Southampton have leaked more goals in the league than any other side this season – and had conceded 30 goals before they got their first clean sheet yesterday, when they won 2-0 at the expense of a poor Newcastle side.
Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba – don’t complement each other up front
And in the last four league games, in which we have collected only a single point at Liverpool, Newcastle have scored only two goals, and that;s with both Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba in the side, and we seem to have very little creativity this season, compared to our barn-storming run last season in the league.
And Alan Pardew has pinpointed the lack of goals and the lack of chances created as being a particular concern:
“Up until they had scored, we didn’t really have too many clear cut chances ourselves. That is a worry for us.” “I think it is hard at the minute for us. The intensity of the home performance was causing us problems.”
“We were trying to be positive and trying to put some confidence into the group, but the first goal hurt us.” “We deserved to be beat. We can’t really hold our hands up and say that we deserved anything.”
“We’re in that sort of zone where nothing is really falling for us; clearances went straight to them and they hit us on the break. It was a tough day.”
Alan Pardew may have to change the system a bit, because whenever we have Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba up front, they seem to be a waste, and when Shola Ameobi returns – he would be better strike partner to either of the Senegal strikers, because he offers something a little different, but the two Senegal men are too similar in their play.
Maybe it’s even time to try a 4-3-3 system – because we cannot do too much worse than we’ve already done over the last four league games, which have seen us fall significantly in the league table.
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