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Beneitez Trying To Get Newcastle Fans To Do This

9:41 am, Saturday, September 24th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

When Rafa Benitez first arrived at Newcastle in March he stressed how it was important for everybody at the club to stay calm.

It didn’t help anything if people over-reacted too much – either on the positive side or the negative side – although we had a lot of over-reaction on the negative side last season simply because we were so utterly hopeless at times under Steve McClaren.

lots of fans open day

Young Newcastle fans at Open Day

And you cannot accuse Rafa Benitez of not being consistent and he is well aware now we are in the second division the 56 year-old has to manage the massive expectations the Geordie fans have for this season.

But after the first eight league games it’s clear this is going to be no parade to the Championship title as Rafa has pointed out earlier in the week.

Here’s some of what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today:

“We will have a lot of important games between now and the end of the season but obviously Aston Villa is a top side and they are a big club.”

“They have a good manager and good players. It will be an important game, especially as they did not start the season really well.”

“Maybe this is even more important for them? So hopefully we can do well and keep them in this position. We want 3 points and we will see what happens in the future.”

“But every game will be important because we have so many games to go.”

“I am still not happy with the three games we have lost. But to win five in a row is still not bad.”

“What it has showed is how difficult the Championship is and how difficult it can be to adapt.”

“You also have to manage the expectations and manage the feeling that everybody has. That can sometimes be you have to be there you have to win every game.”

“So I think it’s important for us to stay calm.” “And we have to continue to do things in a way where we are doing at the moment.”

“I know the rivalry between fans, and I would like to win every game.”

“But for us, it’s about getting 3 points and we continue at the top of the table. If we do it will keep them a little bit further away.”

“They are a top side and normally they’d be at the top of the table.”

Newcastle are fairly well positioned in 3rd place on 15 points and Aston Villa are in 18th place on 8 points before this game kicks off at 5:30 pm local time today.

We are obviously hoping for a win and maybe just a small over-reaction on the positive side?

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lindisfarne // Sep 24, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    IMO – Consistently cheer win, lose or draw, not sit on your hands, moan and shout abuse.

  • 2 Hail Wor Ashley // Sep 24, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Just make sure they turn up.

    Last weekend was a deeply annoying reminder of the soft under-belly beneath the rhetoric and self-admiration of the players.

    If anything will prevent us from promotion, I think it will be the lack of experienced heads, those that don’t get as easily swept up by fan fervour after a few wins and start believing their own hype.

  • 3 Spoof // Sep 24, 2016 at 10:10 AM


    Hopefully it will act as a great learning curve for them, despondency at the seasons start was possibly replaced by over confidence, hopefully the Wolves match will lead to a sustained spell of consistency with the complacency knocked out of them.

  • 4 lesh // Sep 24, 2016 at 10:46 AM


    A collective noun for our left backs?

    How about a ‘treatment room’?

  • 5 lesh // Sep 24, 2016 at 10:52 AM


    Your funnies are below par today. Can we take it that your joke-writer’s not sobered up yet?

  • 6 JP...from The Rock // Sep 24, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    JFA Rafa bingo:


    Yedlin Mbemba Lascelles Dummet

    Shelvey Colback

    Ritchie Diame Gouffran


  • 7 sing in the corner // Sep 24, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Or A swarm of left backs..
    But best not tempt fate!
    Rafa may well not like rotating keepers, but if Sels doesn’t start commanding his area sharpish Rafa is gonna start looking bloody-minded.

  • 8 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 24, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    According to Jibopedia, Sels is a shoe-in for today so there’s my bingo team up the Swanee.

    Having said that I’ve picked a few that probably won’t play so it’s a case of optimism over realism in my choices, never mind I don’t care so long as we win.


  • 9 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 24, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    How about a ‘Sinister’ of backs

  • 10 sing in the corner // Sep 24, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    ‘A sinister’??
    Ever done psychometric testing? 🙂
    And is HWTR Howay the Rafa?

  • 11 hibbit // Sep 24, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Rafa’s bingo:


    Yedlin Mbemba Lascelles Dummett

    …………Shelvey Colback…………….

    ……..Ritchie Diame Gouffran……..

  • 12 Ron Knee // Sep 24, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    Manure playing with eleven players today. Rooney on bench!

  • 13 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Sep 24, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Rafa bingo


    Striker spot is so difficult to choose, also have a feeling that Colback will be played instead of Hayden. But I think I’m close.

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