What's Buzzing:

Pardew hails newcomer Sissoko after Newcastle earns vital win over Aston Villa

Newcastle boss Pardew bullish ahead of Benfica clash

View photo

Newcastle boss Pardew bullish ahead of Benfica clash

Alan Pardew has lauded Moussa Sissoko after the debutant played a vital role in Newcastle's 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.

The French international, who joined the Premier League outfit last Friday, took just 19 minutes to make a mark in his first taste of the English game by setting up Papiss Cisse for the opening goal. Yohan Cabaye doubled Newcastle’s lead before halftime as the struggling side held on to secure its first away win of the season, and Pardew was delighted with the performance of his new recruit.

"When you're looking for players and you're trying to find the secret ingredient for your team, it's not always easy for them to come out as fit as they did in the first half," Pardew told reporters. "I was a little bit surprised myself if I'm honest, Sissoko really grabbed the game by the horns, and that's what we needed."

Newcastle added five French players during the January window, with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara and Mathieu Debuchy also joining, and, despite Sissoko's excellent display, Pardew feels it will take some time for the new recruits to settle in.

"The French boys certainly felt the difference between Premier League and Ligue 1. A team comes out in Ligue 1 two down, they're going to try and pass through you and create a moment, not in the Premier League, they're coming at you full steam and we got caught out there. That's where they have to learn quickly," Pardew said.

"We worked really hard this week on integrating players, they're not here to save us, they're here to help us. We had a nice night last night in the hotel, you kind of sensed that there was a good feeling amongst them all."

Follow GOAL.COM on Twitter

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
View Comments (1)
  • Venezuela coach offers to quit if it helps players' dispute

    Venezuela coach Noel Sanvicente has offered to step down if it helps the national soccer team's dispute with their federation. Fifteen players in the national team are threatening to quit unless the entire board of directors of the Venezuela … More »

    AP - Sports - 17 minutes ago
  • Real Madrid adds defender Carvajal to injured list

    Real Madrid's already undermanned defense took another hit after scans showed Dani Carvajal has a left thigh muscle injury. Madrid has been plagued by injuries, and last weekend it was without defenders Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, and Raphael Varane, … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 9 minutes ago
  • Whelan desperate for success against former club

    Whelan desperate for success against former club

    Ireland international hoping Potters can make last four for first time since 1972. … More »

    TheJournal.ie - 1 hour 15 minutes ago
  • Marin having trouble coming up with $1M cash bond

    Former Brazilian soccer federation president Jose Maria Marin is having trouble coming up with the $1 million he is to post as part of his bond on federal corruption changes. U.S. District Judge Raymond J. Dearie set bond at $15 million, including … More »

    AP - Sports - 2 hours 19 minutes ago
  • Southampton's Fonte ruled out of League Cup quarter-final

    Southampton's Fonte ruled out of League Cup quarter-final

    Southampton will be without captain Jose Fonte for the League Cup quarter-final at home to Liverpool because of a cut knee, manager Ronald Koeman said on Tuesday. The Portuguese defender required stitches in the injury picked up in the defeat by … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 22 minutes ago