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.
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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