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Papiss Cisse revels in his role as Newcastle United's late saviour

Newcastle Utd 1 Crystal Palace 0

Damien Spellman

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse is happy to continue his last-gasp heroics even if it leaves his team-mates no room for relaxation.

The 28-year-old Senegal international saw a series of chances go begging at St James' Park on Saturday before heading his side to a 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Crystal Palace with a 94th-minute winner.

It was Cisse's first goal since January 4 and just his second in the league this season, the previous one coming from the penalty spot in a 5-1 Boxing Day rout of Stoke.

However, its arrival could hardly have been any more timely as he wrote another chapter to a story which is becoming something of a theme.

Cisse said with a smile: "It's good, but the players say all the time, 'try to score quickly' and 'don't leave it until after 90 minutes to score because it's not good'.

"I try to score – I like to score quickly and we can relax, but my chance came after 90 minutes. It's okay."

Saturday's winner was the latest in a series Cisse has claimed during his time at the club with West Brom, Stoke, Anzhi Makhachkala and Fulham having previously succumbed in injury time on Tyneside at his hands.

Cisse continued: "I am very, very happy to score because it's a long time.

"I am a striker and I know sometimes strikers have these moments and it's very, very hard. I'm happy."

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