If somebody asked you where Newcastle rank in the list of top Premier League penalty scorers since 1992/93…
I bet you wouldn’t have said they were joint fourth.
I bet you definitely wouldn’t have said that they had scored as many as Manchester United!
Yes both are true and in fact Newcastle have scored as many as the Mancs despite winning 6 fewer penalties and spending two seasons less in the Premier League.
In his excellent stats and questions column for Sky, Martin Tyler has produced the following list showing the top eight clubs in terms of penalties scored and awarded:
- Liverpool (102 goals from 133 awards)
- Chelsea (100 goals from 114 awards)
- Arsenal (94 goals from 125 awards)
- Manchester United (89 goals from 117 awards)
- Newcastle (89 goals from 111 awards)
- Everton (79 goals from 102 awards)
- Tottenham (71 goals from 100 awards)
- Aston Villa (64 goals from 95 awards)
It is easy to forget with the current woes, the great seasons Newcastle spent under Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson where United were a constant threat to the opposition and got plenty of players in the box.
Alan Shearer alone will have been responsible for a massive proportion of those successful 89 Premier League attempts from the spot.
John Carver has bemoaned Newcastle’s luck with penalty awards and there was a case for a possible penalty when Ayoze Perez went to ground with the scores still 0-0 on Sunday.
However, this is a rare occasion because under both Pardew and now Carver, the football is so negative and there are so few players getting up to support whoever happens to be the lone striker, it is little wonder United get so few penalties awarded to them.