Newcastle boss Pardew: It just won’t go in for Cisse

Alvaro Negredo scores the first goal for Man City against Newcastle United. Photograph by FRANK REID

Alvaro Negredo scores the first goal for Man City against Newcastle United. Photograph by FRANK REID

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ALAN Pardew feels Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse just can’t get a break up front.

The striker had a glorious chance to put the club ahead early in extra time against Manchester City in last night’s Capital One Cup tie.

Hatem Ben Arfa played Cisse in with a superb lofted pass forward, but his effort was blocked by Costel Pantilimon, starting in goal ahead of England goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Cisse’s only goal this season had come against Leeds in the previous round.

And Pardew is at a loss to explain the 28-year-old’s predicament in front of goal.

Cisse could not stop scoring after his arrival from Freiburg in January last year, but he struggled for form last season, and has been unconvincing so far this term.

“It’s a shame,” Pardew saide. “He’s an honest guy. He’s trying everything.

“He’s committed for Newcastle. It just won’t go in for him at the minute.”

On Cisse’s extra-time chance, Pardew added: “It did affect Papiss. Like any striker, they need confidence. That gets their feathers up, and they play with more exuberance.”