Newcastle 2 Aston Villa 1: Pardew thrilled with Cisse debut

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew hails Papiss Cisse's debut display as his second-half winner beat Aston Villa on Sunday

Premier League, 5 February 2012, Sports Direct Arena
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Alan Pardew could not hide his delight after Papiss Cisse netted the winner on his debut as Newcastle United downed Aston Villa on Sunday.

The £10m signing’s brilliant 71st-minute half-volley secured the victory for the Magpies after Robbie Keane had cancelled out Demba Ba’s opener at the Sports Direct Arena.

“Papiss has got that ability to turn with his first touch, and Demba’s got that too,” Pardew told Sky Sports. “They can get at back fours as soon as the ball is played into them.

“They are a dangerous pair. We have got dangerous strikers all over the place here because Shola [Ameobi] and Besty have done well, [Peter] Lovenkrands is there as well and [Hatem] Ben Arfa, so we have got firepower. We just need to tighten up a little bit more.”

The win lifts Newcastle above Arsenal into fifth place in the table, and Pardew admits the three points were welcome after Alex McLeish’s Villa battled throughout Sunday’s clash.

“It was a good win because Villa came here and looked lively,” he continued. “Although they scored just before half-time, they deserved to be level. They deserved to be in the lead at half-time.

“We accepted that and second half we knew we had to be better and more controlled, and we were. We limited their breakaways on us and we got a bit of pressure building.

“Of course we got a dream goal for us, because he’s a new signing and he wanted to do well. It was a fantastic goal.”

Meanwhile, Villa boss McLeish was left to rue his side’s missed opportunities. “Tim Krul was in great form and he has made some point-blank saves,” he said. “On another day [Darren] Bent would have had a hat-trick. But I’m really pleased with the way we played.”

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