Emmanuele Riviere will find his goal touch at Newcastle United

POWERFUL: Emmanuel Riviere in action against Manchester City. Picture by FRANK REID
POWERFUL: Emmanuel Riviere in action against Manchester City. Picture by FRANK REID

ALAN Pardew is confident striker Emmanuel Riviere will get up running in front of goal – sooner rather than later.

The striker is still looking to open his account three games into his Newcastle United career.

Riviere has found chances hard to come by so far this season.

But United manager Pardew – whose side take on Crystal Palace at St James’s Park this afternoon – is confident Riviere will soon find his feet in the Premier League.

And the first goal will be all-important to the 24-year-old, signed from Monaco this summer in a £5million deal.

“I think it’ll be a penalty, a set-play, or maybe a shot from the edge of the area or a ricochet, where we score hopefully,” said Pardew.

“I have no worries about Manu. There will be more games where he gets more room when teams start to take the front foot, or when we are behind.

“That’s when I think we’ll see the best of him.”

Powerful Riviere – who has already shown that he can handle the physicality of English football – would have opened his Newcastle account in Tuesday night’s 1-0 Capital One Cup tie against Gillingham had John Egan not put the ball in his own net.

“I think it’s important with strikers that you give them all the information you think he needs and that he knows where I think he should be,” added Pardew.

“You also want him to play with his own individual flair, so you can’t pigeon hole him too much.

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

“I don’t worry about him. He’s a good player.”

Riviere made his debut in the club’s season-opening 2-0 defeat to Premier League champions Manchester City, and he also started last weekend’s goalless draw against Aston Villa.

Riviere, who netted three times in pre-season, was frustrated in both games.

“Against Man City, I don’t think anyone expected us to go on and win that game other than hope we won it,” he said.

“We played well, but the expectation wasn’t there to win as it will be (against Palace).

“You have to remember these new players are going to be under that expectation. They were at Gillingham and they went very defensive.

“Aston Villa in the second half went very defensive and didn’t give us a lot of space.

“It’s very difficult for a No9 to score when teams pack the defence.”

– MILES STARFORTH