Alan Pardew hailed young guns Sammy Ameobi and Paul Dummett as Newcastle United moved into the last 16 of the Capital One Cup with last night’s “super” defeat of Leeds United.
Pardew had called on his team to respond to the defeat of Hull City and they did that by defeating Leeds courtesy of goals from Papiss Cisse and Yoan Gouffran, a win that teed up a meeting with Manchester City – avoiding Sunderland who will be at home to Southampton.
And he welcomed the prospect of a home tie in the fourth round and was delighted with the way his team performed against Leeds. He hailed his two homegrown heroes for their contribution to the victory.
He said: “It was a super performance. I’m still hurting from Saturday, if I’m honest. I can see from the training ground the squad is in a good place and that compounds the result on Saturday.
“I’m not getting carried away, we’re in the last 16 as we should be. It’s a reminder that we’ve got to get consistency and if the group below the first team is as good as that, it bodes well.
“The real highlights were Sammy (Ameobi) and Paul (Dummett). We’re really pushing those two to see if they can crack a regular first-team spot. They did terrific.
“I think Sammy was playing in his best position (on the left-hand side). He gives us some natural width.
“There were moments where he has to improve his final decision but there’s no doubting his natural talent, which was shown.” Manchester City gives Pardew the chance to come up against the team that beat United 4-0 on the opening day of the season, a result the Newcastle manager felt was unfairly highlighted.
“It’s a home tie and I’m 100 per cent in the cup at home,” he quipped.
United were indebted to an opening strike from Cisse, his first for 11 games, for the win.
Pardew felt it was a timely strike from the Senegal striker, who had been struggling for confidence. Gouffran added a second.
“The goals can settle a player down and hopefully it will. He’s not been as powerful as he should have been,” he said.
“I think all strikers when they’re not strikers feel like they haven’t done their job. He’s always disappointed if he hasn’t scored and that was an important goal. How important, we’ll have to wait and see.
“They were two fantastic goal, both made by Sammy (Ameobi). Gouff’s goal was as good as I have seen at that end.
“It was a great game and I was very impressed with both sets of supporters. The Gary Speed chant was one of the best moments of the season so far.”