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Newcastle Close To League Pace Of Two Years Ago

7:45 am, Monday, December 2nd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

After 13 league games two years ago,  Newcastle were on 26 points after going unbeaten in our first 11 games, when we garnered a fantastic 25 points.

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Alan Pardew - doing well again as Newcastle manager

At the same stage this season Newcastle have a decent 23 points from the same 13 games played, after having won the last four, and Newcastle have surged to 6th place in the league table.

Two years ago Newcastle were in 4th place in the league with a goal difference of  +7, whereas today our goal difference is only +1.

But in Newcastle’s next three league games at the start of December two years ago, we suffered successive defeats at Chelsea (3-0) and at Norwich City (4-2), so our goal difference dropped to +2 and then we drew 0-0 at home to Swansea.

So after 16 games played two years ago, we had 27 points and a goal difference of +2.

That means if we can get 5 points in the next three games, which are on the road at Swansea and Manchester United, and then a home game against a strong Southampton side, we’ll be ahead of the place we set two years ago in the league.

And as a guide, on January 4th two years ago we beat Manchester United at home 3-0, and at that time after 20 games played we had 33 points and were 7th in the league table with a goal difference of +4.

It will be interesting to see how we are positioned on January 1st, after we have played West Brom at The Hawthorns, which will be our 20th game of the season.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bills-son // Dec 2, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Just after this stage in our 5th finish season Colo, Willo and STaylor were all injured and we had Perch and Simpson as CBs.

    We’ve been fortunate with injuries this season but the big concern would be an injury to Remy. We need another striker in Jan plus a return to form for Cisse. If Remy does get injured it would also be interesting to see how Gouffran would do as the main striker. He might surprise us.

  • 2 MAUTITOON // Dec 2, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    RESPECT FOR THE MAN
    RESPECT FOR SIR ALAN PARDEW,THE NEWCASTLE UNITED MESSIAH.

  • 3 GeordieDan // Dec 2, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    25 pts or 26 pts Ed? Can’t have been both. :)

    A very good start to the season overall after a bit of a shaky beginning.

    We’re playing good stuff and really fighting for points each too. Very decent effort from players AND coaches so far.

    Credit where credit is due.

  • 4 GeordieDan // Dec 2, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Apologies Ed just realised its me in the wrong fir a change, just read it wrong. Doh. :(

  • 5 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Dec 2, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    What i think we need to do is make sure no Big names leave in Januuary, with the possible exception of Collo, who, lets face it has been wanting to leave for more than a year now?
    A lot of people on here have been suggesting a player swap with San Lorenzo in Argentina for some of the talent in their team and let Collo go in the other direction ! Maybe a deal could be done?

    It would appear that the Hammers are trying to piss us off by outbidding us for Beftami Gomis?
    Lyon want 7Mil, or so its being reported this morning, could be that the press are just trying to sell papers again, its probably bulls….. again?

    Would be a good idea to make a deal with QPR for a permanent deal for Remy, if indeed he manages to stay out of Durham Nick?
    At the same time i would be very pleased if we manage to get Tom Ince to come to us, plus Shane Long !




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