important, but it’s also important for the club as well.

“Newcastle is a big, big team. All the time the gaffer says that Newcastle is a big team. You need to work hard.

“I think the players know that it is not easy at this moment. We have to be strong all the time.”

Cisse – who has joined up with his Senegal team-mates ahead of their home and away African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Tunisia – felt the point United claimed in South Wales will prove to be an important one.

“I’m a happy boy,” said the 29-year-old. “I’m happy for my team.

“It’s not easy to score two goals here and have one point. I know it’s just one point, but it’s very good for the team.

“We just kept going and didn’t lose the game.”

Cisse memorably fired Newcastle to a 2-0 win over Swansea in April 2012.

The second of his strikes – a stunning chip which left Michel Vorm with no chance – was a goal of the season contender.

And Cisse joked: “I think I love this pitch! I’m happy to come play here.”

United manager Pardew, meanwhile, lauded the technique of Cisse – who suffered a broken kneecap late last season – after the match.

“We’ve been waiting patiently for him – he’s been injured a long time,” said Pardew.

“He gives us a real cutting edge. His first goal is top drawer, trust me. To score from that angle is very difficult. The second goal again was very good technique.

“You need that player who can score under pressure and when you need one desperately – he did that twice.”