Last Season’s Shocking Statistic Now Providing Hope At Newcastle United
The October international break is setting in with Newcastle United still searching for their first Premier League win of the season.
The campaign’s start has been labelled almost every negative adjective under the sun, calls for Alan Pardew’s head have been continuous and emphatic, the summer signings aren’t gelling, the fans are restless, and the owner doesn’t seem to care.
It’s hard to come up with too many positives to go with our current situation, but there is one key thing I’ve noticed this season that is of a dramatic improvement to the last.
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We’re actually now capable of coming from behind in games!
However, several times already this season we’ve managed to cancel out the opponent’s lead, which is something very, very rare to find from a recent Newcastle side.
Last season Newcastle only took three points from any of the games we found ourselves in a losing position, and that game saw Stoke City having to be reduced to nine men before we overturned their lead to record a 5-1 Boxing Day victory.
The only other equalising goal we scored at all throughout 2013/14 was Mathieu Debuchy’s equaliser away at Sunderland (which we went on to lose), that’s it!
We equalised twice throughout the entirety of last season. Twice. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but that seems shocking.
The season before that saw Newcastle beat Chelsea 3-2 at St. James’ Park, that was the first time in around five years we’d managed to come from behind to win in the Premier League.
Last season just how many times did we find ourselves well within a game, giving as good as we were getting, before going 1-0 down and completely capitulating. The 4-0 home reverse against Manchester United was the prime example of this, alongside the home defeats to Everton and Tottenham.
This year, we’ve found ourselves 2-0 down to Hull, 1-0 and 2-1 down to Swansea, and 1-0, 2-1 and 1-0 (again in the League Cup) to Crystal Palace – and coming back from all to take home a result.
Maybe our opponents are taking their feet off the gas after taking the lead against a side like us and/or maybe the players really are fighting for their manager like everyone at the club seems to believe.
Whatever the case may be, it’s at least given me more belief that we can actually come back whenever we find ourselves losing.
At least for this I am grateful for something to cling onto.
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