You Don’t Have to Look Far For Newcastle United’s Real Problem
Football is a simple game, put the ball in the net more than the other team.
A lot of the time you can can get away with conceding goals just so long as you are knocking them in at the other end.
While the total of goals conceded ended up as a bit of shocker, letting in 21 in just 4 our league matches made it look a lot worse than it was.
At the other end though we have had a shocker all season pretty much and the second half of the campaign has been disastrous.
In the first 29 matches (all competitions), Newcastle managed 36 goals and on 9 occasions managed 2 goals or more in a match.
However, in the second part of the season it went even further downhill, as in 25 matches (all competitions) Newcastle scored only 23 goals and on only 5 occasions out of 25 did they score 2 or more goals.
No wonder we didn’t win many matches! In 20 games since the new year, if the other team scored then we weren’t going to win.
It is the final run-in though that lays down to Mike Ashley why he has to bring in goals so desperately, plus of course the manager having a team laid out to create and score.
In Newcastle United’s last 12 matches, on only one occasion did they score 2 goals, and that was against an abysmal Queens Park Rangers who gifted us both goals.
In that second half of the season, the only clubs that United scored 2 or more against were QPR, Southampton, Stoke, Aston Villa and Chelsea.
I don’t think it is any coincidence that in four of those five matches, the opposition played an open game which gave the chance for Newcastle to attack and find space. Only against Stoke did we break down a more defensive team and manage to score two goals, even then it took a last gasp effort from Papiss Cisse.
So is the answer to; buy creative players, buy goalscorers, work on set-pieces, set the team up in a more attacking style…
I would say yes on all counts, if not we could have a long hard season ahead of us to look forward to and you can still hear the death rattle of the one that’s just passed away.
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