First Goal Weighs Heavy On Riviere's Shoulders

Last updated : 30 August 2014 By Footy Mad - Editor

The first goal will be all-important to the 24-year-old, signed from Monaco this summer in a £5m deal ... and we could do with a couple against Crystal Palace this afternoon.

Alan Pardew: “I think it’ll be a penalty, a set-play, or maybe a shot from the edge of the area or a ricochet, where we score hopefully.

“I have no worries about Manu. There will be more games where he gets more room when teams start to take the front foot, or when we are behind.

“That’s when I think we’ll see the best of him.

“I think it’s important with strikers that you give them all the information you think he needs, and that he knows where I think he should be.

“You also want him to play with his own individual flair, so you can’t pigeon hole him too much.

“I think he’s in good shape, and if the Gillingham lad didn’t score the own goal, Manu had a tap in, so he was a bit unfortunate there.

“I don’t worry about him. He’s a good player."