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Alan Pardew – ‘We Now Have A Game Plan For Corners’

8 years ago

Newcastle succeeded in scoring a ‘corner goal’ via Fabricio Coloccini against Braga but the corner drought in the Premier League is almost at the two year anniversary point – October 1st 2011 the last time Newcastle achieved this feat.

Demba Ba knocking in Yohan Cabaye’s corner kick.

This is what Alan Pardew said to NUFC TV after Coloccini’s goal yesterday;

“We know we weren’t great at corners (last season), we’d been successful the two seasons before that.

We are a small side so we need to have a game plan, which we have.

We have to try to be a bit more creative, very disciplined about the delivery and the runs we make and that was reflected today (v Braga) and all through pre-season, so bides well for this coming season.”

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I have a sinking feeling as Alan Pardew continues to clutch at ever thinner straws.

I haven’t missed much of pre-season and can’t say I’ve seen any progress on how they are approaching corner kicks.

The argument gets very weak when Alan Pardew then claims that the two seasons before the last one were ‘successful’, unless that means scoring at least one in a season.

Last season we scored none and as for the two before that…

2011/12 saw that Ba goal against Wolves but can’t remember an avalanche of corner goals in the handful before that.

2010/11 wasn’t great if memory serves me right, certainly not once Andy Carroll was packed off to Liverpool shortly after Alan Pardew’s arrival.

I can honestly say, if we score two or more goals from corners I would be amazed. Like a lot of thoughts I’m having at the moment, I hope I am way off target….a bit like our typical corner.



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