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

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This Player Could Become A Top Right Midfielder

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 · 4 Comments

My son Neil has been saying for quite some time now that Daryl Janmaat shouldn’t be sold because he would make  an excellent right winger (midfielder) with his attacking abilities.

His defensive qualities are not as good as his attacking qualities when he plays at right back, although he would obviously be good at tracking back if he did play on the right wing.

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Daryl Janmaat – would make a good right winger
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Rafa Benitez Has Feet Firmly On The Ground After 4-0 Win

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 · 32 Comments

Rafa Benitez saw a much better full game display from his Newcastle side today – at least compared to that first half at Doncaster on Wednesday night.

And while he is happy we won and played better and kept a clean sheet, he says there is still a lot of room for improvement.

Let’s just say he is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

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Rafa Benitez at press conference
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Rafa Benitez Speaks Out About Wijnaldum Leaving Newcastle

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 · 2 Comments

In his press conference after today’s 4-0 win at KSC Lokeren,  Rafa Benitez spoke about Gini Wijnaldum leaving the club yesterday.

Rafa has always said that if a deal was good for the club this summer then Newcastle would do it – and so it happened with Gini, with Newcastle getting a massive £25M in cool cash up front from Liverpool for the Dutch international midfielder.

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Rafa  Benitez arriving at the game today in the crowd
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Photos From Today’s Excellent 4-0 Win At Lokeren

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 · 8 Comments

Here are some images of the game today at Lokeren (finally managed to spell it correctly), which turned out to be a very good 4-0 win and a good display from Newcastle.

This was more like it, but Rafa Benitez after the game said he still wants more:

“There is still room for improvement. I want to see more”

Here is Newcastle’s starting lineup today.

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Newcastle Beat Lokeren 4-0 – Video Of Goals

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 · 26 Comments

Newcastle were 3-0 up at half time and 4-0 up after 48 minutes today with two goals from Perez, one from our new right winger Daryl Janmaat and then a final goal from Jonjo Shelvey as Newcastle bossed this game and after the horrors of the first half at Doncaster Newcastle kept a clean sheet.

But after 88 minutes Jesus Gamez was sent off after his reaction to a foul on him by Marko Miric, who was also shown a straight red card.

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Ayoze Perez celebrates with Rolando Aarons after first goal

And Rafa was able to get all 10 substitutes on in the second half as everybody saw a piece of the action including goalkeeper Karl Darlow, who came on after 72 minutes and replaced Matz Sels.
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