Paul Simpson has summed up in five words what Newcastle’s biggest problem is – ‘It’s goals that we want’.
Newcastle United have failed to score in seven of their 13 matches this season, with the six scored against Norwich sticking out like a sore thumb amongst most of the other Premier League outcomes.
The United first team coach says that there is a ‘fine line’ between losing and winning but he believes that if they keep doing what they are doing it will turn out ok.
Simpson says that he thinks the supporters are understanding as well and that ‘the supporters that turned up’ to the Stoke match can see the team are ‘making progress’.
With a relegation six pointer against Bournemouth followed by tougher looking matches against teams (Leicester, Palace, Liverpool, Spurs) in the top half before another potential relegation cruncher against Aston Villa.
That will take us up to Christmas and without positive results in that period it is hard to see the belief and positivity enduring, for both players and fans.
A big problem for Newcastle is the lack of natural finishers, with unfortunately the best chances falling to Moussa Sissoko against Stoke and putting the ball into the back of the net certainly isn’t his strength.
Gini Wijnaldum is clearly United’s most natural goalscorer with Ayoze Perez probably best in line.
Aleksandar Mitrovic might argue that point but his previous goalscoring record shows that he scored the majority of goals with his head – Newcastle’s wingless wonders just aren’t getting the quality or quantity of crosses in that he needs.
Paul Simpson talking to NUFC TV:
“It’s goals that we want.
“We were delighted with the way we performed (v Stoke). We defended well as a team, we created goalscoring opportunities, got into the final third on a number of occasions…it is that finishing that is missing.
“That is the fine line between getting a point, getting no points and picking up three. We have got to keep doing those things we did against Stoke, keep those positives and the belief the players are showing.
“I think the supporters appreciate that as well, the supporters that turned up can see we are making progress.”