Then & Now: How does Newcastle's start to 2014/15 compare to last season?

How does Newcastle United's start to the current campaign compare to their first five games in 2013/14?

After five Premier League games this season, Newcastle United are yet to find a win.

Intriguingly, however, their poor start is relatively similar to the same five-game period last term.

At this point last season, Alan Pardew's men had seven points to their name, as opposed to the three they have amassed out of a possible 15 this time around.

The margins, though, are rather thin...

  SeasonGoalsAssistsPossession PercentageTouchesTackles WonGoals ConcededShooting AccuracyAppearances
Newcastle 2013-2014 5 3 50 3,258 70 8 6% 5
Newcastle 2014-2015 5 3 55.8 3,608 60 11 7% 5

Indeed, as Opta stats show, the Magpies have scored as many goals during both periods, as well as registering the same amount of assists.

Pardew's side have also taken more touches, fared slightly better with their shooting accuracy and averaged significantly more possession during matches.

But their key failing has been at the back, where a lack of tackles won is symptomatic of several lacklustre performances, while Newcastle have also conceded more goals.

The similarity between the two seasons suggests that improvement is required in every area, however. The improvement in shooting accuracy has still left it at a meager seven per cent, for instance, while goal scoring has been a long-term problem for the Magpies.

The better results by this point last season are also likely to be heavily connected to the presence - and lack thereof now - of Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy. As Newcastle players won't need reminding, then, things must only progress upward from here...

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