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Pardew Thinks Goal From Penalty Or Ricochet Is More Likely Than Emmanuel Riviere Scoring

7 years ago

Alan Pardew has let us all in on his secret methods of coaching Emmanuel Riviere.

The Newcastle manager thinks his centre-forward is in ‘good shape’ but will be seen at his best when United go behind or when other teams come out and attack Newcastle.

Pardew told the Northern Echo that he isn’t expecting much from Riviere against Palace because they will defend in numbers but he has told the striker where he wants him to be during today’s match (…in front of the goal kicking that round thing into the net would be a good start).

While it is far too early to judge any player, Pardew is clutching at very thin straws when he talks of Riviere being cheated out of a goal because the Gillngham player stuck it in the net first on Tuesday.

As for the manager pinning his hopes on a penalty or ricochet today…

Alan Pardew;

“Gillingham were very defensive, Villa went very defensive second half, it’s very difficult for a number nine to score when teams pack the defence. I think this (Palace game) will be difficult fro Riviere because it will be the same.

“I think it will be a penalty, set play, or maybe a shot from the edge of the area, or a ricochet where we hopefully score.

“I have no worries about Manu (Riviere), there will be more games where he gets more room, when teams start to take the front foot or when we are behind, that is when we will see the best of him.

“I think it is important with strikers that you give them all the information you think they need, and that he knows where I think he should be on Saturday.

“I think he is in good shape and of the Gillingham lad didn’t score the own goal, Manu had a tap in so he was a bit unfortunate there.”


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