Newcastle will undoubtedly be be smarting after their weekend Etihad hiding but it’s not all bad for the Tyneside club heading into the coming fixture weeks, despite the fact that they have fallen to the edges of the relegation battle.
The Magpie’s have lost their last two and only managed two wins in their last six games but looking at the stats it isn’t as bad as it might seem for Alan Pardew’s side.
While their recent results on the road have been disappointing their home form has been good over recent weeks, the Toon Army have actually won their last three home games on the bounce.
Having started his career at St James Park with a flourish netting three goals and two assits in his first four games, Sissoko’s form has dipped in the following four with the French man only managing a solitary assist during that time.
Things however may not be all that bad, looking at the last four games Newcastle have been on the road for three of those and the one home game they did play Sissoko was on hand to grab an assist so it would seem that he favours the hallowed turf of St James Park.
Newcastle welcome Fulham this weekend and although the Cottagers have been on a decent run of form of late they will be without they defensive midfield rock that is Steve Sidwell who was red carded last time out against QPR and this should allow Sissoko more space to operate.
There is no doubting that Newcastle need a couple of wins to see them safely out of truble and with three of their next four at home, Sissoko will be key if they are to get those much needed points.