Newcastle Are Playing A Dangerous Game

Rafa Benitez had said after the 6-0 mauling of QPR on Tuesday night in west London that Newcastle still had a lot of room to improve.

Newcastle players proved Rafa right on Saturday afternoon with a poor and insipid performance that was easily our worst of the season.

We lost our 3rd game this season in only eight league games – and that was our second loss at home in only four league games at St. James’ Park this season.

The Newcastle side is still a new one, so we suppose there will be games like this, but if there are too many of these insipid performances it will mean we will not achieve promotion this season.


Rafa Benitez – mistakes, mistakes and more mistakes

It’s a dangerous game Newcastle players are playing when they allow themselves to play so badly against sides we should be beating at home.

That’s what’s so worrying about this terrible performance in front of a sold-out 52,000 faithful fans at St. James’ Park.

The crowd is supposed to be a threat to the opposition, not to our own players.


A stupid own goal from Chancel Mbemba in the first half and Ayoze Perez kindly giving the ball away just outside of the Newcastle penalty area in the second half from which Helder Costa scored was enough to give Wolves an easy 2-0 win.

A very disappointed Benitez had this to say after Saturday’s horror show:

“In English it’s very difficult for me to express, but I’m really, really disappointed because we are working hard on trying to do the right things and when you see the team play so well in west London.”

“They work hard in training so to come here and start making mistakes from the beginning, and do the things you tell them they cannot, it’s a big disappointment.”

“On Saturday everyone was making mistakes. Too many.”

“We have analysed some games here before and we know our team – our strengths and weaknesses.”

“You are expecting that every week we will be improving little things and that the team will be stronger and stronger.”

“When I said the other day there was plenty of room for improvement I think some people were surprised, but you can see now we have to improve.”

“We have players with experience in the Championship and a lot of players have been asking me about the Championship, two games a week, they know it’s like this.”

“It’s just an issue that our football decisions have to be right and we were making mistakes from the beginning.”

“We were really too square at times, then we scored an own goal, it was unbelievable. We were not playing at the level we are used to playing.”

“The second half we started a bit better but after that we made a lot of mistakes.” “We made our own mistakes, our own problems.”

“You know days like this will happen but you don’t expect too many. Sometimes it can happen so the main thing is to learn quickly from these things and try to put them right.”

“You know your players,” “In different types of games you have to see the reaction of different players.”

“You are learning every week about different players and you have to make your team selection after that.”

This game reminded us too much of the incompetent displays we had too many times last season under the hopeless Steve McClaren.

We are hoping for a vast improvement on Tuesday night in the 3rd round of the EFL Cup – another defeat against Wolves at home would be very hard to take.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Toon Tang

    Sep 18, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #1


  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 19, 2016 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #2

    Pardews palace are looking really good at the moment. Bring back pardiola?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 19, 2016 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #3

    I just hope that Rafa is not over analyzing teams and tactics, poor kids will become confused after all they are only footballers, not rocket scientists.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 19, 2016 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #4

    I have just been watching some of the closing ceremony of the Para Olympics and people have been tweeting their best moments.

    My best memory was watching a women with no arms swimming in the two hundred metres individual medley. She came last but overcoming her handicap they way she did was awe inspiring.

    I’ll probably re-post this when there are more people on, its worth repeating in my opinion.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 19, 2016 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #5

    Ok no night shift as yet so I’ll wander off to bed to dream of the amazing turn around by the Toon as they go through the rest of the season undefeated breaking the points record for the Championship.

    And winning two cups!!

  • Magpie Season

    Sep 19, 2016 at 5:58 AM

    Comment #6

    Anyone think we can win against wolves in the cup? When rafa said he wanted a cup run did he mean fa cup ot efl?

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 19, 2016 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #7

    If it was not for the fact that Championship teams are prone to mistakes, I would bet on the Cup match going to penalties.

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 19, 2016 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #8

    # more prone to mistakes(!!)

  • posada

    Sep 19, 2016 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #9

    I think the poor display was down to Rafa.
    The three players he brought in were dreadful.
    He moved Perez to left wing. Why ? The lad clearly was not happy there.
    Ritchie was so furious about it all that he nearly got himself sent off. Nobody was trying to link up with him from the front 2 or midfield.

  • Mag52

    Sep 19, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #10


    Pardiola knows where he’s well off.

  • Jib

    Sep 19, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #11

    For all his fine words through the week to the contrary.
    I think Rafa was guilty of not giving Walter Zenga and his team enough respect.

    This was evidenced by Benitez’ positional selections.

    Also footballers in the main are simple souls and if behind closed doors at Benton the coaches have shown any sort of contempt or disrespect for Wolves , it will have filtered through to the squad.

  • sing in the corner

    Sep 19, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #12

    I would sooner bet on us seeng the same sort of reaction from the lads that Wolves produced having been thrashed 4 nil a few days earlier.
    Can’t see Rafa letting that one pass…

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 19, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #13

    Anyone see Watford v Manure Utd yesterday felt like living in a parallel universe watching it and our game with Wolves.

    Fancied team thought they would just turn up a win
    both stuffed by the underdogs
    Both could not string two passes together
    both bullied off the ball
    Both went into the game with the wrong attitude

    Newcastle on Saturday were poor from the first minute to the 96th minute.

    Wonder if some of the players are not happy with the tinker-mans rotation system.
    Must admit I was not happy when I found out what the team was – me would of not dropped Goufran and kept the Mitrovich, Perez partnership up front (Mitrovich when he came on didn’t looked interested/bothered when he came on and back to his old tricks of watching the player instead of the ball)

  • firebug666

    Sep 19, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #14

    Really Jib!

    Give ya heed a shake there pal.

    It was a poor performance where Rafa got his tactics wrong, and our players were blitzed by their.

    You can take the team out of the Premiership, but it’s not so easy to take the Premiership out of the team.

    We are use to having space to play, Wolves denied us that, we are use to having time on the ball, Wolves denied us that too. they harried us and forced mistake after mistake.

    Nowt at all to do with lack of respect or contempt jib.

  • ballerfan2

    Sep 19, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #15

    So it’s all Rafa’s fault? The same Rafa who just a few days ago was the finest manager in the world(??) It was Rafa who went onto the field and couldn’t be bothered, despite all week warning against this type of thing(???). The team he picked included practically all of the players most on here have waxed lyrical about over the last few weeks. The clamour for Gouffran comes from those who most likely would have driven him to the airport a month ago. Mbemba, widely extolled as our best defender 2 weeks ago should now never be seen again.
    I really do wonder about our ‘best fans in the world’ sometimes. THIS is the kind of thing the media love to beat us with.

  • posada

    Sep 19, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #16

    Oops looks like I have upset the Rafa for Pope Brigade.
    Not everything he does is right.
    Saturday was all wrong.


You must log in to post a comment.