In our relegation season after 26 games played we had 28 points and were in 14th place – so we were 4 points better off then than now and 4 places higher up in the league table.
Our goal difference in 2009 was -9 and it is -22 at the moment – the second worst in the division behind Aston Villa after the bottom side were thrashed 6-0 at home yesterday by Liverpool.
Steve McClaren – just a woeful record at Newcastle
Just the facts ma’am
Here are the positions in 2009 and today after 26 games played in the league.
We had 4 more points, we had lost four fewer games, scored 7 more goals and conceded 7 less goals.
The only stat that isn’t worse now than it was then is the games won – which in both cases is six.
The easy way to explain the four more points in 2009 at this time is that we drew four more games seven years ago and lost four less – so 4 more points.
However – wait for it – there may be some good news on the horizon.
Newcastle collapsed seven years ago in the final 12 games of the season and we picked up just 6 points – one win at home to Middlesbrough and three draws against Everton, Hull City and Stoke City.
So Newcastle can still get out of trouble this season but we need wins – wins are what could still save us.