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Newcastle boss Pardew counting on Cisse to fill Ba void

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is counting on Papiss Cisse to fill the void left by Demba Ba's move to Chelsea.

The Senegal international gave Newcastle a second-minute lead over Everton with his sixth goal of the season as compatriot Demba Ba closed in on his move to Chelsea last night.

Asked if the former Freiburg frontman was relishing the role of main man, he said: "I think so, and we are hoping he has the second half of the year he had last year, where he was absolutely terrific for us and scoring goals for fun.<> "That's where we need to get him."

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