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Rafa Benitez Still Totally Convinced About This

11:01 pm, Monday, April 11th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

It’s not certain by any means certain that Newcastle will be relegated this season – the only thing that is certain is that if we continue to play like we did at Southampton on Saturday then yes – we will be certainly relegated.

But Newcastle have been a different team at home this season and not the pathetic specimen of a team we are away from home where we have lost a massive 14 of 17 road games – the worst away record at Newcastle for many decades.

Rafa Benitez has not given up the ghost yet on saving Newcastle,  but if we cannot start to win games very soon even Rafa may have to give up on the team soon – because we will be officially relegated before the end of the season.

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Rafa Benitez – still has hope he can save Newcastle

But while there’s still some hope, however small,  we have to keep supporting Rafa and the players 100%.

This is what Rafa said on nufcTV:

“I think that sometimes it’s not fair to ask the fans for too many things when you are not delivering.” “But I think that they know that it’s not the time to look for responsibility – just to stick together. That’s the only way; to stick together and try to do our best.”

“I think the fans can be really important for us. We have these four games at home, so we need them.” “We have to start winning and if we can do it at home, the team will have more confidence for the rest of the games.”

“Hopefully it will be the beginning, but we have to improve our form from the very first minute of the game until the last one.” “The reaction of the team in the second half was much better but we cannot keep conceding goals in the first half and doing not too many good things, then react afterwards, because we don’t have time.”

“We have to show from the beginning the same concentration, the same focus, the same intensity that we showed in the second half. We need everyone – every single player – giving everything from the beginning.”

“We are in a position that everybody is expecting something different and then we go and we make the same mistakes all the time, so we have to improve this.”

“The away form is not the best and we have to improve, but we have four games at home and hopefully the fans can make the difference. It’s not time for complaining or looking for who is responsible; now is the time to stick together, try to be ready for the next challenge against Swansea, and see what happens.”

“I still have the belief that the games at home, if we can win the first one, will be really important for us. But we have to start winning in the next one.”

There’s still a little hope and while there is – we’ll cling to that.

A win against Swansea may give us some real hope that we can start to put a winning streak together.

Here’s hoping and praying for that win next Saturday.

Comments welcome.

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16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Average_Contents // Apr 11, 2016 at 11:17 PM


    One thing I’ll agree on. Sky doing just that and revelling in it whilst the rest of the country laugh their collective koks off.

    Fat fcuk out!

  • 2 jimmysmith // Apr 11, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Hopefully Leicester will won the title by the time Spurs come to St James’ on the last day of the season, and we are still in with a chance of staying up, to cap a fairytale season for them. The landscape of the EPL is changing because of the money pouring in. More and more good players will want to come, and they can’t all go to the senior sides as they have in the past. If we go down it will be our lowest moment under Ashley, who whether entirely responsible or not, must shoulder the full responsibility, and if the fans turned on him entirely before he had the chance to put it right, he could have little to complain about.

  • 3 Tsunki // Apr 11, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    Job @93 previous article I have to agree I spotted exactly the same list ha ha no surprises there.

    Btw I actually not relate said 5th but said we’d win the league cup. You didn’t think I’d stoop to being serious did you? 😀

  • 4 Tsunki // Apr 11, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    Jib @ 93

  • 5 jimmysmith // Apr 12, 2016 at 12:06 AM

    Arguably the biggest game in the club’s history. Massive stakes, when you consider the money we stand to miss out on and the manager and even the players we stand to lose.

  • 6 jimmysmith // Apr 12, 2016 at 12:08 AM

    ……and the planyers we stand to miss out on.

  • 7 mattyNUFC // Apr 12, 2016 at 12:29 AM

    “It’s not certain by any means certain that Newcastle will be relegated this season – the only thing that is certain is that if we continue to play like we did at Southampton on Saturday then yes – we will be certainly relegated.”


  • 8 beefman13 // Apr 12, 2016 at 1:03 AM

    Jonjo Shelvey to remain on 80k a week in the championship, were we that desperate to get this fella not to write the clause in the contract, to be fair he looks like a carthorse plodding along in the middle of the park, of course he does the odd Hollywood type ball, but as the Swansea fans said when he came here its not enough,plus im not sure what sort of fight he has shown, of course pussy Sissoko as well and all though i like Wijnaldum more he has been truly abhorrent away from home, just what is the matter with these people, i genuinely would cross the road if i saw any of our lot coming towards me.

  • 9 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 12, 2016 at 1:36 AM

    I think I was a little bit optimistic thinking we would get 60 points. 🙁

  • 10 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 12, 2016 at 1:37 AM

    I got a frown this time, whoopee.

  • 11 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 12, 2016 at 1:57 AM

    Off to bed now but I leave with the thought that it is very possible that we will lose all of our remaining games.

    Bit of a deflation from my early season optimism.

    But as an early prediction for next season I think we will get 90 points and position 1 in the championship.

  • 12 lesh // Apr 12, 2016 at 2:04 AM

    I hope Rafa’s confidence rubs off on the players and we do stay up. However, if we do, the likelihood is that the so called Board gets away without a sacking or three.

    Catch 22…. Or as Charnley would have it, ‘Catch what?’

  • 13 Jib // Apr 12, 2016 at 4:01 AM

    It is going to be fascinating to see what RB does for the Swansea game.

    According to both the Guardian and Telegraph he was aghast with the first half at Soton and is minded to hack the team to bits with up to 8 changes being contemplated.

    Kevin M’babu , Dummett , Coloccini all back after injury and Colback after suspension.

    The absence of a strong leadership figure on the pitch has been noted by many

    The captaincy has had a detrimental effect on Shelvey’s game.

    You have to wonder about the introduction of Steve Black at the beginning of this season. The vicissitudes of the most spineless team seen in black and white for years coincides with the introduction for the first time of a full time sports psychologist at the club.

    Lascelles seems to be making the right sort of noises in the dressing room and at Benton and may be asked to step forward for some articulation on the pitch.

  • 14 Jib // Apr 12, 2016 at 4:10 AM

    This picture is too dramatic to ignore.
    It has to have it’s own caption competition

  • 15 Jib // Apr 12, 2016 at 4:22 AM

    Lascelles at Benton training to be captain

  • 16 Jib // Apr 12, 2016 at 4:40 AM

    The last few seasons there has been a team that hasn’t really figured in the relegation battle all season then in the last month or so suddenly drops into the zone.

    Last season it was Hull the season before Norwich.

    Strangely there is some comfort to be drawn from the Mackems situation 3 seasons ago.

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