Newcastle Had These Two Outstanding Players At Preston


At the beginning of the season the game we played yesterday was the type of game we wondered if we could win.

You can only win if you have players committed to the cause and willing to fight their way through difficult periods of that type of game.

It’s a game we had difficulty even competing in under Steve McClaren last season, but our players this season are transformed under the great Rafa Benitez and we managed to get our 7th win in a row with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Deepdale against a good Lilywhites side.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring second goal yesterday

Preston showed why – before we beat their second team 6-0 on Tuesday night with our second team – they had gone 7 games unbeaten and had beaten Norwich, Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Aston Villa in that streak.

Our two best players by far yesterday were striker Aleksandar Mitrovich who got a second brace in four days against Preston to get the win and goalkeeper Karl Darlow who made two terrific saves in the first half and one early in the second half to keep the score-sheet clean before Mitro’s two opportunist goals.

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Karl Darlow – great game yesterday

Both players deserve great credit and Mitrovic is showing to his many fans – and he has a lot of them – that he could have been scoring the goals regularly if he had been getting starts in the team.

But with Dwight Gayle already scoring 11 Championship goals it was hard for the manager to choose between the two of them.

It’s going to be even harder now – but as Rafa says – it’s a great problem to have.

Karl Darlow has played well this season in the Newcastle goal and he deserves a lot of credit for the win yesterday – not only for showing he is a very good goalkeeper who is improving under Rafa Benitez, but that he also has real mental strength when it matters.

Rob Elliot has been back in full training for a few weeks now, but it could be difficult for Rob to force his way back into the first team anytime soon with Karl performing consistently well in the side.

However, Rob proved last season he’s a top goalkeeper who simply loves it at Newcastle – so we’ll have to see what happens.

It was the type of win yesterday that we couldn’t get last season, but our players showed mental toughness, resilience and plain guts to get the win.

The lads  found a way to win when we were not at our best against a good team.

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58 comments so far

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 30, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Oh dear, why don’t Championship clubs have goal line tech? Birmingham fans feeling robbed already. Don’t think it crossed but it was spinning outwards… 🙂 Nice to see St Andrews full again though.

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 30, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #2

    1-0 Villa against the run of play. Nice header though.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 30, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #3

    Poor attempt at creating a negative outlook this morning for when we are promoted by the blog’s resident killjoy.

    To suggest that Rafa and what he is likely to do when we go up , can in any way be compared with Tony Pulis and his annual quest to avoid relegation shows a complete lack of knowledge and judgement.

    As we all were aware at the start of the season Rafa built a squad to achieve promotion , fully aware that a better squad will be required to compete in the PL.
    Exciting times lie ahead . Don’t let’s allow the doom mongers to disrupt the Rafalution.

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  • beermonkey

    Oct 30, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #4

    betty

    who do you think he will replace when we get promoted

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  • Novocastrian66

    Oct 30, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Having seen the Beckford penalty shout this morning, I do not know what Grayson is twisting on about. Never a pen on any level. The fact that that horrible SMB Mickey Gray thought it was “definitely a pen” hardens my view. He also added the precursor of “people may think I’m being biased.”
    I can guarantee if it was his beloved red and whites his opinion would have been different.

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  • Jib

    Oct 30, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #6

    I hope he replaces BandB
    😀

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  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 30, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Beer……. I think he bought several players specifically to help get us out of the Championship such as Hanley, Clarke , Murphy and probably Gayle. Clarke however looks like he’s improving and will be a good squad player in the PL.

    we will need to get a proper left back and it appears we are looking at CB’s that will be good enough for the PL. We’ll also have to get more creativity in midfield and hopefully a worldie centre forward , but the whole world is looking for him.

    Rafa knows what will be required when we go up and I’ve got total faith in him putting another winning team together unlike the killjoy and the ridiculous Mackem wum TOF.

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 30, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Nova, I’m not biased either, but it was definitely 4-1 to Arsenal yesterday mate. 🙂

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  • beermonkey

    Oct 30, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #9

    betty

    i dont think there will be huge changes but what we do buy will be quality
    i think we will see more for the academy and under 21s

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  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 30, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #10

    Beer……… I think in the summer Rafa will have to take stock and decide who to keep and who to move on. The players out on loan will have their futures decided , I think De Jong and Krul will be moved on whilst Armstrong and Sterry who have been given long contracts hopefully have a future with us. I’m not sure about Toney but he’ll need to step up soon if he’s going to make enough of an impact to get Rafa’s attention.

    I was asking the other day if anyone knew how that young kid with the fancy ball skills was progressing . I’ve forgotten his name.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 30, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #11

    I was discussing he toon, as we do at that pesky kids party yesterday that prevented me going to Preston and not one of us even mentioned what Man City might or might not do to us next season, all the talk was about the amazing effect the manager has had on the club. As for being anti Rafa, honestly in all the years I have posted on here I have not heard anything so ridiculous, the man wants success here, how can anyone be against that. Since when did the blog turn in to an Ashley love in, I think one or two have climbed from underneath heir rocks only to crawl back under, that is of course excepting Jib who’d still have Mclaren here if it saved Mike Wallace Ashley money.

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 30, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Birmingham equalise. Game on.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 30, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #13

    beer/swallocks
    I think four big money signings will be made, LB, CB, LW and ST, we’ll see Dummet, Mbemba and The Gouff moved on, and possibly Perez. I think it would be fair to give Gayle a season in the PL.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 30, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #14

    Jail……. I think we are both aware that she only does it to provoke controversy and a reaction. As Bobby pointed out earlier it could only be a Mackem that would be anti Rafa so the silly little comment earlier from TOF has exposed him and his allegiance.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 30, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #15

    If Gayle bags 30 this year would Swansea or Middlesbrough not pay 18M for his services if McCormack is worth 12M.

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  • beermonkey

    Oct 30, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #16

    betty

    do u mean Yasin Ben El-Mhanni he played for lewes near me, but a mate of mine saw him and said he was class
    i have no idea how he is getting on

    jail
    i dont think dummet will be moved on he will back up to who ever comes in
    unless he fancies one of the youngsters there

    not sure he will move mbemba on hanley yes

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  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 30, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Jail…….. I agree about Perez in particular. He doesn’t really have a position or set role in the team and he’s had long enough now to establish himself. Dummett is a good solid Championship defender but crap on the ball and Gouffran isn’t really good enough for the PL.

    Mbemba is a bit of an enigma as he’s very good on the ball , fast and fully commited but prone to the odd mistake.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 30, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #18

    Beer……. Yes that’s him. If he can transfer some of that skill to games then we’ve got a player there.

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  • beermonkey

    Oct 30, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #19

    jail

    if gayle bags 30 goals this season why would we sell him

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  • beermonkey

    Oct 30, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #20

    betty

    mbemba is only 22 has time on his side to raise his concentration
    i would rather he stayed and developed

    i forget who it was who posts on here they used to goto alot of the u21 games he might read this and let us know how Yasin Ben El-Mhanni is getting on

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  • firebug666

    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #21

    Jail

    Just curious but how many winners of the Rafa bingo were there yesterday?

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  • chicousa

    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #22

    That deal to buy Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles from Forrest back in August 2014 has certainly turned out well! 7M£ for the two of them: and now rumors of Chelsky wanting to buy Jamaal alone for 18M. So from strictly a cold blooded business perspective quite a nice profit! Hopefully now that Rafa is in charge profit takes a back seat to building a top 6 Premier League club!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #23

    firebug666
    Give me an hour 🙂

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  • firebug666

    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #24

    Jail

    OK marra.

    3600, 3599, 3598, 3597 😀

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  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #25

    Chicousa……. Good point. Under the old system they would have been cashed in for sure. It’ll be interesting to see what Rafa decides to do as I’m sure he will have had discussions about such eventualities.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #26

    Beer monkey,
    Not sure if he’s PL quality but as I said it would be fair to give him a season to do the business. I think Mitro is going to be a log player

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  • firebug666

    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #27

    I can’t really see Rafa wanting to sell his captain, but the club is another matter, so I guess it will depend on what agreements they have with Rafa.

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  • AncientC

    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #28

    Another one of Carr’s flops being looked at by Chelsea… Carr out!

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  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #29

    Firebug……. I’m sure that Rafa has been given assurances that if he operates within the budget then he can decide who comes and goes

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  • beermonkey

    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #30

    jail

    he does deserve his chance
    but i dont think rafa will see it that way if he doesnt think he is good enough

    i think the lachelles thing is lazy jurnos he was linked with city chelsea and fool when we bought so i expect we will see rumours from those soon enough

    i cant see the club selling him from under rafa
    there is no point they will only have to pay rafa loads if they make him walk over it
    whats he on 4 5 mill and a 3 year deal

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  • Mag52

    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #31

    Jail.

    Is that log(wood) or log(logarithms) ?
    Re a previous discussion, Lascelles and other NUFC players will doubtless be the subject of interest from the big beasts of the premiership as we attract more and more attention this season.
    Hopefully this will not be allowed to turn their heads and that they will be persuaded by Rafa that we’ll soon be one of those big beasts.

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  • chicousa

    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #32

    betty,
    The other side of that is the attitude of the players when the “big teams” come sniffing around them. If they are like Cabaye or Sissoko their eyes may grow large and their heads start thinking they should be playing for a perrenial Champions League team. Hopefully Jamaal and Karl may be made of diiferent stuff and realize working hard for their current club and its top manager is the best way to get to a top club….NUFC!

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #33

    Probably better off leaving next season to Rafa to decide who goes and stays. We struggle to decide who he’ll play each game, and so second guessing who stays or goes is even harder. I imagine he’s already got a good idea who he’ll retain though.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #34

    Jail….. What’s a log player?

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  • firebug666

    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #35

    bettys

    I hope your right mate, and it’s not another KK debacle.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #36

    Chicousa……… It would be a hard choice for Lascelles but to sit on the bench at Chelsea or stay with us where he seems to have bought into Rafa’s vision and where he is club captain . Mmmmmm

    I would agree that players might be tempted to leave if we don’t go up but we are definitely going up so it’s irrelevant .

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  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #37

    Bobby…… I am coping with being in the Championship as regarding it as a re evaluation season including promotion. Now that we have Rafa whether by luck or by crook, at least he has this season to put his methods in place and assess all aspects of the club and playing staff.

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  • chicousa

    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #38

    betty,
    Yeah, most definitely we are going back up!!! And staying up! And moving up from there!!! 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #39

    Betty, I see it as a completely fresh start for the entire club, top to bottom. Rafa’s come in and shown Ashley how it should be done – which is what was required. The club is financially sound and in a great position to launch an assault on the PL next season. Ashley’s backed Rafa this far and I genuinely believe that will continue. The future looks good for once and long may it continue.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #40

    have got no idea of what a log player is but a BIG player is something entirely different. I wish I could get the red underline spell checker back rather than use this bloody annoying predective text.
    Bingo winners were,
    young magpie from burnley, chicousa, firebug 666 and Budge 123 with firebug666 in the lead with ten points.

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