Newcastle 14 Points Better Off Than Last Season

Last season after 30 games Newcastle had 36 points and were in 11th place in the Premier League.

Alan Pardew – has improved Newcastle record immensely

We finished up in 12th place at the end of the season, after messing up in our very last game,  when we couldn’t hold onto a 3-0 lead against West Brom with 30 minutes to play, to win that game and get into 9th place.

But at the moment,  Newcastle are a full 10 points above 9th place in the league, which is currently held by Everton.

At half time at West Brom last Sunday,  Newcastle were again 3-0 up but we were able to hang on and only gave away one daft goal after 52 minutes, but came away with all 3 points and an excellent win overall.

It’s good to look at the two records of the last two seasons after 30 games:

Season      PL  W  D  L  GF  GA  GD  Pts
2010-2011   30  9  9 12  44  45  -1  36
2011-2012   30 14  8  8  44  42  +2  50

What’s interesting is that the goals for, goals against and goals difference are very similar this season to last season, with things only marginally better this term.

In fact we’ve scored exactly the same number of goals – 44 – as last season at this time, but we have 5 more wins and four less defeats than last season, which is the big difference.

Just looking at the stats,  it’s no surprise that Newcastle must improve their defense next season, because 42 goals conceded is the worst record of any team in the top 15 in the league, apart from Norwich City who have conceded 47.

We are hoping at least another center-back and left back are drafted in over the summer and perhaps a young top defender too, and the players we have been linked with all look good and will improve the defense.

There’s no doubt Newcastle are performing above expectations this season, but now the only thing that matters is to find a way of beating Liverpool on Sunday – the game has an early 1:30pm kick off at St. James’ Park – so we will go 11 points clear of the Mersyside club.

Howay The Lads.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • bambams

    Mar 29, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #1

    I think we would have done even better had saylor not been injured, nothing against williamson but he is prone to switching off.
    Great season so far, i mentionned a while ago with a bit more luck we could have been six points better off with some of the games we were leading in then letting the points slip away by not defending properly.

  • geoff777

    Mar 29, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #2

    A CB is a must.

    I’m not sure the club will see LB as a priority as Ferguson is being coached to fill that role plus we have Santon, Jonas, Raylor & Perch who can play there as cover.

  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Mar 29, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #3

    We should go after Dirk Marcellis or Atsuto Uchida.

    Dirk Marcellis – 23 year old
    Main Positions: CB
    Can also play Rb/Lb
    Nationality: Dutch
    Current Club: Az Alkmaar
    Played for the Dutch national team.
    Value: Around 2-4million Euros?

    Atsuto Uchida – 24 year old
    Main Position: Right back
    Nationality: Japanese
    Current Club: Schalke 04
    Played for Japan
    Value: 3-5million Euros

  • bambams

    Mar 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    I think we can do liverpool , just need to double up on bellenderby and play to our strengths with our attacking trio….
    Mind you not having colo will make it more difficult.
    Possibly a high scoring game, we will just edge

  • IPToon

    Mar 29, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #5

    As long as we dont lose to Liverpool this weekend i see the remaining 7 games being a battle with Chelsea for 5th which is a great achievement.

    With Chelsea still being in the Champions League and that being their main concern for the rest of the season im sure a few of their league performances will suffer and considering they still have away games at Villa, Fulham, Liverpool & Arsenal and QPR & Blackburn
    for their last home games who might need points to stay up they will be dropping some points down the line. Our fixtures are tough also so let the battle begin (if we get past Liverpool)

  • martoon

    Mar 29, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #6

    That league table goals for and against stat is amazing. Practically the same yet we are 14 points and 5 wins better off! Must be because we’ve sneaked games by the odd goal but been on the end of 2 or 3 hammerings this season.

  • IPToon

    Mar 29, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #7

    I dont think we can complain too much about our luck recently as this is probably down to us using all of luck up in the first half of the season.

    Also – player of the season award will be coming up soon. Demba Ba, Tim Krul or Coloccini. Will be a close one.
    I personally would say Tim Krul.

  • geordie.In.Taipei

    Mar 29, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #8

    I dont think the goals conceeded is actually a fair reflection of whats gone on. The real problem has been injuries and a lack options. If we had gotten another center half, i think we’d have seen a big difference. As it stands Perch has to fill in, and ive said it before and ill say it again HES NOT A CB. Hes not back as a DCM but not a CB. But anyways things are still good, collos back soon, and we have a good shot of the europa league 😉

  • IPToon

    Mar 29, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #9

    The defencive problem hasnt been down to injuries, its been down to one injury – S.Taylor and unfortunately he gets quite a lot of injuries so your right the club should have got a centre back, probably before the start of the season.

    Its like Arsenal fans i know say every year (except this one) we would have won the league this year if Van Persie wouldnt have got injured. Unfortunatly he always seemed to so its down to the club to get quality replacements for when he is.

  • Dyer8

    Mar 29, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #10

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  • Mste89

    Mar 29, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Martoon @6 – the goal difference similarity is deceiving, we scored 20 goals in 4 games from the first 30 last season ( Villa, Scum, Arsenal and west Ham) leaving 26 games with only 24 goals. this season we’ve scored more consistently but never more than 3 in a game.


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