Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Love the Club, I Love This City and "There's No Other Place I'dwould Rather Be

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Love the Club, I Love This City and "There's No Other Place I'dwould Rather Be

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PAPISS CISSE today reflected on 12 months of wearing Newcastle United's iconic number 9 shirt by insisting: "There's no other place I'd rather be."

Cisse is keen to add to his 18 goals in 38 matches for United and follow in the footsteps of the crowd favourites he has followed by wearing the famous jersey in such emphatic style like Alan Shearer, Andy Cole and Les Ferdinand in the Premier League.

And he is confident that Newcastle can claw themselves away from danger in 2013 - and the Toon number 9 has insisted that the black and whites are well and truly together in their fight to stave off the threat of relegation.

Just four years ago, the Magpies went down without a fight after a four different managers and a clutch of players who weren't fully committed to the United cause.

Yet the Senegal goal-getter feels that Newcastle can put the second half of 2012 well and truly behind them and concentrate on brighter days ahead.

The Newcastle star told the Chronicle: "The players here are very friendly and there is a lot of love.

"We play here and we have a job to do. Everything is fine."

United fans have been fearing the worst after seeing their side crash to a morale draining 7-3 defeat at the hands of Arsenal last Saturday night to sign out of 2012 on a low.

But while Cisse noted the goals against column and the fact that Newcastle are actually two points worse off at this stage than they were when they went down in 2009, he was refusing to panic.

Indeed, with games against Everton, Norwich and then fellow top flight strugglers Reading and an even leakier defensive side in Aston Villa to round off January, the striker said: "The best thing is we are still scoring goals.

"This makes us confident and it is a good thing that Newcastle are still scoring but we know that things are difficult.

"We are trying our best to come back up the table.

"The main thing is we still have our confidence which is demonstrated by the goals we have scored at Old Trafford and the Emirates."

Cisse has been fielded as a right midfielder-cum-winger in recent weeks.

But Cisse signified the team ethic of Alan Pardew's squad when saying: "The position I am playing in now is not my favourite but I understand the team now has a problem.

"And I have to give my best because that's what the manager asks of me.

"It is not a problem because I am still giving something to the team.

"I have not played this position before in all my time playing in football, it is the first time.

"The manager has shown me how to do this job.

"We have some players who are carrying injuries.

"It is difficult but I am doing my best to answer the questions asked of me by the manager.

"That is all I have been doing." But he is still looking forward to a return to his more familiar role of poacher - with his performances in 2012 rekindling memories of Andy Cole for some United fans. …

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