Newcastle Finding It Difficult To Score Goals – Here’s Why

Jonjo Shelvey is filling in for captain Jamaal Lascelles while Jamaal is recovering from his ankle injury and we hope the 23-year-old will be back soon although he’s not available for the home game against Watford on Saturday afternoon.

Jonjo had a decent game at Old Trafford last Saturday in the 4-1 defeat and he looks like he’s coming into some good form at an important part of the season with lots of holiday games coming up.

Newcastle, are finding it difficult to score goals this season but it was good that Dwight Gayle scored his first goal of the season at Old Trafford and hopefully, he can go on a goalscoring streak for the upcoming games.

Jonjo Shelvey gets instructions from Rafa Benitez last Saturday

Jonjo had been interviewed in the Shields Gazette today, and he explains why it’s more difficult to score goals against Premier League sides:

“The players are a lot more tactically aware in this league, and it’s a lot harder than the Championship.”

“You probably get a lot more time on the ball, but the defenders are in better positions, so it’s a lot harder to create chances and score chances.”

“At the end of the day, we’re doing all right. We probably just need to score a few more goals.”

“It isn’t just down to the attacking players, either. You need to chip in with goals from all over the pitch.”

“That’s something we’ll keep working on, on the training pitch, and hopefully it’ll pay off.”

The top scorers ar Newcastle at the moment are Mitrovic, Joselu, and Lascelles with only two goals each – that’s not many for a top scorer at the club after 12 league games and a cup game have been played.

Here are the goalscorers so far.

Ayoze Perez8210
Dwight Gayle606
Matt Ritchie303
Jamaal Lascelles303
Aleksandar Mitrovic112
Ciaran Clark202
Mo Diame202
Christian Atsu202
Jonjo Shelvey202
Jacob Murphy101
Isaac Hayden101
Henri Saivet101
Mikel Merino101
Rolando Aarons011

Let’s hope we can get all 3 points against Watford on Saturday – we need them!

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16 comments so far

  • Bianconeri

    Nov 23, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #1

    It doesn’t help when Joselu cant hit a coo’s arse with a banjo

  • hibbit

    Nov 23, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #2


    so far he hasn’t stood in the way both parties are still at the table and still talking
    it’s obvious he’s going to want the best he can get he was never ever going to cave in at the first bid,
    its all a lot of posturing as both parties want the best deal they can get

    just keep the faith this deal will go through

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 23, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #3

    If this doesn’t go through I think the despondency will relegate us. Lose lose for us and the fat man.

  • hibbit

    Nov 23, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #4

    that’s why he’s still at the table he has to know this his best chance.
    PCP know this as well and that’s why there trying to turn the screw
    a compromise will be reached and soon that suites both parties

    the deal will go through

  • hibbit

    Nov 23, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #5

    catch you all later off to leeds on the train looking forward to it

  • mactoon

    Nov 23, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #6

    The main problem is because Rafa wasn’t given the funds to buy the striker he wanted even though he did as asked and reduced the wage bill. Instead, he had to settle for Joselu for £5 million, depend on Gayle who is ‘injury prone’ and Mitro who he won’t use as he doesn’t trust him. It’s nothing to do with players being more tactically aware, and as far as the rest of the team contributing, of the 11 goals scored only 5 were scored by strikers with 5 non strikers chipping in. The results are there for everyone to see.

  • magic hat

    Nov 23, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #7

    Here’s hoping the deal is still on, however I’m sure it is and they’ll both come to agreement. It is interesting to note the very different valuations presented for southampton and everton as benchmarks. Also I hope some of my fellow bloggers can stop acting like keyboard warrior children. Remember we are United and shouldn’t be divided. We should all want the best for our club and our city. Its about time some money got invested in both.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 23, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #8

    Get the deal done, I’m bored with waiting

  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 23, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #9

    Haha I’ve just messaged my guy that same thing 😆

  • magscar

    Nov 23, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #10


    missed the new one yet again!


    Thanks for the links good bands. Strange name for a blues band – Grooveamatic though? Bit of Blue Jazz going on though?

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 23, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #11

    I think the despondency from fans, players and Rafa will be enough to relegate us if the deal doesn’t go through – fatty will then never get anything like 300 million , Rafa will walk and we’ll end up like Sunderland as Fatman sells any player worth their salt and consigns us to championship mid table mediocrity

  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 23, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #12


    Message again and tell him I’m bored waiting too

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 23, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Shire ,- and me

  • booboo

    Nov 23, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #14

    if rafa really wanna solve the striker problems lack of goals…
    then maybe he should give mitro a chance which i dont think
    he ever has not since we went down. a minute here and
    there dont show his potential and dont do the kid good at all
    we all know he soon to be a gone but what a waist if he do end up
    fulfilling his true potential at another club. just like mbabu who is
    doing great with young boys he is better than manquillo on his worst
    day….somethings rafa do i dont understand at all. i do want rafa
    to stay and i do respect his ability as a coach much better than those
    clowns before him(after br era) .but like i said somethings i just dont
    dont agree with !!

    ps hope this takeover happens soon been celebrating way too early
    hangover for nothing daammit….

  • JohnJ

    Nov 23, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #15

    You know what they say……… “You can please some of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time” Never a truer word said eh? The thing is it’s Rafa who is the boss and he’s a fantastic manager – we have to trust in “Rafa the Gafa” I would like to see Mitro in the team but I understand 100% why he is not! He’s a fully committed player but sadly “a loose cannon”

  • widowmagandapoke

    Nov 23, 2017 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #16

    Gayle showed against Man U that he is coming back into form. No way will Mitro get into the starting XI.
    On the takeover front, Ashley will not want to invest any money (or as little as possible) and he must be aware of the dangers of not investing, that is why I am pretty sure the deal will go through in one way or another. If it doesn’t Mr Ashley will be crying into his beer. I don’t blame PCP for biding their time. Also if the deal isn’t done by January, the offer will drop and he won’ want that. The inescapable fact is Ash Wants out.


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