Cisse's future at the Stade Velodrome has been in doubt after losing his place in the team and being targeted by the boo-boys. But he thanks his team-mates - and the fans - for their support during the tough times.

"I wasn't doubting myself, so that goal won't help me," he said. "The result of hat match is the fruit from my work. I have experienced a great moment. I thank my team-mates who have backed me, he added.

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Surprisingly he also had good words for the Marseille supporters, sections of which have jeered him in recent weeks after a poor run of form, which led him to state only yesterday that if the abuse continued he would seriously consider whether it was worth staying at the club.

"The fans have been exceptional," the former Auxerre man continued. "They motivated me when I was training and when I was playing. Winning a semi-final in a crazy stadium is a big boost. It is better than being booed!"

Marseille are set to face fellow Ligue 1 top six side Sochaux in the final, a match which Cisse promises will be a cracker.

"It will be a great final between two teams that play attractive football," he declared. "I came to Marseille to win titles.

"I hope that we will win this Coupe de France. I can't wait to be there."

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