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Newcastle United striker urged to follow Torres example

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has suggested goal-shy striker Papiss Demba Cisse should look no further than to Chelsea's rejuvenated Fernando Torres for inspiration.

The Toon's number nine has yet to find the net in this season's Premier League and appears to be running low on confidence during a dry spell in-front of goal.

Cisse was presented with a good opportunity in extra-time of Wednesday's Capital One Cup clash against Manchester City at St James' Park, when he sprung the offside trap only to see his effort blocked by Costel Pantilimon.

City went on to win the match with goals from Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko but Pardew is backing Cisse to rediscover his goalscoring touch sooner rather than later.

"I think it affected Papiss, that particular chance," the Newcastle manager told nufcTV.

"He always gives everything for us but that seemed to hurt him, that he didn't take that chance. He wasn't quite the same after that. But that's what it's like for strikers and he's got to keep going.

"And if there's ever an example of coming out of this spell, it's Torres who's suddenly come alive. We've got to hope that happens for Papiss."

Despite being knocked out of the cup, Pardew was happy with a display in which several of his players put in good shifts against the title challengers.

"I think individually it was an important night for a few people," he added.

"Moussa (Sissoko) needed a good performance and he played well, Vurn (Anita) played well again and I thought that Massadio was terrific against (Jesus) Navas who's £30m or whatever he is.

"It's a shame we lost him. Bless him, since he's been here it's been one thing after another and it must be so frustrating for him."

Newcastle are next in action in the Premier League on Saturday, when they welcome Chelsea to Tyneside. The Magpies currently sit 11th in the table.

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