Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Robert Vows to Weigh in with More Strikes

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Robert Vows to Weigh in with More Strikes

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Byline: By Luke Edwards

Laurent Robert has challenged himself to make a much greater goalscoring impact for Newcastle United this season.

The French international only managed to find the net five times last season, compared to ten in his debut campaign, and while he continued to provide a steady supply of ammunition to United's attackers he knows he could have done more.

The winger believes his early season from was hindered by picking up a stress fracture in his back which forced him out of pre-season and the opening few weeks of the campaign.

Robert looked in good shape during the 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich on Tuesday and said:

"We all want to do better than we did last season. It will be difficult because teams will be aware of us and will look forward to meeting us.

"I am very happy here and looking forward to my third season with the club. I believe we will be a force this year.

"On a personal note I would like to do better than last season. I've had a good pre-season, unlike last year when I was injured and I hope to be able to give my best from the beginning of the season.

I want to have as big an impact as I did in my first season. I want to score at least ten goals and create many chances for the rest of the side."

* NEWCASTLE fans travelling to Serbia next week have been assured they can do so safely.

While Sir Bobby Robson's players are certain to receive a hostile welcome when they step on to the pitch to face Partizan Belgrade, their supporters should have nothing to fear despite the reputation of their hosts.

United last played in the city five years ago when they were knocked out of the European Cup Winners Cup in an intimidating atmosphere. But after a spate of unsavoury incidents surrounding sporting events, the Serbian parliament recently passed stringent new laws in an attempt to deal with the problem.

The legislation includes stern punishments for offenders, which could lead to jail sentences of up to five years. …

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