The KC Stadium

Next Game

Hull City v Newcastle

Saturday, 31 January 2015, 12:45

Barclays Prem

St James' Park, Newcastle

Last Game

Newcastle 1 - 2 So'ton

Saturday, 17 January 2015, 17:30

Barclays Prem

Pardew issues Cisse challenge

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew challenged Papiss Cisse to rediscover his killer touch in front of goal after seeing him end an 11-game drought.

Last Updated: 26/09/13 at 15:00 Post Comment

Papiss Cisse: Ended goal drought against Leeds

Papiss Cisse: Ended goal drought against Leeds

The Senegal international powered home a 31st-minute header to send the Magpies on their way to a 2-0 Capital One Cup third-round victory over Leeds with his first goal since April 11.

Cisse announced himself on Tyneside in style when he plundered 13 goals in his first 14 appearances for the club following his £9million switch from Freiburg in January 2012, but his recent barren spell had proved hugely frustrating.

Pardew said: "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.

"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."

Big moment

Cisse's big moment came 14 minutes before the break when he made the most of good work by youngsters Paul Dummett and Sammy Ameobi by beating keeper Paddy Kenny with a bullet header.

However, Newcastle had to wait until the 67th minute to put the game beyond the visitors when Yoan Gouffran accepted Ameobi's pass and turned defender Scott Wootton before blasting home an unstoppable shot.

It was just what Pardew had asked for to exorcise the ghost of Saturday's 3-2 Premier League defeat by Hull at St James' Park in which his side had twice taken the lead.

He said: "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.

"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."

The Magpies' reward for their efforts was another home tie in the fourth round, but a daunting one after they were paired with Manchester City.

Pardew said with a smile: "Well, it's a home tie. I am 100 per cent at home in the cup."

Meanwhile, Pardew applauded both sets of fans for chanting Gary Speed's name as the game entered its 11th minute.

He said: "I was really impressed with the two sets of fans - that Gary Speed moment was one of the highlights of the season."

Certain penalty

Leeds boss Brian McDermott was pleased with his team's performance, and was convinced they should have had a penalty after a coming together between Fabricio Coloccini and Matt Smith.

He said: "Their [first] goal, from their point of view, was a little bit of quality on the left-hand side and maybe we needed to do better in that situation, but it was a good header, and their second goal was a great finish.

"Having said that, at 1-0 Matt Smith was bundled over in the penalty area and I think because he is a big lad, the ref didn't give it. But it was a certain penalty, there's no doubt about that."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

he thing is, footballers are role models, and children are influenced by them. I watched the Chelsea game with my 6 year old, and at school the next day she stamped on Emre Can.

megabrow (cufc)
Diego Costa: The Patron Saint Of S**thousery

Y

et again Barcelona try to convince the world that they only play the most virtuous of football. I've never seen a team so willing and able to dish out lumps but feel so self-righteous that no opposition player should ever have the audacity to tackle them.

charsmatcengma
Enrique hauls Neymar to safety

I

d love to see a United v Liverpool FA cup final. It would certainly fit the narrative. Obv I'd want the ending to be one of an O.G. and tears as he collects his runner-up medal.

GVMUFC
Gerrard Constantly Searching For That Final Hurrah

Footer 365

Eden Hazard: 'Chelsea need Diego Costa'

Eden Hazard admits Chelsea 'need' Diego Costa as he faces a three-match ban for a stamp on Emre Can on Tuesday night.

Copa del Rey: Luis Enrique says Neymar had to be substituted against Atletico Madrid to prevent injury

Luis Enrique says he had to substitute Neymar to prevent him from being injured in an ugly cup tie with Atletico.

Capital One Cup: Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino pleased to overcome challenging tie with Sheffield United

Mauricio Pochettino dedicated Tottenham's Capital One Cup semi-final triumph over Sheffield United to the fans.

Mail Box

But Biting Doesn't Hurt Like Stamping...

There are Liverpool fans arguing that Luis Suarez is nowhere near Diego Costa's sh*t-house league but we have plenty of love for the agitator too. Oh and Spurs...

Erm... Balotelli To QPR..?

It's an afternoon Mailbox that offers the reaction to the reaction, with a defence for Diego Costa offered, and Balotelli mooted to move to QPR. Plus a silly idea about the Mails...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company