11 Newcastle shots on target = 6 goals and 4 wins
I know we like to get carried away with a bit of positivity, after all we are Newcastle fans…
You do though have to keep a tenuous grip on reality, or else you could be in for a sharp shock.
There has been the odd glimpse of that but it doesn’t equate to four wins in a row.
Instead we can thank resilience, better defending, using different players and a little luck.
None of those are negatives, in fact luck is maybe one of the biggest factors when you aren’t one of the best teams.
Last season Newcastle came away from White Hart Lane with three points, Loic Remy scored the winner but it was Tim Krul who walked away with the man of the match award and duly became Premier League player of the month largely based on that display.
He set a new record since the Premier League began counting, Krul saving 14 Spurs shots that were on target, remarkably keeping a clean sheet.
Newcastle have won their last four matches, scoring 6 goals from only 11 on target (BBC Sport stats).
In those same four matches the opposition have collectively had 10 on target and scored only 1 goal, obviously luck has played a big part in only one goal conceded but a great tribute to the defence bouncing back with those stats after a horrendous opening to the season
Any of you who have played football, know that this is how it sometimes is. The ball runs for you and sometimes it doesn’t – it is what makes football the greatest and also the most annoying game in the world.
In other sports the team with more domination and possession nearly always equals victory, whether it be basketball, rugby or whatever.
It is unrealistic to think results can continue on this basis, so the challenge for Alan Pardew is has he the courage to try and play a more open game and look to open up an dominate the opposition?
While most importantly, insist to Mike Ashley that not buying a real quality centre forward in January would be plain daft.
Newcastle have shown resilience and an ability to bounce back, now they need to add quality because without that a slide is inevitable, whether it is on Sunday or somewhere down the line.
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