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Believe – Rafa Will Quickly Put Things Right With This New Team

10:41 pm, Saturday, August 6th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

When Rafa first came into the club in March it took him a good four games to put things right with the fourth game being a disaster at Southampton and we all were almost certain after that we had not chance.

We collected just one point in those first four games and lost at relegation candidates Norwich and drew 1-1 at Sunderland at home.

But then we won three and drew three as Rafa worked out the best system and the best players to get the job done for Newcastle.

The team started to buz and the fans started to buz.

Rafa now has players he wants at the club and his interviews after the game showed there were lots of things the players were not doing last night – so he knows just exactly what went wrong and will try to fix those in training next week.

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Rafa Benitez after the game last night

Yes. the defense let in a sloppy goal again from a set-play but Rafa was quite pleased with the display at the back, since they did well to deal with a number of other crosses into the box and we thought Hanley looked a good strong defender – he will make a big difference at the back.

Success is never a straight line path either – there are always bumps and challenges along the way.

Last night Newcastle were not at their best, but we also unlucky and should have had a penalty after 35 minutes and then in the second half we had most of the possession but labored to both create chances and then score from the couple of good chances we had.

That is not too dissimilar to what happened during the first four games under Rafa against Leicester, Sunderland Norwich and Southampton.

And he hasn’t used new signings Ciaran Clark or Mo Diame yet either.

The positive thing is that Rafa will have some games to sort stuff out and then if he can have a team performing like they did in those last six games of last season we should be able to get one of those automatic promotion spots.

It was extra harmful last night because it was live on TV around the world and we didn’t do well and for a team that’s supposed to walk the championship this season we even lost the first game.

So there was a lot of criticism from all over – but that’s to be expected.

But it’s not going to be easy and what we have to do now is to keep the faith with our players and Rafa and give the manager the support he has asked for – we have to stick together.

This plight we are in is nothing that cannot be corrected with some wins in the four game left this month – with three of those games being at home.

If we can get 10 points from those four games we will have 10 points from our first five games and on track to get 92 points for the season and almost certain promotion.

We need to show patience – which is difficult for some of us – especially after the disastrous last two years of consistent losing.

But we shouldn’t make things worse either.

Keep the faith.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.



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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 NewcastleMole // Aug 6, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    So according to the Mirror we’re trying to sell Mitrovic. What an absolute garbage Newspaper.

  • 2 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 6, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    We could actually do with a proper beast up top like Andre Gray , Troy Deeney etc ….

    Actually would love Demba Ba back !! A striker like him would be awesome

  • 3 cyprus // Aug 6, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Ed
    Come on man. Rafa knows exactly what went wrong, yet he ain’t fixing it.

    I got shot down in criticising him for being our relegation manager. Fair enough. He inherited a crap team.

    But now, this man needs to perform. He must promote this team. Is he good enough? Of course he is. BUT he must bring in some outstanding players.

    Like the great Clough said, it’s players who win you games, not coaches. I’m sure Rafa knows that.

  • 4 so-far-king-quick // Aug 6, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Lcbp- just the small matter of a broken leg hinders a return for ba would be class to have him back though he always looked better then cisse

  • 5 mattyNUFC // Aug 6, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    cyprus

    is your life always miserable?

  • 6 cyprus // Aug 6, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    Matty,
    You have a brain?

  • 7 cyprus // Aug 6, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    My life? What you on about?

  • 8 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 6, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    @So-Far-King-Quick

    Yeah there should be a younger version of him somewhere!

    Also on Tiote could we not just offer him a new contract to get him back on board ? Feel his physical power could be used this season rather than just selling him

  • 9 JAMSHA // Aug 6, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    Mirror Should Be Ban For Publishing Rubbish, Mitro Wont Go Nor We Are Intrested In That Everton Kid Who I Never Heard Of, We Need Mitro To Start Once His Suspension Is Over, Need Ritche To Feed Him Balls On His Head ????

  • 10 wynsleap // Aug 7, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    You can talk about ‘putting things right’ after a match or ‘working on the problems’ until you are blue in the face but when players like Colback, Anita and Dummet are involved you are just wasting your breath and time as they are just not good enough.




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