You can never criticize the terrific work rate of 24 year-old French striker Manu Riviere, and he removed a (big) weight from his shoulders last night with his first two goals for Newcastle in a short 12 minute span of the game.
Manu Riviere delighted after scoring penalty
His first goal was dispatched from just outside the penalty area with his left foot, and then he scored with Newcastle’s first penalty of the season 12 minutes later in the game.
And when he was replaced after 80 minutes, he was given a tremendous send-off by the travelling Newcastle fans, who made themselves heard last night, and that kept our players’ spirits high throughout the game.
Alan Pardew was a relieved man after both his strikers has scored a brace in the last couple of games:
“Anyone who has seen us play this year will know that it’s been the top of the pitch that’s been an issue for us,” “We’ve played well in games, but not had a cutting edge.”
“Papiss scored two goals, and now Manu has scored two goals of his own, and that should be a massive confidence boost for the team.”
“You’ve got to have belief you can score, so to get four goals from our strikers is really important.”
Before the game, we had out doubts as to who could score last night, and even before his first goal after 36 minutes Manu had just failed to connect with a couple of low crosses coming over from either wing.
Riviere is certainly well-built and he’s a physical type of player who works hard up front, and he had scored a couple of good goals in pre-season.
Those two goals last night in what was a very good win for the side, will give the Frenchman lots of confidence – and maybe he can get us a goal at the Britannia Stadium next Monday night against Stoke, when we also hope to see Papiss Cisse fit to start at least on the bench in that game.
It was a heartening display by Newcastle last night and the players worked their socks off for the cause.
It’s always difficult to criticize them when they do that, and it was a good result for us – every win is very important for the side at the moment.
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