Newcastle Utd’s Gouffran targets cup run

Papiss Cisse (left) celebrates his goal with team-mate Yoan Gouffran
Papiss Cisse (left) celebrates his goal with team-mate Yoan Gouffran

YOAN Gouffran says Newcastle United’s players are targeting a cup run this season.

Gouffran netted in last night’s 2-0 Capital One Cup win over Leeds United at St James’s Park.

Alan Pardew’s side will face Manchester City at home in the next round of the competition.

Newcastle’s hierarchy this week told supporters at the inaugural Fans Forum meeting that the Premier League was the over-riding “priority” for the club.

But Gouffran is adamant that the team can challenge for a top-10 place in the league – and attack the doemstic cups.

“We want to get out there and try to win some silverware,” Gouffran said. “That’s what we’ll do – we want to get as far as we can.”

Papiss Demba Cisse opened the scoring in the 31st minute with a powerful header.

Leeds came out strongly early in the second half, and Gouffran’s 67th-minute strike, his first at St James’s Park, effectively settled the game after a nervy period.

He took a pass from Sammy Ameobi with his back to goal, turned and beat Paddy Kenny from 20 yards with a fierce right-footed effort.

The 27-year-old said: “I’m very happy – it was a nice goal to score.

“It was my first home goal at St James’s Park, so I’m really chuffed. It was an important goal.”

Gouffran is hopeful his performance will earn him a start against Everton at Goodison Park on Monday night.

“That’s why I’m here – I came to play,” he said. “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.”