Newcastle United have a massive disciplinary problem but it isn’t what you might think…
I had a thought when I woke this morning and then quite often when you then check out the stats, you then find out that your twisted mind has also twisted reality.
On this occasion though, I am right.
With the way Newcastle United have been extra feeble in recent weeks and months I began to think about previous times when the pressure was on, the thing that usually happens is that at the very least players start charging around like mad things in frustration as tehey try to put things right and pick up loads of yellow cards, if not red.
Which is what started to bother me this morning, how many yellow cards have our lot picked up recently…?
The answer is below, as the Newcastle players desperately ‘fight’ for the fans, club, themselves – this is what has happened in recent games:
Southampton 3 Newcastle 1 (No cards)
Norwich 3 Newcastle 2 (No cards)
Newcastle 1 Sunderland 1 (4 yellows)
Leicester 1 Newcastle 0 (No cards)
Newcastle 1 Bournemouth 3 (1 yellow…Perez!)
Stoke 1 Newcastle 0 (No yellows)
Chelsea 5 Newcastle 1 (2 yellows – Taylor and Shelvey)
Newcastle 1 West Brom 0 (No yellows)
It is quite extraordinary.
In every single Newcastle league and cup match this season (27 of them) before 6 February 2016 (West Brom home), at least one United player picked up a yellow card, with the only exception being the away defeat at West Brom.
Yet in these past eight matches where you would expect that the players would be throwing everything but the kitchen sink at matches, you get what you see above.
In these past eight matches, five have seen no cards at all, the Bournemouth defeat saw a surprise yellow for Ayoze Perez, even our lot couldn’t fail to pick up yellows in the derby game, whilst the only other game where yellows were picked up was in the shambles at Chelsea.
Nobody is advocating players stupidly giving away free-kicks, fouls and charging around recklessly…
However, there is something seriously wrong when game after game there are no midfielders or defenders picking up bookings as they desperately try to battle the opposition.
Newcastle have been hopeless for much of this season but at least there was a semblance of some fight in the team – but even that seems to have totally disappeared now.
Against Swansea on Saturday I will be keeping an eye on how often the referee reaches for his pocket, as well as the kind of football our heroes dish up for the supporters.