In a season in which complaints have more often than not been leveled at the manager’s lack of playing style and personnel usage, the only thing that Pardew and the board will care about is results. By breaking down the season’s fixtures into three blocks, it is easier to notice patterns, such as the possibility of result improvements or decline as the season progressed.
The first block of results is the first 12 games of the season:
Tottenham (H) 3pts
Chelsea (A) 0pts
Villa (H) 1pt
Everton (A) 1pt
Norwich (H) 3pts
Reading (A) 1pt
Man Utd (H) 0pts
Sunderland (A) 1pt
WBA (H) 3pts
Liverpool (A) 1pt
West Ham (H) 0pts
Swansea (H) 0pts
Total: 14pts, 3 wins, 4 losses, 4 draws
GF: 13 GA: 17
Home pts: 10pts out of a possible 21 pts
Away pts: 4pts out of a possible 15 pts
The second block is of the next 12 games:
Southampton (A) 0pts
Stoke City (A) 0pts
Wigan (H) 3pts
Fulham (A) 0pts
Man City (H) 0pts
QPR (H) 3pts
Man Utd (A) 0pts
Arsenal (A) 0pts
Everton (H) 0pts
Norwich (A) 1pts
Reading (H) 0pts
Aston Villa (A) 3pts
Chelsea (H) 3pts
Total: 10pts, 3 wins, 8 losses, 1 draw
GF: 20, GA: 26
Home pts: 10pts out of a possible 18
Away pts: 4pts out of a possible 18
The last 13 games of the season:
Tottenham (A) 0pts
Southampton (H) 3pts
Swansea (A) 0pts
Stoke (H) 3pts
Wigan (A) 0pts
Man City (A) 0pts
Fulham (H) 3pts
Sunderland (H) 0pts
WBA (A) 1pt
Liverpool (H) 0pts
West Ham (A) 1pts
QPR (A) 3pts
Arsenal (H) 0pts
Total: 13 pts, 4 wins, 7 losses, 2 draws
GF: 11, GA: 24
Home pts: 9 pts out of a possible 18
Away pts: 5 pts out of a possible 21
From these results, several points stand out:
- The start of the season was where Newcastle picked up the most points, 14. From there things only got worse as the second part of the season led to 10 points and the last saw a slight improvement up to 13 points.
- Newcastle only had two away wins all season. They lost 10 away games and drew 7. Newcastle gained 13 points out of a possible 57 points.
-Newcastle’s away form was consistently poor as they picked up 4 points from their 1st 12 games and 2nd 12 games, before picking up 5 points in the final 13 games.
- Newcastle’s saviour was their home form with 9 wins at SJP, 1 draw, and 9 defeats. This led to a points return of 28 points out of a possible 57.
- Newcastle scored most of their goals in their 2nd 12 games, with 20 goals. 6 of these coming in two high scoring defeats away at Arsenal and Man Utd. Consequently, their last 13 games saw their least amount of goals scored, 11.
- Newcastle’s defending was easily one of the worst seen. They conceded 67 goals over the season. The defending was worst in the 2nd 12 games and the last 13 with 26 and 24 conceded respectively. Essentially, Newcastle conceded twice a game on average in those 25 games.
- Newcastle’s record against the top four was one win, against Chelsea at home. Otherwise, Newcastle was to lose every single encounter, 7 matches.
-Newcastle’s record against teams who found themselves in the relegation mix (11th-20th) at home was mostly excellent. At home, Newcastle won 6 of their 9 encounters, beating Norwich, Fulham, Stoke, Southampton, Wigan and QPR. They lost 2. Losing to Sunderland and Reading. They drew once, against Villa. Newcastle picked up 19 out of 27 points at home against teams in the relegation battle at home.
Newcastle’s record in the relegation battle away from home made for less impressive reading. Newcastle won just twice, beating QPR and Villa. They drew 3 times against Sunderland, Norwich and Reading. However, Newcastle lost 4 of their 9 fixtures, losing to Fulham, Stoke, Southampton and Wigan away.
While this is not to read as a indictment of Alan Pardew and/or the players, it is clear where Newcastle’s strengthes and weaknesses fell in the season, and goes some way to explaining a dismal season.