Papiss Cisse reflects on Newcastle United’s draw with Burnley in Premier League

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Papiss Cisse believes that Newcastle United played better in the second half than in the first against Burnley in the Premier League on Tuesday.

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has been reflecting on his side’s 1-1 draw with Burnley away from home in the Premier League on Tuesday.

The Magpies had to come from behind to earn a point from the clash at Turf Moor.

George Boyd broke the deadlock in the 34th minute with a shot from outside the box, and Cisse found the equaliser just three minutes into the second half.

Burnley were the better side in the first half and could have doubled their advantage had Rob Elliot not kept out Danny Ings’s effort.

Newcastle stepped up their game in the second half, and Cisse has now explained why they were able to do so.

"The first half and second half were very different,” Newcastle’s official website quotes the 29-year-old as saying. “We just kept kicking the ball long in the first half and made things very difficult for ourselves.

“But the gaffer changed things at half-time and that helped us get back in the game. At half-time the manager said that we had to keep the ball and play - play all the time, at every chance.

“We knew we would get back in the game by playing football rather than kicking it long, and when we did that we scored straightaway.”

Newcastle’s performance against Burnley was not one of their best of the season, and manager Alan Pardew will probably be disappointed that his players failed to beat one of the sides favourites for relegation.

However, the Magpies are still in contention for a place in the top five of the Premier League as they are just five points behind fourth-placed Manchester United in 10th.

Next up for Newcastle is a clash against Chelsea at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

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