Newcastle Utd boss glad to see Loic Remy back for Aston Villa win

Newcastle United's Loic Remy (centre) and Aston Villa's Ashley Westwood (left) battle for the ball
Newcastle United's Loic Remy (centre) and Aston Villa's Ashley Westwood (left) battle for the ball

ALAN Pardew was in a hurry to see Loic Remy back in a Newcastle United shirt - because he’s so slow!

Remy’s injury-time goal gave Pardew’s side a 1-0 home win over Aston Villa yesterday.

The club hadn’t scored a goal during his three-game suspension.

And Remy - who dedicated his strike to No2 John Carver’s father, who passed away earlier this month - ended a 450-minute goal drought with his dramatic strike.

Pardew felt the 27-year-old was the best player on the pitch at St James’s Park because of his ability to find time and space in the final third of the pitch.

“There were some good performances, and there were solid performances,” Pardew said.

“But none were outstanding apart from Loic, who seemed like he had more time on the ball than anyone else.

“He had a little bit more authority about his play. We need to get that into a few more in the team.

“The game seemed a little bit slower when he was on the ball - it wasn’t as frantic.

“When you get a quality player, that’s what they can do. We all watched Johan Cruyff and people like that, (Dennis) Bergkamp, who had that bronze statue (erected outside Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium).

“They can slow the game down, and he can do that.”

The odds are stacked against Remy returning to St James’s Park next season on a permanent deal, with the Queens Park Rangers forward seemingly destined to move to a Champions League in the summer.

Asked if every goal scored by the France international had made it more difficult to sign him, Pardew admitted: “I think that’s fairly obvious.

“He’s going to be hot property. He’s going to get a lot of Press, and I’m going to leave him out of the next 11 (games)!”

Speaking after the game, Remy - who struck the post in the dying minutes - insisted he had never lost faith that a goal would come.

“I never feel my chance has gone,” he said. “I always want to score or give assists, and for me until the game is finished I trust I can score.

Remy also dedicated his 12th goal of the campaign to Carver’s late father.

“That was a nice touch,” said Pardew. “As tough a week as it was, losing John for the Spurs game because of his father was a big blow to us, because just of his manner in the dressing room and having him about.

“Not having you assistant manager is a big blow.”