Now that we have gone beyond the first millennia of Premier League goals, the next century includes the struggle in the league during 2012/13 season which brought something of a shock to the system considering we only experienced three home defeats the previous season (Chelsea, West Brom and Man City). The following 2013/14 season got off to a good start and we found ourselves in contention of a European place after going up to sixth with a 5-1 home win against Stoke however we failed to match those performances and results in the second half of the season.
The first half of the 2014/15 season including the recovery after failing to win any of the opening seven games. When Papiss Cisse scored the 1,100th goal in the home win against Chelsea, it ended their hopes of an invincible season in December. After this match we then improved our form record to one defeat in the previous nine matches. Interestingly, in the 2014/15 season, our first Premier League goal of the season was scored by new signing Daryl Janmaat. He became the first new signing to score Newcastle's first league goal in a season since Carl Cort, who joined from Wimbledon, at the start of the 2000/01 season.
Date: 17th September 2012 to 6th December 2014 (810 days)
Everton 2 Newcastle 2 (Demba Ba 90) - 17/09/12
An abysmal first half performance saw Newcastle only one goal down at half time. Demba Ba equalised at the start of the second half with Newcastle's 1,000th Premier League goal. After trying to batter the door down, Everton eventually retook the lead two minutes from time through Victor Anichebe. At the start of added time, a long ball was launched up the field and nodded on by Shola Ameobi for Demba Ba to scramble the ball home for another equaliser scored by Senegalese striker.
Most important goal
QPR 1 Newcastle 2 (Yoan Gouffran 35) - 12/05/13
Goal 1,041: With no European qualification or derby wins to cheer about, the decision was a fairly simply one to decide that the most important goal for us in this era was new signing Yoan Gouffran's winning goal against QPR on the penultimate game of the season. The win at Loftus Road mathematically secured or Premier League status for another season. If it was not for the win, we would have faced Arsenal on the final day potentially having to rely on other results but Gouffran's thirty yard volley against QPR meant that the we could face Arsenal without the agonising stress of potential relegation to fear about.
Aston Villa 0 Newcastle United 2 (Yohan Cabaye 31) - 29/01/13
Goal 1,026: Debuts were given to Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko on a night when Newcastle won a match away from home for the first time that season. Cabaye doubled Newcastle's lead after half an hour when Jonas Gutierrez's cross from the right wing was headed by Ron Vlaar, only as far as Cabaye who needed no second invitation to take the shot on. The shot itself was incredibly precise. Hit with power and so well into the corner that Brad Guzan, at full stretch, was not able to stop it. The two goal lead gave Aston Villa the great task of trying to get back into the game in the second half but they could only muster up the one goal which gave Newcastle a much needed win. A win at home to Chelsea in the next game gave the club consecutive victories for the only time that season.
Most goals in a match
Newcastle United 5 (Loic Remy 44, 57, Yoan Gouffran 48, Yohan Cabaye 67, Papiss Cisse pen 80) Stoke 1 - 26/12/13
Stoke's loan signing, Oussama Assaidi gave the Potters the lead on the half hour mark before the big turning points in the game came soon after. Newcastle were still one goal down when Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson were both sent off, the latter was given a straight red card and conceded a penalty in the process and manager Mark Hughes was sent to the stands. Remy stepped up from the spot and missed but made amends very soon after with the equalising goal. Yoan Gouffran gave Newcastle the lead, getting on the scoresheet for the fourth consecutive home game. The rest is history as nine-man Stoke never looked like getting back into the game in a second half goalfest. This match made it one defeat in the previous nine with seven of those being victories including a perfect four wins out of the four matches in November.
Stoke (Papiss Cisse x3, Yohan Cabaye x2, Loic Remy x2, Yoan Gouffran) - 8 goals.
Hull City (Loic Remy x3, Moussa Sissoko x2, Vurnon Anita, Papiss Cisse x2) - 8 goals.
The goals in this era against Hull City included the famous 4-1 win for us at the KCOM Stadium. It was not necessarily the goals or the scoreline that made the game very well known in Premier League history but the game was overshadowed by manager Alan Pardew's strange confrontation with Hull City's David Meyler in the second half. Pardew shoved his head into Meyler's. Pardew was then justly sent to the stands, given a fine and a lengthy touchline ban which appeared to negatively affect the performances on the pitch, bringing Pardew's role at the club into contention during the following off season.
Papiss Cisse (West Brom, Stoke x3, Man United, Everton, Aston Villa, Southampton, Fulham, Crystal Palace, Hull City x2, Swansea x2, Burnley, Chelsea) - 16 goals.
This era goals came after Cisse's excellent start in a Newcastle shirt and it seemed as though the Papiss of old appeared to be missing somewhat. Either way, his goals were definitely a large helping hand in getting the club to safety in the 2012/13 season. The following season, the goalscoring baton was passed on, albeit temporarily, to loan signing Loic Remy with Cisse only managing to find the net twice in the season that Remy lead the attack at St. James' Park. The Senegalese striker began the 2014/15 season in September as he spent the 2014 off season nursing an injury. Soon after returning from his back injury, he then became synonymous to scoring goals once again.
Right foot: 57 (up 7 from Goals 901-1,000)
Left foot: 24 (down 6)
Header: 16 (down 1)
Other: 3 (unchanged)
Inside the box: 82 (up 1)
Outside the box: 18 (down 1)
Open play: 80 (up 7)
Set piece situation: 11 (down 6)
Penalty: 5 (down 2)
Free kick (directly): 4 (up 1)
At St. James' Park: 53 (down 9)
- Gallowgate End: 37 (down 2)
- Leazes End: 16 (down 7)
Away from home: 47 (up 9)
Strikers: 57 (down 3)
Midfielders: 31 (up 3)
Defenders: 8 (up 2)
Own goals: 4 (down 2)