Newcastle looked the better of two rather ordinary-looking sides at Villa Park this afternoon in the 0-0 draw, and the Magpies carved out three decent chances – the last one coming to Siem de Jong with just two minutes to go – but we just couldn’t score – for the second game running.
Paul Lambert and Alan Pardew today
Alan Pardew thought Newcastle controlled the game, and did enough to win, and he had this to say to BT Sport at the final whistle:
“Yeah, I think so,” “I thought we had really good control of the game – particularly in the second half. We absolutely dominated, but couldn’t find the moment.”
“When you get a lot of new offensive players, they’re so keen to do well. You could almost see Remy Cabella trying too hard to force the moment.” “You can’t really do that in football – you have to let the moment come to you.”
“I’m pleased with the team. I think there’s a good solid base to it. We know we need to threaten with goals and that will win us games. There were a lot of good signs again, but we haven’t scored yet and that will be hanging on us.”
“Whether we can get another body in or even two before the window shuts, I don’t know, but I think there will be some movement – maybe one or two going out as well. We’ll see.”
There have been reports that Newcastle would like to bring in another striker and a center-back, and the first two games have probably shown those are two players we need – especially a guaranteed goal-scorer.
But whether we can get one through the door before September 2nd, we don’t know and it may be difficult.
However, we’re almost certain that Pardew will be pushing Charnley and Ashley to bring in at least a top striker over the next nine days.
What do you think?
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