Newcastle have come in for a lot of criticism this week for their poor attacking performance at QPR on Monday night.
John Carver and Alan Pardew supervise training
Newcastle were under the cosh from almost the first minute of that game, and we have to hope the lads make a much better start to the game tomorrow, than they have in most of their previous games this season.
But manager Pardew seems confident enough that Newcastle will soon show more of their attacking prowess, and of course the Londoner would love that to start tomorrow.
In their five games this term, Newcastle have conceded only two goals, but on the other hand they have scored only five, so that record points to where the strengths and weaknesses are with the Newcastle side, at least at the moment.
But the forwards must have been impressing in training as Alan Pardew seems fairly confident that Newcastle’s attack will soon show up:
“There have been question marks about our attacking play, our strikers and our wide men,”
“I think that is a little bit unfair, and we will show over the next three or four games that we have a lot more attacking options, and our attacking players will contribute more in terms of opening up defences and causing a bit of havoc.”
“We are hoping to start that on Saturday.” “We had a tough choice with the goalkeeper, and he has done particularly well, but the discipline of the squad is the key and our defenders have really been on top of their game,”
“Where we sit right now is of huge dependence on them, but we want to just change that a little bit, take some pressure off them and get a couple of goals here and there.”
Yes it would be nice to score a goal or two, and the closet the lads came to scoring on Monday night, was a great turn and shot by Leon Best in that first half, that was very well saved by goalkeeper Paddy Kenny.
And we are hoping that Demba Ba can come through soon too, and the Senegal striker hasn’t been prominent much this season, although of course there’s still plenty of time for him to get those goals.
And it will be good to have Ben Arfa back for the Carling Cup tie at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday evening.