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Rafa Benitez Issues This Warning About Newcastle

3:05 pm, Monday, September 12th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 49 Comments

There have been a number of stories in the papers about how things are getting to be great again at Newcastle and the mood surrounding the club is certainly upbeat.

But Rafa Benitez has noticed that and he has pointed out today that nothing is done yet – we have achieved nothing and we still have 40 games to play this season in the league.


Rafa Benitez – nothing is done yet

We cannot get too carried away and Rafa cites the case of Hull City last season. when they started out very strongly but then struggled and only just made promotion via the play-offs.

This is some of what Rafa has said in his press conference today:

“It’s easy to carry on with the positive atmosphere when we are winning, it is easy for the fans.”

“They have to enjoy it, but at the same time the message is very clear, nothing is done yet so we have to keep working hard and in the same way.”

“They have to keep playing with the same intensity. Last season Hull had a fantastic start to the season and then they had problems, ended in the play-offs.”

“We have to carry on and enjoy it – they need to stay concentrated and work hard.”

“QPR are very difficult because it is hard to beat them.” “They have pace, they have strong players, can score from set pieces, are a good team and are scoring goals.”

“We have to be confident. We don’t have too many injuries, the same as before, nothing serious just a couple of knocks.”

“We have to approach every game as though it is the most important of the season. If we can carry on doing the same then I will be pleased.”

“The main thing is we have concentrate and we have to approach the game with the right mentality.”

In the first 16 league games Hull won 10 and drew 3 and had a good 33 points on the board after winning their previous five games on the trot – everything looked great.

But then they lost four of the next eight games and put up only 7 points and then struggled after that.

Hull finished fourth top on 83 points and beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

So the message is very clear – we cannot get carried away and as Rafa says – the players must continue to work hard and concentrate.

The last three seasons has shown us that nothing is ever easy at Newcastle – so we take nothing at all for granted these days.

But we’ll be delighted if we can beat QPR tomorrow night in London.

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49 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bettyswallocks // Sep 12, 2016 at 3:16 PM

    bettyswallocks // Sep 12, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    YMFB …… I did put you in up front with Markaccus but have since realised that the blog’s chief investigative officer Mr. Belfast has accepted that you are not in fact Rob Vollans which thankfully clears that matter up. Please accept my apologies and consider yourself as our number nine playing under your rightful moniker YMFB . You must promise however not to deviate from this moniker or this will jeopardise your place in the team.

    Markaccus …….. We have now established that Young Mag is Young Mag and not Rob Vollans and he will be your strike partner in the team as long as he doesn’t deviate in any way .

  • 2 jayphoto // Sep 12, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    @WWSBRD – my view of Hughes, and one shared with a few derby fans around where I live (East Staffs) is that hughes is too good for his team mates and would look world class if surrounded by players making the runs and seeing his passes for him.
    Interesting thought, but would a player like say Pirlo or iniesta or xavi be as effective if surrounded by less intelligent players that didn’t read the game as well?
    Same thing can be said about shelvey… last year cisse and mitrovics movement upfront was terrible, this year we’ve had Gayle making decent runs aswell as Ritchie, Diame and dare I say it Gouffran aswell as anita overlapping making more incisive runs and movement and Shelvey looks twice the player

  • 3 bettyswallocks // Sep 12, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    I forgot to mention on the blog team sheet that the team captain will be rotated on a game to game basis and the subs bench does include Jesper who is currently sitting it out after being rotated several times already.

  • 4 MadisonToon // Sep 12, 2016 at 3:25 PM


    Really appreciate the view of a fan at the match. Definitely a different feel to watching on TV, although some of us don’t have any options being 3800 miles away from SJP 🙂

    I’m exited to see Yedlin play and hope that he turns into a winger, that pace is incredible (have seen him before) and he could really be a threat down the wing. He could certainly be an overlapping fullback but his defensive ability (much like Janmaat’s or Debuchy’s) isn’t great so maybe just putting him one spot farther up would be better (RW).

    Anyway, I look forward to more reports from you and others of what they saw at the games – cheers!

  • 5 clinath@ed // Sep 12, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    Thought Hughes was excellent on Saturday. Would make a great addition to our team.

  • 6 MadisonToon // Sep 12, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    confirmed rafa bingo lineup

    . . . . . . . . . . . . Sels
    Yedlin . Clark. Lascelles . Dummett
    . . . . . Hayden . Tiote
    . Perez . . . . Diame . . . . Atsu
    . . . . . . . . . Mitrovic


  • 7 Bambams // Sep 12, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    I wonder what Lazaar is going to be like. I like the look of him off ‘denniswisetube’ but it’s going to be a shock for the young lad.

    Just hope he starts well and his confidence is high.

  • 8 WWSBRD // Sep 12, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    I could see that with Hughes plus he’s just seen some of there better players leave just as he’s coming back to full fitness…tough on the lad really

    I think Shelvey was more his fitness that let him down this season he’s been told to get fit and stay that way and he’s looked good so far

  • 9 beermonkey // Sep 12, 2016 at 4:00 PM


    seen hughs a couple of times when derby have been on tv
    if it hadn’t been for the serious injury he had last season I am sure he would be in the prem now

    I noticed from my uncomfortable chair in a bar watching the game that rafa was communicating with shelvey a lot

  • 10 Toon Tang // Sep 12, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    The pic fits the headline bang on.

  • 11 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Sep 12, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    Ok thanks betty, although my fitness is pretty poor. Maybe substituting me at half time for WWSBRD would be a good idea? Don’t want to let the team down. You our manager then? ^.^

  • 12 MadisonToon // Sep 12, 2016 at 4:09 PM


    I have noticed that at the ends of games Shelvey’s decision making and application drop precipitously. To me, he is definitely one of those players who needs all of his energy to play well and when he’s short of energy or getting worn out, he looks a shadow of what he can be.

    That explains why he was so variable last season – he came in out of fitness and that meant he wasn’t able to show consistency which is probably why Rafa didn’t rely on him too heavily. Now with a preseason under his belt and a push on and desire to work, he is looking much better, although still fades in the last 10-15.

  • 13 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Sep 12, 2016 at 4:13 PM


    He didn’t fade last game though. Absolutely beautiful cross to Ayoze (who deserves credit aswell, could be in contention for next game) which caught there whole team off guard, new included. He’s very clever, cleverness doesn’t fade. He’s worked on his fitness to, we’ll see where he is at if he starts tommorow.

  • 14 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Sep 12, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    Me not new.

  • 15 WWSBRD // Sep 12, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Aye ur not wrong, his debut overcame his lack of fitness but after that it was pretty clear (although I probably ignored it at the time) that he wasn’t fit enough then his confidence took a few knocks and that was that last season

    I think him and Hayden could be a good PL partnership judging by their performances so far

  • 16 Markaccus // Sep 12, 2016 at 4:19 PM


    Ah I see. Yes YMFB was absolved a while back from being one of the Infamous Vollans IDs.

    Thats good, youth and pace along side my “big man” lumbering form.


    Prepare to score many goals feeding off my knock downs.

  • 17 Jail for Ashley // Sep 12, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    I’m not sure YMFB is innocent at all, is he not PPB, how many gay blokes from Leeds are on this site?

  • 18 estechco // Sep 12, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Confirmed Rafa Bingo line-up


    Anita Lascelles Hanley Dummet

    Shelvey Hayden

    Yedlin Diame Atsu


  • 19 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Sep 12, 2016 at 4:23 PM


    Aye you might be disappointed big guy… Youth yes! Pace nooo! These days I get stitches just from walking hahaha. Not a reliable strike partner I must admit. Still, my technique with the ball is pretty decent. Never say never I guess.

  • 20 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Sep 12, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    Jail who is ppb? I’m not from Leeds I’m from Barnoldswick.

  • 21 Markaccus // Sep 12, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    Is anyone else desperately trying not to go all “finbar saunders” over “ball control”.

    Wor lass’ ball control usually incorperates the threat of pliers.

  • 22 Markaccus // Sep 12, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Sorry, bot ball control, rather “technique with the ball” Snick snick. Fnaar fnaar. Flamp flamp. Et.c

  • 23 Markaccus // Sep 12, 2016 at 4:31 PM



  • 24 Markaccus // Sep 12, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    Bot ball control is something else completely 😮

  • 25 MadisonToon // Sep 12, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    I agree that cross was a really intelligent piece of work. However, that doesn’t mean that he hasn’t seemed to fade at the end of games and his fading, at least to me, appears to be more than that of others. His positioning and workrate drop at the end of games more than others even if he does still come up with an impressive pass or other bit of skill during that same time.

    Moments of brilliance don’t mask the rest of the end of the game, even though they determine the outcome of the match. I would agree that it was less apparent this time out, but I still hold that he becomes more affected by fatigue than others – probably because we want him to give us moments of brilliance at a higher frequency than we expect others to.

    All that said, I think he has all the makings of a good Prem CM if he can maintain a high level of fitness (which any professional footballer should – you can train fitness while it’s immeasurably more difficult to train intelligence).

  • 26 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Sep 12, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    Are those comments directed towards me mark? Because I don’t understand lol. 🙂

  • 27 Markaccus // Sep 12, 2016 at 4:37 PM


    Finbar saunders was a character from the Viz who finds an inuendo in almost any comment. “Technique with the ball” would have sent him into overdrive 😀

  • 28 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Sep 12, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    I agree madison but it is something he has clearly worked on. Last season his poor fatigue was clear as day, I think mainly due to his physique. But fair play to him, he has worked hard and we as a club are being rewarded for it. If he keeps it up his fitness levels by the time were in the prem (in Rafa we trust) will be good enough. Got to remember there are more games in this league to, a great workout for our players.

  • 29 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Sep 12, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    Right I get it lmao. Don’t know why but I didn’t really expect innuendo being brought up in conversation with adults. Not judging by the way, it’s pretty cool that immaturity still hangs around. 🙂

  • 30 MadisonToon // Sep 12, 2016 at 4:41 PM


    I think his time at Swansea wasn’t great and he came to us with a bit of a ‘hangover of fitness’ from them. Rafa is certainly whipping him into shape and giving him the right tools for success. I think that’s particularly true given the amount of specific coaching we saw from Rafa to Shelvey during the last game – he has some clear ideas for what he wants from him and Shelvey appears to be stepping up to the challenge.

    I look forward to his development this season and showing us some more of what he was like against West Ham last season on a consistent basis – already he is doing much more than last season but I suspect he’s got another gear for Rafa to find.

  • 31 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Sep 12, 2016 at 4:48 PM


    That’s why Rafa is such a great coach, making players like Shelvey realise there true potential. I agree I’m sure there is another gear in Shelvey which he I’m sure he will find. Thinking about it our younger players are going to flourish with Rafa at the helm. Armstrong coached by him rather then Pardew/Mcclaren/carver is really exciting. Surely less failures from our academy?

  • 32 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Sep 12, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Shelvey has the ability to be a top grade midfielder in the premiership he can do things with the ball that not a lot of English central midfielders can do with the exception of maybe Lallana and Carrick !

    Under Rafa I think Hayden and him will develop into quality players

  • 33 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Sep 12, 2016 at 4:55 PM


    Agreed, they compliment each other really well as a pairing.

  • 34 MadisonToon // Sep 12, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    Anyone see Armstrong’s goal this weekend? I’m really disappointed we didn’t keep him around but understand the competition for places, particularly in a 1 up top setup, was going to be tough for him to get much game time. Hopefully he bangs them in and comes back to us with a clear reputation for making it happen at this level.

  • 35 hibbit // Sep 12, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    till we change the youth / academy staff dont expect to much improvement
    should be Rafa’s next big project from the under 23 down were light years behind other clubs

  • 36 Markaccus // Sep 12, 2016 at 5:08 PM


    Its not so much immature, more ‘old fashioned’. Like in carry on films. Stuff like that.

  • 37 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Sep 12, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Ah ok mark.

  • 38 cyprus // Sep 12, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    September 12, 2016
    Can’t argue with those points. Still, sometimes at a game one can miss something somewhere. Those 20 or whatever cameras will catch it. And, behind the goal posts one can hardly figure depth.

    Of course, nothing beats the real thing.

  • 39 Markaccus // Sep 12, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    I still think arma will get his chance here. Murphy, although in a 2 year contract, is only going to play a part this season, so as ling as arma shows some class, then i’d expect him to get games.

  • 40 Markaccus // Sep 12, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    I think, with his pace, hed suit playing off a striker as a no.10

  • 41 Hail Wor Ashley // Sep 12, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    Futile prediction for the line-up


  • 42 Jail for Ashley // Sep 12, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    Is that a futile attempt line up or a confirmed Rafa bingo line up?

  • 43 Hail Wor Ashley // Sep 12, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    If Rafa bingo is a thing then a confirmed Rafa bingo entry. As long as if I win Geordie Two doesn’t mail me his thong in the post as a prize, that is.

  • 44 Jail for Ashley // Sep 12, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    Blog bragging rights to be won HWA, it hadn’t started on Saturday but interesting that not one single person who posted a line up had Colback in their team.

  • 45 Ketsbaia9 // Sep 12, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Team v QPR:


    Yedlin Mbemba Lascelles Lazaar

    Ritchie Anita Diame Atsu

    Mitrovic Gouffran

  • 46 Jail for Ashley // Sep 12, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    I only put Yedlin in at RB because I want to see him there, there’s no way he’s going to start to new FB’site when Anita and Dummet have been so dependable.

  • 47 Jail for Ashley // Sep 12, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    For anyone noto up to date, I will be keeping a record of all Rafa bingo winners, five points for a correct first eleven regardless of position. If you have a correct first eleven after the line up has been announced, copy and paste it with the time and date, I’ll check it out and stick five points against your name on an XL spreadsheet.
    Start all posts with conformed Rafa bingo line up

  • 48 Jail for Ashley // Sep 12, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    *Two new FB’s

  • 49 Hail Wor Ashley // Sep 12, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    Yup, Jail.

    I got every player aside from him correct. Never saw it coming and I guess neither did the opposition! The amount of versatility in the squad keeps everybody on their toes – us, the players, Rafa and most importantly the opposition who won’t be able to study reams of footage of the same XI and set-up accordingly like in recent years, as the goals dried up and we became painfully predictable.

    No more Sissoko laying off for an overlapping Janmaat to put in an aimless cross, thank f***!

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