ALAN Pardew is building from the back at Newcastle United – but he’s still looking for more attacking intent from his side.
Pardew’s side – who take on Fulham at St James’s Park tomorrow (kick-off 1pm) – kept clean sheets in their opening two Premier League games.
But the flipside to their defensive resilience has been a lack of opportunities at the other end of the pitch, with Newcastle having not had a shot on goal in their season-opener against Arsenal.
And bar Ryan Taylor’s free-kick winner against Sunderland, United hardly troubled keeper Simon Mignolet.
Clearly, Newcastle need another striker, something Pardew’s desperate to address between now and the end of the transfer window.
In the meantime, the team must make the best of the goalscoring opportunities that come their way and that means keeping more clean sheets.
Captain Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor were outstanding against Sunderland and Arsenal and Pardew is hopeful of another strong defensive performance against Martin Jol’s Fulham.
“It’s very important not to concede goals,” Pardew told SportMail “We’ll get more creative and flamboyant as we go on, but the first priority is to stop goals going in.
“We were very resolute defensively in our first two league games and hopefully we can continue that against Fulham.”
Shola Ameobi is a doubt for tomorrow after Pardew has revealed the striker has a “slight knock”.
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