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Cisse 'respects' Pardew

Papiss Cisse and Alan Pardew have reaffirmed their mutual respect in the wake of the striker's angry reaction to be substituted during Newcastle United's 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

Cisse cursed as he left the pitch with the score at 0-0 and barely acknowledged his manager on the way to the dugout, where he continued to rant.

The 27-year-old was replaced by Shola Ameobi, who went on to score a vital winning goal that ended a run of only one victory in seven for Newcastle.

Afterwards, Cisse took to Twitter to express his regret at the outburst, tweeting: "Sometimes frustration is bad. I respect my manager and his decisions. Great win for the club and let's hope we can do the same in the next two big games."

Pardew was also keen to play down the incident, even praising Cisse's reaction to the disappointment of being taken off.

"Papiss just wants to play well," he said. "He loves Newcastle and the fans love him. That showed in his and their reaction when he was subbed. I have no problem with that. It's not a bad thing, it's a good thing."

Newcastle's fans appeared to side with Cisse on the matter by meeting his substitution with boos.

Pardew's decision was ultimately vindicated by Ameobi, but he nevertheless understands the supporters' feelings.

He added: "I think the boos were a nice moment for him [Cisse]. He seemed to walk off very slowly when he came off. You can't ask for more from our fans with the run we have been on. They have really showed their patience."