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Benitez Responds To Booing And Bad Start

8:30 am, Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

Rafa didn’t look a very happy man at the end of the game at home to Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon and that was the first time he had lost a game at St. James’ Park since he joined Newcastle back in March.

It didn’t come at a good time for Newcastle either, after we had been beaten 1-0 at Fulham in our opening game of the season.

So the red-hot favorites for promotion have already lost their first two games and we lost only four games in the whole of the 2009-2010 season when we were promoted with a massive 102 points.

afa benitez after huddersfield loss

Rafa Benitez after Huddersfield loss

Newcastle went behind for the second game in a row just before half time and then drew level through Dwight Gayle in the second half, but as we were pressing to get the winner late in the game, the Terriers broke away and scored the winner after 82 minutes.

The team was booed off at half time and booed off at full time, so how quickly things can change at Newcastle.

Rafa was calm and collected yesterday and this is how he responded to the (very) bad start the team has made and to the booing that resulted on Saturday – and what changes are necessary:

“We know it is a long competition, but what we have to do is put a lot of things right. We need to keep working.”

“We changed a lot of things this summer, and we still think we are going in the right direction.” “Now we have to prove these things on the pitch.”

“Especially at home, so we know that the Championship is quite difficult and it’s not a surprise to see teams defending like this. They’ll all play counter attack.”

“We have to move the ball quicker and beat players in the wide areas.”  “We don’t have the target man so we can’t play long balls all the time then see what happens.”

“We can change our style if necessary depending on what players we have on the pitch.”  “What we did well was to improve in the second half and react.”

“We have to keep the same tempo and same intensity in both halves and not make the mistakes we have.”

“We’ve made three mistakes in two games and conceded three goals.”

That’s about it – three mistakes equals three goals and two defeats, so we have to cut them out.

We really need a (big) win tonight against Reading, but the confidence of our fans has gone down quite a bit with just over 50% thinking we will win this game.

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rotonda heights // Aug 17, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    mag 52

    mclaren was slaughtered because he said judge me after 10 games, then 15, then 20, then a full season!!!

    I know it’s difficult for you to see a world class foreign manager at the toon, instead of another underwhelming English journeyman like your hero pards.

  • 2 Spoof // Aug 17, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    Expat

    On your one club view from previous thread, I know what your saying and on most occasions you are undoubtedly correct, but I don’t believe that a one club man is totally gone, depending upon the player and obviously the club as well I can see some players looking at where they are are saying this will do me fine, Jack Wilshire for example, if he can get regular games for Arsenal then I believe that he could stay there for the best part of his career, as he ages he may move on as did Gerrard, obviously these type of players may be few and far between, but I do feel that it will continue to happen.

    I accept that with smaller clubs it is unlikely as fame and fortune will take them elsewhere, but the players you mentioned were at the successful clubs and for those clubs I believe it will still happen.

  • 3 Jib // Aug 17, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    Welshie
    Diamé joined us a fortnight ago
    Hull’s turmoil caused them to have a shambolic pre-season.
    Diamé must be miles behind the rest of the squad in terms of match fitness.
    I wouldn’t be surptised to see him playing in a few reserve matches to get up to speed

  • 4 hibbitt // Aug 17, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    welshgeordie9

    he looked far from fit on saturday and you have to wonder if he’s so far of the pace by his own addmission why he was picked ?

  • 5 Spoof // Aug 17, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    Rotonda

    In all honesty this world class foreign manager hasn’t as yet been world class for us has he, we had relegation six pointers against Villa, Sunderland and Norwich and we didn’t win any of them yet went down by only two points, so he wasn’t exactly a class act there was he, and so far this season we have seen two performances which were as equally as bad as any that we have seen from Pardew, Carver or McClaren.

    Before we preach about how good he is can I suggest that we look at his record so far and wait until things do improve before we sing his praises, providing that his record does improve that is.

  • 6 Spoof // Aug 17, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Jib

    Well the rest of the Hull squad must have been up to speed seeing as they beat the reigning champions, so why was Diame not up to speed ?

  • 7 Jib // Aug 17, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Spoof
    Curtis Davies the Hull esaid they won that game on pure emotion and it was a fluke (they only had 13 fit players and no subs were made ) – Diamé was excluded by Mike Phelan from training as soon as he was linked with a move.

    Did you not see us away to Liverpool or at home to Spurs Swansea and Man City ?

  • 8 Jib // Aug 17, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    defender

  • 9 Spoof // Aug 17, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Jib

    Yes I did see those games, and I also saw Liverpool at home, Man U away, Chelsea at home and Spurs away, and what have I gathered from that, as with McClaren we turned up against the big teams but let ourselves down against the teams we should have turned up against.

    So please tell what has changed because against two of the weaker teams in the league once again we did not turn up, so far Rafa has done f-all to improve our mentality, I believe he can but so far he hasn’t, and in all honesty I doubt that anyone could genuinely deny that !




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