After our game on Saturday we thought we had still got off to a good start this season.
Though we are obviously disappointed with two successive away defeats, we have to keep the faith and it’s only two games after all.
But we did look at the stats and we are doing better than last year and we’ve also added a few more stats.
Charles N’Zogbia – 3rd ranked player in the Premiership and top ranked defender
On looking at the stats we keep (click on STATS along top of the site) and the table of how we are doing compared to the last two seasons we are still 3 points better off right now. We’ve also added a fourth column that helps us track getting to 60 points.
This column uses a methodology that can get us 60 points for the season. It assumes we get no points home or away against the top 4 rated teams of Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal. For the other 15 teams we assume Newcastle will win at home and draw away. Since we get 4 points from each of these 15 teams it will give us 60 points and that should get us a European Spot.
When we beat Bolton in the first game away we went to +2 because the methodology was for 1 point but we got all 3. When we were beaten away at Derby we subtracted a point, since we should have got 1 point but didn’t get any. If we get to +10 it means we are on track for 70 points. So far we are tracking at -2, so we are on track for a high 50s total. But we expect to do a lot better as the season progresses.
Finally we’ve added a table on the Actim index and have all of our players who make the top 100 for the Premiership listed. Right now we have 6 players N’Zogbia, Harper, Milner, Viduka, Geremi and Taylor in the Actim Top 100 Index. Notice we have all our 21 year-olds in the top 100 â€“ not too bad. As the season progresses we’ll update these tables and hope we get more of our players in the top 100 qith top scores.
We watched the Everton-Middlesbrough game on Sunday and Everton are not strong in defense. The other good news for us is that Everton have a UEFA Cup tie with Metalist Kharkiv in the Ukraine on Thursday evening. So this is an opportunity for us to catch one of the Premiership teams coming off one of their mid-week games as Big Sam was talking about last week. Everton looked OK against a poor Middlesbrough side but nothing special. We have to make St. James’ Park a fortress again, and we have made a good start at home this season, and I’m sure our fans, the best in the Premiership, will support the lads big time on Sunday.