Newcastle assistant manager John Carver has backed striker Papiss Cisse to embark on a scoring run after heading the Magpies to a last-gasp victory over Crystal Palace.

Cisse had failed to score since January 4th and managed to get on the end of Hatem Ben Arfa’s cross. In fairness, Cisse should have put us ahead earlier on in the match when he somehow directed his header over the bar.

Carver, deputising for the banned Alan Pardew at the post-match press conference, said: “When Hatem came inside, I thought he was going to shoot, but he had the sense to stick it on Papiss’ head and he probably took the hardest chance, because it came quickly.

“Of all the chances he had today, he guided it past the goalkeeper, and there’s nobody more pleased for him than me.

“Last week, we didn’t create a great deal, but the two chances fell to Papiss. I said after the game last week how hard he does work on the training ground to put that right, and he certainly did that today.

“He’s not going missing, he’s not hiding and sometimes you can when you are lacking in confidence.”

Carver added on Cisse “You’d like to think so. There are only eight games left, so if he goes on a run from now until the end of the season, he’ll have had a good season, I think.

“I’d like to think so. He is a confidence-type player and you know what strikers are like, if they get one goal, sometimes they get two, three, four goals, so hopefully.”