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Newcastle Losing One Less Game Than Sunderland – Is That Success?

8 years ago
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As Newcastle’s season has fallen apart, Sunderland looking nailed on relegation candidates has been a big comfort blanket for Alan Pardew, Mike Ashley and many Newcastle fans.

Even our rivals reaching Wembley wasn’t the biggest blow, as the mackems couldn’t buy a win in the Premier League and they were heading for the Championship.

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However, four points from Manchester City & Chelsea and a thrashing of Cardiff have now given Sunderland every chance of escaping, despite only currently safe on goal difference.

After their nightmare season and Newcastle’s supposed relative success, you would think there was a sizeable gulf between the two clubs’ statistics.

However, you may be surprised to know that Newcastle have lost eighteen league matches, only one less than Sunderland.

The current season long records are as follows;

Newcastle: W14 D 4 L18

Sunderland: W8 D 8 L19

Then if we look at goals scored, conceded and the goal difference we get;

Newcastle: GF39 GA57  GD -18

Sunderland: GF37 GA57 GD -20

The obvious difference is that Newcastle have won six more matches and of course we know that (the soon to be departing) Loic Remy and/or (the already departed) Yohan Cabaye were the overwhelming factors in most of those wins.

However, maybe the goals for and against totals are a lot more telling, equally rubbish defences and struggling to average any more than one goal a game – taking Remy and Cabaye (and an own goal) out of the equation, the rest of the squad has scored only 18 goals between the whole lot of them.

I think it is fair to say that the fortunes of the two clubs have revolved around a handful of matches where Newcastle had the rub of the green such as Spurs(A), Stoke(H), Fulham(H), Norwcih(H), West Brom(H) etc, while Sunderland have generally lost out in poor matches against fellow strugglers on the toss of a coin.

If we had any doubts as to how little there was between the teams we only have to look at the two shocking derby defeats.

Any idea that, especially without Remy and Cabaye, Newcastle are in any way a class above Sunderland does not bear up to any kind of scrutiny.

The thought of one or two, or even three or four, average/OK players putting Newcastle back in a competitive position, is simply kidding ourselves.

Yes fair enough, let’s all laugh at Sunderland if they do end up going down, but it is vital that we all recognise we could well be following them if something drastic doesn’t happen this summer.

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