Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse responds when asked if he's looking to prove a point to Alan Pardew this weekend

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The 30-year-old endured a mixed time working under the Magpies' former boss.

Papiss Cisse has insisted that he is solely concentrating on helping Newcastle get three points against Crystal Palace on Saturday rather than thinking about trying to prove a point to Alan Pardew, the Chronicle reports.

The Eagles boss was the man who brought the Senegalese forward to St James' Park. And while the 30-year-old enjoyed a lightning start to life in the Premier League - scoring 13 goals in just 14 games following his move in January 2012 - his time working under Pardew mostly failed to capture the imagination as he was gradually given a more limited role in the side.

But ahead of the crucial game between the Magpies and Pardew's current club this weekend, Cisse has claimed that he is not out to make a statement to his old boss. 

"We have talked about that, I was talking with Cheick Tiote about it but really it’s another game for us," he told the Chronicle.

"We turn up to play and take three points."

While Cisse has hardly been prolific this season - scoring just three goals in the league - he appears to have been given a new lease of life under current Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez.

It was his goal that sparked the comeback against Liverpool last weekend, and he will be hoping that he can get on the scoresheet in their next clash as United attempt to drag themselves away from danger in the league. 

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