Confidence of Newcastle striker Papiss Demba Cisse is not a problem

Papiss Cisse: Newcastle striker's confidence isn't an issue

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Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew believes the confidence of striker Papiss Demba Cisse has not been a problem this season.

The Senegal forward scored 13 times in his first 14 games in the Premier League last season but has yet to score in the league this term.

His goal in Thursday night's Europa League victory over Bordeaux followed up last week's effort in the Capital One Cup and prompted Pardew to speak out about his striker.

Pardew said: "We all worry and especially the media worry more about his confidence than he does.

"It's pretty sound, his confidence."

Meanwhile, Pardew believes the expectations on winger Gabriel Obertan are too high.

Obertan could face his former club Manchester United for the second time in over a week on Sunday.

Pardew added: "I think people's expectations of him are too high because they want to see him race past the full-back every time.

"If he did, the full-back would know what he was going to do, so he has to mix his game up."