Papiss Cisse finally opened his account, with Yoan Gouffran adding his second goal of the season as Newcastle managed their way past Leeds 2-0 on Wednesday night.
Playing a rare home game in the Capital One Cup, Newcastle made sure the fans went home happy, as they applied constant pressure in the first half. Cheik Tiote and Vurnon Anita played well in the midfield, getting the ball into attacking positions. Paul Dummet was able to show off some of his skills in the early going, but to no avail.
That was until the 31st minute when a superb cross from Sammy Ameobi found Cisse, whose thunderous header found the back of the net to put the hosts up 1-0. The goal hopefully will give Cisse some confidence, as earlier in the first half he badly misplayed two shots in one sequence and took a shot from a terrible angle during another.
Leeds was not without their attacking options however. Matt Smith in particular was dangerous all night long. However, Leeds' biggest threat came in the fifth minute when Ross McCormack spotted Tim Krul off his line and tried a shot from distance that went off the crossbar.
The second half saw a tense affair until Gouffran was able to put away a superb shot to make it 2-0. He gave himself a slight touch to give himself the slightest of room between himself and the defender and then unleashed a rocket in the 67th minute. The goal would give the hosts much-needed breathing room, and they were able to steer home a needed result.
Sammy Ameobi assisted on both of Newcastle's goals.
Newcastle find themselves in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup, which is sure to be a happy site after Saturday's loss to Hull. The Magpies are next in action at Everton in the Premier League.