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Newcastle got back to winning ways on Saturday, as Papiss Cisse's dramatic late strike handed the Magpies a 1-0 win over struggling Crystal Palace. Manager Alan Pardew was once again banned from the stadium for his part in headbutting Hull City midfielder David Meyler, but he watched from the team's base in Benton, Newcastle, and admitted that he celebrated with the team analyst when the goal was scored.
“It was good when the goal went in. Me and the analyst had a little cuddle and a jump around the room! Up until that point it was frustrating, when Papiss missed the chance just before," Pardew said.
“We both thought the victory had gone, but fair play to the players and the staff who were there on the day. “We kept pushing and we won," he added.
The Magpies boss was dealt a blow in the January transfer window as midfielder Yohan Cabaye was sold to Paris Saint-Germain for £20m, and Pardew failed to bring in a like-for-like replacement, instead bringing in Borussia Monchengladbach striker Luuk de Jong. But with the summer transfer window approaching, Pardew says he will get Cabaye's replacement in.
"It's fair to say that the transfer made it harder to qualify for Europe - and I don't think anyone would disagree with that - because we couldn't replace him. But that doesn't mean to say we can't replace him in the summer," he said.
"We know we have got good players here, but we do need that controller of the ball, that maneuverer, that clever player, and we will get one in the summer, for sure."
One name that has been linked with a move to the North East is Metz striker Diafra Sakho. Newcastle have been active in bringing players over from France in recent years, and with Loic Remy almost certainly heading on to a bigger club this summer and question marks remaining over the futures of Cisse and de Jong, athletic striker Sakho has reportedly caught the eye of scout Graham Carr.