Cisse: 'With These Fans, We Can Achieve Anything'
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Papiss Cisse spoke to nufc.co.uk about United's fans, who give the striker so much joy
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Papiss Cisse has paid tribute to Newcastle United's fans for their 'heart-warming' support, as he sets his sights on finishing another campaign at the summit of the Magpies' goalscoring charts.
The Senegalese striker ended the 2014/15 season as United's top scorer, with 11 goals from just 22 appearances, in a campaign that was frustratingly punctuated by injury and suspension.
Cisse's goals played a big part in Newcastle avoiding relegation from the top flight but he believes the passion of those on the St. James' Park terraces was just as important.
"They were brilliant again last season, as they always are," Cisse told nufc.co.uk.
"If you have fans like we do, who are behind the team the whole time, then Newcastle can achieve anything.
"When the game starts you can feel them behind you, pushing you on, trying to help you.
"They may not be on the pitch but they are so important to us and make a big difference to the team.
"They make my heart warm. Players need fans like this."
Among Cisse's 11-goal haul last season was a double to inflict a first defeat on Jose Mourinho's Chelsea, who went on to be crowned Barclays Premier League champions.
As has become common during his three-and-a-half years on Tyneside, the front man consistently showed his predatory penalty box prowess, and wants to have another prolific campaign in 2015/16.
"I was happy with the season from a personal point of view," he said, of last term.
"As it came to the end, the most important thing was that the team stayed in the Premier League. That was all that mattered.
"After that, I obviously wanted to be an important part of the team and scoring goals.
"I didn't play as many games as I would have liked during the season (through injury and suspension) but I had 11 goals, so I have to be quite happy.
"Now, I want to make sure that the new season is even better and that I can score goals to help the team have a much better season."
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