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Newcastle Record Still Better Than Two Years Ago – But One Common Stat Very Surprising

After 13 games in our relegation season two years ago we had 10 points having just been hammered 3-0 at home by Leicester City who went on the win the Premier League that year.

It’s interesting we were hammered 3-0 at home last Saturday by Watford.

We had scored 13 goals including 6 goals in the 6-2 home win against Norwich on 18th October 2015 but had conceded a whopping 25 goals in those 13 games for a goal difference of -12.

That included a terrible 6-1 defeat at Manchester City on 3rd October 2015 – one of the worst performances for many a season.

If we had that record this season, we’d be 4th bottom just above West Ham on goal difference.

Steve McClaren – in typical pose

Today we are 4 points and 3 places better off in 14th position.

This season we have scored 11 goals and conceded 17 for a goal difference of -6, so we are much better on points and goal difference compared to that miserable season under Steve McClaren.

Here’s how the two seasons compare currently.


The only stat that’s the same in both seasons is we have lost 7 of the first 13 league games.

We can do ourselves an awful lot of good if we can play well tomorrow night and win at West Brom.

That’s exactly what we need before a tough trip to Stanford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

The team on Saturday looked nothing like a Rafa Benitez well-drilled side, and that needs to change quickly before tomorrow night.

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Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • G

    Nov 27, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #1

    I agree with the post on the last thread. 4-4-2 obviously isn’t working, so back to Rafa’s preferred formation. I don’t like to play with a lone front man, but 7 goals in 2 games tells it’s own story really.

  • lochinvar

    Nov 27, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Rafa said: “It will be tough, but I still think we are in a good position. If my target for the first half of the season is 20 points and we have 14, we have to be sure we use these next six games to get those points and then try to improve in the second half of the season. We have to learn in the Premier League, that if you make one mistake …

    “Good position” ? – sorry have to disagree with that. That’s manager speak for we’ve messed up recently so are worse off than we should be. Outside of the top six, Watford and Burnley are in good positions.
    Only slight problem there is that we’ve thrown away up to say nine points in recent games which would have put us in 23 points before the next batch of fixtures. Reality bites.

    Rafa needs to pull Elliot, Joselu and Diame out of the team and maybe give Ritche a rest or a good bollocking and refresh the whole approach for the WBA game and rethink his use and timing of substitutes. That would be helpful.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #3

    I’ve just read that on the previous thread and replied, I’m not replying again.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 27, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #4


    Might not be what RAFA wants in a centre-forward but it gets you goals and that is what we are crying out for!!!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2017 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Why do you always type Rafa in block capitals.

  • expatmag

    Nov 27, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Well….today is the 27th……wonder if anything will happen today

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 27, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #7

    While Staveley did broker the Man city deal successfully, she allegedly failed twice, possibly even 3 times trying to buy Liverpool and it’s starting to get the same horrible sinking feeling with us. It looks like Ash doesn’t want us but when it comes to it doesn’t really seem to want anyone else to either and will fatally play hard ball with the one and only person to have shown any interest.

    It’s a complete lose, lose all round. Rafa walks, we get another z lister manager, inevitable relegation, club worth half of what it is now. When you sell something it should be a clean break, not hanging around like a bad smell, trying to keep bits here and there.

    Well it’s the 27th. I don’t for one moment condemn Shire, Hibbitt and Sparky who shared information in good faith. We’re just doomed to be governed by a megalo maniac who is only ever out for himself and not what he can do for the club.

  • JohnJ

    Nov 27, 2017 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #8

    Yes I’m wondering and hoping as well…….

  • JohnJ

    Nov 27, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #9

    I’ve been very grateful to Shire, Hibbitt and Sparky for giving me hope but I’m still hoping that things may take off in the next few days!

  • booboo

    Nov 27, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #10

    boys and girls let me chip in for a sec.

    if rafa was as good as some bloggers write he would have managing a big
    champions league the reason he’s here is simply because he wont find a
    better club. maybe some mid table clubs would be interested nothin more.

    he’s been fired time and again for playing sh…football check the facts .
    we’ve been scarred so deeply from previous managers that some blame
    the squad,players etc etc when they should blame non other than rafa.

    i’ve lost all faith in him !! i’ve had enough of him oh my what a stubbornness
    from the man new owner or not no one will accept his playing style.

    there are many good managers outside the english football who would be
    much better for our club in terms of playing style new owners or not we deserve
    better. my ideal choice would be nolberto solano he gets the club since he was a
    player here.

  • JohnJ

    Nov 27, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #11

    I can’t believe what I’m reading above! Have we been infiltrated by a mackem?

  • Moonraker15

    Nov 27, 2017 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #12

    You ain’t got a clue! I don’t know where to start in response! So I won’t !


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