ALAN Pardew’s will keep faith with misfiring Newcastle United striker Papiss Demba Cisse.
Cisse hasn’t scored a goal from open play in more than 11 months.
And Fulham went upfield to score the only goal of the game last weekend after Cisse saw a weak effort saved.
With leading scorer Loic Remy sidelined through injury, the 28-year-old, pictured, was expected to keep his place for this afternoon’s home game against Crystal Palace.
Asked about Cisse’s problems in front of goal this season, United manager Pardew cited the example of Manchester United’s Robin van Persie, who scored a midweek Champions League hat-trick.
“You never know with strikers,” Pardew said.
“You look at van Persie. Two weeks ago, people were saying ‘this boy doesn’t want to play’ and ‘he’s got no motivation’.
“Then he smashes a hat-trick in. That happens. It can happen to Papiss.
“We really need him to score.
“You can’t hide behind anything else, and I’m not going to hide behind cliches. I really want Papiss to score and hopefully this weekend, he gets a goal.”
Newcastle haven’t scored, let alone won, without Remy this season, and Pardew is looking Yoan Gouffran among others to make a goalscoring contribution.
“He had a very good effort at Hull which got us a goal, but we could do with Gouff popping up,” added Pardew.
“But we know with him, over time, he will, because he’s just got that work ethic that our fans love. He’s always in the box getting chances.
“We were poor in the last third at Fulham – we can’t disguise that – and we’ve worked hard on that. He’s been part of the process.”
Asked about on-loan Remy’s influence, Pardew said: “We’re definitely not a one-man team, but he has given us a little bit of a spark.
“That’s what was missing at Fulham – that spark.”