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Yoan Gouffran | Forward

Team: Newcastle United
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/25/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 168

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Newcastle United end their season heading in the wrong direction by falling to Liverpool 2-1 as Alan Pardew is likely one foot out of St. James' Park.
The good news is, Newcastle did get a goal today. The bad news - it was an own goal by Liverpool's Martin Skrtel that supplied it. To be fair, Yoan Gouffran made a nice run down the left and sent a precarious cross in, but it was Skrtel's 3rd OG of the season that got the Toons the early advantage. However, their conventional attempts in attack were not too threatening and all hope was lost when Shola Ameobi was double-booked and sent off for dissent following a Liverpool goal. Paul Dummett would see red as well late in the match, as it seemed the Magpies wanted off the pitch before the whistle blew. May 11 - 12:23 PM


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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has tipped Yoan Gouffran to challenge for one of the two central striking roles this season.

So here we learn that 1) Pardew is planning to play more with two strikers this season, and that 2) Gouffran is in line for one of those spots. Considering that Papiss Cisse is really the only other option at striker, and that Newcastle's strength should be in it's midfield with the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa and the emerging Haris Vuckic, it remains to be seen if this is the best tactical shift.
Fri, Jul 26, 2013 09:27:00 AM