How Long Does It Take To Score A Corner?
I was scratching my head and started looking back through the matches…a little bit further….a little bit further…October 1st 2011!
Yes, away to Wolves on October 1st 2011 was when any of us last saw Newcastle score from a corner kick in the league.
If you remember that goal it all seems so simple. Newcastle get a corner early in the match, Yohan Cabaye sends a lovely ball into the near post where clever movement from Demba Ba loses his marker and a near post glancing header puts United one up.
For many teams it is that simple but 39(!) matches later and 174 corner kicks, Newcastle haven’t repeated that success.
Last season when we nearly lost to sunderland at home, Newcastle won nineteen corners but I sat there thinking it was just wasting time and we’d be better off with the ball in open play.
A full season/year has passed without a goal from a corner, this is not a blip!
Look around and it isn’t just idiot teams like Stoke relying on chucking the ball in and their giants attacking/intimidating the opposition, clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United regularly score from corners, as we saw all too recently at St.James’ Park.
It was good to see that there must have been some work done in advance of the mackem match, with Coloccini getting a shot in from the edge of the box after Cabaye’s clever ball along the ground, eventually leading to Ba almost volleying in the rebound.
However, this is a rare example of any kind of deviation from knocking it hopefully into the middle and….?
There was talk in the summer of Alan Pardew bringing in a set-piece specialist coach but maybe he was also a victim of the cuts in recruitment.
Is Alan Pardew being held back by having shortage of expertise in certain areas his backroom staff?
What is clear is that there needs to be some new ideas and strategy put in place but the last year suggests that maybe new blood, on and off the pitch(?), is needed to cure this lack of goals which clearly handicaps the team.
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