Newcastle manager Alan Pardew believes that Papiss Cisse can now grow in confidence after netting his first goal in over five months on Wednesday night.

The Senegalese striker bagged the first goal in Newcastle's 2-0 Capital One Cup third round win over Leeds United, his first goal since April 11th.   

Cisse arrived at Newcastle with a bang scoring 13 goals in his first 14 appearances for the club following his £9million switch from Freiburg in January 2012, but last season managed only eight goals in the league.

However Pardew believes that the 28-year-old's goal against Leeds could be be an important breakthrough.

"All strikers when they are not scoring don't feel like they have done their job. Goalscorers want to score goals and he is always disappointed if he hasn't scored," said Pardew.

"He has had a few good chances in these last few games, but that was an important goal tonight - how important, we will have to wait and see.

"He had a couple of big chances before that and snatched at them, and it just goes to show where he was, really.

"Goals can settle a player down and hopefully it will because he has not been as powerful and as good as he had been."

Cisse's 31st minute header was added to by Yoan Gouffran in the second half to put Newcaslte through to the fourth round of the League Cup where they will face Manchester City.

And it was a good response to the Magpies' 3-2 Premier League defeat by Hull at St James' Park in which they twice took the lead.

"It was a super performance. I am still hurting from Saturday, if I am honest because I can see on the training ground that we have got the squad in a good place," said Pardew.

"All the guys who came in tonight have done terrifically and therefore, that compounds the result on Saturday.

"I am not going to get carried away tonight. We are in the last 16, as we should be, but it's a reminder to us that we have got to get consistency at this football club and if we have got the group below as good as that, then that bodes well."

 

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