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Newcastle Players Let The Fans Down Yesterday

8:24 am, Sunday, September 18th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

We cannot win every game we know that, but yesterday’s result was a stunning loss after a stunning win just three days before in London.

It was reminiscent of last season when we didn’t know which team was going to turn up – and Rafa Benitez now has some urgent work to do before Tuesday night’s game against the same opposition again at home in the EFL Cup.

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Rafa Benitez on the sideline yesterday

Another defeat would not be good and we seem to be getting too used to losing at home this season.

We hope it’s just a blip in the grand scheme of things, but to lose three of our first eight league games was not expected and to lose two of our first four home league games is certainly not good.

When you consider we only lost four league game in the whole of 2009-2010 and were unbeaten at home all season, the contrast to this season is not good.

But Rafa will take this as a learning experience for the players and hopefully we can back on track.

Coming up in the league are Aston Villa away on Saturday and then Norwich at home the following Wednesday  – the two teams that were relegated with us – and we need two wins in those games to keep us near the top of the Championship.

A couple of players have apologized for the inept display yesterday when we basically threw away 3 points by gifting Wolves two goals and the game.

The performance of yesterday cannot be repeated too many times this season if we are to get promoted – otherwise we could find this season like last season when the unbelievable happened.

Last season we were relegated after spending £80M on new players and let’s be honest if we don’t get promoted this season straight back to the Premier League it will be the same level of disaster.

Newcastle simply cannot let that happen, which is why the next four games through October 1st have become very important – we must keep winning games.

September
Tue 20	19:45	H	Wolves - EFL Cup			
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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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 18, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    Lindisfarne
    Diane in – need a ball carrier – sadly lacking anyone else

  • 2 hibbit // Sep 18, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    most of what charlie says is right but one point i think he missed we were not beat by a top team they are a very poor team who we gifted 2 goals they were there for the taking and we just never turned up
    its not the end of the world and we have the chance to put it right this week
    MoM should be scrapped this as no one deserved it not even Ritchie who was lucky not to be sent off

    never thought i would say this but we missed Gouffran for his graft no one put the effort in he does
    in my opinion in the championship you need a player that can lead the line who can hold the ball and give us time and space who can handle the ruff and tumble of the championship not two lightweights who spent most of the afternoon on there arse moaning

  • 3 bettyswallocks // Sep 18, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    Back down to reality of being a toon fan today with a resounding bump.
    We can blame Rafa’s team selection and rotation policy or the players lack of concentration and effort or even the over confidence of all concerned, even the fans.
    However the person who is really to blame for the shambolic performance yesterday and who really needs to have a long hard look at himself is Jib.

  • 4 Ron Knee // Sep 18, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    Rafa has the team well-drilled when we score first, but we seem to fall apart if we’re behind. Is it a lack of character or lack of mental resilience?

    Two of our worst performances have been at home. Can our players not handle the supporters’ expectations?

  • 5 Spotlight Kid // Sep 18, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    ‘We cannot win every game we know that,
    This expensively assembled team has already lost 3 games out of 8. Hughton’s team of remaining grafters (after the shirkers departed) only lost 4 all season (winning 30, and not losing the other 12) and not a single one at home. Fortress St James’ was the mantra.

    To win the Championship (or even automatic promotion) requires two things. First, a point per game average throughout the season of over 2.1 – or you will never catch up at the end. Secondly the ability not to lose a game (even if you can’t win it). So far this team has shown no character int that department, with not a single draw fought back from a losing position.

    Rafa has to be blamed for changing a winning team yesterday, especially the defence where Mbemba was shocking. With a 1.88 point average at the moment it’s the play offs at best as it stands.

  • 6 The overrated Frenchman // Sep 18, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Rafa blew it yesterday. Most of you just don’t want to admit it.

  • 7 gingertom // Sep 18, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    What a load of tosh

    The real reason we lost is that Wolves did a Huddersfield. They came with 10 defenders closed all the space down and hit on the counter. As with the Huddersfield game the lack of movement and quality in midfield meant that the only ball to be played was the long ball up to three of the shortest players in the league. None of which can hold the ball up. However I do agree Rafa got it wrong with team selection. Perez will never be a winger he made lots of runs yesterday but always inside giving no out let or help for Dummet. As far as tracking back to help in defense that was none existent. Hanley, Shelvey and Diame need to be more creative and show more movement and quality on the ball to try and open up teams who wish to play counter attack football otherwise it will not matter who we have up front we will just not score.I am sure Rafa will sort this out and suppose he doesn’t need someone like me to tell him.




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