It’s very painful, but I’ve gone back to the first game in November, which was the 1-1 draw against Liverpool – and it was one week after we luckily won 2-1 at home to West Brom – with that winning goal in added time, and I’ve compiled Newcastle’s stats for the almost three months period since then.
Alan Pardew – where’s the next win coming from?
And in 14 league games played, we have two wins and two draws for a total of 8 points out of a possible 42, and if that form was played out over a full season of 38 games, we’d end up with 22 points and almost certainly be relegated.
In games other than league games, we’ve played in three UEFA ties and drawn two of them and lost at Bordeaux, and of course in the FA Cup we were humiliated at Brighton and lost to a lower league side for the third season running.
So our record in all games since the beginning of November is played 18, won two and drawn four – and lost 12, so it’s just two wins in the last 18 games in all competitions.
It’s not too surprising that yesterday we thought we had a very decent chance of beating Reading at home, since they had never won away from home this season, we had the great Yohan Cabaye starting for us again after months out with a groin injury, and we were at home with just less than 50,000 fans in attendance at St. James’ Park.
And certainly the first half went to plan as we dominated, and had 7 shots on target and Reading had no shots on target and we were a little unlucky not to be ahead by more than one goal at half time, with Papiss Cisse having three decent chances that the goalkeeper did really well to save.
But then we went into an imitation of the Newcastle of the last three months, and even though we were winning 1-0 at home with just 20 minutes to go, we still conceded the two goals that gave us another defeat.
That’s why a number of Newcastle fans were annoyed, frustrated and worried at the end of yesterday’s game – if we cannot get a win against Reading then who can we beat?
It would be unfair to call Newcastle a bunch of losers over the last three months, but the record suggests with only two wins in the 18 games – that’s not too far from the truth.
If we don’t improve very quickly then we will be relegated – that’s obvious, and we’ll even deserve to go down, after only being back in the big time for three seasons.
Those are the facts – it’s not even an opinion – I wish it were.
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