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United Going For A Clean Break

8 years ago

Newcastle are finding it hard to create chances and score goals but there is one glaring statistic when you compare what’s happening now and what we saw last season.

This season we have managed to keep one clean sheet and that helped us to the one goal win against Norwich and three points, so after over a third of the season our clean sheets have yielded only three points.

Go back to last season and Newcastle won THIRTY SIX points from draws and wins when they kept a clean sheet.

Stating the obvious, Newcastle might have scored only one goal at Stoke on Wednesday but after a relatively untroubled 80 minutes, they gifted two soft late goals whereas the clean sheet they’d earned in the vast majority of the match would have seen us come home with the points.

The goals haven’t exactly flowed but United have scored in ten of the fourteen Premier League matches so far, yet in only one of those have they kept the other team out for the ninety minutes.

Two or three more clean sheets in those matches would have seen us still looking up at this stage of the season, rather than down.

Coloccini and Krul need to get hold of their defence and get back the focus they showed last season.

As much as we all crave goals and it might not be sexy, but maybe the best medicine for Newcastle at the minute would be a few clean sheets to get a few points on the board and a bit of confidence into the squad.

I don’t exactly hope for a goalless draw against Wigan on Monday but sometimes you have to take your medicine, even when it has a bitter taste.

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