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Alan Pardew hails important victory for his Newcastle side
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew celebrated another late show from Papiss Cisse by almost losing his shirt and his wallet.
For the third successive match at St James' Park, Cisse left it until injury time to ease fraying United nerves by scoring the only goal in a crucial 1-0 victory over Fulham. Cisse jumped in the crowd and earned a booking for his troubles. As for Pardew, he also threw himself in amongst the delirious fans, emerging with his jacket, shirt and tie dishevelled.
"It was sheer relief," said Pardew of his exuberance.
"I was carrying all the stress of how important today's game was, so it was nice to jump in the crowd. I didn't do it intentionally, it was a moment that came into my head at the time.
"It's difficult when you do something like that. I've had a couple of occasions in the past where I've jumped in the crowd. It's just a natural thing I wanted to do at that time with the fans. It was for them really as it's not been our greatest season."
Asked if he was worried the fans would not let him go, Pardew replied jokingly: "I did check my pockets after in case one of them wasn't a Newcastle fan, but fortunately my money was still there."
The goal means Newcastle are now five points clear of the relegation zone, one that left Pardew almost unable to sum up its importance. He added: "It was a big moment, no doubt about that.
"As someone who has been in the game a while and knows the financial implications, what it means to spirit, the feeling for the fans, the implications of everything involved, it's a precious goal. You can't put a price on it, you really can't. I can't underline how important the win is, with the extra two points. They are very, very important."
Fulham manager Martin Jol believes his side are safe, but is taking nothing for granted as he said: "There are two clubs who have a problem - Reading and QPR. So it's all about the third club, otherwise the results were good for us, good for Newcastle as well.
"I don't think we're in trouble, but then 10 years ago you needed 44 points to stay up, a couple of seasons ago a club needed 42, but then five or six seasons it's been 36 points. I think you need a lot of points this year to be safe, but I think we are fine, although you never know."
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