Analyzing Loic Remy's Performance vs. Cardiff City

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 5, 2013

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 31:  Loic Remy of Newcastle United is seen during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Fulham at St James' Park on August 31, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Loic Remy was determined to pull Newcastle out of their Premier League slump on Saturday against Cardiff City, scoring twice in the first half to lead the Magpies to a 2-1 victory over the Bluebirds, per BBC Sport on Twitter:

Remy scored two goals in a span of eight minutes to bring an end to Newcastle's two-match Premier League losing skid, help his club pick up three points for just the third time this season and take home Man of the Match honors.

After Saturday's explosive effort, Remy, who was brought over from Queens Park Rangers this summer on a season-long loan, can surely be classified as a worthwhile addition for Newcastle. The 26-year-old Frenchman has now scored five goals over his past three Premier League appearances and is proving to be one of the most dynamic forwards across England.

NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10:  Loic Remy of Newcastle United is unvailed to the home supporters ahead of a Pre Season Friendly between Newcastle United and Braga at St James' Park on August 10, 2013 in Newcastle, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty I
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On Saturday at Cardiff City Stadium, Remy was active throughout and fantastic at applying pressure on the Bluebirds defense. He would finish with five shots, 25 percent of his squad's total. More importantly, four of Remy's strikes hit their target, while the two that made it past Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall proved to be the two biggest plays of the match. 

Remy, who scored six goals in 14 appearances with the Hoops in 2012-13, has been involved in six of Newcastle's nine Premier League goals this season.

Head coach Alan Pardew, though impressed by Remy's production, no doubt wants his star to remain fresh for upcoming tilts with Liverpool, Sunderland and Manchester City, considering the fact that he brought him to the bench with his club holding just a one-goal lead in the 71st minute.

But it's hard to argue with Pardew's decision to conserve Remy.

The Magpies will need more heroics from their star forward as the season continues if they hope to rise up the league table and improve on last year's 16th-place finish. 


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