Strikers are there to put the ball in the back of the net, but what happens is that they also miss chances, and for the 206 goals Alan Shearer scored for Newcastle in a short ten years, he missed a lot of chances too.
Loic Remy – we didn’t see this on Saturday – unfortunately
And that’s what happened on Saturday with our top scorer Loic Remy, he missed a couple of gilt-edged chances, one in the first half and one in the second half, and if he had taken those two chances – then Newcastle would have own the game, it’s as simple (or as complicated) as that.
Alan Pardew has essentially said that in today’s local press:
“I suppose it’s a sign of where we are that we’re disappointed that we didn’t win,” “But they’ve got great quality – on the bench as well.” “The two players that didn’t make the starting line-up – Lallana and Schneiderlin – made a difference in the second half.”
“But it was a great game of football. I think our fans had their money’s worth.” “For us, in a tight game like that with no Yohan Cabaye, and you get two big chances like Loic had, you expect to score both.”
“That’s the difference. That’s why we didn’t win.” “I thought Loic played well, but those two chances can make a big difference.” “I thought it was a terrific game.” “We had a hold of the game, they had a hold of the game, we got a grip back.”
“I’m pleased in a lot of respects that our momentum goes on, because it was a great performance in a lot of ways.”
But you cannot be too hard on Loic Remy, who has been great for us this season so far with 8 goals, although a certain Yoan Gouffran now has six goals this season, and a goal in each of the last four games, and is creeping up on Loic in the goal-scoring chart.
Maybe Loic can be in his best form next Saturday at Selhurst Park, and he will need to be if we are to get the win, because that is another tough game against an in-form Crystal Palace side under new manager Tony Pulis, who has never been relegated in his management career.
What do you think?
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