Stats add up for Newcastle Utd ahead of West Brom clash

JOY ... Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has guided his team up to fifth in the league.
JOY ... Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has guided his team up to fifth in the league.
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ALAN Pardew says the numbers are adding up at Newcastle United.

Pardew’s in-form side take on West Bromwich Albion at St James’s Park tomorrow looking for a fourth successive victory.

United’s winning streak has taken the club up to eighth in the Premier League.

The table didn’t make good reading last season as the club battled relegation.

But there is an optimism on Tyneside after the victories over Norwich City, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

And Pardew says the results on the field are backed up by the statistics his staff have analysed off the pitch.

“I think it’s important to look at the league table and look at where you are and understand what’s happening,” Pardew said.

“We didn’t shy away from it last year.

“There’s not just points for and goals against that matter to me.

“I look at all the stats – how many shots on target the other are getting in, how many crosses they get in, what we’re going, how many passes we’re getting in and how far and how quick we’re running.

“All those stats add up. And our stats at the minute are very good.

“Certainly, we’ve got a team that’s entertaining and wants to go forward and score goals. That’s reflected in the stats.”

Pardew, however, is wary of West Brom, who has lost just once on their travels this season.

Steve Clarke’s side, held to a 2-2 draw at home by derby rivals Aston Villa on Monday night, won at Manchester United earlier in the campaign, and he is forecasting a tight encounter.

“They’re a very difficult team to beat,” he said.

“And our fans should be under no illusions that even though we’ve won three on the trot, this makes this game very difficult.

“But I think we’re in great shape for it, I really do.

“We’ll go into it with real confidence that we can beat anybody.

“West Brom have got a tough game, make no mistake.”

Meanwhile, Clarke could have defender one-time Newcastle target Liam Ridgewell back from injury.