Papiss Cisse has appeared 21 times this season for Newcastle with three goals, and on-loan striker Luuk de Jong so far has six appearances with no goals for the Magpies, so our two strikers today against Crystal Palace have just three goals between them in 27 total appearances.
Papiss Cisse – scoring penalty against Stoke
So that tells us that both strikers are due some goals, and maybe Newcastle can prove today that they can still score goals without Loic Remy or Yohan Cabaye in the side.
Certainly that is what Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is hoping for, as he had this to say in the Chronicle today:
“We are struggling to score goals without Loic Remy, especially since Yohan Cabaye left as well.” “It really is a process where we are looking for somebody to step up and get the goals.”
“There will be no Loic this weekend, so we really need Papiss, Hatem, Luuk and Yoan Gouffran to come up with the goals.” “We are definitely not a one-man team, but he has given us a little bit of a spark.”
“That is what was missing at Fulham, that spark, and we need it to come from other areas.” “We have real flair in the squad. “When we were on the terrific run, some of our flair players were not involved so much, like Sylvain Marveaux and Ben Arfa, but now might be an opportunity for them.”
As we mentioned yesterday Palace have scored only 19 goals in 29 games in the league this season, so it could be that we need only a single goal today to capture all three points, and we couldn’t care how we score, as long as we can get the win today.
It would be good if Luuk or Papiss or Yoan or Hatem or Moussa can score, but we’d take an own goal today to get all three points.
Of course we’d like to see a good performance from the lads, but a win is what we really need this afternoon to ignite the season, and stop it from petering out and becoming meaningless.
And we still have 27 points to play for, after all.
Howay The Lads!!