Newcastle seem to get beat by more than one goal regularly when we lose, but we hardly ever win by more than one goal, which is at least one reason our goal difference has sucked over the last three seasons, since we were promoted straight back to the Premier League in 2010.
Alan Pardew - plays too safe?
In the last three games before the Swansea game, we got the 9 points and our goal difference improved by three goals – but that was completely wiped out in South Wales in the 3-0 defeat.
At the moment our goal difference is -2, which is the worst of any side in the top eleven, and last year it was -23, one of the worst we’ve ever had in the Premier League, when we finished 5th bottom.
And even in the season before that, when we finished 5th top it was only +5, which was the worst goal difference of any side in the top eight, and in our first season back when we finished 12th it was -1.
We seem to only be able to win by one goals, but lose by a number of goals too often, just like on Wednesday night.
And it even seems the tactics cause that, because when we were 2-0 up at home to Norwich at half time for example – what did we do – did we come out like a Liverpool, Manchester City or Arsenal and try to add to that score?
No, we virtually stopped playing aggressively and tried to contain Norwich, and of course when that happens you always let the other side back into the game, and sure enough they scored after 80 minutes to set up a nervous last 10 minutes.
We did beat Chelsea 2-0 with that late goal from Remy a few weeks back, but that’s the only two goal victory in the league this season, and we have to go back to the game against Southampton on 24th February, for the last two goal win – a 4-2 win at home to Southampton.
Th last big win before that was the 3-0 home win against Wigan on December 3rd, so wins by more than one goal are few and far between.
The next time we are say two goals ahead at the half, we’d like to see Newcastle continue to play the same way in the second half, and not go into their shell and hope to see out the game.
That’s not the way the big clubs play, and it doesn’t get you much of a goal difference either.
What do you think?
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