This is An Area Newcastle Must Improve

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.

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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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6 comments so far

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Dec 6, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #1

    Too much pussying about thinking about the opposition.

  • bobby mango

    Dec 6, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Agree this is terrible and once of the reasons I felt nalegatively towards Pardew.

    It’s a reflection of his tactics – when we win we generally just scrape by. Hanging onto a 1 goal lead.

    When we lose it’s generally due to teams working us out and battering us. A lot of the loses we’re lucky to bit concede even more (e.g Man City).

    With Hughton I remember some terrific victories. With Pardew it’s the monstrous, record defeats.

    Pards has got some credit back this season, so not writing him off. Hopefully the last game was a wake up call. Utd will be a test of our resolve.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 6, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #3


    We do need to consider the opposition when we set the team up but we also need to be consistent with our style of play, only making small changes to counter the opposition.

    I just would love to see this team, as i am sure the squad is capable of it, to play an attacking, front foot game. Not the style of pardew so it wont happen, he, and rightly so, sticks to the style he works best with. It’s up to the owner to get him the players he needs for it, or to get a manager to play a different style.

    Pardew can only do his best, which I think he is doing…apart from the odd dodgy sub.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 6, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Previous thread
    TOON win Why not!!!!

    Need a little bit of luck that deserted us at Swansea.

    Yes we gave possession to Swansea but they do that to most teams.
    Yet we came clsest to scoring great save by Vomm from Remy’s header.
    should of had a penalty for hand ball.
    They huffed and puffed without hurting us until Krul’s clanger – instead of pushing the ball back into play blindly should of push it out for a corner.

    After half time we were the better team until push in back on Gooofy – penalty no. 2 but know they broke and scored a lucky goal.

    Then our heads went down.

    I would play the same team – if had to make a change bring in MBiwa for Colo.

    But I am not the manager

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Dec 6, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Spot on, Ed!!
    That’s a big problem. We have only twice in Pardews 3 years reign scored 4 goal.

  • Sav

    Dec 6, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #6

    Its that we are leaking too many, not that we aren’t scoring enough. I think there was a good argument for Pardew leaving Colo on the bench after M’Biwa and Willo were showing signs of cementing a partnership. If goals give strikers confidence, goals conceded seem to make the whole team nervous and cautious. Hence we tend to fall back into deep defence if we get our noses in front.
    No-one can argue against Debuchy who has been immense consistently but the LB berth is still to be nailed down. I have hopes Haidara might be the one to clinch it this season, if he gets a run of games, with Santon and Dummett pushing him on.
    Swansea’s style of passing and possession was a lesson on Wednesday. We have to be able to deal with it better than we did. Hope we begin at Old Trafford.


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