Considerably pleased with a night in the local driving my best mate up the wall, I am now even happier than I was on Saturday when the ref blew the final whistle and Sir Alex blew a fuse.
For a man who is literally a living legend in football terms he doesn’t half get his panties in a bunch when things don`t go his way.
As for my mate, who is a Man Utd fan, and as stubborn as they come, I took immense pleasure in poking the bear to the point that he nearly stormed out of the pub.
Such jabs as Rooney is a thug, Hernandez can`t hit a barn door, Ashley Young was a waste of £20million and I wouldn’t let your centre midfield play 5 a-side with me got the desired reaction, but I wasn’t finished there.
My personal favourites of the night… cheers for Obertan, he made Patrice Evra look about as useful as a chocolate teapot… your wingers are so bad it took an assist from Steven Taylor for you to score.. and just when he was losing his sense of humour about it all.. after watching you against us its no wonder Man City made a show of you. He really didn’t like that one!
It’s so much fun winding up Manchester United fans, simply because they feel they have a divine right to win every game they play unless it`s against Barcelona. It’s Even more fun watching Ferguson lose all logical reasoning and respect for other clubs when they don’t win.
Anyway, suitably chuffed with the result and my nights work I thought I’d put together some stats to keep the smiles coming all round.
We’ll start with an update on an article I put together a while ago and one of the other lads posting done an update on recently enough.
I won’t list all the games as most if not all of you are aware of every result and how the same matches went for us last season.
All said and done we are now 19 points up on the corresponding fixtures from last season with every single result to date being either equal to or better than last seasons result.
From these fixtures last season we collected a total of 7 points which is a 0.54 point per game average. This season, 26 points and a 2 point per game average.
Last season we scored 12 goals in these 13 games, a 0.92 goals per game average. This season, 19 goals in 13 games, a 1.46 goals per game average.
Last season we conceded 24 goals in the 13 games, an average of 1.85 goals per game. This season we are one goal off the best defence in the league with 13 goals conceded in 13 games.
One goal conceded per game as an average is extremely impressive and is backed up by the fact we have kept four clean sheets in those 13 games in comparison to only one last season.
All of this has given us seven wins, five draws and only one loss from our 13 Premier League games this season. That translates into a 53.85% win percentage, 38.46% being draws and just 7.69% being losses.
Looking at last seasons corresponding fixtures the ratios are embarrassingly bad. No wins, seven draws, six losses, giving us a 0% win percentage and in turn losing 46.15% of our games.
Back to the good stats. With approximately one third of the season gone if we remained consistent with current form we would finish on 76 points.
This would have guaranteed a 2nd place finish last season, finishing five points above Chelsea and Man City and just four points off Champions Manchester United.
There has never been a season in Premier League history where finishing on 76 points has achieved less than a 4th place finish.
Newcastle only ever finished above 76 points twice in Premier League history, the 1993-94 season, where we finished in 2nd place on 77 points, and the 1995-1996 season, again finishing in 2nd place but on 78 points.
Only once in Premier League history has a team been outside the top four with 26 points from 13 games, the season being in 1994-95.
Only three times in Premier League history have Newcastle been on 26 points or better with 13 games gone, 1994-95 season – 32pts, 1995-96 season – 34 pts, 1996-97 season – 28 pts.
In those seasons we finished in 6th, 2nd and 2nd respectively with our final points tallies being 72, 78 and 68. These three seasons were instrumental in creating the legacy of the Keegan Entertainers era.
In terms of squad value, including substitutes, the team Manchester United used against Newcastle cost £154million. As for Manchester City, £233million.
Newcastle’s team, including every player used in both games cost a total of roughly £35m – the same figure we got for Andy Carroll, who has scored only twice for Liverpool since his move.
Speaking of Carroll, he scored 11 goals in 20 appearances for Newcastle last season, an average of a goal every 1.82 games. Demba Ba has scored 8 goals in 13 games, an average of a goal every 1.63 games, and was a free transfer.
I could find more stats to bring a smile to your face I’m sure but think that is sufficient smile material for now. That and the obvious pleasure taken from getting one over on Manchester United on their own turf.
It remains to be seen if Newcastle can keep up the fine start we have had to the season. No doubt there will be some turbulent times as the season progresses but the signs and stats are good, very good indeed.
A couple of sound signings in January and knocking on the door of a Europa League place come the end of the season will change from pipedream to realistic possibility.
It was also great to hear the Alan Pardew chants during the game yesterday. Well deserved. If he keeps it up he will have to be a shoe in for Manager of the Year.
Kevin Keegan, Sir Bobby, Alan Pardew. You never know!