PAPISS Cissé has been the butt of the training-ground jokes this week – but it has only stiffened the resolve of the United striker to score another wonder goal.
That is the verdict of Alan Pardew as he revealed Cissé’s fortunate strike against West Brom has been the subject of plenty of humour this week.
Cissé’s goal was his first in the Premier League this season but it owed much to luck, Sammy Ameobi’s shot hitting the Senegal striker on his back before beating Ben Foster.
He said: “The guys have been taking the mickey out of him all week – especially Cheick, he has been laughing at him all week, trying to hit him and deflect the ball into goal.
“Everyone’s been doing it. I do think, if anything, it probably deepens his resolve to get a proper goal, but I really don’t care how they go in.”
Cissé has struggled for goal-scoring form this season but Pardew has not seen any discernible difference in the striker’s demeanour.
He is certain he will hit the goal trail once more.
Pardew added: “I have not really noticed that much of a difference in him following the goal.
“He does not change much on the training ground.
“Last year when he was scoring all those goals and this year when he hasn’t been, the training ground image is very similar.
“Not all players are like that. Some players do wear their emotions.
“Bobby Zamora was one, when he was not scoring, you could definitely tell but Papiss is not like that.
“I still think it is a great thing the ball struck him and went in. I don’t care.“