Last Updated: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 11:33
Papiss Cisse has warned Benfica he is back on the goal trail as he attempts to fire Newcastle into the Europa League semi-finals.
The Senegal international has scored in four of his last six games to take his tally for the campaign to 12 but, with chances starting to arrive in greater numbers, he is confident of improving on his series of single, if often decisive, strikes.
Cisse said: "Absolutely. I have been getting a lot of chances, I have been lucky enough to score one in matches and I think this will improve my mentality and improve my concentration.
"If I keep working hard, hopefully I will be able to come out with a brace or a hat-trick."
Cisse and his team-mates headed into arguably the biggest week of their season to date on the back of a 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Fulham, which arrived courtesy of the frontman's injury-time winner.
They face derby rivals Sunderland at St James' Park on Sunday in a game which could either ease them clear of the fight for top-flight survival, or plunge them back into the relegation picture.
That, coupled with Thursday night's European showdown, represents a key four-day spell for the Magpies, but it is one they are relishing.
Cisse said: "It's exciting, really exciting for us. Of course there is pressure, that's absolutely normal and understandable, but players just want to get out there and play."
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