LONDON: Papiss Demba Cisse says he is struggling to adapt to life in England because of the language but he is managing to do his talking with his goals.
Cisse scored two more in Newcastle’s 3-1 win away to West Bromwich Albion to take his Premier League tally to five in five appearances since his January arrival from German outfit Freiburg.
Hatem Ben Arfa scored the other for Newcastle who led 3-0 at half-time on their way to pulling level on 50 points in the Premier League with fifth-placed Chelsea. Shane Long scored a 53rd-minute consolation for the hosts.
Manager Alan Pardew said: “We had a good control of our passing and our movement was terrific. Hatem was really difficult to play against. Some of his runs were incredible. To have the same points at Chelsea at this stage is phenomenal. I take my hat off to our players. They were terrific.”
The match was preceded by one minute’s applause for the old West Brom hero Ray Barlow, who has died aged 85. The Swindon-born winghalf captained the Albion side who won the FA Cup in 1954. He scored 48 goals in 482 appearances for the club but was selected only once by England.
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