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Statistics Prove It Is Essential Newcastle Add Goals

8 years ago
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Alan Pardew has made it clear he wants to add goals to his team from all over the pitch, some reality check statistics prove why.

The problem with over achieving, which is what most people would judge last year’s fifth position to be, means that anything less will be seen as going backwards.

It might be harsh but nevertheless is true. That’s life and football is no different, there might be a hardcore of Newcastle fans who will claim anything from sixth to eighth would represent success but deep down even they/you would see it as a step back – no matter how small.

Looking at last season’s league table it is clear that to AIM higher than fifth, which is surely what we have to do and is definitely not the same as EXPECTING to do better, Newcastle have to find extra goals from somewhere.

The final league table had Manchester City top having scored 93 times, followed by Manchester United (89), Arsenal (74), Spurs (66) and even Chelsea in sixth were well ahead on 65 goals compared to Newcastle’s 56.

In fact, if you take the last five seasons, then the twenty teams who filled the top four placings all scored 60 or more goals. If you leave out Manchester City’s third in 2010-11 when they scored 60 (but tellingly conceded only 33), the other 19 teams all had 65 goals or more.

Interesting to see that when you look back at Newcastle United’s seasons when they finished top four they scored 82 in 1993-94 (in what was then a 42 match season), 66 in 1995-96, 74 in 2001-02 and 63 in 2002-03.

A target of 65 goals must be Newcastle’s aim next season, succeed up front and history tells us that then everything else pretty much takes care of itself.

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