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Newcastle United’s Record Breaking Run Reaches 72 Matches

8 years ago

‘Demba Ba scored his fourth goal in two games, heading in Yohan Cabaye’s corner at the near post.’

Such an innocent little sentence, what could be as simple as scoring a goal from a corner…

That Ba goal was away at Wolves on October 1st 2011 and it put United clear third in the Premier League table.

It seems like a whole different world, in more ways than one.

That day the starting eleven was;

Krul, Simpson, Ryan Taylor, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Cabaye, Tiote, Jonas, Best, Ba, Obertan

So via departures, injuries, out of favour and suspension, bizarrely only two of that eleven started Saturday’s match with Fulham.

Only 23 months later and the two key people involved in that cornered goal; one has jumped ship and the other could be on his way as well at any moment.

Quite amazing though that Newcastle have now played 72 Premier League matches since that 1 Oct 2011 Wolves match and not scored a single goal from a corner.

Ironically, it makes that day (our last PL corner goal) seem even longer ago when you consider that the opposition that day are now in League One; scoring a goal from a corner the least of Wolves’ worries these days.

Since Cabaye placed that corner kick and landed it on the head of Demba Ba, Newcastle have taken a total of 363 Premier League corners without success.

That total includes 19 this season with 13 of those against Fulham yesterday when yet again we didn’t seem to have a clue of how to manage this miracle.

I cannot believe that this has been ‘bettered’ anywhere else, unless this is some bizarre religious sect who have a team that plays in a top league but whose beliefs forbid them scoring such a goal.

I caught the amusing highlights of the mackems’ defeat to Palace yesterday and their first goal was a simple corner knocked in, it landed in a muddle of legs and luckily/unluckily ended up in the net. Why doesn’t it happen to us? Never mind kicking the ball into the middle and somebody actually heading it into that net thing.

Scoring half a dozen goals from corners could equate to four or five places in the table; the difference between safety and relegation, bottom half/top half, mid-table and Europe, Europa League and Champions League….I’ll stop there.


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