Cisse brace lifts Newcastle level with Chelsea

NEWCASTLE boss Alan Pardew hailed a “champagne” display after a 3-1 win at West Brom hoisted them level on points with fifth-placed Chelsea.

Striker Papiss Demba Cisse scored twice and the outstanding Hatem Ben Arfa grabbed the other, with Shane Long replying for the Baggies, who lie 14th in the Premier League.

“Today it was champagne stuff,” said Pardew. “We’ve been phenomenal all year, the players have worked so hard and deserve all the plaudits they get. With players like we have [in attack] you’re going to score goals.”