Newcastle big weakness of late is our ability to put the ball into the back of the net – and you just have to look at the stats to see it’s a big problem for us.
Shola Ameobi – could this man be the hero?
Including our defeats at Manchester City and Wigan, we have scored only four goals in our last seven league games, and in the last four games we have scored a solitary goal – the one from Yoan Gouffran to get us a point at West Brom.
And teams get out of the relegation mess with wins, and while we’ll always take a point – like we got yesterday – it’s wins that save you.
Just look at Aston Villa in the last two games – they have two wins – and before those games they were 3 points behind Newcastle and now they are two points ahead of us.
So we will save ourselves only by winning at least one of our last two games, and the easier one to win is at QPR, but whatever happens we will likely go into the Arsenal game with everything on the line – and the fact that a bad result for us there could mean we take the drop.
Wigan have scored five goals in the last two games to get a 2-2 draw at home to Tottenham, when Spurs equalized in the 89th minute, and a 3-2 win at West Brom yesterday – so Villa and Wigan have surged in the last two games – we haven’t.
And to win games you have to score goals – so in the last four games we could have only won one game – and it would have had to have been 1-0 because we’ve only scored one goal.
Alan Pardew knows that’s the problems, which is why he started Ben Arfa, Cisse and Gouffran as a front three – but we need to see Shola Ameobi may be start one of the wings in the last two games.
Shola has his critics, but he could be the man to save Newcastle – he tends to get some really important goals for the club.
Somebody needs to be a hero if we are to survive this season – so the opportunity is there for Shola, and for any other Newcastle player for that matter.
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