ALAN Pardew hailed striker Emmanuel Riviere after the summer signing finally got off the mark for Newcastle United.
Riviere scored his first two goals in English football in last night’s 3-2 extra-time win over Crystal Palace.
Paul Dummett’s 112th-minute winner booked a fourth-round tie against Manchester City, who beat Sheffield Wednesday 7-0.
Riviere, signed from Monaco in the summer, had gone six games without scoring.
And Pardew had admitted after last weekend’s 2-2 draw against Hull City that the 24-year-old wasn’t ready to carry the weight of the club’s goalscoring burden.
But he cancelled out Dwight Gayle’s first-half penalty with fine goal before the break, and he converted a spot kick himself early in the second half.
Sullay Kaikai equalised, but Dummett kept the club in the cup.
Newcastle have had problems at both ends of the pitch this season.
But with fit-again Papiss Cisse having netted twice against Hull, and Riviere now up and running, Pardew is hopeful those “issues” can be overcome.
“Anyone who has seen us play this year will know that it’s been the top of the pitch that’s been an issue for us,” said Pardew.
“We’ve played well in games, but not had a cutting edge.
“Papiss scored two goals, and now Manu has scored two goals of his own, and that should be a massive confidence boost for the team.
“You’ve got to have belief you can score, so to get four goals from our strikers is really important.
“I’m so pleased for Manu. He’s worked tirelessly for the team without getting a goal, so that will be a massive lift for him.”
United – who beat Gillingham away in the second round of the competition – will take on Premier League champions City late next month.
“It’s a tough game,” said Pardew.
“Man City’s third team is pretty strong, so we’ll have to give it a good old go when we get there.”