NEWCASTLE boss Alan Pardew insists there is no need to question Papiss Cisse's confidence after seeing the striker help fire his side to the top of Europa League Group D.
The Senegal international fired just his second goal of the season early in the second half of a 3-0 win over Bordeaux at St James' Park last night.
Cisse expertly clipped Shane Ferguson's cross from the left past goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso.
Pardew later revealed that confidence has never been an issue for the man who scored 13 goals in his first 14 Premier League games for the club.
He said: "We all worry and especially the media worry more about his confidence than he does. It's pretty sound, his confidence.
"It was a fantastic goal, by the way. The technique to swivel and score like that was of the top level."
Shola Ameobi's 16th-minute strike gave him a 13th European goal, although it was Gabriel Obertan who deserved the plaudits after setting him up with a superb run and cross.
The second goal arrived five minutes before the break when Brazilian defender Henrique could only turn Danny Simpson's cross into his own net as he desperately tried to intercept it, and the points were safe within four minutes of the second half starting when Cisse produced his fine finish.
Pardew said: "It just all fell for us tonight. The goals were at good times and it worked for us."