Away days are not happy days
Newcastle United may have a new boss in Steve McClaren but he has to deal with a problem that has lasted nine months and shows no sign of coming to an end.
During this period, NUFC have played 16 away games in all competitions.
Here are the stats:
Goals scored 8
Goals conceded 35
Swansea became defeat number 13 in 16 away games and the only win in this nine month run was the 3-0 victory at relegated Hull with the three goalscorers (Ameobi, Cabella, Gouffran) that day unlikely to feature much, if at all, this season.
The other five away goals scored in these past nine months came from Perez, Riviere and Cisse (3).
When Newcastle go to Old Trafford on Saturday, the previous 286 days will have yielded just that solitary away win, ever since that very distant 2-0 win at the Hawthorns on 9 November 2014.
To bring up a full year’s worth of football, Newcastle have remaining away matches at Manchester United, West Ham, Manchester City, Sunderland and Bournemouth.
I don’t know about you but if we don’t sign more/better defenders and conjure up a plan to try and score goals and perform better on our travels, I can’t see a victory in any of thse five matches.
Swansea are a good team and it was never going to be easy but my heart sank as I watched on from the first whistle, as Newcastle sat back and watched the home side play it around in front of them.
Steve McClaren talked afterwards of the Janmaat sending off changing the game but Newcastle had been comprehensively outplayed for the first 40 minutes as well.
It was all very reminiscent of what we saw under Pardew and Carver, desperately hope to hang in there and then somehow fluke a goal on a rare break.
If that is going to be the continuing plan then I can see the players keeping up the average of an away win every nine months or so.
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