Newcastle win puts Europpean football in their grasp

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Updated: April 7, 2012

Senegal striker Papiss Demba Cisse kept Newcastle in the hunt for a top four finish as his brilliant brace clinched a 2-0 win over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Friday.

Cisse has proved an inspired signing by Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, who paid £10 million to sign the unheralded forward from German club Freiburg in the January transfer window, and he underlined his growing value by firing the Magpies into fifth place.

Newcastle are now just two points behind fourth placed Tottenham after the 26-year-old struck once in each half to take his goal tally to nine in eight matches.

If Cisse can maintain that kind of prolific form, Newcastle, who have won their last four matches, could still clinch a surprise place in the Champions League.