Alan Pardew ‘It’s All About Goals’
“We look like we’ve got goals. Unfortunately, we look like we’re going to concede goals at the minute.
I was proud of my players second half. I thought we really came out with intent, didn’t let the second goal knock us into negativity so there’s a lot to lean on going into QPR.
It’s that resilience we’ve got to get back but I was happy with a lot of things that went on.
We’ve had some problems but it’s about the next game in this business and the next game is QPR at home. We’re going to be under pressure to win it but we’re in good shape to do so I think because we gave a good account of ourselves”.
It is clear that we have big problem at the minute in terms of conceding goals and decent performances at both Stoke and Fulham were undone thanks to gifting the opposition goals. Only twice have Newcastle kept a clean sheet in the Premier League all season and unsurprisingly we collected three points each time (Norwich/Wigan).
However, while Alan Pardew talks about it looking like Newcastle have got goals, for all the pressure we have such as in the second half yesterday, we still are incapable of scoring from set-pieces or scoring scruffy goals.
Again, it was no surprise that Demba Ba got our consolation goal against Manchester City, who else is going to score? Last season it was Ba, Cisse, Ben Arfa and Cabaye who scored almost all of our goals, 39 out of the 52.
Only 8 goals were scored last season by players still at the club now and that trend shows little sign of changing, in fact it is getting even more desperate.
With nearly half the season gone, Ba, Cisse, Cabaye and Ben Arfa have scored 18 goals and the rest of the squad have scored 1!
Yes, Gael Bigirimana’s raker against Wigan is the only other goal Newcastle have scored in the Premier League.
Alan Pardew said in the summer he was looking for more goals from every part of the team, without the signings to make that happen we are left with this damning statistic.
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