West Brom are next up and we all wonder whether John Carver will break yet more records….

Statistics of course can be manipulated (after all, we have just gone through a general election…) but things like losing 8 in a row are hard to explain away, though of course the greatest coach in the history of the world would no doubt have a decent go.

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However, you only need to know two things going into tomorrow’s match, especially if you are a follower of form and/or like having a bet.

Firstly, Newcastle have kept 2 clean sheets in the last 25 matches.

Secondly, Newcastle have scored more than one goal in only 2 of the last 16 matches.

Any rational person looking at that would come to the conclusion…unless there is some earth moving change, that Newcastle won’t score more than one goal and West Brom will score a minimum of one.

It gets worse though because in 6 of the last 7 matches Newcastle  have conceded at least 2 goals and in 4 of the 7 conceded at least 3.

It is all very reminiscent of the second half of last season when not only did United go on a terrible run with few wins, they also started collapsing match after match once the first goal went in.

I think being realistic tomorrow that we have to hope the players conjure a goal up from somewhere, whilst at the other end we have to accept that at least one will be conceded.

So the big question that we all will be interested to see answered is what the team do once they have conceded, after their group meeting will the players have it in them to find the backbone that has being missing.

A draw is needed as a minimum tomorrow and failure to do so could be catastrophic in the battle for survival.

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