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Alan Pardew Says ‘Thank Goodness’ For Goals

6 years ago
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Following Papiss Cisse late goal/face savers at the weekend, Alan Pardew was equally relieved to see Emmanuel Riviere at last able to trouble the scorers with two goals as well last night.

The Newcastle manager felt that the French striker may have missed his chance as despite being the away side, United were on top for much of the opening period but several chances went begging.

However, Riviere eventually finished a chance of his own making before adding a confident penalty early in the second half.

Even despite going a man down in extra time, the statistics still showed United having more possession, more corners and more shots on target over the two hours of football.

Alan Pardew after the match;

“It is funny how it goes, he (Riviere) has had lots of chances, particularly in this game. I thought first twenty minutes he was going to tap one of those in.

“It kept flying across the box and I wondered whether that was going to be a big blow to him and to us, because he needed a goal. Then he produced a goal out of nothing for himself, so that gave him the confidence and I thought he played well after that – [intlink id=”47892″ type=”post”]took the penalty calm as you like[/intlink].

“So we now have two strikers with four goals between them and thank goodness for that.”

Despite the recet=ct goals rush it is hard to see United’s Premier League odds coming down any time soon.

As for the League (Capital One) Cup, we only need to get past Manchester City before we can wonder ‘what if’, a first ever victory at the Etihad would leave Newcastle only one round away from the semi-finals.

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