Gouffran targeting Capital One Cup glory with Newcastle

The Frenchman scored against Leeds United as the Magpies secured their passage to the fourth round, and believes the competition is a great opportunity to win silverware
Newcastle forward Yoan Gouffran has set his sights on Capital One Cup success after scoring against Leeds United in the third round.

The striker added to Papiss Cisse's opener to secure a fourth-round clash with Manchester City, and the Frenchman sees the competition as a great opportunity to win some silverware with the club.

"In France the League Cup is not well thought of by fans or the teams or the players,” he told the North East Chronicle. "Often a reserve team is put out in these competitions.

"Here, though, with the way the league is we want to get out there and try to win some silverware. That is what we will try and do. We want to get as far as we can."

Having played a prominent role in Newcastle's end-of-season run last season, the January arrival has been afforded just one start this term - but is confident of further chances after scoring on Wednesday.

"That is why I am here - I came to play," he continued. "Last season I started every match. This season it has been a bit more difficult but I am not giving up.

"I will go out and give 100% so I can play the next game."

The 27-year-old was particularly delighted to grab his second goal of the season in front of the home crowd as he seeks to banish the memory of a clumsy miss against West Ham on the opening day.

"I am very happy - it was a nice goal to score," he explained "It was my first home goal at St James' Park so I am really chuffed.

"It was an important goal. It allowed us to go two goals clear. We had to do the work and we did a great job out there.

"I had already put that [miss against West Ham] to the back of my mind, I had to. I scored a goal at Villa two weeks ago.

"Sometimes a player misses a chance, but you have to keep your chin up and get out there. That is what I did last night."