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Cisse has lost confidence, says Carver

16 March 2014 12:46

Newcastle United assistant manager John Carver says Papiss Cisse is struggling with a lack of confidence, but backed the striker to respond.

The Senegalese front man has just one league goal to his name this season - a penalty - and has often found himself out of favour, with Loic Remy or Shola Ameobi frequently preferred to lead the Newcastle attack.

Cisse made just his ninth league start of the season in Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Fulham before being withdrawn with 20 minutes remaining.

But Carver, who was deputising for Alan Pardew in the manager's enforced absence through a stadium ban, believes the goals will come.

"When you're a goalscorer, all (of them) play on confidence," he said.

"At the moment Papiss' confidence is down, only because he hasn't been scoring goals. What is pleasing is that he keeps in positions to start scoring.

"If you think back to two seasons ago, he could've had his own programme on goal of the season, some of the goals were out of this world.

"He has worked, it would have dead been easy for him to sulk because he hasn't been in the team but he has worked extremely hard on the training ground, he has done really well.

"Good goalscorers when they get confidence they hit the road, maybe he needs a scruffy goal."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
22 March 2014
Game week
31
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 0
Venue
St. James' Park (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
Attendance
51588

Goals

P. Cissé 90'+4
(assist by H. Ben Arfa) 
1 - 0

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Substitutes

# Player Bookings
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23
22
15
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21
27
# Player Bookings
46
17
31
11
12
19
26

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Premier League table

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14 3 -1 2
15 3 -2 2
16 3 -3 2
17 3 -3 2

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