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Newcastle’s Lack of Goalscoring A Big Concern

8:21 pm, Saturday, March 15th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

We know it’s always difficult to know what would have happened if certain players had been playing for the Magpies this afternoon at Craven Cottage, but we missed a two or three very decent chances to score when it was still 0-0, and if Loic Remy had been available we dare say they would have been goals, and the embarrassment and disappointment of losing to Fulham – who had seven losses and two draws in their  previous nine game, wouldn’t have happened.

dejagah scores for fulham

Ashkan Dejagah after scoring the winner after 68 minutes

But of course it did – and the four games that Loic Remy has missed this year – three games suspended and on out injured today (and Loic’s out for the next two games unless he makes a miraculous recovery), we’ve failed to score.

So when Loic Remy is not playing, it’s getting a little worrying that Newcastle find it difficult to score goals

And yes, we should have had a penalty in added time – but it didn’t happen – and we lost to bottom of the league club Fulham by a 1-0 scoreline, with a goal Tim Krul maybe should have saved – or at least that’s what we thought when Fulham scored.

Papiss Cisse had two efforts well saved by goalkeeper David Stockdale, who was the hero for Fulham, and Luuk de Jong even rounded the goalkeeper but still couldn’t  hit the net.

And as we said – if Loic had been playing we’re sure Newcastle would not have gone without scoring this afternoon.

This is what manager for the day John Carver had to say at the final whistle about Papiss Cisse, who has just three goals in 20 appearances  for Newcastle this season:

“At the moment Papiss’ confidence is down because he hasn’t scored goals.” “The pleasing thing is that he keeps getting in the positions to score. If he’s not doing that then we’ve got an issue.”

“It would have been dead easy for him to sulk and be unhappy because he hasn’t been in the team, but he has worked extremely hard on the training ground, doing extra work at the end.”

“If you think back to two seasons ago he could have had his own program on Goal of the Season. Maybe he has to do a little bit more.”

Those are good words from John, and we don’t blame Papiss one bit because he’s still putting in the effort – no doubt about that.

We don’t know what’s happened to Papiss, other than he’s completely lost his confidence and to think he started his career at Newcastle two years ago with 13 goals in his first 14 appearances.

At the moment the Senegal striker cannot buy a goal.

With Shola Ameobi and Loic Remy leaving Newcastle this summer, and Papiss Cisse and Luuk de Jong failing to score goals, Newcastle may have to bring in up to three (or even four) strikers this summer.

We hope Chief Scout Graham Carr has some strikers lined up for the summer transfer window, and our chances in the next two games don’t look too bright.

The games are at home to Crystal Palace and then away to Southampton, and if we cannot score goals in the absence of Loic Remy, we may not get much out of the next couple of games.

We suppose there could be a miracle and Loic recovers from his calf injury before next Saturday – so there’s always hope there we suppose. :D

But it just shows how important Loic Remy has been to Newcastle United this season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Coaching · Loic Remy · Luuk de Jong · Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse · Premier League



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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 manxpie // Mar 15, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    manxpie // Mar 15, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    did i call you a racist?!

    it’s just that you stuck up for the very obvious scum!

    but btw you did call me a muppet!

  • 2 toonking // Mar 15, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    yo-yo 85

    think that’s bad imagine if they were in charge of the youth.

    saylor was first then it was sammy now it’s dummetts turn and next it will likely be armstrong. it’s as if they expect things to happen right away so armstrong will likely have only 5 games to score before he is classed as rubbish

  • 3 Sliema // Mar 15, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Rex is a total c**t

    That’s all I wanna say today ;-)

    Goodnight to all you sane people.

  • 4 Sliema // Mar 15, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Rex is a total cnut.

    That’s all I’d like to say today.

    Goodnight to the sane people. ;-)

  • 5 manxpie // Mar 15, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    nice post from sammi

    Samuel Ameobi ?@Sammy_Ameobi 59m
    Congrats to @AdamArma9 on his debut today…quality talent! #future

  • 6 toonking // Mar 15, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    manxpie
    “all the pardew bashers say he isn’t good enough for this club but he has put up with the nightmares of every manager possible
    and still got us 5th and a quarter final and currently 9th after spending – (yes thats minus) 45 million!

    but yeah lets take a punt on a foreign manager
    thats wat fulham swansea west brom n cardiff have done!!”

    i’ve always liked the song “patiences”
    it gives me the thing i need most when i am following newcastle.

  • 7 manxpie // Mar 15, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    sliema well said but supposedly i’m starting an argument after being called a muppet for bringing that to the attention of a certain person!!

  • 8 manxpie // Mar 15, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    toonking my thoughts of you have dropped isn’t that a take that song lol?

    but patience is the right thing no matter wat anyone says but the owner has to spend the money at the right time and gamble in the right way

    so far he’s gambled in all the wrong ways!

  • 9 yo-yo // Mar 15, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Yes, I’d want 15-20 mins at least as an impact sub.
    Unless yer Strolla of course.
    Was Carver fiddling while Rome burns ?

  • 10 yo-yo // Mar 15, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    toonking

    I’m also thinking LDJ may need 10-15 matehes to settle as I reckon he’s proably got a reasonable shot on him once he gets the EPL pace right – as well as having the holdup role but guess he’ll come in on cheap wages if he’s got say 4-5 assists but no goals. at the end of the season. Then he’d be 4th choice striker when Shola goes. I’d like him to knock in 2-3 and 4-5 assists though. We can be very demanding on players.

  • 11 toonking // Mar 15, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    i guess you dislike take that?

    newcastle fans- have a little patience “grrrr why do i follow newcastle” lol

    your right with the owner he has went too far and now he needs to spend loads of money in the summer. He can do panic buying so he is capible of spending lot in the summer.

    owner spends lots then if pardew doesn’t do good next season the question marks can rise on his head.

  • 12 toonking // Mar 15, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    yo-yo
    The problem dejong has with this team is we don’t have the wingers IMO.
    HBA just too greedy
    marvo not got the work rate to play this league
    sammy still adapting to the wing role
    gouffran was a forward
    sissoko CM

    it all goes into the same problem as the rest really mike needs to spend loads this summer.

  • 13 Belfast // Mar 15, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    They were not Carvers subs, Percy has been pulling the strings in the background.

    Shola first sub tells you all you need to know.

    Either way the tactics and subs were shite, who ever was making them.

    And fair play to the fulham manager for playing the young kid up front in their situation.

    Pardew should take note.

  • 14 manxpie // Mar 15, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    belfast so why hasn’t shola came on in ages when pardew was on the touchline??




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