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The Magpies frontman scored a goal reminiscent of a famous strike from his predecessor as the club's No.9 against Southampton but played down the pair's similarities

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has played down recent comparisons with the club's legendary former No.9 Alan Shearer.

The Senegal international's wonderstrike during Saturday's 4-2 win over Southampton has been hailed as similar to a famous goal notched by Shearer against Everton in 2002.

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However, Cisse says he cannot yet be mentioned in the same breath as the Tyneside outfit's all-time top goalscorer.

“The Chelsea goal is at the top of my list. But this one is up there, too," he told reporters. "It was a very difficult goal for me to score.

"A few people could score a goal like this — but Chelsea was very difficult to do. For my goal against Southampton I saw the ball come over Jonas Gutierrez and I went to play for the second ball.

“After the ball came to me, in my head I just thought ‘shoot’. I knew it was a goal. It was a nice feeling, I’m happy. But it is not magic.

“I am a Muslim and I said ‘Thank you, God’ once it had left my boot and went in. I haven’t scored too many goals this year. It’s difficult for me sometimes but maybe it’s coming.

“I have seen Alan Shearer’s goal against Everton on TV. It does not come into my mind. Alan Shearer is the big man. I’m not Alan — I try sometimes but Alan is the big man.

“I have never met him. But all of the time I see him on TV he talks well about me when I play good.”

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