Football - Lack of punch concerns Pardew

Newcastle's failure to penetrate the Norwich defence shows just how desperately they need to buy a new striker, manager Alan Pardew says.

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Pardew was keen to emphasise the positives after the Magpies ended their run of four straight defeats with a 0-0 bore-draw at Carrow Road.

The Toon manager talked up the performance of his defence, and that in particular of want-away captain Fabricio Coloccini, but he could not lavish similar praise on his team's performance at the other end of the pitch.

Papiss Cisse, given the central striker role he craves, failed to impress and the whole team lacked creativity going forward.

Pardew, who lost Demba Ba to Chelsea last week, is keen to sign Loic Remy from Marseille and the 51-year-old admits the arrival of reinforcements cannot come soon enough. Press Association Sport understands talks with Remy and his representatives are ongoing and that Newcastle are optimistic of a deal being done.

"It is pretty obvious that we need another striker," Pardew said.

"We didn't really have the chance to mix it up or an option so we had to stick to the game plan that we had at the start of the game.

"Norwich could bring on Grant Holt to change the game plan a bit but we don't have that luxury. So we need to recruit in the next couple of weeks."

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