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Newcastle United – The Two Goal Kings

9 years ago

The return to fitness and goalscoring form of Papiss Cisse with a double double blast of goals, has to an extent covered up a glaring growing statistic at Newcastle United.

However, I’m not talking about the feeble nature of our goal threat without Cisse.

This is more about what is happening at the other end and the Senegal striker’s four goals helping to disguise the shambles in defence.

Against both Hull and Swansea, United conceded two goals and Cisse brought United back from losing positions with all four of his goals.

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The obvious conclusion is that without the forward’s intervention it would have been another two poor defeats and a lot more focus put on Newcastle’s defence – instead of course most fans are talking about Papiss’ goals.

However, those matches against Hull and Swansea were just two more additional unwanted statistics in a desperate trend.

In the last fifteen Premier League matches, Newcastle have conceded two or more goals in eleven of those games.

For normal teams it is a big problem if you are conceding two nearly every match, as rarely do you win games if you concede two. However, for United it isn’t a big problem, it is disastrous, considering how limited our goal threat is.

These are the last fifteen results in the Premier League – the opposition’s number of goals first;

3-0 Everton (H)

4-0 Southampton (A)

4-0 Man Utd (H)

1-0 Stoke (A)

2-1 Swansea (H)

3-0 Arsenal (A)

0-3 Cardiff (H)

2-1 Liverpool (A)

2-0 Man City (H)

0-0 Villa (A)

3-3 Palace (H)

4-0 Southampton (A)

2-2 Hull (H)

1-0 Stoke (A)

2-2 Swansea (A)

When talking about defences the discussion is usually about how many clean sheets they can keep but with Newcastle United the pattern of letting in goals is way beyond that conservation.

Of course most fans thought it was beyond obvious to bring in at least one centre-back in the summer, preferably two, now instead we are left with three central defenders who have in the main struggled for over two years.

In these last 15 Premier League matches, Newcastle have conceded a massive 33 goals, while scoring only 12.

The reality is that even with Cisse in goalscoring form, Newcastle will struggle to win any Premier League match unless there are serious changes at the other end.

Looking at those games, the only teams that have failed to score at least two goals against Newcastle are ultra boring/negative Stoke (twice), Cardiff who were by some way the worst team last year, then Villa in our first away match this season.

Conceding two or more to teams such as Crystal Palace and Hull at home is a sure fire one way ticket to relegation, the big question being what, if anything, will Alan Pardew be able to do about it?


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