Newcastle United will need goals to beat Crystala Palace says Alan Pardew

BACK IN MANAGEMENT: Neil Warnock
BACK IN MANAGEMENT: Neil Warnock

ALAN Pardew says one goal will not be enough for Newcastle United to beat his old club Crystal Palace.

Pardew’s side are yet to score in the Premier League so far this season and Newcastle’s manager is desperate to get off the mark in Saturday’s game at St James’s Park.

But the 53-year-old, having seen Neil Warnock appointed as Palace manager, is wary of the Eagles.

United go into the game on the back of Tuesday night’s 1-0 Capital One Cup win over Gillingham.

While there have been positives from Newcastle’s opening three league and cup games, the lack of a cutting edge up front is a concern for supporters, who feel another striker is needed.

However, Pardew – who hopes to welcome back Jack Colback from injury – just feels United need a “break” in front of goal.

“I just think we’ve kind of shown real solid team performances in the three (games) without really getting a break on goal,” said Pardew.

“So many times we could have got a break (against Gillingham) and got a second goal or a third goal. It didn’t happen for us.

“We’re hoping, on Saturday, that we get a break, as it would be nice to score two or more goals.

“The way Palace play, and how quick they are on the break, you sense there’s a possibility they could score, so it might mean that we do need to get two or three goals.

“That’s what our focus must be.”

Summer signing Emmanuel Riviere is likely to again lead the line for United.

Meanwhile, Warnock has returned to Selhurst Park to succeed Tony Pulis, who walked out of the club earlier this month.

Pardew had a feeling an appointment would be made before the game at St James’s Park.

Former Hartlepool United winger Warnock has signed a two-year contract with the Eagles.

– MILES STARFORTH