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News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

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It’s Absolutely Amazing – Really Touching – We Need 3 Points

Friday, May 6th, 2016 · 22 Comments

Chancel Mbemba thinks the massive following Newcastle United will have at Villa Park tomorrow – there are 3,000 making the trip – can go a long way to ensuring Newcastle get the 3 points we need to survive the drop.

3,000 is the club’s maximum allocation and the tickets of course sold out rather quickly as the fans do everything they can to try to ensure we remain in the Premier League – after another nightmare season.

But it could even have a happy ending.

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Chancel Mbemba – appreciative of the fans
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Rafa Warns Against These Potential Problems Against Villa

Friday, May 6th, 2016 · 6 Comments

Rafa Benitez held his press conference today for the game at Villa Park tomorrow – and he seems a little worried the Newcastle players may be complacent and not be focusing enough on what will be a tough game for us tomorrow.

Forget about Aston Villa already being relegated and losing 11 games on the trot – they will want to win this last home game of the season.

Newcastle haven’t won on the road since mid-December and have lost 9 of the last 10 away games this year and drew the other one.

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Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager on the training field
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Shelvey Identifies Huge Difference Between Benitez And Allardyce

Friday, May 6th, 2016 · 8 Comments

We haven’t heard too much from Jonjo Shelvey recently, but he has today been interviewed in the Chronicle and he has mentioned about how Sam Allardyce sets up his teams – not to lose.

And it seems that’s a big contrast with the way Rafa Benitez sets up his teams, which is to win games.

We were also interested to hear Sam in his press conference yesterday saying he wanted to be informed of how Newcastle are doing at Aston Villa.

But why is that?

Why wouldn’t he just assume Newcastle will win the game and do his best to have Sunderland beat Chelsea at home.

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Jonjo Shelvey – Sam sets up his team not to lose
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Benitez Press Conference – Rafa Identifies His Main Focus

Friday, May 6th, 2016 · 4 Comments

Rafa Benitez gave his press conference this afternoon at 12:45, for the game at Aston Villa tomorrow – and initial comments are coming through from those local journalists at the press conference.

Rafa has said he has read loads of reports about him looking at players, but he says that is simply not true and his whole focus is on winning games and keeping Newcastle in the Premier League.

Then he can look at players.

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Rafa Benitez – press conference today at 12:45 pm
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Pundit Not Convinced About Newcastle’s Survival

Friday, May 6th, 2016 · 15 Comments

Paul Merson isn’t exactly a friend of Newcastle United and he has spent far too much time criticizing the Geordie fans this season.

Aston Villa have lost their last 11 games in a row and Newcastle have lost nine of their last 10 away games, drawing 2-2 in the last away game at Liverpool, after being two goals down.

Our last away win was at Spurs on December 13th when we won 2-1 with a stoppage time goal from Ayoze Perez.

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Paul Merson – predicts a 1-1 draw
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