No Chance Of Newcastle Doing This Under Benitez


Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has said that Newcastle shouldn’t get too carried away with their recent results, which has put us one point from safety – two if you consider goal difference.

Redknapp also thinks the challenge to keep Newcastle in the Premier League is one of the biggest challenges in Rafa Benitez’  career, and we agree with that.

jamie redknapp

Jamie Redknapp – Sky Sports pundit

This is what Jamie has said in the Daily Mail today:

“Coming from two goals down to draw at Anfield suggests Rafa Benitez has instilled belief at Newcastle but they mustn’t get too carried away,”

“When he took over they were second bottom and one point adrift of safety and that’s where they remain.”

“It’s now a case of who wants to win at the bottom. Draws for Newcastle and Sunderland were good on paper but Norwich will be delighted neither side won this weekend.”

“Rafa’s reputation is on the line and keeping Newcastle up will be one of the biggest challenges of his career.”

When Rafa first arrived and before the game at Leicester City on March 14th, we were second bottom and one point from safety – two if you consider  goal difference – with a game in hand.

17	Sunderland	29   -19    25
18	Norwich City	29   -23    24
19	Newcastle       28   -25    24
20	Aston Villa     29   -33    16

Seven games later and we have six points more on the board – 30 points –  but are still two points from safety if you consider goal difference – and we have now played one more game than Sunderland and Norwich.

This is how we are now.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
Crystal Palace38-1242
16Bournemouth38-2242
17Sunderland38-1439
18Newcastle38-2137
19 Norwich38-2834
20Aston Villa38-4917

So looking at it that way, we are worse off then when Rafa first arrived – at least compared to Norwich and Sunderland..

But we have also come on well in the last three games after taking just one point from the first four games under Benitez – and we hope we can surge to get three wins in a row to finish off the season.

Only time will tell whether we can do that, but we must have a good chance of beating Crystal Palace at home and Aston Villa away on the next two games?

Notice that Aston Villa have lost all their games since Rafa arrived at Newcastle, so hopefully we can continue that trend the game after next.

We’ll just have to wait and see – but our players will not get carried away with 5 points from the last three games and some good performances in there.

Not with Rafa Benitez as the manager.

It’s a very good time for Newcastle to be coming into some really good form with two very winnable games next up.

We are hoping Rafa can increase his win percentage at Newcastle appreciably before the end of the season.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.



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53 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 25, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Of course bettys mate and Ibiza. Give him our full assurances. And errrm we can have that contract drawn up any time now. Possibly shall we say a minimum of a dozen posts a day? Nothing too difficult mind. Some footy commentary, some Danish humour, a bit of banter. That sort of thing. Run it up the flagpole and see if jesper salutes it Ibiza mate.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 25, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #2

    There goes the title Spurs…… Hee hee.

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  • Jib

    Apr 25, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #3

    If you cannot beat WBA at home you don’t deserve the PL title.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 25, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #4

    Sometimes West Brom can really mess up your day. Isn’t that right Pochettino?

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  • Jib

    Apr 25, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Hee hee is hardly Sage – like.

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  • jimmysmith

    Apr 25, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Quite like this Spurs side, and Potchettino, but you know what, f@ck it, that has to be a good result for us. Hopefully Leicester win it at Old Trafford this weekend, and Spurs are on the beach by the time they come to visit on the last day. HWTL!

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  • MassiveG

    Apr 25, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Right now we need Leicester to seal the deal and then Spurs to seal the 2nd place deal so that they can’t move when they play us

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 25, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Nay Jib. There is great wisdom in the occasional hee hee. It has been uttered by some of our greatest Sages. Socrates used to say hee hee after watching the Greek national team all the time. If it’s good enough for him it’s good enough for me. Harrumph.

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  • martoon

    Apr 25, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #9

    WBA are more inconsistent than us – when we played them at SJP they were the worst team I’d seen this season yet they looked like a pretty good team tonight!

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  • Yo-yo

    Apr 25, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #10

    If you have a GD of more than -20 ……… then you don’t deserve to stay up. It cuts both ways JIB.

    Who’d ha thunk that the Spuds would trip over the first hurdle ?

    As truth is stranger than fiction I reckon we have a bigger chance of staying up as every match day passes.

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  • Jib

    Apr 25, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #11

    Villa stayed up last seaso with a GD of -26

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  • Jib

    Apr 25, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #12

    season even

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 25, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Goal difference mole difference I say! We deserve to stay up! We have Rafa! Others do not! The Official Blog Sage has spoken!!!

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  • Jib

    Apr 25, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Leicester’s gd last April was -20 and look at them now !
    Well done Mauricio Pochettino – he didn’t hide and fronted up for his post match interview.

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  • Jib

    Apr 25, 2016 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #15

    It would have been more sagely to say.
    “Goal difference Sscchmoal difference”

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 25, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #16
  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 25, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Welshies gone , he must be attending to his flock.

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 25, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #18

    Our biggest problem was that we didnt beat sunderland. Rafa was too conservative and we almost relegated until mitro saved us. The mackems will be delirious if they send us down.that said i can live with it, if rafa stays. Shameful but this is what ashley has done.

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  • jimmysmith

    Apr 25, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #19

    “I have to tell you, madam, that your son is suffering from an Oedipus complex.”

    “Oedipus, Schmoedipus! What does it matter, so long as he loves his mother?”

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  • reilly

    Apr 25, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #20

    our biggest problem wasnt beating the scum.
    it was not binning mcclaren months ago.everyone could see where it was heading.

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  • jimmysmith

    Apr 25, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #21

    Could we have gotten Rafa earlier than we did though? Maybe no, and there was no one there to fill the breach, had we let McC go in the interim. Even so, every day after the Chelsea game, with McC at the helm you’d think did more and more harm.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 25, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #22

    Bettybollocks

    Why don’t you flock off.

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  • beermonkey

    Apr 25, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #23

    jimmy

    they could have bought any1 in all they have to do is pay

    they let it go so long to try and save themselves
    if they sacked mclaren they looked bad and spunked 80mill
    keep him and we survive its just another poor season but they were right in there appointment

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 25, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #24

    Ewe don’t need to be like that you baaaaaaad boy.

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  • reilly

    Apr 25, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #25

    the way mcclaren was sacked tells you all you need to know about the idiots running the club.

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  • beermonkey

    Apr 25, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #26

    reilly

    from mclaren to rafa in one season when some1 in the middle would have a good appointment
    and we wouldnt be in this mess

    mclaren was all about them keeping control and saving a few quid on wages

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  • reilly

    Apr 25, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #27

    bang on. under ashley we have never went for a manager that was in a job.he always goes for out of work manager.its a cheap option.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 25, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #28

    What the hell would redknapp know anyway, what has he won, and why are there so many ex Liverpool players with sky and bt.

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  • reilly

    Apr 25, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #29

    the way this club has been run since ashley took over,we are lucky we arnt in the fkin northern league playing jarra roofing

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  • Harley

    Apr 25, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #30

    Next 2 games we have palace and villa.
    Sunderland have Stoke and Chelsea.
    Norwich have Arsenal and Man U.

    The optimist in me says it’s very conceivable that we get 6 points and they get none.

    If that happens, it will blow my mind!

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  • beermonkey

    Apr 25, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #31

    welsh

    he has won
    A Cup winners: 1992
    League Cup winners: 1995
    FA Charity Shield winners: 2001
    UEFA Super Cup winners: 2001

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 25, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #32

    beermonkey

    That’s good but not as good as Jamie carraghers record, should be only him giving advice.

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  • jimmysmith

    Apr 25, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #33

    Jamie Redknapp once had the perfect face and pedigree for television punditry, but those days are fast fading. Meat face mark 2 within 5 years, a chip off the old block and it’s a frightening prospect for all concerned.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 25, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #34

    Harley

    We will survive, Norwich have got the hardest fixtures and i can’t see Sunderland beating those two teams, problem with Sunderland they have so many chances in games they don’t put them away apart from when they beat Norwich, they rely on Defoe to much, if he gets injured then they will screwed.

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  • jane

    Apr 25, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #35

    we have to stay up…end of 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 25, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #36

    Welsh g9. Or we can just rely on defoe to keep bottling it. He’s been giving it large over this run in, but the truth is, he does take a lot of chances for each goal. Maybe on of the seven sins having a nibble at him. 🙂 To keep telling the tv cameras how good he is he’s asking for shit to happen. Serve him right if he didn’t score another goal. Serve us canny as well!
    I can feel the barrels of the lock clicking into place one by one. Rafa believes, click. Sunlun form takes a stumble and defoe drys up. Click. We settle with a good win and two very very difficult draws. Click. Palace get to the final and have their heads in the clouds. Click. Villa. Click. Spurs out of the title race. Click. Be one helluva seasons climax at both ends. I believe. Howay the lads!!! 🙂

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  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 26, 2016 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #37

    I hope turn up. They’ve been a disgrace in recent weeks. Unfortunately I can see Sunderland beating Watford and Everton. We need three wins to have a chance.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 26, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #38

    That should be I hope Stoke turn up.

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  • lesh

    Apr 26, 2016 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #39

    Harley

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  • lesh

    Apr 26, 2016 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #40

    Freeking phone!!!!

    Harley (sorry about the above – it’s my super-tec phone I bought at Sports Direct, playing up)

    The way you present the fixtures gives hope. Your glass’s more than 3/4 full.

    🙂

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