We’re Now Gelling As A Team – We Believe In Rafa 100%


We have to remember that new captain Jamaal Lascelles is still only 22 and it’s a massive responsibility to be the captain of the club when we have just been relegated.

Jamaal has a so-so start to the season but he’s come on strong in the last few games and played very well and of course he’s a real leader, there’s no doubt about that.

Under Rafa’s guidance this lad can become a top-class center-back and he’s also keen to learn.

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Jamaal Lascelles after scoring against Brighton

Jamaal has been interviewed and he has talked about how tough it’s going to be this season and that we cannot take anything for granted:

“It’s going to be a big ask.”  “Players can’t get complacent. “We can’t think we’re going to walk all over teams.”

We’ve got to go there and prepare for every game like it’s a cup final like we did in the last games of last season.”

“We’ve got great players, and with the attitude we’ve been showing recently, we can beat anyone on our day. “

“We’ve got a strong team, and inside our changing room now it’s really strong. “That’s massively important, not just the stuff on the pitch but inside the changing room.”

“People are really starting to gel and get on with each other.” “People don’t realise, but it’s so important.”

“You can have unbelievable players on the pitch, but if they’re not gelling, don’t know their jobs and aren’t working hard, it doesn’t matter at all.”

“It’s a really tough league,” “When you’re going to Leeds United on a Tuesday night and it’s cold and raining, you need big characters.”

“You need players to come out of their shells and start using their voices.”  “It Saturday-Tuesday games. You need to be fit as well. You’re not just playing Saturday and resting all week.”

“Rafa knows what he’s on about. Everyone trusts him 100%.”  “I think that’s the main thing. We’ve just got to crack on.”

We have done well after surprisingly losing those first two games to Fulham and Huddersfield Town who happen to be second and first in the league respectively at the moment.

But Rafa never flinched and we now have four wins on the trot and we want to extend that in our next two games – on the road at Derby County and QPR in a short four days.

Wins are what will get us promoted this season – wins and more wins.

🙂

Jamaal has played 27 games for Newcastle so far with three good goals.

Here’s our tough schedule before the next two week International break.

September
Sat 10	17:30	A   Derby County				
Tue 13	19:45	A   QPR				
Sat 17	15:00	H   Wolves
Tue 20  17:45   H   Wolves - EFL Cup 3rd round			
Sat 24	17:30	A   Aston Villa			
Wed 28	19:45	H   Norwich City				
October
Sat 01	15:00	A   Rotherham

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55 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Sep 6, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Blackley and Brownlie

    will do

    thanks

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 6, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Give Rafa ten games some said. Pardew was allowed loads, Steve asked for more and more but some on here wanted Rafa judged on ten games! I hope they’re squirming. They know who they are!

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  • stephen1971

    Sep 6, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #3

    ^^^^^ judge rafa on his management history , what he did with valencia was short of a miracle, i think hes a better manager than kk, kk concentrated on the first team too much whereas rafa is working to the core of the club, don,t get me wrong, i loved the keegan error but rafa for me is more experienced and more focused than kk

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 6, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #4

    4 Away games and 2 home over next 6 league games, how has that been worked out?

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  • SUTTY1978

    Sep 6, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Just seen Saivets comments. I would interpret it as “Clearly I’m a decent player, I came in here to play in defensive midfield but for some reason always found the useless turd Colback in the team ahead of me. The only reason I can put it down to is that he’s English and they prefer to play the English lads. There’s no f**kin way they really thought he was a better player than me. The tea lady would have got a game ahead of him but she’s Polish”

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  • Belfast

    Sep 6, 2016 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #6

    You’d probably say the same if you’d moved to a another country and it was a disaster and you where now back in your native land with your tail between your legs – Wasn’t my fault gov.

    Still don’t have a clue why he was signed in the first place, when we needed to strengthen other positions desperately.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 6, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #7

    era

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 6, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Belfits,
    It’s because there weren’t any central defenders available who they thought might turn a quick profit. Players weren’t ever bought on the needs of the team but whether they could be sold within three years at a profit.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 6, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Jail tbf to those who put Rafa on a short leash, it quickly became clear that he was a proper top notch manager, and not the almost quite adequate, middle of the road, average Joe (not good but just not bad it has to be stressed) that was desperately hoped for. 😉

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 6, 2016 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #10

    I’m sure there are a few Monsters under the bed waiting to pounce if the wheels start to wobble though 🙂

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  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 6, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Martin Pearsons Deby side were dreadful against Burton, if Albion had better quality in attack they would have really put County under the cosh. They will almost certainly better because they could hardly play any worse. Rafa needs to nullify there midfield and organise our attack to produce sharp, quick and incisive passes, leading to goalssss.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 6, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Martin = Nigel

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 6, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #13

    Mind that is some timetable up there barely four days between games, and some pivotal games in there which may decide how the Season will go. Going to have to trust in Rafas tactical and rotation skills on this one all right.

    I’m speaking to myself, aren’t I?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 6, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Tsunki,
    While most of us dread that unexpected defeat at Doncaster on a Tuesday night after fifteen wins in a row, some people just can’t wait for it so they can practice their drums again.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 6, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #15

    Tsunki,
    I’ve only managed one game this season, I thought with games coming so thick and fast I’d get to see loads despite being away a bit, I’m hardly going to get to a game. Loads of int breaks 🙁

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  • beermonkey

    Sep 6, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #16

    tsunki

    yes u r

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  • Novocastrian66

    Sep 6, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #17

    That Loftus Cheek is a class act. He scored for England U21’s tonight. Would love to have him at Newcastle. Never happen. Just found out that Carl Cort is his brother. Wonder if he could put a word in.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Sep 6, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #18

    Tsunki; the next month will go a long way to determining how our season will go. I’m not saying if we have a poor month we will not be promoted, however if we have a good month it will lay a fantastic foundation for promotion.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 6, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #19

    If we flattened this run of games I think we could steamroller the rest of the Season on confidence alone. I just hope that all this good feeling in the camp doesn’t translate to overconfidence. There are a lot of teams lining up to take our head as a prize. Norwich and villa have their own targets and we are a major scalp in their season.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 6, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #20

    Beer monkey – You are. 🙁

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 6, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #21

    A bit of arrogance would make a refreshing change!

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 6, 2016 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #22

    Jail your timing must really blow hard if we are playing twice a week and you still can’t get to a game ha ha. it’s a good thing these cup games, you get to see the fringes of the squad being developed. I think rafa has no intention of bowing out of them, they might make for a tight schedule but it’s a like a super-academy for rounding out the squad. And they are a cheap bit of entertainment!

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  • Novocastrian66

    Sep 6, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #23

    The reverse fixtures are in February,when we have games against the same teams as this month. Our hardest games are bunched up in two months. Our season could hinge on two months. The rest of the season looks fairly regulation which a mixture of one or two toughies and two or three easier matches.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 6, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Ron – aye, swagger type arrogance. Not the Pardew type.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 6, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #25

    Novo- exactly.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 6, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #26

    On the swagger thing – I recall vaguely Sir Stanley Matthews being asked why in one game when his side were about five – nil up and cruising along, did he continue to showboat and dribble and pull tricks on the opposition defenders – was he just showing off against easy opposition? His reply was that he was being professional – you had to demonstrate to the opposition that there was no possibility of them getting back into the game, and give other teams who were going to play them that image as well. That was the gist.

    I watched that last cup game from the Gallowgate, there was a point in the second half when two of our players exchanged at least four interchanges of back heel passes and you knew that the game was psychologically beyond reach for that poor team. That’s the sort of ebullient confidence we need to be showing, not like previous seasons tripe where we were so afraid we couldn’t string three short passes together.

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  • jimmysmith

    Sep 6, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #27

    I don’t see the cynicism in our approach in the transfer market prior to Rafa that some do. I believe we tried to buy cheap and keep our better players, and only selling the odd player that would fetch a premium i.e. Carroll.

    In reality, we didn’t buy to provide adequate depth and balance and so also lost the odd valuable player that became unhappy wanted to go, i.e. Cabaye and hose two things weakened us substantially.

    The approach lacked a manager to push for the depth and balance we fundamentally needed to build a decent side and hold on to it. Now that we have him, the approach may still be there, but be tweaked sufficiently to actually work, and work well.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 6, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #28

    Yes but the reason the approach lacked a manager with push is because it was in the remit not to have one. I think it’s fairly well explored that the trading in players became a board vote with the heavy hand of financial expediency resting on the whole sorry saga. A scout bought players who fit the budget and then he told the coach what he could have. Add to that he was told not to knack this squad by playing them in too many games (cups). I think the pre-Benitez system was pretty flawed.

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  • jimmysmith

    Sep 6, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #29

    Yeah, I think the most obvious flaw was in not having a strong manager on board. I wonder if Rafa has bought in to the approach, and has simply negotiated a greater emphasis on buying for the team rather than the club. I hope so, it’s hard to imagine us succeeding against the more senior clubs unless we are very canny in the market, targeting good emerging talent in the right positions, at the right time, at a good price, as well as being thorough and professional in all other areas, as Rafa very much appears to expect.

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  • beermonkey

    Sep 6, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #30

    jimmy

    why change what rafa does
    Ashley must be very happy
    he has slashed the wage got rid of dead wood and made 1 mill profit plus what we got for sissoko

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  • jimmysmith

    Sep 6, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #31

    Yeah, I think relegation has forced the owners hand, and we’ve been very lucky to secure Benitez, but I don’t see a huge change of policy, other than good depth and cover in each position. We have still bought young players with potential. Ritchie, Lazaar, Yedlin, Hayden, Sels, Clark, Gayle, Atsu, with a nod to the rigours of the league in Diame, Murphy and Hanley, and none of them overpriced.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 6, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #32

    And all without spending money we haven’t got. Hmmm.

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 6, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #33

    Jimmy – I appreciate your point. On recent signings I think we need to wait a while before announcing we have performing assets for anything but short term needs. Investing in developing emerging talent is a prerequisite for maintaining the studs quo and not extended success. However, whilst buying for current needs we must plan ahead for a conveyor belt of talent from academy/ under23’s and to meet self sufficiency requirements.

    You could argue that We lag behind already simply because of relegation at a time when financially the PL was the place to be. Other teams who we used to be on a par with have invested in short and long term development and are reaping the rewards We do need on going astute signings at all levels from academy and fit to go PL “stars.” We’ve had 5 year plans before but need one with teeth and financial backing.

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 6, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #34

    Studs = status

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 6, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #35

    Tsunki,
    Seems like we hardly ever ay twice a week. Haarumph!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 6, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #36

    I wonder if sissoko do well at Spurs.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 6, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #37

    Think he will be another cabaye, debuchy, ba, cisse, etc.

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  • Graeme

    Sep 6, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Welshie, Who cares mate – he’s gone, not out problem!!!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 6, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #39

    Graeme

    Just wondering that’s all mate.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 6, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #40

    Nearly every player that’s left us, has failed big time.

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