Newcastle United’s Papiss Demba Cisse clinches winner over Norwich City

Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse celebrates scoring what proved to be the winning goal.
Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse celebrates scoring what proved to be the winning goal.
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PAPISS Demba Cisse claimed a crucial three points for Newcastle United at the Sports Direct Arena this afternoon.

Alan Pardew’s side beat Norwich City 1-0 in a scrappy contest thanks to Cisse’s first-half strike.

The visitors never gave up and left Tyneside wondering how they had not found the net.

Paul Lambert’s team enjoyed long spells of possession against an out-of-sorts United, who were without influential midfielder Cheik Tiote.

However, sixth-placed Newcastle were able to hold out to claim a valuable Premier League win which closed the gap on Chelsea, in FA Cup action this weekend, to two points.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Gutierrez; Ben Arfa (Santon 63), Perch, Guthrie, Cabaye; Ba, Cisse (Shola Ameobi 70). Subs not used: Elliot, Abeid, Gosling, Vuckic, Donaldson.

NORWICH CITY: Ruddy; Naughton, Ward, Whitbread, Drury (Hoolahan 82); Bennett, Howson (Holt 77), Fox, Surman, Pilkington (Martin 85); Morison, Subs not used: Steer, Johnson, Crofts, Jackson.

Goals: Cisse 11

Bookings: Bennett 62, Whitbread 78

Referee: Phil Dowd (Stoke-on-Trent)

Attendance: 47,833 (1,904 Norwich)