Benitez – We Have To Give Everything – I Will Not Give Up


Rafa has given his press conference for the game tomorrow at Norwich City and when asked whether Newcastle had to avoid defeat to avoid relegation he answered that question in a positive way – “We want to win. We go there to win.”

Since the Sunderland 1-1 draw when we came back well in the second half after being 1-0 down at half time, Rafa said the Newcastle players have been “very positive” over the last two weeks during the International break, but that he has also lost Massadio Haidara to another injury during the break.

karl darlow in training

Karl Darlow in training this week
Rafa Benitez – he’s done well and is very confident – he has experience in the Championship


Here’s some of what Rafa said and it seems he was upbeat and seems to be inspiring the lads so we can go there tomorrow and do everything possible to win the game – Rafa doesn’t go into game to draw them – he wants to win every single one.

And why not?

Here’s some of what the Newcastle manager had to say today and there is still another training session this afternoon when Rafa will decide who will play at left back with Dummett, Colback and Haidara all unavailable.

“The reaction of the team against Sunderland was really positive. We have the right mentality to go to Norwich and win. We know we can do it .”

“I have had this relegation-fight experience with Extremadura.”   “We have to give everything and I will not give up.”

“Signing a goalkeeper on a free transfer was always a non-starter.” “We have to support Karl Darlow and do what we need to do.”

“He’s training well, we know he can do well and he has enough experience in the Championship.”

Rafa knows he needs to inspire the players and get them in the right frame of mind for the vital game tomorrow.

If we can get 3 points in that game it will show Rafa is starting to have the positive impact we all expected from him, but more importantly, fairly soon too.

With seven games to play after Saturday’s game and with 3 points gained on Norwich, we would be in decent enough shape and we could survive the drop.

Howay The Lads!!

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82 comments so far

  • Fostino

    Apr 1, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Darlow dont know

    Janmaat mbemba lascalles sissoko

    Townsand Jonjo tiote de jong wini

    Cisse

    Mitro. .perez…Anita to come on

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 1, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #2

    Has experience in the championship ??? Mmmm . Is that the criteria for saving a prem club of going down ??

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 1, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #3

    Fostino

    Make that into a 4-1-4-1 formation and you could be close, but it depends on how adaptable Benitez is prepared to be. Townsend could possibly be a more suitable LB.

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 1, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #4

    at 1:15 PM

    Sorry to be negative but why should darlow fill any fan full of confidence .from what I’ve seen of him , he made so many mistakes v brom . He looked nervous and and his positioning was awful. Untill I see different , he’s not up to the job in hand

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 1, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Newcastle United
    What they need to do Become more direct. Seemingly incapable of passing through opponents, this team is better suited to counter-attacking. More quality crosses are required and, possibly, a switch to 4-4-2. Moussa Sissoko could provide an unlikely answer to the problem vacancy at left-back and Cheick Tioté may need to be recalled in order to anchor midfield and protect a dangerously under-staffed defence.

    Success at this stage Survival Key player Papiss Cissé

    Louise Taylor

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  • Fostino

    Apr 1, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #6

    Lindisfarne

    Townsand could be good call but I’d prefer him as rm to protect the galloping janmaat. On another note…as townsand wasn’t away this international break a lot of defensive drills might have been focused on him in the lb position or Anita.
    Think sissoko could be a good lb to start with with his power galloping forward.

    Your argument for how to play..the Steve mcclaren approach or the pardew approach ..its certainly an interesting one

    Stuart no 9

    I take your point regarding darlow but we have no choice here but to just see how he gets on sat. Think positive

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  • Fostino

    Apr 1, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Forgot to say in Benetez I trust 100% in regards team sheet..formation and how we play. Stay up this year and we’ll be top 8 next year

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 1, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Fostino . I know your right . and to be fair to darlow I have only seen him once . Let’s hope that was an off day and he settles down and prove me wrong

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  • Fostino

    Apr 1, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Stuart no.9

    I have your same worries regarding darlow but when he’s our only choice, all we can do is pray. Il also admit I had the same worries about lascalles in his first few nufc outings but he’s slowly winning me over with recent performances…albeit we’ve lost those games.

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  • firebug666

    Apr 1, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #10

    If Benitez can instil the same calm, confidence and desire into the team that he is showing I think we will be ok.

    We do have some defensive worries, but a win tomorrow will go a long way to raising their confidence, and just maybe we will see the best of them at last.

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  • lesh

    Apr 1, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #11

    I fear that with Woodman as the only keeper to cover, we could be in deep doo-doo were Darlow to be injured or sent off.

    Charnley should’ve signed Harper (yes, water under the bridge I know) but we could do with an experienced, level-headed keeper on the bench instead of young Woodman at such a critical time.

    Surely there must be one out there who’s out of contract and able to sign.

    But let’s not worry, between Carr and Charnley, they’ve made sure we’ve got an abundance of rubbish to save our season, save the Club.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Carr must carry much of the responsibility for our woefully inadequate and under-resourced squad but Charnley was the one who’ll have saught Ashley’s OK to sign the players we wasted over £70m on.

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  • lesh

    Apr 1, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #12

    * saught = sought

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  • Goldmbemba

    Apr 1, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #13

    Not sure what to make of Thauvin saying this:

    ‘I have a four year contract with Newcastle, the situation is very clear for me, I want to succeed in England. ‘

    I thought he couldnt wait to get out. Maybe he’s really saying ‘if the club stay up and Rafa is the boss then i want to be there next season’

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Apr 1, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Guaranteed Norwich will park the bus tomorrow & be happy to play out a 0-0. Won’t be an easy game, will be difficult to break them down

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  • Goldmbemba

    Apr 1, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Not sure they will park the bus, they will go for the win.

    We are one of their better chances of 3 points before the end of the season. They will park the bus with the bigger teams i reckon.

    Have to agree they would probably take a point though.

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  • beermonkey

    Apr 1, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #16

    goldmbemba

    its a diffrent ball game having rafa as manager
    we have gone from Aubameyang going to dortmund to work with klopp rather than work with pards
    and when we hired mclaren sissoko when asked went who,

    there wont be many that wont want to work with rafa we just got to keep him and let him manage

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 1, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #17

    goldmbemba
    i cant see norwich parking the bus against us, we’ve been poor away from home all season and they know if they win it’ll be a lot harder for us to make up the points gap….i expect a fast start from them to try and get an early goal….they get twitchy near the end of the game and park the bus, but until then…they will be going for it

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 1, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #18

    People really plonking Sissoko in at LB on the basis of 30mins against a Sunderland that had all but given up on attacking?

    Anita played the majority of his time there with Ajax the season before he came here. Has to be him, however PL teams are much more exploitative of physical shortcomings and whenever he or Colback are at LB they get bombarded aerially with diagonals. Dummet looking better in his absence isn’t he?

    ____________Darlow____________
    Janmaat__Mbemba__Lascelles__Anita
    _________Sissoko__Shelvey
    Townsend_____SDJ________Gini
    _____________Mitrovic

    Gini and Townsend switching around.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 1, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #19

    Don’t know about any of G2’s famous Event Thongs, but I think tomorrow would be a good time to don the Sturdy Elasticated-Leg Crackers of Resolve for another 90+ minutes of hair pulling, bowel loosening terror. it’s become less of an entertainment than a dentist appointment, and not the nice kind.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 1, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #20

    People should plonk sissoko on the bench. I’m sure Rafa can see he’s unsettling for the team.

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 1, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #21

    beer
    i think the lad deserves some credit for saying that,yes it has’nt worked this season but he’s came in to a side low on quality,confidence and we’ve seen better palyers then him struggle in the first season…..he may not be good enough…im not saying he is but at least he sounds like he’s willing to have the bottle to try again…and who knows under a different coach he may flourish…look at ben arfa at nice.

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 1, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #22

    hail
    if sissoko is willing to tackle and put a shift in…i like that team…as long as gini is mostly right…not stuck there just majority of the time.

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  • Fostino

    Apr 1, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #23

    Sky says janmaat out so new team is

    Darlow dont know

    Anita mbemba lascalles sissoko

    Townsand tiote Jonjo de jong wini

    Cisse

    Quality team..perez & mitro to come in

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  • beefman13

    Apr 1, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #24

    I would think Norwich would be smarting after the hammering they got up here, can’t see them being afraid one bit of us now, the pressure for the toon is massive as it is with Norwich, owt could happen 2moro, we are deep in the woods, can we get out, I can’t see it on this season’s performances so far but there is always hope, time for them to earn there multi mega wages I think.

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  • beermonkey

    Apr 1, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #25

    springy

    its not hard to get the best out of benny let him do as he pleases

    didnt really see enough of thauvin to form an opinion on him but for what we got back on cabella i would rather have kept him

    it will always help players settle if they come into a team that are playing well,i think thauvin got caught up in a battle of power with carr mclaren dug his heels in and wouldnt play him
    i am sure if rafa is here in the summer he will get a fair crack

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 1, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #26

    Super Dariolow will do OK, clean sheet for him tomorrow.

    Does Sterry train with the first team squad I would have thought he might be in the frame. He is a proper defender.

    Having put that thought in I would go with most of the peoples choice on here of Anita.

    I also reckon that Norwich will be gung -ho at the start so there should be good chances for break away goals by us. Hopefully our new striker coach has pointed out where the goal is and the ref doesn’t support them.

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  • sing in the corner

    Apr 1, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #27

    Essex
    I think Sterry is right footed / right back…

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  • sing in the corner

    Apr 1, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #28

    Well stuff you, sky sports super 6 pundits! They all say 1-1 for our game tomorrow… Except jeff Stelling who says 2-1 Norwich!!
    Unbelievable!
    HWTL

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 1, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #29

    I believe SM played Sterry at LB when he stuck him in against that Norwegian side in Spain. He looked pretty reliable but seemed ready to be caught on the ball. Mind you they all did.

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 1, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Wouldn’t play Anita at left back, he’s about 3 foot tall and will get absolutely obliterated in the air like Aarons did in his second match there. Would stick moussa there for his height advantage and beef. He also offers zero offensively so let him just sit and cover the cb’s with his pace.

    I’ve gone defeat for this game to balance things out on the winbar.

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  • Bambams

    Apr 1, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Been to the training ground today at lunchtime. By the look of the cars some of the players were obviously still training. Not a full car park but a good 6 or 7 ‘Footballer’ cars there.
    Spoke to one person who stated the difference since Rafa has arrived is massive !!! Throughout the whole training set up. They reckon the players have all been impressed. …especially SDJ who I am told is flying in training.

    Just a guess but I think SDJ could be a starter tomorrow.

    Don’t fret about Darlow, he is a very capable keeper.

    3-1 to Newcastle.

    Keep the faith

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 1, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #32

    Tough one to call this one tomorrow. It’s either gonna be a no score bore draw or a scraped scrappy one niller either way.

    We could do with the points though eh

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  • toon kk

    Apr 1, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #33

    Sing
    Why’s it unbelievable? We’ve been useless all season, I’m sure Rafa will help our squad but we still lack quality in key areas. How good do you think we are?

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 1, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #34

    Nope got that wrong Sterry was on for janmaat and crossed for the hill. I’m thinking of Dan Barlaser aren’t I?

    So, Tiote in squad tomorrow. Too right.

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 1, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #35

    Looking at hwa formation with sissoko at dm would maybe work. Has he played there before? I still wouldn’t fully trust Anita at lb though even if he did play there occasionly for ajax. No beef or pace or height or nowt

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 1, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #36

    The goal. The hill?

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 1, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #37

    Crossed for the hill

    Sounds biblical

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 1, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #38

    While I don’t like the idea of including sissoko at all really, putting him at LB is mind-bogglingly odd. He really doesn’t tackle – now call me a stickler, but tackling is sort of job basics for that position isn’t it?

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 1, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #39

    Sing
    Toon kk is right. How dare you suggest that we might win tomorrow !

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 1, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #40

    Tsunki….. I think you’re a bit over the hill to be discussing football matters.

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