The away day specialists?

Another great away day?
As we approach our next away game against Stoke I thought I’d have a quick check to have a look at the good old statistics, and they make interesting reading for NUFC fans to be fair…

The first thing that I noticed was that we have won five away games already this season collecting 18 points in the process. And we still have another five away games to play! This may not sound great but when you compare our away form in this season to what it was in the previous two Premier League campaigns where we managed a measly 12 and 14 points respectively, we really are the where day specialists this season!

Now the reason why we are doing so well this season away from home is obviously to do with a few things, but one of the main factors for me is our defence.Β According to the ‘away league’ table we would be sixth right now after 14 away games, but we have only scored 12 goals which is the joint third lowest in the league. That can only mean then that we are keeping them out at the other end, which we are to a certain extent; we have conceded 19 goals on our travels this term, the joint fifth lowest in the league.

I’m sure that you’ll agree that our away form makes for pleasant reading. Sure we could score a few more goals to put games to bed sooner and not make us fans sweat, but I can’t remember the last time when we were in the Premier League where I was confident of going to tough places like Birmingham, Arsenal, Everton etc and nicking the odd goal before seeing the game out with relative ease.

As I said I think it’s mainly down to our tight defence, but it all started last season in the Championship where we won 12 away games. This is mainly down to Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood getting the players organized and disciplined in what were difficult circumstances. Hughton then carried that on to into this season and when Alan Pardew took over he followed suit and probably made us even harder to break down.

So all in all it’s been a great season on the road, and if you happen to be there it’s even better because nothing beats winning away from home! Hopefully we’ll win a few more between now and then end of the season. If only we could sort out our home form we would be challenging the top 4 πŸ˜†

Anyway whilst I am in full swing of things with these stats, here’s two more; we have actually won more away games than Man United this season and at home we are the second top goalscorers, again behind Man United – Don’t you just love stats!

So why do you think we are doing better away from home this season then previous ones, and are we really…

The away day specialists?

65 thoughts on “The away day specialists?

  1. It’s on odd one, Dan. I can’t remember a Premier League season where we’ve done so well (respectively) away from home.

    It’s always going to be tougher away from home to be fair so any point away from home should be a bonus, but the biggest and nicest surprise for me had been the fact that we haven’t been smashed apart from Bolton and the fact that we’ve had a fair ahre of the play in just about every game away from home so far.

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  2. Trust me to be at Bolton as well πŸ™

    But defiantly agree we have a lot more possession than we used to get, which helps us hold onto leads when we sneak a goal πŸ˜‰

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  3. It’s mentality. Our lot thrive on being the underdogs and written off and get complacent at other times when the favourite. We are usually always favourites at home and we never usually get started until we concede (a couple)

    Look at Stevenage, total complacency by our senior players and we weren’t only beaten, we were played off the park.

    Pards is also right in looking for players who can deal with our home crowds, a few in the squad can’t.

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  4. I think Enrique is one of them players, when we play at home teams target him more to stop where as when were away he gets more freedom.

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  5. good article dan, you are oviously a talented writer i enjoyed reading that.

    on the football matter its will be one of our most difficult games this season, stoke are in full swing of things and we are deeply deprived of player at this piont, i dont fancy fergusen in the box when corner and throw-in are being put in, he will be killed by the likes of jones, huth and showcross. but maybe he may be able to keep pennant quiet, that would be a major chink in there plans.

    my prediction, a 1-1 draw, in a sense that is good, but obviously would like the win.

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  6. Cheers David.

    Defiantly one of the toughest places to go outside the top 5 Stoke but like Best said today; lets not deter from our own game plan, lets get it down and pass but at the same time be wary of their style.

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  7. @ andrewNUFC, yeah i think your right, they probably play with a bit more freedom but sometimes at home works in our favor, like against arsenal πŸ˜€

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  8. We always do OK at home though but it’s the fact we’ve taken a lot more points away then previous seasons which is the surprising thing πŸ™‚

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  9. DAVID@ we are all talented on here mate,some more than others,but richietoon is trying to catch up like πŸ’‘

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  10. There’ll be no shame at losing to Stoke. Better teams than us have been beaten there this season and will do again.

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  11. After not being able to work out that conundrum of putting on a bib he then misses a sitter from 2 yards and gets sent off for kicking someone in the chest…

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  12. One of them didnt place mate, think it was the 25-1 Mccoy ridden in the 2nd. Forget the name. Was something like 18000-1 odds all 6 placing so didn’t get me hopes up too much like.

    Was a canny long shot them all coming in but thats the kind i go for, usually marginally miss out…one day it’ll all click like. And i’ll break lifetime even πŸ™„

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  13. Lens is starting for PSV against Rangers, be interesting to see how the lad does. ITV4.

    Wonder if we have scouts there?

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  14. It’s usually the footy accumulators I do well on, get the odd double on the gee gee’s from time to time but still waiting for the big one to come off πŸ™‚

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  15. would be class if viana did like, would totally condone any wages we gave him in the past.
    If he broke carrolls leg I would have him as my permanent avatar.

    saying that I fancy a change….

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  16. Anyone who does watch Lens play could they please give a post match review of him?? Would be interested to hear how he does

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  17. Ola Toivonen also plays for PSV – very much worth a look.

    I am watching the Rangers game anyway so some scouting makes it all the more fun to root against Rangers.

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  18. Marcus Berg is another player who I rate. He was highly touted a year or two ago and is on loan at PSV from Hamburg.

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  19. Engelaar is in his 30’s now.

    Zakaria Labyad was promoted to the first team when he was 16 and he is only 17 or 18 now. Dutch under 19 player too. Must have a bit about him.

    This PSV squad has a fair few interesting players I wouldn’t say no to.

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  20. Batty it sits out even more now that there is only a couple of comments πŸ˜† what has happened to the place it used to be thriving πŸ˜•

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  21. I hoyed in a couple of hand grenades on org….trying my best to stimulate conversation but it’s dying on its feet… πŸ™

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