Newcastle's Papiss Cisse: West Brom were not trying to play

Newcastle United could only pick up a draw against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has told the Chronicle that West Bromwich Albion were not trying to play football against them.

West Brom drew 1-1 with Newcastle at the weekend and Cisse was not too impressed by the Midlands side's style of play. 

Cisse says that Albion were more interested in sitting back and soaking up pressure than trying to get the win and he believes that made it difficult for his side. 

“It was not an easy game to play because West Brom stayed back a lot and weren’t really trying to play," he said. “That didn’t make it easy for us but to get one point is positive because when you have lost eight games in a row you cannot go on like that."

This sort of statement is nothing new to West Brom boss, Tony Pulis, who has generally been criticised for his rudimentary brand of football.

Pulis is brilliant at making his team organised and robust, but his preferred style is not always the most easy on the eye.

It seems to be effective for Albion at the moment, though, and while they continue to get results it is unlikely to change.

West Brom have climbed away from the relegation zone in recent months and, despite Cisse's criticism, Newcastle would benefit from showing as much solidity as Pulis' men.

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