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The Two Year Damning Statistic On Pardew’s Reign At Newcastle

10 years ago

Newcastle United managed to win just one corner at Goodison Park and when that predictably led to nothing, it confirmed a shocking statistic on United over the last couple of years.

On October 1 2011, Yuhan Cabaye took a corner kick that Demba Ba nodded into the net.

With no goal from a corner against Everton it confirmed that Newcastle would pass the two year mark with not a single goal from a corner in the Premier League.

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Yes, we travel to Cardiff having taken 369 corners without success since Ba scored against Wolves.

Seventy odds match and twenty four months have passed and Newcastle haven’t managed a single goal from a corner kick.

This season there has been 25 corners taken by United in the Premier League without looking remotely like anything is going to change. Actually, 13 of those corners were taken in the Fulham match which means just 12 in the other 5 matches, suggesting Newcastle might have maybe even given up themselves on actually trying to win corners as it is a total waste of time.

How Alan Pardew and his coaches haven’t tackled this serious shortcoming is beyond me, with the only small mitigation that Pardew wanted to bring in a specialist coach for set-pieces but Ashley wouldn’t finance it.

It isn’t just corners either, unless it is within shooting distance, free-kicks are also a total waste of time with an almost complete lack of goal threat.

When Newcastle managed to score a goal from a corner in one of the pre-season friendlies, Pardew had the cheek to suggest that this was proof that what they’d been doing in training was now paying off and in general his team were looking more threatening from corner kicks. Some hope!

I can see us getting goals at Cardiff and potentially three points, I wouldn’t bet though on either coming courtesy of a corner!

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