Newcastle’s One Goal From 200 Corners – Demba Ba’s Hand Ball

Alan Pardew was asked by one reported at yesterday’s press conference whether he was changing the way we do out set plays, because from something like 200 corners this season, Newcastle have scored only a single goal.

Demba Ba at Reading – I put that one in with this hand

And that goal was the one Demba Ba used his hand to put the ball into the back of the net at Reading in our 2-2 draw, but Alan thanked the reporter for bringing that particular statistic to his attention.

But the Newcastle manager did say that he was changing the way we do out set plays, simply because what we are doing this season has not worked.

The set plays seem to be to put a high ball into the box, and hope big Mike Williamson can become for one fleeting moment an Andy Carroll, and either head the ball down for somebody to knock the ball into the back of the net, as Kevin Nolan used to do when he was still at Newcastle.

Or the other option is for Mike to head the ball home, but big Mike still has to score his first goal for Newcastle after 88 appearances in the black and white shirt.

This is what Alan said about set-plays:

“We’ve changed our whole outlook on set-plays just this week and we’ve had to change it once already this season because we’re just not getting enough success.” “There’s no point in sitting on your hands and going ‘oh well, it’ll come good’ – you have to make changes.”

“The bottom line is we need the first contact to be won and that’s what Stoke do very well.”  “They win the first contact and it always gives you a chance of scoring straight from that contact or from the second contact.” “You can only look at something and try to improve on it, and we’re going to have to try and improve on it.”

Hey – maybe he can score one at the Britannia Stadium tonight –  but since Stoke are particularly good at winning the first contact – that may be difficult – as it has been for the Magpies all season.

So one thing we can look for tonight is some changes when Newcastle do get a set-play – but with both Newcastle and Stoke struggling to score goals lately, the conventional wisdom is there will not be many goals scored in the game tonight.

We’ll see, but we wouldn’t mind the score being 5-0 – for Newcastle of course. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

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18 comments so far

  • seancavaz

    Nov 28, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #1

    In swinger from Fergie, cleared by Huth, Tiote edge of the box with a thunderous scuffed daisy cutter, ricochets off the heel of the bean pole that is Crouch and into the net for a 1-0 lead 🙂

  • GarageFlower

    Nov 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Did we not score a corner against Wolves away last season,Demba scored iit I think or was it not from a corner?

  • Dannyo

    Nov 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Dunno about you lot.
    But reading todays Interviews and watching yesterdays presser, i’m feeling a slight relief this morning.

    AP talks about form, workethic, set pieces and link up between midfield and strikers.
    And they’ve even tried to better some in recent days, changing the set up and changing the players.

    Gives me some relief atleast, that AP is not blind on the issue.

  • stuart no9

    Nov 28, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #4

    it must be said – but what are they doing every day at benton???? makes you think!!!!

  • Dannyo

    Nov 28, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #5

    Did u not read the article and all of todays interviews + yesterdays presser?
    It would help your question immensly.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 28, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #6

    I am 5 ‘9 and I almost always wins a duel in the air.

    …height is not that important. Willo cannot jump to save his life and his anticipation is just bad.

  • seancavaz

    Nov 28, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s coz Carver reads the blogs dannyo and gans “here man pards have a deeks at this”…..we’ll be sweet don’t worry, Carver, Stone and Beardsley will keep Pards in touch with the fans and we’ll be playing the swashbuckling football everyone’s crying out for…..or at least controlling a game 🙂

  • rainrix

    Nov 28, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Erm wasn’t ba’s handball a cross by fergie? There was too few people in the box for it to be a set play.

    Garage… Yup that was the last time we did score from a set play i think.

  • sirtoongospel

    Nov 28, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #9

    I know I had several pints that day, but I am pretty sure Fergie put a cross in for Ba for the goal? Wasn’t a corner.

  • 619nufc

    Nov 28, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Ba’s goal against Reading wasn’t from a corner, it was a Fergie cross

    The actual stat is that we’ve scored 1 goal from our last 237 corners. That doesn’t just include this season, if ANY team had 237 corners at this stage of the season then that would be insane.

    The 1 goal was of course against Wolves last season.

    237 is a scary number….

  • stuart no9

    Nov 28, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #11

    dannyo i am aware of the changes they are implementing set pieces. but there are so many other factors to take into account, as well as set pieces, we are 2nd best all over the pitch . our whole playing style needs an overhaul .

  • obatoyou

    Nov 28, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #12

    Dude we need to win tonight

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 28, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #13

    Maybe we should just deploy Willo as a human decoy and go for the unexpected 😉

    …a fast ball at the nearest post or just behind (but we need movement in the box)

  • jimiley

    Nov 28, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #14

    Our injury situation is no worse than most teams. Lots of players in other teams are injured for a week or two. We have two who are going to be out for a couple of months and suddenly we cannot cope. Only one -Cabaye- is a key player. So much for Pardew’s claim in August that he was happy with the size and quality of the squad. The guy talks utter piffle.

  • Dannyo

    Nov 28, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #15

    @stuart no9
    Ye, i don’t disagree, but AP is not known as a long ball coach, Southampton and West Ham would show you that.
    And look at the players targeted and bought, long ball players?
    I think it is the few that are runining for the many on this part, and there’s been an increase due to form and confidence.
    We get closed down so we opt for the easy way.
    Typical for a player without confidence.

  • obatoyou

    Nov 28, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #16

    Do u think we can win today, we got to at least try a new formation brothers


    Nov 28, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #17

    What a revelation this is ! we dont score from corners and free kicks

    I clearly remember after last season a certain Mr Pardue pointing out these failures and was going to recruit a goalscoring centre half in the summer.

    When your only set piece is to hit a 6 foot 4 centre half who cannot even head a ball defensively never mind expecting us to score goals from his headers then we really are in trouble.

    What scares me is that Pardue must have forgotten his pledge and had to be reminded of our failures from a journalist.

    We will be in the bottom 3 come xmas

    God help us.

  • IPToon

    Nov 28, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #18

    Desire, determination and a pair of balls is what you need to win and score headers from corners

    You dont need to be the tallest, obviously it comes in handy, you just expect players to run and attack the ball and almost have in their mind that if somebody wants to get in the way, theyre going to get a run over lol

    Steven Taylor is probably our best but he is more often that not injured and Mike Williamson couldnt direct a header to save his life.


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