Pardew backs Newcastle duo after cup win against Palace

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew has praised Emmanuel Riviere and Paul Dummett after they helped see Newcastle through to the next round of the Capital One Cup last night.

An Emmanuel Riviere brace and a Paul Dummett winner in extra-time saw Newcastle beat Crystal Palace in the Capital One Cup last night to advance to the next round of the competition, and Pardew was impressed with his goalscorers.

The Magpies sealed their first win in almost a month in extra-time at Selhurst Park to give Pardew and the Newcastle fans something to cheer about, following a difficult few weeks.

French striker Emmanuel Riviere netted twice, and his goals looked to be enough to send Newcastle through but for a late goal from Palace youngster Sullay Kaikai, whose strike sent the game into extra-time.

Riviere joined from Monaco this summer, and Pardew is hoping that his first goals in English football can help him to start firing on all cylinders.

"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. We've played well in games, but not had a cutting edge," Pardew is quoted as saying in The Shields Gazette.

“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.

“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.”

The under-pressure Newcastle boss also praised match-winner Paul Dummett, after his header sealed victory, and Pardew feels that he doesn't get the credit he deserves.

“He’s a local lad, and he’s having to prove to the Newcastle public that he’s good enough. I think it’s hard for players to come through the academy system these days.

“We've signed a really good French player in Massadio [Haidara], and he gets more glamour than Paul.

“But Paul does what it says on the tin – he’s a good tackler, good in the air and getting better going forward.”

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