Newcastle United are a club that are suffering at the moment. On and off the pitch there seem to be issues and with a lot of Magpies tuning in to watch Southampton vs Brighton last night on Monday Night Football, some supporters noticed that Brighton have won a lot more penalties than they have in recent years.
I would love to see a comparison of how many penalties #nufc have been awarded in comparison to Brighton since we were both promoted.
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) September 17, 2018
Some of the more witty Geordies took the opportunity to slate their own side in response to the question of penalties. A number of fans claimed that you have to actually attack and get into the box to win penalties whereas other fans simply said that the club would be unable to score them anyway. This season has seen Rafa Benitez’s side awarded a single spot-kick, however, Kenedy failed to convert it deep into injury time as they drew 0-0 at Cardiff.
It would be nice for the supporters to see some more goals go in considering they’ve scored just four times this season. All those goals have come in 2-1 losses to club’s who finished in the top six last season and whether they’re scoring from open play or from 12 yards, the fand on;t care as long as the ball hits the back of the net. It could be a long season for the St James Park faithful but if they can get back to winning ways against Crystal Palace this weekend then things can only get better.
You can read The Magpies’ responses to the Brighton penalty stat here:
we can't score penalties anyway
— Lucas Barboza (@lucastardust) September 17, 2018
I think we need to get in the oppositions box first
— TX_Toon (@toon_tx) 17 September 2018
You’re more likely to win penalties if you attack to be fair.
— Ash Sales (@ashsales22) September 17, 2018
Brighton attack we dont
— Garry Wildin (@Wildin9) 18 September 2018
We have to be in the box to get penalties
— Daren Baister (@Dbaister) September 18, 2018
we never score penalty, make no difference
— KJ (@JieroTeoh) September 18, 2018
You've got to get into the area to win a penalty…
— Luke Summers (@Luke9S) September 17, 2018
At least the Geordies have a sense of humour over their lack of spot kicks, but it is true that the more they get forward the more likely they are to get a chance from 12 yards.