UPDATE 1-Soccer-Super Cisse earns Newcastle win over Swansea

Fri Apr 6, 2012 6:17pm GMT
 

* Swansea sunk by two-goal Senegalese

* Newcastle climb above Chelsea (Adds quotes)

LONDON, April 6 (Reuters) - Newcastle United's red-hot striker Papiss Cisse struck twice to earn a smash-and-grab 2-0 win at Swansea City in the Premier League on Friday that lifted his side above Chelsea into fifth place.

The Senegal international, fast becoming one of the best signings of the season after arriving from Bundesliga strugglers Freiburg in January, scored in each half to give Alan Pardew's team 56 points from 32 matches.

"He was our best player today, of all our flair players he was the one who was really on his game," Pardew told Sky Sports. "We are lucky to have him and he deserved to be named man of the match.

"As a team we were flat today, some of our flair players lacked a bit of energy but we have a lot of discipline and camaraderie in this group."

Chelsea (53 points), who play holders Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals later this month, can go back above Newcastle on goal difference by winning at home to second from bottom Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

Tottenham Hotspur, in the fourth and final Champions League qualification spot on 58 points, visit Sunderland also on Saturday.

Leaders Manchester United (76 points) host Queens Park Rangers on Sunday when second-placed Manchester City (71) visit Arsenal (58) who are in third position.   Continued...

 
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