Stats: Newcastle's huge improvement in key area during winning run

Newcastle United have made some dramatic improvements over the past few games.

"Pardew back from the dead," read a banner at St. James' Park on Saturday.

It may have been Halloween at the weekend, but Newcastle United's nightmares have seemingly ended after a brilliant run of form from the side.

The Magpies collected their fourth successive victory as they beat Liverpool 1-0 to continue their rapid ascent up the Premier League.

The atmosphere around St. James' Park had been toxic after the club failed to win any of their first seven games, but optimism is emerging after a drastic improvement has been shown by the side in recent weeks.

The pressure had been building on Alan Pardew, but the fan-base will be delighted that the club kept faith in the manager after he guided them to wins over Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City prior to this Saturday's success.

Their improvements have been obvious, too, and, from looking at the stats, it seems to have been Pardew's ability to spot where they have been going wrong that needs to be credited.

  MatchGoalsGoals againstShots per gameShots against per gamePasses per gamePassing AccuracyTackles per gameInterceptions per game
Newcastle Others 7 14 14.2 11.1 480.2 82.1% 13.4 14
Newcastle Last three games 4 1 13.6 10.3 321 72.7% 19 21.3

Newcastle were simply too open throughout their opening few fixtures, as they tried to play with an expansive style, and were punished by opposition teams.

They were completing a sizeable number of passes more over the opening of the campaign than they currently are, with greater accuracy, but they were proving too easy to pick off.

As a result, Pardew has chosen to tighten things up and it has worked to perfection.

The side are now making six more tackles and seven more interceptions, on average, per game than they were during their winless run. 

They are also not allowing the opposition to have so many shots on their goal and they have got their rewards - only conceding once during their past three games.

It is a remarkable turnaround and Pardew deserves huge credit for recovering from what looked like an irreparable start. 

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