Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Willo: Cisse Goal Was Perfect End

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Willo: Cisse Goal Was Perfect End

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Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer

MIKE WILLIAMSON says seeing Papiss Cisse end his eight-month search for a Premier League goal put the icing on the cake for Newcastle United in their 5-1 win over Stoke City.

The big centre-back put in another barnstorming performance to smash the Potters and keep Steven Taylor on the bench.

Williamson's form has also resulted in the defender keeping out former Montpellier skipper Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

However, reflecting on Cisse's penalty and the celebrations that followed, Williamson said after the emphatic win: "I think Cabs gave a goal up for him.

"It shows you the spirit we have here.

"You can see Papiss' workrate and his effort and he is like that in training every day.

"He is one of the best trainers in the squad."

Williamson admitted the United players were elated to see Cisse grab his 10th goal of 2013.

He added: "The lads wanted him to gain the rewards for all his hard work. Sometimes that does not happen.

"The team is playing well but he has had a tough time."

Williamson is still waiting for his first goal - and it would have been a sweet one against Stoke given the defender was born in the Potteries.

He said: "I was edging forward and waiting for something to drop, but it was about the three points really."

Williamson was deemed fortunate by Stoke to get away with a handball - in an incident which resulted in Potters' boss Mark Hughes being sent to the stands.

A furious Hughes laid into referee Martin Atkinson after the game. Having been sent to the stands for disputing Glenn Whelan's red card in the first half, Hughes said: "We saved the penalty and we went down the other end with nine men and had an opportunity to play somebody in for a clear opportunity on goal.

"It is handballed by Williamson and the referee is two yards away and plays on and then they go up the other end and score, so you can understand why we are a little bit aggrieved by what has happened, to be perfectly honest. …

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