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This Player Gets Plaudits From Rafa Benitez

8:57 am, Saturday, April 16th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

The Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini has not played since the debacle at Chelsea on 13th February and the game last week at Southampton was far too similar to that one for our liking.

Fabricio had a reaction in training earlier in the week, which we take was some kind of relapse but it could be minor – so we´ll have to see when he is available – maybe next Saturday at Liverpool?

Colo initially injured himself in the warm-down after the 2-1 win against Lillestrom in La Manga during the short warm weather holiday and hasn´t played since then.

In the six games we have played we have gained a single point.

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Jonjo Shelvey – gets support from Benitez

Jonjo Shelvey has been the captain in Colo´s absence, but the former Swansea player has not been at his best  – like a lot of Newcastle players, but he has been backed yesterday by manager Rafa Benitez.

The manager was asked about the captaincy of Jonjo and this is what Rafa said:

“I think the team as a team has to improve, and him, as a captain, is training well, pushing, working very hard.”

“When I talk to him he is trying. He understands, he tries to help, but you cannot do too much if the team is not performing.”

“He is trying to give everything and support his team-mates.”

“When you leave the pitch, you have to be sure you have done everything.

“So no regrets about anything like ‘maybe, I could do this, or go on another run’. That is crucial.

“You can win, you can draw or you can lose, but don’t look back and think ‘I could have done something more’.”

Today’s opponents Swansea are safe on 40 points and their new manager Francesco Guidolin was appointed on 18th January and has taken 18 points from his 11 games in charge.

Newcastle have continued to plummet in what is turning out to be another nightmare season – even worse than last term – and the worst we have ever had in the Premier League.

Unless we can win against Swansea today it will be another nail in Newcastle´s coffin.

But we have been so mismanaged from the top for the last couple of years, since the woeful Lee Charnley took over as Managing Director, that we deserve to be relegated.

Those running the club have basically wrecked it with their ineptitude and foolish decision-making on multiple topics.

What happens to the club in the summer we have no idea, but it´s all extremely sad for Newcastle fans.

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We put out an article on 17 month-old Poppy-Mai on Friday and she has recently been diagnosed with a progressive malignant rhabdoid tumour, a rare and aggressive form of paediatric cancer.

To show their support two of our readers in New Zealand Sean Gordon and his sister Hayley have cut off their hair which will be donated to the Little Princess Trust in the UK.

They will then transform the hair into beautiful wigs for children who have lost their own hair to cancer and all funds raised will go to Poppy-Mai’s family to create Poppy’s Field.

Here is the Facebook page for more information and please see if you can give to this fundraiser here.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 reilly // Apr 16, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    i have been trying a paid addon for a few days.its got loads of hd sports channels and premier league pass.
    up to now it has been flawless.try it its only £4 for 2 days and if you like it its only £11 a month.

  • 2 NezzaNUFC // Apr 16, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    Rafa won’t leave his 4231 style so to me it’s a game already lost and considering last week’s results we are already relegated, In fact since the Villa 1-1 draw at home we where already destined for relegation.

  • 3 SPRINGY // Apr 16, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    it could be that rafa has just dropped colo,taylor and janmaat coz they’ve had poor games and saying they are injured is face saving tactic for the captain and his mates…might explain janmaats wall punching incident/broken fingers… and his return to holland to have them fixed….just speculation of course no facts….need a good solid performance today by everyone.

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    We were destined for relegation after Mclaren changed his mind on when to be judged. The alarm bells should have rang when he got off to the worst start in the clubs history. But that’s all water under the bridge now.

  • 5 toon kk // Apr 16, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    We should be playing 4 4 2 it’s the only way our team functions, our players stick to there roles better, cutting out the headless chickens play. We also are a bigger threat in front of goal.

  • 6 posada // Apr 16, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Don’t really get this 4/2/3/1 versus 4/4/2 etc.
    All these systems are variations on 4/4/2.
    It’s not table football with players routed to the spot.
    Also, you always have to react to how the opposition set up.

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