This Is Foundation For Newcastle Success This Season


We’ve pointed out that our defense has been a weakness at Newcastle over the last couple of seasons,  and two seasons ago we conceded the most ever goals in the Premier League with 68 – and last season wasn’t much better when we conceded a massive 59 goals.

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Paul Dummett in action against Leicester City

Newcastle also made a poor start in defense this season,  and after the first seven games in the league we had conceded 14 goals – on track to concede 76 for the season.

But in our last five league games we have conceded only one goal – at Tottenham and have won the lot – so now we have conceded 15 goals in 12 games – on track to concede only 48 goals for the full 38 game season.

So our defense is maybe the main area of the team in which Newcastle have made such a big improvement this season, and of course we are in 5th place in the league table now.

Paul Dummett has talked about the Newcastle defense:

“There’s a lot of defenders on form at the moment, so the manager has a decision to make every time he picks the team,” “It’s good for any team to have that and I’m sure it’s what every manager wants.”

“We’ve kept a lot of clean sheets recently, and I think that just goes to show how well compact we are as a team,” he said. “We’re working hard together to strive to get clean sheets, and keeping clean sheets is always going to be important.

“With a clean sheet, you can always go on to get goals, and we’ve done that in the last few weeks. We just have to keep it going now.”  “We work hard on the defensive shape in training, and that’s what’s given us success in the last few weeks.”

“We’ve kept a really strong defensive shape, and that’s been the base that’s allowed us to hit teams on the break and score goals.” “With the players we’ve got going forward, we know that if we keep it tight at the back, we’ll always have a good chance of winning games.”

Paul’s right when he says the lads have to keep their good form going.

There’s an argument to be made that we could do very well this season,  if only our defense keeps playing like they have done over the last six games in conceding only one goal.

And with defenders now out of the side such as Colo, Steven Taylor and Davide Santon, when they are all fit again there will be some big competition for those back four positions, and that can only help Newcastle.

Sounds good to us.

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6 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 26, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Dummet has been superb since moving to centre back. I was and remain completely unconvinced by him at let back, but at centre back he has done very well, and should keep his spot.

    Repost from previous thread,Good to see Beardsley mentions Ben Dawson there. He was the top coach that came back to the club, one of a few elite level coaches. Hadn’t heard his name mentioned since he was reportedly on the verge of joining, so I was unsure whether it had fallen through or not. Great to see it didn’t and he is on board.

    I wonder how much influence and impact his new methods have had in bringing this crop of youngsters forward quicker than anticipated.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 26, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #2

    Also, had a meeting with a FIFA rep last night who works with their CSR program, Football for Hope, with the intention of developing a football academy in Malawi seen as I am no longer involved with my old one. Anyone on here know people who work at SAFC or NUFC within either the foundations or global departments?

    Long shot, but so was trying to get a meeting with a FIFA rep, as well as asking for a player development strategy from Gary White, both of which came off!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 26, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Lilo,
    The best way to get a meeting with a FIFA rep would be with a fat brown envelope stuffed with Kwachas.

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  • 70TWO

    Nov 26, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #4

    Lilongwe Geordie – sincerely good luck with that.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 26, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #5

    Lilo,
    That would be a great achievement if you managed that. I would very much like to think that the massive fines handed to Man City and PSG were going towards projects like that rather than reburishment of the already teak panelled offices of the FIFA headquarters and First class flights. FIFA has to be the most transparently corrupt organisation on the planet.

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  • Marmalade Cranium

    Nov 26, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #6

    Keep them in the middle. Dummett and Sissoko make little impact out wide and (by accident) Pardew has found out where to make the best of them. No going back to accommodate those returning from injury please. And while I am on leave Haidara at left back at least for the December games to let him have a proper crack at making the position his long term.

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