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On the road again - 2012/13 season

2012/13 - Premier League (16th)

I'm back looking at the away records down the years & today's article I'm looking at the 2012/13 season were it seemed the long run in the Europa League caused the club to be in a relegation battle.

25/8 Chelsea 0-2 17/9 Everton 2-2 (Ba 49, 90) 29/9 Reading 2-2 (Ba 58, 83) 21/10 Sunderland 1-1 (Cabaye 3) 4/11 Liverpool 1-1 (Cabaye 43) 25/11 Southampton 0-2 28/11 Stoke 1-2 (Cisse 47) 10/12 Fulham 1-2 (Ben Arfa 54) 26/12 Man United 3-4 (Perch 4, Evans (og) 28, Cisse 68) 29/12 Arsenal 3-7 (Ba 43, 69, Marveaux 59) 12/1 Norwich 0-0 29/1 Aston Villa 2-1 (Cisse 19, Cabaye 31) 9/2 Tottenham 1-2 (Gouffran 24) 2/3 Swansea 0-1 17/3 Wigan 1-2 (Santon 72) 30/3 Man City 0-4 20/4 West Brom 1-1 (Gouffran 8) 4/5 West Ham 0-0 12/5 QPR 2-1 (Ben Arfa (pen) 18, Gouffran 35)

P W D L F A GD Pts

19 2 7 10 21 38 -17 13

Top scorer: Demba Ba 6

Biggest win: QPR 1-2 Newcastle

In a season where the only real bright spark was a run in the Europa League which ended at the Quarter-Final stage, Newcastle only bagged two away league victories (both of which were won by one goal).

Already relegated QPR took the lead the 11th minute with future Newcastle loan striker Loic Remy scoring from the penalty spot. Newcastle's response was quick as they were given a penalty when Jose Bosingwa was pulling Hatem Ben Arfa's shirt which he converted into the top corner. Newcastle then took the lead later in the first half after an error from QPR goalkeeper Rob Green enabled Yoan Gouffran to score a 30-yard volley into an empty net.

Newcastle managed to hold onto the lead despite Rob Elliot getting sent off in the second half for two yellow card offences.

Biggest defeat: Arsenal 7-3 Newcastle

In what must have been a massively entertaining second half for the neutral, this 10-goal roller-coaster of a game eventually saw Newcastle on the wrong end of a 7-3 beating at the Emirates Stadium.

Each time Arsenal scored, Newcastle always came up with an equalising goal with Demba Ba, playing what turned out to be his final game for the club before his move to Chelsea, scoring two goals along with Sylvain Marveaux scoring his one and only league goal for the magpies. With the game in the balance at 3-3, Arsenal turned on the style and sank Newcastle with a Theo Walcott hat-trick.

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