Pardew Believes Newcastle Need Two Goals Minimum Against Palace
The Newcastle United manager is bemoaning his luck in front of goal and Alan Pardew claims that all his players need is one break and the goals will flow.
Pardew has already said that his team have done well in two thirds of the pitch in the opening two Premier League matches, however it is that tricky last third which is where games are won.
Most fans now seem to accept that while the club have made some credible signings this summer, the failure to bring in a main striker could create serious problems if not addressed in the last few days of the transfer window.
In his comments below, Pardew thinks it likely that Palace will get at least one goal and so believes his goal shy players will need at least two.
Palace have scored five goals so far with one in each Premier League defeat against Arsenal and West Ham, whilst Dwight Gayle scored a hat-trick on Tuesday night to send Palace through into round three of the League Cup at Walsall’s expense.
With only Gillingham’s own goal to show for four and a half hours of football so far, Newcastle are desperate for a natural goalscorer to give the team a main focus.
However, if Newcastle don’t shift any of the players who they clearly want rid of, is there any chance of Mike Ashley agreeing to pay the price that would potentially deliver that quality striker?
“I think we have shown real solid team performances in the three game so far – without really getting a break in front of goal.
“So many times we could have got a break tonight and we could have had a second or third goal but it didn’t happen for us.
“I’m hoping to get a break on Saturday, we just need one.
“It would be nice to score two or more goals on Saturday as the way Palace play, they are quick on the break and you sense that they could score.
“So it could mean we need to get two or three goals so that is what our focus must be.”
Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and our current top goalscorer, ‘own goal’, supplied the three goals and three points in one of the most comprehensive wins last season at Palace.
Whilst at home, United were very fortunate to win it with a late late goal from Papiss Cisse.
So last season’s goalscorers (apart from OG) against Palace won’t be around this Saturday.
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