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If a certain lager manufacturer did Newcastle United debuts they would not be able to better the one enjoyed by Papiss Demba Cisse, whose stunning strike in front of the Gallowgate End was the highlight of an impressive all-round display from the new Number 9.

Generations of Geordies have dreamed of scoring a goal like his with the club’s iconic shirt on their back, as Cisse chested the ball down on the edge of the area and sent an unstoppable left-footed shot flying into the top corner.

As a young boy growing up in Senegal, Cisse probably had rather different dreams and aspirations to those born and raised on Tyneside and indoctrinated with tales of Newcastle’s famous number 9s, but this was still the perfect start for the £10m January arrival from Freiburg.

It was not just his goal that had the home fans buzzing. A willing worker, he put England’s Darren Bent to shame in that respect as he hustled and bustled the Aston Villa defenders, he is quick and dangerous and turns sharply in both directions with the ball at his feet.

Most importantly of all, like Bent, he clearly knows where the goal is. It was not just the power of his shot in the 72nd minute, it was the placement.

The ball never looked destined for anywhere but the most unreachable corner from the moment it left his boot, yet he can shoot just as well with either his left or right.

Having decided to leave him on the bench, Alan Pardew’s was pressurised into giving Cisse his debut after only 14 minutes because of an injury to Leon Best and the standing ovation that greeted him sent a shiver down the spine for all those who understand what comes with the number he has taken.

“He is the right age for the jersey, he’s not a novice and has been honed in the Bundesliga, said Pardew. “You need to have a good start here with that number on your back, which is what he has had.

“From the first moment he touched the ball when he turned away from a defender he showed what a good player he is. The goal was something special, Boys Annual stuff and not bad for his weaker foot.

“I think our supporters will be nudging each other because they can see we have got a good one.”

Cisse has some way to go before he is as prolific in English football as Bent, although he out-performed a player who cost £14m more when he moved to Villa from Sunderland just over 12 months ago.

Twice Bent was sent in on goal and twice he was denied by Newcastle’s bright young goalkeeper Tim Krul, the first when he spread himself and blocked with his chest, the second when the striker’s shot lacked power and he saved with his legs.

“We created enough chances to win the game,” said Villa manager Alex McLeish, who claimed Stephen Ireland’s non-appearance for the second half was due to an ankle injury and not because midfielder had sworn at him on the touchline.

“Four or five of those have fallen to Darren Bent and he is the man we would want them to fall to, but Tim Krul was in fantastic form.”

This was not just a manager trying to put a brave face on another defeat. Villa were, particularly in the first-half, the better side and even after Cisse’s strike it took a superb late save from Krul to keep out substitute Gary Gardner’s header.

Yet, Newcastle continue to defy their detractors, even with a midfield – in the absence of Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote – with the exception of Gutierrez, most people would have only expected to see line up for the reserve team.

“It’s not rocket science what Newcastle do,” added McLeish. “They have a great team and work ethic and they are the ideal example of what we are trying to achieve here.”

The Scot, who was subjected to chants of “you don’t know what you’re doing” from the travelling fans when he replaced Charles N’Zogbia with Emile Heskey in the second-half, just wished all his players shared the same willingness for hard work.

He praised N’Zogbia for his part in their goal in first-half stoppage time, a surging run down the left and perfect cross for Robbie Keane to score his 150th league goal in English football, but then admitted the Frenchman “does not do it enough.”

That goal came in the stoppage time added while Ryan Taylor was carried off the pitch after Stephen Warnock studs had connected with his ankle.

Had Demba Ba’s sharp finish – his 16th of the season – not diverted attention away from the Villa full-back, Warnock would almost certainly have been shown a straight red card as both feet were off the ground with studs showing as he tried to prevent Taylor passing to the striker.

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