Cisse - Chelsea strike my best

Newcastle hitman Papiss Cisse has named his wonder-strike against Chelsea as the best goal of his career to date.

The 26-year-old Senegal international took his tally for the Magpies to 13 in just 12 appearances with a match-winning double at Stamford Bridge, the second of them a truly memorable stoppage-time volley from an outrageous angle.

Cisse told the Shields Gazette: "It was a wonderful goal. It was the best goal of my career - I was so happy to score it. When the ball came to me, I was only thinking about scoring. It was an instinctive finish."

The striker added: "I was also pleased with my first goal. It was important for the team. It was a good evening for me and the team.

"I came to the Premier League to show my quality, and everything is going well. I'm enjoying my football - everything is good on and off the pitch."

Magpies boss Alan Pardew insisted he would not settle for his team finishing fifth in the Barclays Premier League after the Stamford Bridge victory kept them in the hunt to qualify for the Champions League.

Cisse's brace keeps them level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham. It also moved them to within a point of Arsenal and all but ended their opponents' top-four hopes

Newcastle have not qualified for the Champions League since 2002, and Pardew said: "It's not often in a professional career that you get an opportunity to actually break into the top four in this country. We've been in and around it all year, we've touched fourth placed and touched third a couple of times. We're going to give it everything.

"If we miss out, it'll still have been a phenomenal season and I'm looking forward to the highlights video because some of the goals have been unbelievable, they really have."