Rafa Benitez – We Weren’t Expecting That – Fans Stunned


This was not in the script for Newcastle this season.

And after the last two pathetic seasons – when our players have looked pathetic and embarrassing at times – we have started this season worse than we did the last two – with two successive defeats and another lethargic display from far too many of Newcastle’s highly paid players.

This time it was against Huddersfield Town at home, who probably couldn’t believe their luck in winning today at St. James’ Park and starting the season with two 2-1 wins and now they are 6 points above Newcastle.

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Huddersfield players celebrate famous win against a poor Newcastle side

Maybe the Newcastle club is just cursed?

Whatever it is – this is all extremely embarrassing.

Certainly in the long 9 years we have run this blog, we have had one single decent season in 2011-2012 and far too many of them have been poor and (very) painful ones – it’s just not worth the effort.

Rafa Benitez needs to sort this thing out quickly, and we cannot have players like Jonjo Shelvey as one example, wearing the back and white shirt when he doesn’t seem to care.

Drop him and some others for Wednesday’s game against Reading – another defeat in that home game will be building an even deeper hole for us.

It’s never been easy to play for Newcastle and it seems a lot of our new players are finding that out rather quickly.

And the current situation seems a bit like when Benitez first came in last March – he needs to look for players who are big enough to wear the shirt.

This is what a shocked Rafa said after the game today:

“We weren’t expecting that kind of display.” “We knew Huddersfield would be difficult to break down, but we didn’t play at a level we wanted to. We improved in the second half but we’re really disappointed.”

“It’s good that we have an immediate opportunity to bounce back,” “I don’t think you can call these first two results a reality check.” “We knew how difficult this division would be and the players just need to show a little more confidence.”

From what we have seen so far, there are too many of our players who seem not big enough to wear the shirt – they need to stop messing around and start to play some decent football.

And soon too.

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137 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #1

    BOOM BANG BANG. BANG CRASH BOOM.
    BOOM CRASH SMASH BOOM!
    BOOM BOOM BOOM!! CRASH SMASH BOOM.
    BANG BANG BANG BOOM.
    THUNDER RATTLE ROLL.
    BOOM BOOM BOOM. CRASH SMASH.
    What’s that noise, it’s only Munster at 61 on the previous thread!

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  • Belfast

    Aug 13, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Was that what all the noise was ?? Ah right.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 13, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Forrestieri seems to have effectively went on strike today.

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  • sparky55

    Aug 13, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Team needs time to settle…lots of new players and Rafa will work out the best combo soon enough. When Keane took over at sunderland at the end of August in 2006 they were in the bottom three and they ended up getting promoted…so let’s not throw in the towel just yet eh Lads FFS

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  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 13, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #5

    What are all those bangs and booms – is it the percussion instruments/bass line to a song which Munster uses whilst he practices the King Percy Dance Routine.
    “Yo get down and do dem funky moves”.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 13, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #6

    We need to make Brighton a silly money offer for Knockeart and try to bring in a big target man. It’s all very well saying we’re missing Mitro but if this is the shyte we’re going to play when he’s missing then we need back up for him. It’s still early and we have to remember we’re a team with eight changes that simply had to be brought in.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 13, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Toonkk Middleborough 4231 and promoted last season?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 13, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #8

    sparky,
    Reading this place afternoon you’d think there were some ready to give Rafa his P45 and get on the dog and bone to Stuart Pearce 😮

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  • Belfast

    Aug 13, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Yer right Sparky but I dare you to come on at 3.30 on a Saturday afternoon and explain it.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 13, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #10

    From what I heard on the radio we were awful again. A verry worying result after all we’ve been through already. If Rafa can’t get it right then who in the hell can!? We really are cursed aren’t we. What we cannot do is go nuts in panic. We need to remain calm somehow.

    But these players need a real kick up the arse! I think many were scared by a packed St James’ instead of being inspired to play better. Do we seem to put pressure on all of our players? If so shouldn’t they be taking it in and embracing the atmosphere and passion instead of crumbling under pressure.

    Whatever it is a cause for concern but it is evident we need much more creativity and confidence in our play and pronto. I am still sure Rafa will get it right but this is not what any of us were expecting.

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  • sparky55

    Aug 13, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Jail…it’s more than likely their age mate…they’ve not been through the grinder anywhere near long enough to understand what can happen. This is by no means the start we wanted but by no means the end either…we’ll be right up there cometh the hour…no doubt about that

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 13, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #12

    sparky,
    It’s about time we had a trip to Wembley anyway 😀

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  • sparky55

    Aug 13, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #13

    Belfast…fat fingers and a shite phone means I’ll never be able to keep up with the tide of neanderthal musing and abuse. Only any good when I’m back home on the computer! 🙂

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  • sparky55

    Aug 13, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #14

    Jail…for a concert mebees 🙂 🙂

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 13, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #15

    If by the end of game 12 and we are not in the top 3, we can forget about automatic Ormiston) promotion.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 13, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Automatic promotion.*

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 13, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #17

    Just got in from match…

    Great Atmosphere at the start, suns out loads of flags noise – match kicks off ten minutes into the game place has gone dead – no wonder watching another another same old shite huff-puff performance. Plenty of ball but create SWEET FA

    Nothing has changed – playing poorer teams but they all know how to play `the TOON.

    How many times today did we get down the wings then final ball a floated cross to our midget attack
    Opposition sit back let us have the ball let us pass side to side backwards side to side backwards then HOOF it to our midget attack.
    Ball goes back to TOON sideways backwards sideways then capitalise on us making a mistake counter attack at pace stick the ball in the net – 1-0 to the opposition.

    Different managers same tactics – bloody awful.

    Here’s my marks for today for what they are worth.

    Sels…4 does not give me any confidence

    Dummet 5 – least he tried but end product poor.
    Lascalles 3 – bloody nervous wreck – poor throughout
    MBemba 5 – did OK but mistake for their winner.
    Jannmaat 6 good going forward – final ball poor

    Anita 4 – Another poor showing.
    Shelvey 6 – Ok but a lazy twat – faded badly second half head went down when they scored second.
    Hayden 4 – looked lost easily knocked off the ball
    Diame 4 – dissapointed in him looked like Ameobi in disguise.
    Gayle 4 – poor, little movement off the ball which means midfield slowing ball down pass side ways.
    Aarons 2 – absolute waste of space.

    Subs
    Ritchie 7 – My MOM for second half showing – things started to happen when he came on.
    Armstrong 3 – not on long but sadly not good enough
    Perez 2 – gone to the dogs – Barcelona gone to his HEED..

    Play like we did against Reading then sadly another defeat

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  • SpartanChris

    Aug 13, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #18

    To be honest Ed I thought Shelvey played well – better than Hayden, Anita, Diame or Aarons

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  • sparky55

    Aug 13, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #19

    ilovetoon…complete bollox mate…loads of late runs from nowhere have gotten teams promoted from the championship

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 13, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #20

    Charlie,
    Not impressed then 😮

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  • sparky55

    Aug 13, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #21

    It wouldn’t surprise me if we don’t win a game in August but I still think we’ll go up.

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  • nufc786

    Aug 13, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #22

    Anyone think we should buy Rickie Lambert?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 13, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #23

    The squad is full of hobbits, who will get knocked off the ball easily by other championship teams.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 13, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #24

    And against reading darlow needs to start.

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  • toon kk

    Aug 13, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Belfast
    Also a different squad of players.
    One up front does not suit our current squad.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 13, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #26

    I’m sure there’s still a lot more buying and selling to be done before the window shuts. At least Rafa must now realise he needs some creativity in midfield. It’s annoying that Mitro missed the opening games , his presence up front would have made a difference.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 13, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #27

    Jail
    Not at all
    Load of crap
    Be nearer the bottom if we keep playing liked we did
    Cannot keep clean sheets
    Cannot score
    To many mistakes which prove costly
    3 mistakes 3 goals
    Jail it was poor and that is putting it mildly

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 13, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #28

    Just got on the train heading home. Why’s Ed blamimg Shelvey? Rafa is responsible.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 13, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #29

    We’ve just been relegated under Rafa. He’s had months to prepare us.

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  • cyprus

    Aug 13, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #30

    First off, haven’t watched a single game so can’t judge.

    Second, the copy paste predictions of position first 120 points was a tad unrealistic. Maybe my prediction of playoffs and a win is more possible.

    Third: Rafa this Rafa that must be checked. The guy needs to perform. For starters he must use his contacts to bring in some really exciting starlets. We have a championship level team, let’s outspend the rest, now. These players are not good enough. Buy, buy, but.

    Fourth, release many of these losers. We released much better in HBA and the guy who called shearer a sxxxxe manager.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 13, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #31

    I haven’t see one decent signing today except Ritchie. And Rafa put Aarons on before Ritchie. I hope all those bloggers who backed Aarons now see why he can’t hold down a place.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 13, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #32

    Gayle should be called “puff of wind”.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 13, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #33

    Go back to 4-4-2 Rafa. Keep it simple. Play the experienced players. Forget Aarons, Arma and Perez for now except late in matches. Use a side like
    Darlow
    Anita Mbemba Hanley Gamez
    Colback Tiote Diame Ritchie
    Gouffran
    Gayle
    It’s actually quite shocking to realize we’re still short of quality and experience at several positions. This was about all I could come up with until Mitro is back.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 13, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #34

    Did Ed watch the game? Has he got a stream? Shelvey was shite but so many were worse.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 13, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #35

    Sounds like Ritchie was carrying a knock B&B.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 13, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #36

    Why did they bring Gamez to the club if they’re not going to play him? What is the problem there? Is he injured or not bothering to get fit or what? Surely he should be in the side. I don’t understand playing lesser players….

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  • Toon XI

    Aug 13, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #37

    Rafa needs to have the names removed from the back of the jerseys. Send a message to these tw@ts.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 13, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #38

    If Janmaat tries to rouse the crowd one more time with his arms … Has he thought of performing on the pitch? Play good football? Try that Janmaat. That’s what will rouse the crowd. The crowd were top drawer. Janmaat and his team mates killed the atmosphere. Hard to believe it possible.

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  • martoon

    Aug 13, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #39

    I think Mitro getting suspended for the first 4 games is really hurting us. He would have made such a difference today when we were playing high balls into the box.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 13, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #40

    If we’re already afraid of putting our senior experienced players out there, what are they doing at the club? I can make allowances for young’uns like Aarons and Perez having a difficult start in this division but the older players should be ashamed if they can’t get out there and produce.

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