The statistics from the Newcastle v Man.U. match make interesting reading and show just how badly Newcastle threw the game away.
What came out of Sunday’s match according to BBC Statistics is the following;
Possession NUFC 53% Man.U. 47%
Total Shots NUFC 13 Man.U.12
Shots On Target NUFC 3 Man.U. 9
Corners NUFC 8 Man.U. 6
Getting Away With
Elbow In Face NUFC 0 Man.U. 1
Experts Can Def Tell
Ball Isn’t Over Line
Despite Identical To NUFC 0 Man.U. 1
So Newcastle ended up with more possession, more shots and more corners by the end of the ninety minutes but nothing to show for it.
I bet the stats for the first 16 minutes would have showed almost total possession for the visitors as well as shots and of course, goals.
The margin of error against the top teams is so much smaller than when you are playing others such as Reading and even Atromitos in the Europa qualifier, if either of them had Manchester United’s predatory instinct we’d be out of the Europa League and have at least two less Premier League points.
When you are chasing the game everything is that much more difficult and players tend to hurry shots and the opposition find that little extra to hold onto their lead.
The visitors had 9 of their 12 shots on target while Newcastle only managed 3 out of 13, summed up the day really.
Moral of the story – be at it from the off and don’t gift two early goals (or else everything else is pretty meaningless)!