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Pardew – We Need Our Strikers To Come Up With The Goods

4:43 pm, Thursday, March 20th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 19 Comments

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.

carver and pardew

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.

Comments welcome.

Note: Lewis Williams is in his final year at the University of West London (UWL) studying for a BSc (Hons) in Construction Management, and he is busy on his dissertation on Site Waste Management Plans and he has a survey he needs filled out.

This survey is for anyone who has been part of a construction project (past or present) that used some form of waste management on the project. See if you can help him with they survey here.



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19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ibizatoon // Mar 20, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    What about Shola?

    Moving on though, it’s good to know that Pardew & Carver are on the same wavelength. We’d be in serious trouble otherwise!

  • 2 guvnor // Mar 20, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    The geezer states the bleeding obvious.

  • 3 guvnor // Mar 20, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    All the transfer windows and nobody of any note has signed because he’s having a laff old Ashley the geezer isn’t interested if the Toon win anything as long as he makes the wonga.

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Mar 20, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Ibiza,
    Lol, Yes we’d be right up sh!t creek without Michels and Cruyff calling the shots, they’ll be known as the inventors of ‘turtle football’

  • 5 Ibizatoon // Mar 20, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Jail…Sometimes you just have to step back and appreciate how wonderful things are.

    I mean, if you look at Pardew, Carver or Ashley by themselves it’s a little depressing, but as a unit, wow. What isn’t possible?

  • 6 Ian Toon // Mar 20, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Ibiza- to conclude our chat of yesterday. Why would I wish to be embroiled in a synthetic argument when my time can be spent in a more respectful environment.

    Your not at all like your Irish mate, who is constantly seeking attention- hence his immature behaviour. He was booted out by the Huff Post before he started posting-LOL- simply because of his lack of emotional intelligence in dealing with subscribers.
    Described as ” behaving as if he was doing us a favour”. He talks a good game but simply can’t deliver on a number of fronts.
    I am not prepared to give him a platform to elevate his standing. Ask yourself can everyone be wrong. I’ll sign off and wish you the best.

  • 7 bob // Mar 20, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    The clubs going know where with these in charge.

  • 8 beermonkey // Mar 20, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    so with pardew saying 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

    does that mean ldj is ours then

  • 9 Ibizatoon // Mar 20, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Ian…Thank you for reminding me, I forgot to come back on and respond last night, my apologies, it certainly had nothing to do with the beer.

    I cannot answer your first question, as it doesn’t apply to me nor can i think why you would.

    I thought we had moved on to footballing matters anyway? I don’t understand why my Irish mate, Ciaran, is of interest to you? Is it simply a question of you think his views and approach need to be dealt with?

    I have no knowledge of his involvement or being “booted out” by the Huff post, so I’m not making the connection as to why it’s relevant to mention to be honest.

    You mentioned yesterday, that you regret (or something to that effect) not making contact with me last year, but it was to protect yourself. Please rest assured it was never an attempt to try and figure out who you were, I provided a made up email address myself for blog purposes. I was merely trying to move this tired subject off the blog.

    Anyway, I’ll check back and respond to your football comments from last night .

  • 10 bob // Mar 20, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    I hope not!

  • 11 Ian Toon // Mar 20, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Ibiza – Clearly you didn’t see his random abusive post last night.

  • 12 Average_Contents // Mar 20, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Bet HBA gets on for the last 15 minutes then gets anvearful for not tracking back! Fcuking joke of a sub, waste of time at least give him a half instead of saying he isn’t fit coz he’s been injured/compassionate leave so missed a week’s training yet colo’s out for month n waltzes straight back into the team! I know he’s the captain but come on Pards you puppet

  • 13 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 20, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Ibiza…Ibiza I beginning to think I could coach this team. As manager I would of course just put the spot on my forwards for not scoring enough and if all else fails I would put on Marv and Benny and blame them :)

    All along I will rest assure that everyone else on here will blame Ashley (he hired we for Christ sake ;) )

    You guys are mad…mad I say! ;)

  • 14 Ginger // Mar 20, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Can no longer get on the blog on my android phone? Is anybody else having this problem?

    On a side note it’s pretty hard for our strikers to score with nothing being created for them. Our midfield consists of a striker and three defensive midfielders.

    Not to mention that Cisse is lacking a ridiculous amount of confidence and De Jong can’t kick a ball properly.

    I’m hoping they either find their feet or we drop them and give others a chance (For example, Adam Armstrong.)

  • 15 Sazzer // Mar 20, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    If you look at the two teams that have scored most goals this season both of them have two playmaking box-to-box players combine with 4 quality offensive players.

  • 16 Ibizatoon // Mar 20, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Ian…Just re-read last nights post…

    Only thing I will say on the beginning subject is you say you have no personal vendettas and no wish to get involved in synthetic arguments, but then say you’re “not prepared to give him a platform to elevate his standing”. It would certainly seem you are more interested in this than you’d like to admit, for whatever reason.

    I hope the next 18 months go well for you and whatever it is you’re doing is successful.

    Now, to practice what I preach…football!

    I would say the key part of your post was “I have a deep and strong love of our football club and that will not change.”

    I like to think that almost everyone on this site feels that way, otherwise, why would they be here or let things effect them the way they do?

    As for “clueless and ego driven”, are we talking about Ashley? :)

  • 17 Ibizatoon // Mar 20, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Ian…I did not see his random abusive post?

    I haven’t checked, but I would hazard a guess (does the inclusion of “hazard” make this a football related post?) that he noted you mentioning him in your post to me first?

    Wouldn’t that be abuse in response rather than random abuse?

  • 18 BeeGuy // Mar 20, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    The only way H B-A gets on the pitch is if he plays striker. NUFC have no one behind him with the defensive skills to cover for his gaffs on the wing. He is worthless in the middle, as he is too selfish with the ball. Take a seat, lad, and hope Santon or Remy comes back, if they are not being held out because they are already sold.

  • 19 malfuriousp // Mar 21, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Long long time reader, first time poster!!

    Any thought as to what kind of service the strikers are getting from midfield? has to be a big problem if they can’t get the ball to the strikers so they actually have chances. I haven’t had the luxury of watching too many NUFC games on the tele where I am (Ontario, Canada) – but what’s the main problem here? Strikers aren’t getting into right positions? Poor touches? Bad decisions? No service?

    I was able to watch the Fulham game last week and really wish I hadn’t… Dire football.




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