St.Mirren (a) Friendly
Sammy Ameobi made
progress down the left before laying the ball off to Papiss
for the Wonga-clad striker to neatly curl home a right footer from inside the
"We scored two fabulous goals. Without being derogatory to St Mirren it could have been three or four by half-time. We were terrific. At the start of the second half we were too. We had some great performances tonight.
striking transfer targets:
"We will pay what we think is the right price. Weíve done that ever since we have been here. We have always managed to get somebody over the line (even if it was Shefki Kuqi....) and I think we will this time.
"They are all very much on the radar and we will pursue them
until we get them.
"All strikers need to score goals. It gives them that added confidence. It was a fabulous goal and I was very pleased with it. He was under a lot of pressure. We love him and we embraced him. He worked so hard.
"That was a reflection of it all last night because you donít
score a goal like that without working hard. Fair play to him because he
hasnít been around the group this pre-season.
"I was disappointed for Dan (not to join Palace). I
thought it would have been a terrific move for him. Sometimes as a
manager you want players to progress. It can be difficult. It is difficult
for him to get into the first team here Ė it really is.
"Young Adam Campbell looked lively when he came on and he is a player we are more than aware of.
always interested in quality players. It was telling when Conor came on
for Newcastle and got a standing ovation from the fans. That shows how
well thought of he is up here. He wears his heart on his sleeve and is the
type of player we are looking for.
Papiss Cisse marked his return to action with a typical finish to put United ahead in Paisley on Tuesdayevening, before Mathieu Debuchy added a second against the SPL side.
Fielding a starting XI showing nine changes from that which won at Blackpool on Sunday, Alan Pardew's side began brightly and Cisse shot wide in the third minute after unexpected inclusion Dan Gosling teed him up.
Gosling again was the provider after 18 minutes, when Hatem Ben Arfa found himself confronted only with Buddies 'keeper David Cornell. However he dallied momentarily on the ball and the chance was lost.
Within a minute United were ahead however thanks to a cracking finish from Cisse. Ameobi was instrumental in that goal and soon caused problems on the Newcastle left again - only a fine fingertip save from Cornell denying Gosling with a headed effort.
More goals looked inevitable with the Saints barely able to get out of their own half and starved of possession for long periods and Debuchy quickly doubled their advantage.
In fitness terms, Cisse looked like he'd never been away and seemed happy and relaxed, signing autographs for fans before the restart. On the field for just over an hour and acknowledging applause from the away section, he had two further shooting chances but was unable to make either count. He was also never given offside.
Equally frustrated in front of goal was Gosling, who was playing in an advanced midfield role and saw one effort deflected away, narrowly fail to reach an inviting low centre and then bounced another wayward shot off the roof of the adjacent indoor soccer dome.
With the usual string of substitutes seeing the game lose any cohesion, the home side were belatedly glimpsed as an attacking force in the closing stages and Sean Kelly headed over when well placed in the 81st minute.
Other than that though, the biggest cheers of the night from Saints followers were directed to former loan duo Paul Dummett and Conor Newton, making a first playing return to Paisley.