The last two games for Newcastle has certainly seen an uptick in form, with one draw in the league and a win in the League Cup last night at Crystal Palace, and in both those games the Newcastle players have shown great courage and not a little guts.
A serious looking Alan Pardew last night
This is what Alan Pardew has told the press today:
“I think it’s important for the team that strikers score because it gives you belief. Those four goals might be the most important goals we score all season.”
“It’s a tough game to go to Stoke on a Monday night but we’re in good shape for it.” “It’s so important that strikers score. I think we’ve played well in games, Premier League games.”
“We should have beaten Aston Villa but we haven’t had enough cutting edge – people were starting to question that so it’s nice that Manu got us off the mark with those two goals.”
“They were very important goals for Manu. I was getting worried at 30 minutes or whenever it was because there was a few big chances for him across that box but then he produces something out of the hat so that will give him great confidence.”
“It gives the team confidence and it was nice that he took the penalty, so it’s four goals from our two strikers in our last two games.”
We are hoping that Papiss Cisse, Tim Krul and Yoan Gouffran will all be available for the trip to Stoke City on Monday night, when we really need to pick up something from that game, and hopefully a win.
The three players did not make the trip to London for last night’s game, because they had been hit with a virus.
And it’s really good that both our top strikers Papiss Cisse and Manu Riviere have both hit two goals in the last two games, and we are going to need that goal scoring prowess if we are to pick up points at Stoke and Swansea in our next two games.
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