Newcastle boss Alan Pardew saluted matchwinner Papiss Cisse after his brace secured a 2-0 victory over Liverpool.
It was a day to relish for Pardew as Cisse, the man he bought for less than a third of what the club raked in for Andy Carroll - who endured a torrid afternoon upon his return to St James' Park, took his tally to seven goals in as many games.
Pardew said with a smile: "His English isn't great - I think he's only had one lesson since he's been here.
"We had Africa Day at the training ground on Friday with the food, that probably helped him. He had some curried goat and maybe that was why he was fuelled up."
Asked about the vastly differing fortunes of Cisse and Carroll, Pardew said: "I felt for Andy, I did. He's a terrific lad and he's having a tough year. But he will come back.
"On our side of the coin, Cisse was terrific, and long may that continue."