Goalshy Newcastle United look for a ‘break’ up front

MORE SIGNINGS? Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
MORE SIGNINGS? Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
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MANAGER Alan Pardew says Newcastle United just need a “break” in front of goal to kick-start their Premier League campaign against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Pardew’s side have not scored in either of their two league games so far, losing 2-0 to Manchester City and picking up a point from a goalless draw at Aston Villa. An own goal saw them see off Gillingham in the Capital One Cup.

And the Magpies’ boss is desperate for his team to get off the mark in Saturday’s St James’s Park clash.

But the 53-year-old feels one goal might not be enough to take all three points.

Newcastle’s lack of a cutting edge up front is a concern.

However, Pardew – who hopes to welcome back Jack Colback from injury against the Eagles – said: “I just think we’ve kind of shown real solid team performances in the three (games) without really getting a break on goal.

“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 the Tynesiders.