History Tells Us Newcastle Must Be Wary Of Tomorrow’s Game


In his press commence today Rafa Benitez has done a good job at reducing the expectations for the game against Wolves tomorrow.

Wolves were beaten 4-0 at home in mid-week by Barnsley, but Rafa has watched that game (probably more than once) and he says it was a close game and not what the scoreline suggests.

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Rafa Benitez – we want to be number one?

He again repeated his mantra that we must respect every single Championship side.

The league didn’t get its deserved reputation for being really tough because teams are pushovers – far from it.

Here are some comments from the manager’s press conference today:

“We have nothing special injury wise from Tuesday night.” “I don’t think Daryl or Lazaar will play.”  “We have 18 players and we have the game on Tuesday, so maybe they will play Tuesday.”

“We will see what happens in the first game and then decide. Some of the players not playing deserve to play in that second game and we will play a strong team on Tuesday.”

“The team was good and we tried to improve the squad during the summer. When I decided to stay it was because I had confidence in our players and in everything, the city the fans, everybody here.”

“Everyone is trying to help, that is the main thing. We have a city behind the team.”

“I was very clear that every game is different. The Championship is a tough competition and we have to be ready for the next game.”

“We have enjoyed these couple of days and we have trained, prepared for the game, but we have to respect the team.”

“I watched Wolves’ game against Barnsley and they were 0-0 at 72 minutes and they had two or three chances.”

“We have to forget about that result because a lot of fans might expect this game to be easy. It will be tough and we know they are a good team.”

We’ll be very happy with another win tomorrow – delighted in fact.

John Gibson in the Chronicle reminded us all yesterday of what happened back in the 1992-1993 season.

We won the first 11 games under Kevin Keegan in what was then called the First Division; the Premier League had started in that same season.

On 18th October 992 we had just taken Sunderland apart 2-1 at their place and we were playing Grimsby Town at home the following week – an easy game.

We lost it 1-0 and the following week we lost 2-1 at Leicester City.

So it’s times when everything is going really well when things can go very wrong.

Right now is such a time and that’s why the lads have to be very wary about tomorrow’s game.

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79 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #1

    “Rafas bingo you need all eleven.
    No prizes for guessing five, six or seven”

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 16, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Even more Mackems clogging up the site.

    Notice that Rafa said he didn’t think those two players play, not that they definitely wouldn’t, bit of Rafaology perhaps!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 16, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #3

    ‘would play’

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  • beermonkey

    Sep 16, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #4

    jail

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  • outside the box

    Sep 16, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #5

    jfa
    great minds think alike was going to go for gayle in place of gouffran ….but changed mind ….reckon odds are about 1.5 million to one…

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  • Malackay

    Sep 16, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Jail for Ashley :

    No I haven’t. But I like Bingo and love Rafa so I think I’d enjoy it! How do I get involved? 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2016 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Hanley and Clark beer, that’ll definitely put you in the lead if that comes in!

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  • beermonkey

    Sep 16, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #8

    jail

    clark started the last game and hanley was a 65 min sub

    he can also then field his preferred pair in cup in mbemba and laschells
    when the chances are he will field gamez and lazaar at full back
    I don’t want to say weak but untested
    just a little logical thinking that’s bound to be wrong lol

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #9

    Malackay,
    Post your line up with the words my confirmed Rafa bingo line up. That’s just so we know your not just discussing a line up but putting in your bingo card. If you think you’ve won, let me know after the line up has been announced with the thread and post number, once I’ve checked it out I’ll stick your name on an XL spread sheet with five points.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Are bookies giving odds for a correct team, too easy to fiddle I suppose.

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  • outside the box

    Sep 16, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #11

    jail
    confirmed bingo line up
    sells
    anita mbemba lascelles dummett
    hayden shelvey
    ritchie diame gouffran
    mitro…

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Otb,
    If that comes in there’ll be a couple of joint leaders. I bet he throws in a stunning grenade and we see Tiote start!

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Sep 16, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Because we won 6-0 over qpr, it still doesn’t make the championship easy. Remember the first two games??

    These 5 or 6 nil games will only be once in a while, the rest of the games we will scrape 1 nil, maybe two nil. That’s where 90% of our points & wins are gonna come from.
    futher more is these narrow wins are gonna come from moments of magic like gouffy volley, shelvey free kick, lascelle header.

    So I’m not expecting any easy games, not even tomorrow. I’m sure rafa is aware of this, he wouldn’t be playing it down if he wasnt

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Sep 16, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #14

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    hayden shelvey
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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Shadow,
    I think you’re underestimating us, there’ll be a few games where we don’t play particularly well for whatever reason, weather conditions, shitty pitch etc and scrape a win but I think a majority of games we’ll dominate. We got a shock at Fulham and had very limited options up front and got taken completely by surprise by the, still league leaders, confidence was down against Reading and we put four past them. As our confidence grows many games will have been won before the game kicks off, especially at SJP.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 16, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #16

    Having a bit of bother with the computer today -some letters appear not to be displaying correctly.

    Jib Jibberish your earlier effort at a joke (as below) was not very funny at all and I’m, not sure about your English grammar.

    “Jib // Sep 16, 2016 at 1:59 PM
    Betty
    I once had a peanus stuck up my ass.
    I took some laxative chocolate.
    It came out a treet.”

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  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 16, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #17

    I think Rafa bingo is genius; a casino’s wet dream. I looked up how to calculate lottery odds earlier and applied this to Rafa bingo. So odds of picking 11 out of 26 are: 7 726 160 to 1. This is just a random selection and doesn’t take in consideration of position as with Jib’s earlier post.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 16, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Chancel – think that is the only way to do it – 1gk and 10 outfield players -regardless of positions.

    Jib Jibberish – do not bother to work this out -you’ll get mixed up once you’ve counted your thumbs a few times.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Chancel,
    Funny that because Mcardew bingo, it was 10-1 to get the right team, the only banana skin was Colback or Anita.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #20

    *10-1 ON.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 16, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #21

    Jail.. Here’s my 5 points then..

    ——————-Sels——————–

    Anita—–Lascelles—–Clark—–Dummett

    Ritchie——Shelvey——Hayden—-Gouffran

    ———————–Diame———————–

    ———————–Gayle————————

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  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 16, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #22

    confirmed Rafa bingo line up:

    sels
    anita mbemba lascelles dummet
    hayden
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    mitro

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  • Spoof

    Sep 16, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #23

    confirmed bingo line up

    Sels
    Anita Clark Lascellas Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Yedlin Diame Gouffran
    Mitrovic

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  • nut meg

    Sep 16, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #24

    Confirmed Rafa Bingo
    Wolves.
    Sels
    Anita M’bember Lascelles Dummet
    Shelvey Hayden
    Ritchie Perez Gouffran
    Mitro

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 16, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #25

    Jfa

    My confirmed rafa bingo lineup (did post it earlier on but obviously got fcuked off lol)

    Sels
    Anita Mbemba Lascellas Dummett
    Colback Shelvey
    Ritchie Diame Gouffran
    Gayle

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 16, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #26

    Obviously that’s what I think rafa will select. I’m hoping hayden is in place of Colback though.

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  • chicousa

    Sep 16, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #27

    jail
    confirmed bingo line up

    Sels
    Anita, Mmemba, Lascelles, Lazaar
    Hayden, Shelvy
    Atsu, Diame, Ritchie
    Gayle

    …I know Rafa said Lazaar would not play, but think he just might be having a go!

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  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 16, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #28

    I see the chronic have stolen the Rafa bingo idea, claiming the got it from a Liverpool fanzine…. yeh, right.

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  • Jib

    Sep 16, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #29
  • Jib

    Sep 16, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #30

    clues even

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #31

    Chancel,
    They haven’t called it Rafa bingo have they, I’ll be on the phone to my solicitor.

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  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 16, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #32

    Jail
    All but the name, they’ve even copied your prize.

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 16, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #33

    may look like a plum, but as ive barely been on here the last few days..whats the craic with the rafa bingo like?lol

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  • Legolas

    Sep 16, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #34

    Confirmed Rafa bingo line up.

    Sels
    Anita Mbemba Lascelles Dummett
    Ritchie Hayden Shelvey Perez
    Gale
    Mitrovic

    Definitely, a winner this time. I have had a day full of bad luck, so my much has to change. Lol.

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  • Legolas

    Sep 16, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #35

    Luck. Hate predictive text.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #36

    SPRINGY,
    Seems post 9

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #37

    Legolas,
    I’ve had to go predictive text because my red underline function doesn’t work on the S6. Pain in the Arsenal? But better than spelling tye ans tge all the time 😮

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  • Legolas

    Sep 16, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #38

    Jail,

    Ha ha. I know. Its just if you don’t read it first before sending it can make you look a bit silly.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 16, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #39

    Rafa bingo entry

    _______________Sels_______________
    Anita___Mbemba___Lascelles___Dummett
    ________Shelvey___Hayden
    Yedlin_________Diame________Ritchie
    ______________Gayle

    3-0 win!

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 16, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #40

    Problem with what Rafa says is that…

    We’re Newcastle and we’re gonna p the league,
    We’re gonna p the league,
    We’re gonna p the league,

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