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.