Alan Pardew held his press conference this afternoon for the game at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday, and he said something that the fans already know has to happen – we need to start scoring some goals in the absence of our top scorer Loic Remy.
John Carver and Alan Pardew
If Newcastle can beat the fourth bottom club at home on Saturday, that would give us three wins in the last four games – 9 points from four games, which is not too bad at all.
This is some of that Alan had to say this afternoon:
“We’re struggling for goals without Loic and he is not even our player.” “We really need Papiss, Luuk (de Jong) and Gouff (Yoan Gouffran) to come up with the goods.”
“It was a little bit frustrating.” “It’s difficult to assess the mood in the stadium, and it’s difficult to asses the mood of the players.” “And in terms of the result as well, it was a disappointing fixture for us.
“I spoke to John Carver about what I thought from where I was, and he more or less agreed.” “But I’ve got full confidence in John Carver. We think very much along the same lines.”
Hatem Ben Arfa is in the squad for Saturday’s game, and we are hoping he’ll be fit enough to at least be on the bench for the game – and he’s likely to get a run out in the second half if he makes the bench.
Hatem has the skill and guile to be able to unlock any defense, and he may be needed on Saturday.
And we’re not stretching the truth when we say both Luuk de Jong and Papiss Cisse are playing for their future careers on Tyneside, and we need them both to start scoring some goals.
And Yoan Gouffran could chip in with a few goals too, to add to the seven goals he has already scored this season, and he looked sharp enough at Hull, and was unlucky not to score in that game.
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