Next Two Games Are Really Important For Newcastle


All good things come to an end and so was the case yesterday, when our 9 game winning streak was ended by Blackburn Rovers.

We just didn’t expect it come at the hands of the 3rd bottom club and at a packed out St. James’ Park with a weakened team starting the game.

But that’s what happened.

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Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

We hope we can now win the game at Hull City on Tuesday night otherwise there’s a case to be made that we sacrificed 3 league points for the League Cup, with no payback.

That’s not meant to be a criticism of Rafa, because he wants to bring silverware to Newcastle as soon as he possibly can – and we haven’t seen any of that since way back in 1969.

The manager thinks we have a chance of doing that this season as well as getting promoted – which has to remain the highest priority.

Newcastle did not play well yesterday and we probably got what we deserved.

The next two games are both being televised and it will be important to get through to the semi-finals of the League Cup.

But it will also be very important to get back on track in the Championship with a win on Friday night at Nottingham Forest.

We don’t think either of the two upcoming games this week will be easy, but if we can win both games that will be a big relief.

We will also hopefully have started our next win streak.

We’d like to see the points difference between Newcastle and the 3rd placed team as high as possible by the end of the year; at the moment that points total has been cut to 6 points.

We have six league games to play before the new year comes in – it would be fabulous if we could get 6 wins.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
1Newcastle464594
2Brighton463493
3Reading46485
4Sheffield Wednesday461581
5Huddersfield46-281
6Fulham462880

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16 comments so far

  • Mag52

    Nov 27, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Massive selection dilemma for Rafa over the next two games. To go for the cup and risk playing an under strength team v Forest ? To play a second eleven in the cup, and go for the three points on Friday ? To go for both ?
    This is where Rafa will earn his corn.

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  • toontaff2

    Nov 27, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Hitting SJP for the live stream back- at least there’ll be no booing there! Was p’d off yesterday, but stayed and applauded the players who came round at the end – would never boo my team!To be fair some of the players looked as miserable as me!
    Titus Mbemba to start? Mitro and Perez to get the half-time oranges ready!
    I want to see Ritchie, Shelvey and Gayle against PL players and our usualback 5 to see how they get on.
    If Rafa does not play our best 11,what was the point of yesterday?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 27, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Not being funny Edward but you have been saying that most of the season.

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  • jane

    Nov 27, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #4

    late “Wit of the Week” caption entry:

    speech bubble saying “Mike sees pound signs”

    (Lee’s fingers are in the shape of a pound symbol)

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  • Belfast

    Nov 27, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Under strength team in the cup for me. I don’t believe we have any chance of winning the cup. ( Sorry Manxpie)

    Beating Forest on Friday night far more important especially after yesterday’s shenanigans.

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  • Belfast

    Nov 27, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #6

    I do believe we will probably beat Hull even with an understrengh team to be honest but we’re probably getting chinned by Liverpool or Manure at the next stage. (Sorry Manxpie) 🙂

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  • toontaff2

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Caption : Upon Lee’s return from the corporate loos, Mike, you should have seen the size of his profit!

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  • Belfast

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Just realised Arsenal are still involved as well for ferk sake haha

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  • jane

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Man Utd play Liverpool the weekend after the semi final first leg so they might play weakened teams.

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  • shakerxxoo

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #10

    We will see what the Chef & his team will do
    I have a feeling this will be the worst week for us this season & yes i didn’t like his cooking against Blackburn
    Why change ( 6 ) ingredients Rafa if we like it last week against Leeds ….

    Hopefully he will cook something good or in January ???
    we are gonna need to get many expensive ingredients

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #11

    After much deliberation I am pleased to announce the winner of “Wit of the Week” is Krul to be Kind. Congratulations and well done to all the other entrants.

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Shaker
    Come on mate, no need to make a meal of it

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  • jane

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #13

    will Ed do an article showing the caption winner?

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #14

    Shaker….. It was one defeat don’t allow it to leave a bad taste.

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  • Belfast

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #15

    I expect all the big guns to play strong sides in the next round Jane. Probably Wenger and Mourinhos best chance of a trophy.

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  • jane

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #16

    wonder if it would be possible to qualify for Europe even if we lost the semi-final if all the other semi-finalists qualified through the league.

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