Rafa’s So Respectful Of Newcastle’s Opponents

Most Newcastle fans were fairly upbeat when we were drawn away at Hull City last night in the quarter finals of the EFL Cup, simply because it could have been a lot worse.

We avoided big clubs like Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United, so Hull away was a good draw for us and we have a fighting chance to make it through to the semi-finals.

And of the seven team we could have drawn Hull were probably the second best behind Championship club Leeds United, who were a former powerhouse in English football.


Rafa Benitez in training

But Rafa Benitez, as always, is extremely respectful of our opponents and Hull City will be very motivated to reach the last four in the competition for the first time ever – especially since they are at home.

This is what Rafa has said today on the Newcastle web-site:

“At this stage of the competition, there were a lot of Premier League sides so it was always likely to be a difficult tie,”

“We have confidence, because we are doing well, but we have a lot of respect for Hull because they are a Premier League team and we will play away from home.”

“So we will approach the game with hope that we can do well – but also knowing that it will be a hard game against a side from a higher league.”

Hull have progressed by beating Exeter (3-1 away) , Stoke (2-1 away) and Bristol City (2-1 away) to reach this stage and this will be their first home game in the tournament and Newcastle’s first away game.

The quarter-final tie will be played the week starting Monday, 28th November.

But first things first – and we are at Preston North End on Saturday afternoon and hopefully we can get our 7th win in a row in that game.

That’s the only  thing that matters right now.

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7 comments so far

  • stuart no9

    Oct 27, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #1

    3rd bottom of the premier v top of the championship . I know who I would fancy all day long . The championship side will
    Be full of confidence with nothing to lose against the premiership side have everything to lose. Us to win 1-2

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 27, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Aye, it’s not like he’s going to say they’re shite and we’re more of a PL club than them, have a bigger and better squad than them and therefore should be a walk in the park 😀

  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 27, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #3

    The current feel good factor in and around the club and the city is definitely helping to create a positive atmosphere on match days.

    How many times have we seen the team unable to play with confidence due to a tense atmosphere in the ground accompanied by groans of frustration at every misplaced pass. This had a knock on effect creating more tension within the team.

    Rafa was aware of this and has managed to get the mental aspect of the players right to avoid such scenarios which then helps the fans to stay behind the team in a positive way.

    The killjoys and doom mongers who don’t want to join in with the long overdue feel good factor have every right to stay negative and worry that Ashley might suddenly step in and destroy everything. However they shouldn’t be trying to convince others that they have no right to enjoy our new found Rafalution.


    Oct 27, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #4

    Hull have a decent squad solid base very good LB and a good striker in Hernandez

    Huddleston Livermore and Mason aren’t to be sniffed at either

    Depends who Phelan plays imo

  • Budge123

    Oct 27, 2016 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Just looking at my weekend bets and noticed that we are favourites to beat Hull.
    A Championship team away to a premiership team!
    12-1 to win the cup.

    Can still get 1/2 on us winning the Championship. You won’t get anything like that return in the bank and the bet is about as safe!

  • Jib

    Oct 27, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Hull’s attitude to the cuptie will very much depend on their league performance between now and then ( probably Tuesday 29th November )
    They have
    Watford away
    Southampton home
    Sunderland away

    The Saturday before they meet us they have West Brom at home and following us they are the Monday night game v Boro at the Riverside.

    Mike Phelan will not regard that set of fixtures as particularly arduous and unlike Wolves and Preston in previous rounds will not field a weakened cup side

  • hibbit

    Oct 27, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #7


    so the problems were all fan related thats pure bullshit
    tuesdays game shows they will get behind the team if they at lest try
    we have been served up pure rubbish for so long its surprising anyone can be bothered to turn up and spend there hard earned money but we do
    then we get idiots like you blaming the best fans in the world for getting upset when players never turned up and the club kept appointing 3rd rate coaches
    it beggars belief that people like you have the audacity to blame the fans


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