Rafa Benitez Wants To Avoid This At All Costs


The game against Cardiff City at home today is statistically  the easiest game of the season in the league so far for Newcastle,  since we are at home to the 4th bottom club.

But that’s why it’s such a dangerous game, because the players may think exactly that and not go into the game with the determination and enthusiasm they would show if they were facing a Brighton or a Norwich side for example.

And the last time we had an “easy game” was when we were on the road at Rotherham United and they gave us everything we could handle in the narrow 1-0 win at a packed out New York Stadium.

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Neil Warnock – Cardiff manager at press conference yesterday

Rafa has been drumming it into the players all season long about complacency and they must respect  every single opponent – which of course is what the very good teams do in every single game.

This is what Rafa has told the Chronicle today:

“We know that we are doing well and we do have confidence in ourselves, but at the same time my message is always the same.”

“It’s what the fans are expecting too – no complacency and no over-confidence.” “We will then approach the game in the same way we have before.”

“We have to be sure that we can get three points and go away and enjoy the international break.” “But it is a tough game and they have a manager with experience of the Championship.”

“We know we have to compete from the first minute until the last.”

“Every game is dangerous because everyone is expecting to work towards beating us.” “They want to try to challenge us and we know it will be like this until the end of the season.”

“We have to be ready for these type of games.”

Cardiff were beaten 1-0 at home to Wigan Athletic last Saturday and that was Neil Warnock’s first loss since taking over on October 5th.

In 4 games he has two wins and a draw for a good 7 points so they are now an improved side.

We need to win this game this afternoon – some way – some how.

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38 comments so far

  • WWSBRD

    Nov 5, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #1

    firebug
    Winger and a no 10 is what I expect in Jan mate and maybe Atsu signed up

    But even that could unsettle the squad probably won’t tbf certainly more exciting than worrying

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  • firebug666

    Nov 5, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    I think I will go with a 3-0 win today, think it will be a tough game with a lot of high hoof ball taking place.

    It’s likely they will come to shut up shop and go for a point away, but hope for a lucky break.

    Our lot will need to have patience, and keep them under pressure to break them down.

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  • toontaff2

    Nov 5, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Well it’s currently 6 degrees, lower with wind chill and hailing on the Coast!
    I demand a performance to warm me up!

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  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 5, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Bingo Blue Bird

    ———————– Mitro
    ————- Atsu – Diame – Yedlin
    ————— Colback – Shelvey
    Dummett – Lascelles – Mbemba – Anita
    ———————– Darlow

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  • toontaff2

    Nov 5, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Let’s hope the Bluebird fans stay clear of our fields – BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

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  • firebug666

    Nov 5, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #6

    WWSBRD

    Yeah that’s pretty much my thinking too, one or two in, a couple that or on loan to leave permanently, and maybe a couple of deals set up to complete in the summer on pre contracts. Goofy for example may sign a deal for the summer.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 5, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #7

    firebug
    Aye goofy and Anita may sign up to go elsewhere come summer and if we can get a fee for them Rafa may take it neither are really needed come Jan tbf

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  • firebug666

    Nov 5, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #8

    WWSBRD

    I think Rafa will have his eyes on a few players for when we are promoted, and may do a few deals with that in mind, I agree on Goofy and Anita.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 5, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #9

    firebug
    Aye maybe have some free agents lined up though I’ve no idea who will be available

    Might see a Carrick type come in

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  • firebug666

    Nov 5, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #10

    Have company bbs.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 5, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Speaking of loans apparently Depay is going to be available in Jan….haha

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 5, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #12

    Aye
    7-1 to the TOON

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 5, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #13

    3-0 to add to my line up for three bonus points.
    I wonder who’ll be the first to complain when we start beating teams by only three goals.
    Boom Boom.

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 5, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #14

    Aye it’s gonna be frozzin today. And I’m down the front of the Gallowgate west corner, by the corner flag today, as I continue my nomadic tour of the ground. So might be wet as well, just like the old days! Wor lass mistakenly told me the ticket I’m blagging from her uncle is in the leazes end, but she’s got no sense of direction! 🙂

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  • expatmag

    Nov 5, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #15

    Rafas bingo wotsits

    Darlow

    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett

    Shelvey Haydrn

    Atsu Diame Gouffran

    Mitrovic

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  • Legolas

    Nov 5, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #16

    Rafa bingo

    Darlow

    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett

    Atsu Colback Shelvey Gouffran

    Diame

    Mitro

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 5, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #17

    are we on tv anywhere today

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  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 5, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #18

    I can’t see Atsu and Yedlin playing on the same flank, not that they are exactly the same but it would appear to be doubling on speed and unbalancing the line up.

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  • Jib

    Nov 5, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #19

    From the Ronnie Gill

    Rafa Benitez doesn’t have anything against the good old 4-4-2 system. But he is also a great believer in sticking with a winning formation.

    If it’s not broke, why fix it? Or at least that seems to be the thinking behind Benitez’s strategy at the moment.

    For the majority of the season so far he has preferred a 4-2-3-1 shape and it is a system that has propelled his team to the top of the Sky Bet Championship while rattling in 32 goals along the way.

    His team have more points than eventual winners Burnley did 12 months ago, and they are in a better position than United were in 2010.

    In recent weeks there have been calls to play both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dwight Gayle together in attack.

    Benitez would have to change his formation in order accommodate such a popular pairing.

    When asked about 11-goal Gayle and five-goal Mitrovic, Benitez told the Chronicle: “Both have been really good when we have been playing 4-2-3-1.

    “I have played both in one game but not too much, just some minutes. In training sessions, we have tried 4-4-2.

    “We have different options and we can use both if necessary.

    “But when you are doing well nobody can guarantee you’ll do better by changing things.

    “If you are doing something right the best advice you can give to anybody is to keep doing the same.”

    To some observers, the 4-4-2 formation is old fashioned and there is no place for it in modern football.

    When asked if he felt the same way, Benitez said: “No, no – it’s a good option, but it depends on the players you have.

    “If you play 4-4-2 you have to be strong in the middle too, the midfielders have to be able to have good legs to get into the space.

    “We are doing well like this, though, we are scoring goals and it’s not like we need more strikers because we are scoring more goals than anyone.

    “We have the balance right and it’s always important when you want to compete and win games.”

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  • Jib

    Nov 5, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #20

    Confirmed Rafa bingo

    Darlow
    Anita
    Lascelles
    Clark
    Dummett
    Hayden
    Colback
    Shelvey
    Gouffran
    Diamé
    Mitrovic

    4 – 1

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  • nut meg

    Nov 5, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #21

    Rafa’s bingo V Cardiff.
    Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Shelvey Hayden
    Atsu Diame Gouffran
    Mitrovic

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  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 5, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #22

    Job – 433?!

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  • Bobbybee

    Nov 5, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #23

    Merry match day to you all and bring it on. As always, really looking forward to the match and can’t wait to get there. Fancy another comfortable win today, so going 4-0 for a giggle. If we score early it could be anything today. Need to draw them out and get Atsu running behind them. Mitrovic can expect some intimidating marking today so let’s hope he keeps his head if he starts. Complacency will be our biggest problem but no doubt Rafa has that under control.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 5, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #24

    Just reading that Napoli might come calling for Mitro. I can’t imagine Rafa would let him go, at least I hope not as I think there’s a lot more to come from him.

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 5, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #25

    Spotlight on Atsu today, with no Ritchie. First taste of a good old northern icy blast at SJP for him? Don’t wanna see too many of our lads sporting sets of woolly gloves, pet hate of mine!
    Was it Laurent Robert used to have short sleeves and gloves? 🙂
    Good service required from Atsu and Jonjo today.
    Howay the laaaads!!

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  • lesh

    Nov 5, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #26

    Bobby

    Yill heta gan canny with ya prediction. Fower nowt’ll de ya back nee gud what wi arl the jumpin upn doon on ya seat. Yil just hetta keep a haad bonny lad.

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  • Jib

    Nov 5, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #27

    Nah
    Diamé on the wing

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  • lesh

    Nov 5, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #28

    Sing

    Any player standing around like a tin a milk’ll feel the cold.

    But, if the lads are running with tactical purpose, they’ll help keep the fans warm as well.

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  • Bobbybee

    Nov 5, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #29

    Lesh, learnt my lesson at the Norwich game mate, I intend to be fully in control today. 🙂 Can’t see another Norwich today to be fair though. Just need results elsewhere to go our way and increase our lead at the top.

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  • Jib

    Nov 5, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #30

    I think Atsu Yedlin Aarons Perez Lazaar Gamez all have a chance of getting game time.

    However the bingo is for the starting line-up and Rafa will err on the side of caution until he sees what Warnocks game plan is.

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  • Bobbybee

    Nov 5, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #31

    Betty, can’t see Mitrovic going either mate. If one player is happy where he is, it’s Mitrovic. I expect our players will be linked with other clubs up until January as much as players will be linked with us. I’m happy to have Rafa handle all that bollocking.

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  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Nov 5, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #32

    Gonna add 3-0 to the toon as my score prediction.

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  • Kabul Fish

    Nov 5, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #33

    Jail – Rafa Bingo if I’m not too late me old china?

    Darlow
    Anita Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Atsu Diame Gouffran
    Mitro

    2 – 1 to the Toon

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  • TyneMouth

    Nov 5, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #34

    …it’s about time we scored five, and it would be appropriate to do it today. Remember, remember the……

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 5, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #35

    jib

    is aarons fit

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 5, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #36

    Half season ticket race is hotting up. Just secured a couple today, wanted Gallowgate East corner, but none left 2 together unfortunately but got one of the last ones in the block of the Gallowgate right next to the corner, so I’m happy! 🙂
    Box office told be there are very few left in the middle section across the Gallowgate. It’s decision time people!!
    L

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  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Nov 5, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #37

    Beermonkey
    Aarons getting close according to this article:
    http://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2016/11/05/jr-benitez-offers-update-on-the-fitness-of-rolando-aarons/
    Just standing in, as Jib is on his tea break.

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 5, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #38

    chancel

    cheers

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