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263 minutes since last NUFC goal

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It’s 263 minutes since scoring

Jetro Willems’ thunderbolt at Anfield is the last time Newcastle scored. No team is on a longer barren run in the Premier League, and shot-shy United have the joint fewest goals in the top flight so far.

So much for the “front foot” football that Lee Charnley promised Bruce would usher in.

Fewest shots of ANY Premier League team

Newcastle just aren’t creating, as this stat proves.

United have had just 60 shots across the seven matches so far – the least of any in the top flight. Wolves have had 65 while Manchester City have had 140 and sit top of that particular stat.

Lowest possession of any side in the top flight

Newcastle’s possession stats make for horrendous reading. They’ve got an average possession of 33.9% across their seven matches – and three of their game feature in the lowest possession in English football this season.

The Spurs game, when they had 25.2% possession, and the Liverpool match, where they had 28.4% of the ball, are the lowest possession stats of any team in the English leagues this season. But more damagingly, their 33.5% against Brighton (at home!) is also in the top ten.

This is a team that just can’t operate with the ball at their feet.

Burnley, a more direct side, are the next lowest on 38.2%.

Touches in the opposition box

There is no more damning attacking stat than this. They have touched the ball just 65 times in the opposition box this season across seven matches – a risible figure made even worse by the fact that the nearest team to them is Sheffield United, who have had 92 touches in the opposition box.

United are just not getting the ball into the danger areas enough to be competitive.

Three goals or more conceded in seven games

Last season under Rafa Benitez, United only conceded three or more goals four times across the whole 38 games season. This season it has happened three times in just seven games.

Benitez would feel that goal difference was worth an extra point across the season, hence his reason for shutting up shop in some games he felt were almost unwinnable. Bruce vowed to ditch that approach and won plaudits in the pundit world – but the result has been that hard-earned label of being tough to beat has gone out of the window.

Two collapses, at Norwich and Leicester, are more reminiscent of the Steve McClaren era than what followed.

Most offsides

United have been caught offside 21 times this season, which is another damning stat considering their relative lack of action in the final third.

Miguel Almiron, with seven offsides, is the worst offender.

Fewest ‘progressive passes’

These are passes looking to move the ball, and possession, forward. United are the lowest in the division.
1st October 2019 11:13 AM
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263 minutes since last NUFC goal

I would genuinely love to hear what LL has to say about the current situation
1st October 2019 11:49 AM
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Too embarrassed to come back on?
1st October 2019 01:26 PM
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