Cisse on the money for Magpies

Papiss Cisse made a goalscoring return for Newcastle United in their pre-season friendly against St Mirren following his Wonga jersey row.

Last Updated: 31/07/13 at 07:13 Post Comment

Papiss Cisse: Newcastle striker back in action after Wonga shirt row

Papiss Cisse: Newcastle striker back in action after Wonga shirt row

The devout Muslim had to train on his own earlier this month after stating he could not wear a shirt featuring the logo of the pay-day lenders, who sponsor the Magpies.

But after a settlement was reached Cisse returned to action in Paisley - sporting the shirt in question for the first time - and swept home the opener in a comfortable 2-0 win for Alan Pardew's side.

There was warm applause for United's Paul Dummett and Conor Newton from the home support after the duo helped the Buddies lift the Scottish Communities League Cup during loan stints last term, while the crowd of 4,216 featured 709 travelling Newcastle fans.

Cisse put the visitors ahead when he exchanged passes with Sammy Ameobi and curled a well-placed finish into the top corner after 18 minutes.

Saints number one David Cornell was forced to dive full length to save Dan Gosling's header from Ameobi's dinked cross soon after.

However, the keeper had no chance as full-back Matthew Debuchy slotted a composed finish on 26 minutes after Vurnon Anita sent him racing through on goal.

Pardew was delighted to see Cisse back in action and is confident that the shirt row has now been consigned to the past.

He told Sky Sports News: "He has worked hard and that was reflected tonight, he looked sharp and on another night he could have had three."

The Magpies are keen to strengthen their squad this summer and Pardew insists he is not concerned by the lack of new arrivals under director of football Joe Kinnear.

He added: "I'm not frustrated. I have to work with the players we've got, I have a good squad of players, and I have no problem starting the season with the group we've got.

"It would be nice to get a boost and hopefully something can happen before Rangers. That's a milestone for a team to work to, and if not, the next game will be."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

F

irst Townsend, now Chiles. What next ITV? Comedy that you can actually watch without vomiting up your own spleen? I'll be sad to see Matt Smith go though. I actually quite like him. Plus, he was good in Doctor Who.

sailingmagpie
Adrian Chiles to leave ITV

H

e's like Jay from Inbetweeners. Could've had him, had him, didn't want him, turned him down.

lee
Wenger criticises work permits

A

wful, awful pundit. He was crap on BBC, and offered a little more analysis than Robbie Savage - apart from the delivery of banality in a sexy accent. Also, as I'm Irish he'll never be more then a slimy, hand-balling f**ker in my eyes.

batdog
Football People On TV: Thierry Henry

Footer 365

FA Cup: Bradford hope to meet Manchester United after beating Chelsea

Bradford boss Phil Parkinson would like to meet Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round after beating Chelsea.

Serie A round-up: Lazio see off AC Milan 3-1 as Philippe Mexes is sent off for moment of madness

Marco Parolo scored twice as Lazio heaped more woe on Milan, who had Philippe Mexes sent off in a 3-1 defeat.

Premier League: Daniel Sturridge in contention for Liverpool's Capital One Cup semi against Chelsea

Daniel Sturridge will return to full training on Sunday and could be available for the Capital One Cup semi-final.

Mail Box

Appalling, Slow, Pathetic, Embarrassing

It's a bonus Saturday Mailbox, with plenty of reaction to the most alarming 0-0 draw in Manchester United's recent history. At what point do we worry about Louis van Gaal?

Why Do Man United Look So Impotent?

It's all very well talking about formations and United's defensive problems, but shouldn't their expensive attacking options be doing better? And we talk psychology...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company