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Rafa Benitez Lays Down The Law About Ridiculous Mistakes

8:28 am, Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

Newcastle fans are a little shocked at the poor start Newcastle have made to their season – and we are already 6 points off the pace and must start to pick up some wins in August and end the losing streak.

Maybe the players are believing the headlines too much – that Newcastle are almost a certainty to be promoted this season and get straight back to the Premier League.

Well think again – that doesn’t look to be the case at all, based on how the team has performed in our first two games.

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Rafa Benitez – too many mistakes

Newcastle seem to have too many young and inexperienced players in the side and not too many leaders.

Sounds like deja vu all over again.

Rafa Benitez has said he is concerned by the mistakes being made by the Newcastle’s defense and the three goals we have conceded in the first two games have all been avoidable.

Rafa has said that in training things are looking very good, but that form is not being carried into the games,  which is a little worrying.

This is what Rafa has said about the defensive lapses:

“Yes, I am really surprised because it is not that they are creating ridiculous chances and then you cannot stop them.”

“They are scoring from nothing, because we are making mistakes.” “So we have to ensure we improve in defense, but also in attack too.”

“These things we haven’t done well in the games, but normally we are doing these things well in the training sessions.”

“Normally we know exactly what we have to do, but we haven’t done these things.”

“We weren’t expecting this kind of performance – we knew Huddersfield would be difficult to break down but we didn’t play at the level we wanted to.”

“I’ve seen the team doing well in training but we have to show the same things in the match the quality, the personality and the character.”

“We made too many mistakes and we need to show that character and quality to improve things.” “The players on the pitch, they were trying and they are good players.

“The players can do much better but we didn’t play at the level we were expecting.”

As well as Newcastle still making too many mistakes at the back, which we have been doing for the last four seasons, we have also lacked creativity and goal scoring ability up front.

So at least on the evidence of the first two games this season things have not improved too much this season.

But we do have some good players and they seem to be lacking in confidence and also seem to be too tentative and nervous.

A win can do wonders for that confidence, but we cannot afford any more hiccups and must get the win against Reading tomorrow night at St. James’ Park.

If we can do that then things should feel a little better.

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Harley // Aug 16, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    3rd time lucky, a win against reading. Kickstart our season and everyone buzzing. Sell sissoko to palace and buy knockheart and Hernandez. Simples.

  • 2 stjamess // Aug 16, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    people expect Rafa to just sort it out like that? new players just through the door ,
    we could do with Ketsbaia right now ,
    but lets not give maybe the one decent guy who has taken on Newcastle a hard time , if he doesnt get it right even this season, at least he is building something

  • 3 sing in the corner // Aug 16, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    I suppose we’ll never know but I do wonder if our latest transfer targets might have come here had we not the combination of our troubled reputation, the 2 damp squib results, and the widely reported booing off of the team at the weekend.

  • 4 Kabul Fish // Aug 16, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    If only it was so simple hey Harley ha ha.

    I honestly believe we will get the win tomorrow to settle some nerves but I think it will be far from a walkover….
    As for the Socks Saga…..that is gonna drag on and on me thinks.

  • 5 DaraghL // Aug 16, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    Did you actually just suggest signing Hernandez? No wonder people think we’re delusional.

  • 6 Jib // Aug 16, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    It was just saying Palace have no chance of Sissoko

  • 7 Jib // Aug 16, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    I think that is Abel NOT Javier

  • 8 jackostoon // Aug 16, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Your response to Munster, a few posts back was quality, the one about just sack him now, normally canny grumpy in the morning but that made me smile, the wife thought I had wind

  • 9 sing in the corner // Aug 16, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    I think Mitro could be a huge player for us this season. Big and strong, more than able to mix it with the Championship defenders and you get away with more ‘physicality’ shall we say in this league. Plus he’ll get better service when we sort out our forward movement. Gayle will be a good option playing off him. As long as Mitro can control his temper…

  • 10 ascot7 // Aug 16, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    It is…. attitude the name, commonsense the game, thought Hanley was good ? Gamez. What is wrong with managers ? They are all the same, they use players out of position, silly. Par dew,Mcfarren, and is it a shagging night every night, even before a vital match. Why carnt the Wives, leave there players alone. Just one evening, a vital evening before a match.

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