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Newcastle star explains his special goal celebration

Yoan Gouffran ran to the bench after scoring his first goal at St James' Park against Leeds.

The Frenchman's second half strike secured a 2-0 win for the Magpies ensuring progress into the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.

Gouffran has now scored five goals for the Toon since his January move to Tyneside from Ligue One outfit Bordeaux.

The 27-year-old turned to the bench after beating Leeds keeper Paddy Kenny with a shot on the turn. 

The reason - former Coventry youngster Gael Bigirimana.

"I ran to see Bigi," Gouffran told the official website.

"Bigi is someone I get on with really well. He always encourages me to shoot so I wanted to go to him and say thanks for believing in me."

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Bigirimana, 19, is a real character in and around the dressing room and Gouffran's words a testament to the youngster's positive influence.

Gouffran has been battling for a starting place with Papiss Cisse this season - and he's hoping last night's goal would give manager Alan Pardew another option to think about.

"That’s why I’m here – I came to play. Last season I started every match. This season it’s been a bit more difficult, but I’m not giving up. I will go out and give 100 per cent," he added.

What are your thoughts on Yoan Gouffran's impact at Newcastle? What does the future hold for Gael Bigirimana?


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