Cisse's disallowed goal is a mental blow, says Newcastle boss Pardew

The Magpies manager has claimed that his players will be mentally affected by the strikers' ruled-out strike as they aim to avoid relegation with just two games left to play
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has admitted that Papiss Cisse's disallowed goal against West Ham in their goalless draw on Saturday will have a negative affect on his players.

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Cisse's shot was cleared at the last moment by Hammers defender Winston Reid and was adjudged to have not crossed the line by the linesman, despite replays suggesting that the ball may have done so.

The Senegalese striker also had a goal disallowed for offside in Newcastle's 3-0 defeat by their bitter rivals Sunderland, and Pardew has admitted that such decisions were proving to be a "mental blow".

"Unfortunately, I've had a season where most incidents have gone against me," he told reporters.

"It would have been massive for us to get a goal against West Ham.

"I'm still smarting from the Sunderland goal that we got to make it one-all.

"We've got to try and keep our minds together so that we can ride all of that and get through the season. It's a bit of a mental blow."

Newcastle, who are just three points above the drop zone, will play their next match against already relegated QPR before a tough clash against top-four chasing Arsenal on the final day of the season.