Lack of Newcastle goals no concern for Pardew

The Magpies were held to a 0-0 draw by Aston Villa on Saturday after being beaten by Manchester City but, despite Emmanuel Riviere's early struggles, the manager is calm
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew refuses to panic despite his side failing to score in their opening two Premier League fixtures.

After going down doggedly 2-0 to Manchester City in their first game, the Magpies were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw at Villa Park on Saturday.

Newcastle looked the more likely throughout and had late chances through Siem de Jong and Ayoze Perez to snatch a win but Mike Williamson's dismissal in stoppage time stemmed their late attacking intent.

Emmanuel Riviere, meanwhile, again cut a frustrated figure up front but Pardew believes that new arrival from Monaco has what it takes to succeed in England's top flight, telling the press: "He's got a good record.

"In pre-season we were all thinking he's going to kick off straight away but he's had two games and he's hardly had a chance. I think he had one left-footed chance, which isn't his stronger foot, today so I do feel that he's going to score goals for us.

"Young Ayo [Perez] came on and unfortunately had to be sacrificed when we lost [Williamson] but I think we've got goals in this team.

"It doesn't really overly concern me [that we haven't scored] but, at the moment, that's going to be put against us as we stand."

Pardew hinted that he expects a few players to leave St James's Park before the transfer window shuts, with Hatem Ben Arfa most likely to depart after being frozen out of the first-team picture so far this term.

However, the 53-year-old has Cheikh Tiote in his plans and is looking forward to the Ivory Coast international returning to the fold after recovering from a hamstring injury.

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