Rafa Talks Tactics For Rotherham Game


Rafa Benitez is well aware of the potential for a disaster at the New York Stadium this afternoon in Rotherham and has tried to prepare his players accordingly.

He has reminded them of what happened after we demolished QPR 6-0 away a short 17 days ago when pundits were saying there was Newcastle United and then the rest in the Championship – as though we were so superior.

And then we played really poorly against Wolves in the next game at St. James Park and lost 2-0 and came crashing back to earth.

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Rafa Benitez – smiling during training

We hope our lads are back down to earth from Wednesday’s heroics against Norwich City before they kick off this afternoon, otherwise we could be in trouble.

Rotherham are one of the weakest teams in the league this season with just 6 points and one win from the ten league games, so what tactics to use is a good question.

Do we just go all out attack from the very first whistle and hope to get a couple of goals and then control the game after that?

Or do we invite Rotherham to attack us and then hit them on the counter-attack after they leave openings.

Rafa has decided which of these two basic alternative approaches to use, but he’s giving nothing away when he talks tactics for this afternoon’s game:

“It’s quite difficult,” “They have a good team offensively.”  “The two strikers are good players.”

“If we press high, maybe they can play counter-attack. “If we wait and play counter-attack, people will say ‘if you are stronger, why do you wait?’.”

“It’s not easy to decide what to do. It depends on your players. You have to make sure your decisions are right.”

We would tend to go all out attack at the start hoping to get a quick breakthrough and then take if from there.

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61 comments so far

  • Jib

    Oct 1, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #1

    I know what Dennis Twice would advise.
    😀

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 1, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Regarding atsu why isn’t he playing at the moment, he came to us to get matches under his belt, so why isn’t he playing, can’t say he’s been pardewed so what would he be under Benitez.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 1, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #3

    welsh
    where do start him???

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 1, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Welsh,
    Maybe he just isn’t performing as well as others in training. Maybe he just isn’t all that good. He flopped on his previous loans to Everton and Bournemouth, where he barely got a kick. Having seen him play quite a bit for Ghana, I said when he signed he didn’t seem the hard working type of player Benitez likes, and his ability is shown very much in flashes and mainly against the poorer sides that Ghana have played.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 1, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #6

    Personally I don’t think Gamez was bought to be a regular starter, I think he was brought in as a very experienced head amongst a very young team who can not only provide cover but competition for places as well. How often have we had the LB as the back up CB, what happens when the back up gets injured, you start playing FB’s as CB’s and then come the 4,5 and 6 goal thrashings. Gamez is the piece that allows for Mbemba, Dummet and Clark as RB’ or LB’s to get injured without having to put square pegs in round holes in our defence.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 1, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #7

    A good team offensively? Only 7 teams have scored less than them….. They’ve conceded the most goals, and their keeper has made more saves than any other keeper in the division. Fair enough don’t go all gung-ho, but an offensive set up and mindset has to be the way to go here.

    Let Hayden sit and allow full backs to push on. Hayden can drop in to form a central defensive 3 if we do get caught on the break, and help delay the attack whilst others recover their positions.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 1, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #8

    With the squad we’ve got now you could have a situation with Mbemba, Clarke and Lascelles out and still play a decent defence, if our three CB’s were injured in the past that would have left us with no RB’s or LB’s and a disaster about to unfold.

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Oct 1, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #9

    No shit Rafa. Have at em! We have the talent.

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  • lesh

    Oct 1, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Surely Rafa will have assessed the inherent risks attached to sitting back?

    And whilst there’re risks associated with attacking Rotherham from the start, he must see that it’s easier to defend a lead than recover from a deficit – Norwich last Wednesday excepted of course.

    I’m confident that fans’d much prefer the Keegan’s cavalier approach – score more than the opposition. Or maybe not??

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  • lesh

    Oct 1, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #11

    Is Gamez another Marcellino in the making?

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Oct 1, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #12

    Newcastle are gonna go to Rotherham and play it cagey? No no no. No Rafa, no.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 1, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #13

    If Yedlin is fit

    Keep Goalkeeper Darlow and back 4
    Yedlin (Mbemba), Lascalles, Clark, Dummett
    midfield
    ?????
    most likely: Diame, Shelvey, Hayden, Goufran, Ritchie
    Gayle up-front

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  • Jib

    Oct 1, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #14

    Sels
    Anita
    Lascelles
    Clark
    Dummett
    Gouffran
    Hayden
    Shelvey
    Ritchie
    Perez
    Mitrovic

    This is the team that battered QPR away.

    Just 17 days ago !

    By gum the games do arrive with machine-gun rapidity !

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  • expatmag

    Oct 1, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #15

    Here in Oz, game is on live at midnight in BEIN SPORTS 2

    SBS showing Swansea v Liverpool at 9.30. The missus has canished me to the mancave…..lol

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  • AmericanMagpie

    Oct 1, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #16

    Hope it doesn’t happen but would Rafa stay another year if we don’t get promoted?

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  • expatmag

    Oct 1, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #17

    Banished

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  • BandB

    Oct 1, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #18

    I like canished.
    A mix of canned and banished….and vanished. Sounds wholly justified.
    Anyone think Anita could play in midfield today?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 1, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #19

    Charlie,
    I take it you’re not playing Rafa bingo?

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  • Ron Knee

    Oct 1, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #20

    American

    Why would Rafa leave if we didn’t get promoted? Surely he’d want to stay and do the job right the next time around?

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  • Jib

    Oct 1, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #21

    Rafa will want to make a statement to the rest of the league before the international break.
    To do that – like the QPR game – he will try to get as many with PL experience on the pitch as possible , which probably means little Vurn at right back .

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 1, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #22

    Doesn’t he have a three year deal, unless they sack him and bring in Warnock I can’t see why he won’t be here next season if we don’t get promoted, I also don’t think we have a group of players who will scream to get away should the unthinkable happen. We might have to rely on our kindly and generous benefactor Mikey Ashley to lend us a few quid to realise his ambition of a hugely successful football club though 😮

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 1, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #23

    Jail
    No – never win!

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  • Ron Knee

    Oct 1, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #24

    Jail

    Exactly. I can’t see him walking out if we didn’t get promoted.

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  • hibbit

    Oct 1, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #25

    why wont Rafa take us up this this season so far so good after today we could be top !!

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  • LGFUAD21

    Oct 1, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #26

    Right lads.

    I’ve managed to score a last minute ticket so I’m heading off to the game. Rude not too as its only a 10 minute train journey.

    HWTL

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  • Ron Knee

    Oct 1, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #27

    hibbitt

    I’m a pessimist!

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  • Spoof

    Oct 1, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #28

    Rafa bingo confirmation

    Darlow

    Yedlin Lascellas Clark Dummett

    Ritchie Colback Shelvey Gouffran

    Gayle Mitro.

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 1, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #29

    So, some of you would rather Rafa gave away his tactics so that Rotherham could prepare a defence for it? Think again. Give him credit eh? This is Rafa being Rafa. Giving away nothing.

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 1, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #30

    Rafa’s going nowhere and we’re going up. 🙂 That’s the plan and it’s right on track. Enjoy the journey.

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  • jasper

    Oct 1, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #31

    Rafa bingo
    Sels. (Should be Darlow)
    Yedlin
    Mbemba
    Lascalles
    Lazaar
    Shelvey
    Hayden
    Ritchie
    Gouffran
    Perez
    Mitrovic

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Oct 1, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #32

    I do agree, the possibilities with Rafa are boundless. But first let’s hammer Rotherham.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 1, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #33

    Woah – what’s going on here. Stubbsies spies on the blog wanting to give information about our tactics.
    Disgraceful – not in the best sporting traditions, get these fifth columnists named and shamed and banned from the blog.

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  • Kabul Fish

    Oct 1, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #34

    Rafa bingo….
    Darlow
    Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett
    Richie, Shelvey,Hayden, Gouffran
    Gayle, Mitro

    Got a friend who lives in Rotherham who will not go as it means sitting in the home section ha ha ha. Quality.
    We r gonna meet up for the fixture at St James’ when I am back and I can not wait.
    I hope today is another away statement from us b4 the break! HWTL

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  • Ron Knee

    Oct 1, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #35
  • The overrated Frenchman

    Oct 1, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #36

    If Sels plays, I hope he puts on the wig, the red nose and the big shoes. I think a goalkeeper should look like a goalkeeper, and a clown should look like a clown. But then I’m old-fashioned I suppose.

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 1, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #37

    Don’t recall saying anything about the blog – Rafa didn’t correspond with ed you know mr? He’s said these things to the press, not the blog. Rafa won’t reveal his tactics to the press. Did anybody else struggle with that? I suspect not.

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  • Jib

    Oct 1, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #38

    The overrated Frenchman // Sep 21, 2016 at 10:41 AM
    Am I allowed to say Fat Spanish Waiter on here? We used to say it, didn’t we?

    Just in case folk had forgotten what a dickhead you are!

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Oct 1, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #39

    I’m sure they remember Jib. I’ll chime in every now and again to remind them anyway. The blog needs an antidote to the regime apologists like you, don’t you think?

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 1, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #40

    Right now, this moment in time, there’s nothing wrong with the regime – it’s doing EXACTLY what we wanted. Forget the past, we had enough about that as it happened when most of it was fully deserved. That’s gone now, until it rears its ugly head again, at which time no doubt the blog will be full of it – if it happens. There are no apologists on here because there’s no need for them. The regime is allowing Rafa to do his job and it’s working. Long may it continue imo. 🙂

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