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Pardew hoping for more from Cisse after sealing City tie
HEAD BOY: Papiss Cisse opens the scoring in last night’s win over Leeds United with his first goal for Newcastle in five months
NEWCASTLE UNITED were handed a last-16 date with Manchester City in the Capital One Cup last night and manager Alan Pardew acknowledged the role striker Papiss Cisse had in setting up the date.
Senegal international Cisse ended a five month personal goal drought in a Magpies shirt to put Newcastle on track for a routine 2-0 victory over Leeds United in the third round at St James' Park.
The 31st minute opener was followed up by a sublime second from Yoan Gouffran in the second half to tee up a home date with City, who beat Newcastle 4-0 on the opening day of the Premier League season, in the week starting October 28.
Pardew hopes the victory over Leeds will prove to be the catalyst for more goals from Cisse, who has been struggling for form while his wait to find the net went on since April.
“Papiss had a couple of big chances before that and snatched at them,” said Pardew. “Goals can settle a player down and hopefully it will.
“He has not been as powerful and as good as he has been. All strikers when they are not scoring don't feel like they have done their job.
“Goalscorers want to score goals. He is always disappointed if he has not scored goals. He has had a few good chances in the last few games. How important this will be we will see.”
Having been drawn against Manchester City in round four, Pardew, who has not lost a cup tie at St James' during his time in charge, said: “It was a home tie. I have 100 per cent at home in the cup.”
Pardew made six changes to the Newcastle team which lost to Hull City in the Premier League on Saturday and was keen to see some of his squad players impress. Sammy Ameobi, who set both goals up, and left-back Paul Dummett were singled out.
The Newcastle boss said: “It was a super performance. I am still hurting from Saturday if I'm honest. I can see on the training ground we have the squad in a good place.
“All the lads came in and did terrific. We are in the last-16 as we should be. It is a reminder that we have to get consistency at this football club. If we have a group below as good as that then that bodes well.
“I don't really need to talk it up, the real highlight is Dummett and Sammy. We have had Paul since he was nine and Sammy since he was 14. There's a route to the first team here and there's nothing better than getting locals on the pitch. I'm pleased for them both.”
It is a big season for Ameobi, 21, with his manager keen to see him break more often on to the first team stage. He has hinted he could be moved on next summer if he fails to.
Pardew said: “Sammy created both goals. That's his best position on the left, he gives us a natural left foot, about more width on that side.
“There are moments where he has to improve his final decision, that comes with experience. There's no doubting his talent and he showed that. It is difficult for local players to get in the team, they have to really push on.”
Forty-eight hours before last night's cup tie, Newcastle officials attended a fans forum and details of the meeting were revealed yesterday.
At the forum a club panel including secretary Lee Charnley and finance director John Irving insisted that owner Mike Ashley has “no intention, desire or ambition” to sell the club. It was claimed he has a five-year plan to establish Newcastle in the top ten of the Premier League.
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