Newcastle defender Jamaal Lascelles claims that United are ‘battering teams every week’ without getting the rewards.

Lascelles says he is sure the goals will come and that the ball just isn’t dropping for the team.

Whatever you say about our players, they certainly don’t appear to be lacking belief.

Yes the last couple of matches have seen Newcastle with more of the ball and more shots but if you look at the stats below, it wasn’t the case in previous matches.

United are playing better but in these last two matches they have faced two very poor teams in Sunderland and Stoke.

Two teams that were set up by Allardyce and Hughes not to lose, with very negative formations, handing the initiative to Newcastle.

If you look at the shots on target, United are having around half a dozen every time.

The big difference of course being that everything Newcastle struck against Norwich turned to gold/goal.

Whereas against Stoke they managed the same number on target but the finishing was poorer and they were facing a better goalkeeper.

Bournemouth should be a good guide as to how Newcastle are progressing, if indeed they are.

Of course three points are all that matters, or at the very least, not getting beat.

However, if United go to the south coast and end up with more possession and as many shots as they managed against Sunderland and Stoke, then whatever the actual result – maybe the signs of something better are definitely there.

Newcastle 0 Stoke 0: 52% Possession 15 shots – 6 on target

Sunderland 3 Newcastle: 60% Possession 21 shots – 8 on target

Newcastle 6 Norwich 2: 44% Possession 11 shots – 6 on target

Man City 6 Newcastle 1: 36% Possession 6 shots – 4 on target

Newcastle 2 Chelsea 2: 35% Possession 11 shots – 5 on target

Jamaal Lascelles speaking to The Mirror:

“We are battering teams every week, it is just the goals but they will come.

“We need to get three points, we can’t just keep getting a point every week or losing.

“We need to kick on and start moving our way up the table, we have put up some good games against some really good teams.

“We are getting the chances, we are getting the balls in good areas and we are having lots of shots on target. It is just not dropping for us but as the season goes on I’m sure it will.”

 “There is a lot of competition at the back so I’m not going to be expecting to play, but I’m ready if needed.”

Tuesday night saw Paul Simpson give an injury update with Jamaal Lascelles possibly involved at Bournemouth, as Daryl Janmaat’s ongoing knee problem is with the same knee that he previously had surgery on.