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Horncastle: Totti thriving at 40

Italian Serie A

Cisse backs partnership with Ba

Newcastle striker Papiss Cissé has said that he can forge a successful partnership with fellow Senegalese striker Demba Ba - they just need more luck.

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The pair both made the scoresheet for the first time since Cisse's debut back in Feburary against Aston Villa at St James Park, something the former Freiburg striker admits is surprising.

"It is crazy that we have only scored once together, in our first match," Cissé told the Journal.

"I hope it will change in the next match. We will work on it very hard and make sure we change it as soon as possible. It is not tactical.

"In the first match together, we played in the same positions. It is not positions or making the runs: it is just a case of having luck on our side."

With Cisse's goal against West Brom on Sunday also representing his first in the league this season the 27-year-old was keen to praise his manager describing him as 'extraordinary'.

"I am very happy at Newcastle. I am really happy to be here, nobody knows what the future brings but I am happy to be here," he added.

"The manager is extraordinary. It is incredible to work with the manager every day. Every day in training and in matches we learn something new.

"The moments that I have lived with him are the moments that you dream about before playing professionally. Even if everything isn't going well he is there giving you support, telling you that you are going to score.

"He is always trying to boost morale and that is the kind of thing that you need from a manager."


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