Last Updated: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 05:13
Alan Pardew has challenged Papiss Cisse to rediscover his killer touch in front of goal after he helped Newcastle defeat Leeds 2-0.
The Senegal international powered home a 31st-minute header to send the Magpies on their way to a 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.
"All strikers when they are not scoring don't feel like they have done their job," Pardew said. "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."
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