Newcastle and Aston Villa – like looking in the mirror
Newcastle United and Aston Villa, it is just like looking in the mirror.
At the minute Alan Pardew is apparently the darling of the media after four wins in a row, the press happy to be having a go at Newcastle fans who dared to doubt him after a dismal 2014.
Just over a month ago it was Paul Lambert who was in this position, away wins at Stoke and Liverpool, a home victory against Hull and a point against Newcastle United – Villa were riding high at the top of the Premier League and journalists were saying how on earth could Villa fans have doubted him after a dismal 2014…
Chris Holt at the excellent @MikeAshleyEyes put together some tables of stats and they were used on this website, they showed how Premier League clubs had done over the course of all 28 matches in the Premier League. Using criteria such as matches won, goals scored, clean sheets and so on, the results were woeful for Newcastle United and Alan Pardew.
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After last weekend’s results it is now 29 league matches in 2014 for both Newcastle and Aston Villa and this is how they compare on all eight measures;
Newcastle in the left hand column and Villa on the right;
8 8 Matches won
16 17 Matches lost
7 7 Clean sheets
16 13 Games failed to score in
25 26 Goals scored
50 52 Goals conceded
-25 -26 Goal difference
29 28 Points won
After that bright start, Villa under Paul Lambert have now lost their last 6 Premier League matches, scoring only 1 goal and conceding 15. Consequently they are now on only 10 points, 3 behind Newcastle.
These stats above are the true story of Newcastle United this year under Alan Pardew and Mike Ashley, as Paul Lambert’s Villa have shown, a mini run of four matches is nowhere near enough to build a season on.
Come the end of 2014 will Newcastle and Aston Villa still be a mirror version of each other…I hope not because if we are, then i think we will be in serious trouble.
Leaving the likes of Aston Villa well behind is the kind of thing where I would measure success for Newcastle under Ashley and Pardew, with sensible funding in the transfer market and fewer own goals off it, then it should be a done deal.
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