Newcastle’s Cisse working through his problems in front of goal

TACKLE THIS ... Newcastle United's Vurnon Anita, left, and Fulham's Steve Sidwell battle for the ball.
TACKLE THIS ... Newcastle United's Vurnon Anita, left, and Fulham's Steve Sidwell battle for the ball.
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JOHN Carver admits he’d be more worried about misfiring striker Papiss Demba Cisse if he wasn’t getting chances.

Cisse led the line in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Fulham in the absence of Loic Remy through injury.

And the 28-year-old was twice denied by goalkeeper David Stockdale at Craven Cottage.

Stockdale’s save led to Fulham’s 68th-minute winning goal, scored by substitute Ashkan Dejagah.

Newcastle haven’t scored in the four Premier League games Remy has missed this year, and asisstant manager Carver, in charge of the dugout during Alan Pardew’s seven-game ban, admits the team’s lack of goals is a “worry”.

However, the options available to Pardew and Carver are limited.

And Cisse – who has scored just one league goal this season – could again lead the line against Crystal Palace at St James’s Park on Saturday.

“It’s always a worry, but the good thing about Papiss is is that he’s prepared to work hard, and at least he’s getting in there and creating the chances,” Carver told the Gazette.

“If he wasn’t getting in there, it would be a bit concerning.

“At least he’s getting in there and creating the chances. Unfortunately, they’re not going in at the moment.”

The result saw Newcastle drop down to ninth in the Premier League.

Reflecting on the game, Carver said: “It was very frustrating, and very disappointing.

“There wasn’t a great deal in it. Their goalkeeper, Stockdale, made two great saves, both from Papiss. One was a game-changer.

“For the second one, he made a great save. The ball drops into midfield, Luuk de Jong gets caught from behind by a vicious tackle. It was definitely a yellow, if not a red card.

“But the referee played on, and poor defending lets him come inside. He’s scored.

“It was very similar to us at Hull. Tim (Krul) made a great save, and we went down the other end and take the lead.

“Sometimes it works for you, sometimes it doesn’t.”

Twitter: @milesstarforth