Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Carver Is Forced to Take Care of Papiss; Carver Is Cautious over Goal Hero Cisse

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Carver Is Forced to Take Care of Papiss; Carver Is Cautious over Goal Hero Cisse

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Byline: Steve Brown at St James' Park steve.sports-brown@ncjmedia.co.uk

JOHN CARVER has revealed he is "having to manage" Papiss Cisse as the Newcastle United striker continues to play while troubled by a knee injury.

e Senegalese striker scored the Magpies' winner against Aston Villa at St James' Park on Saturday, which also saw Jonas Gutierrez (right) back in the squad after recovering from cancer.

Victory was only the club's second under Carver's temporary charge - the caretaker head coach admitting to having endured sleepless night's since replacing Alan Pardew and particularly since the previous week-week end's 5-0 defeat at Manchester City.

Yet it also means Newcastle have lost just once in ve games and, 11th in the Premier League and, with 35 points - 13 clear of third-bottom Burnley - they now appear safe from relegation.

Cisse's 11th goal of yet another injury-ravaged campaign took him to 41 in 106 appearances.

While Carver - who enjoys a "very close relationship" with the forward - insists he has never lost faith in the player, the United head coach says Cisse must continue to deliver.

He said: "I have always had a very close relationship with Papiss.

"I don't know what it is but something clicked.

"I have always liked him. He is a great character.

"He is always smiling and that is what I like about him.

" at is why I have developed a friendship with him.

"When Alan (Pardew) was here he'd work with the defence and I would do work with the attack-attackers, so we are close.

"Maybe it was just his crazy sense of humour which Turn to Page 47 From Page 48 appealed to me. In the past when he has scored goals he would often run towards me.

"He knows I have always had faith in him. I always believed in him even when he wasn't scoring."

Asked if Cisse is fully fit, Carver replied: "What do you think? "We are having to manage him, (to) deal with his situation.

"We will see what he is like in the next few days. …

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