Now’s Not The Time To Overreact – Well Not Too Much

When you have won nine games in a row and you are playing a side in relegation trouble at home in front of a full house of over 52,000 fans – let’s tell the truth – you expect to win the game.

We expected we could get 10 wins on the trot yesterday for the first time in Newcastle’s history, but we didn’t.

And not only did but we actually lost the game 1-0 to Blackburn Rovers.


Dwight Gayle went close late in the game

So it was another shocking defeat at home and we have now had three of them this season –  all completely unexpected – starting with the 2-1 defeat by Huddersfield in the first home game of the season.

Yesterday was very like the 2-0 Wolves defeat in late September.

That’s the last  time we lost a game and also the last time we failed to score in a game – and we had just walloped QPR 6-0 away and we were playing a lower team in the league at home.

And we lost and didn’t play anywhere near our best and fans are really upset as we saw in the comments after the game.

But now’s not the time to panic or even overreact too much.

As Rafa has said in his post match interviews – we need to put things right quickly before our quarter-final tie at Hull on Tuesday night and then the game at Nottingham Forest on Friday night.

It’s an odd thing, but we have done better away from home than at home this season and have lost only one game away from home all season – 1-0 at Fulham in the very first game.

In the 9 games we have played away from home this season we have won seven and drawn one.

The number one goal for this season is promotion – that’s the only thing that matters.

If we can also do well in the cups then fine – but if we are prioritizing anything this season it has to be the league.

Yesterday was hard to take and fans are rightly gutted – but it’s only one game.

Think of it this way – in the last 9 games in the league we have taken 24 points.

That’s not too bad – and now we need that same return from the next 9 league games.

Comments welcome.

52 comments so far

  • Spotlight Kid

    Nov 27, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Harsh truth of the matter is Rafa disrespected the opposition, and got rightly punished for it. He put the EFL Cup ahead of promotion, took a punt and lost. There are no easy games in the Championship, this is not European football. Those were 3 big easy winnable points unnecessarily dropped, and such are the margins in this league this could prove important come May. I’m sure Derby, Leeds, Reading and Villa are suitably encouraged.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 27, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m not sure Rafa was resting key players before the Hull match. Perhaps he thought it wasn’t too much of a risk to include some fringe players against lowly Rovers.

    Even with all the changes, that team was good enough to beat Blackburn.

  • Mag52

    Nov 27, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3


    The team was clearly not good enough to beat Blackburn, hence the result.

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 27, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #4

    I wonder if Hull play man on man will Rafa be able to change the outcome. However, judging by the Wolves games Tuesdays game will be entirely different. I also hope for a more convincing performance on Friday.


    Nov 27, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #5

    Who of the players out there yesterday isn’t a first teamer?

    And we’ve proven all season most of the games are easy

  • Jib

    Nov 27, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #6

    Disrespected – my spotty bottom.

    You’ve watched too many Cuba Gooding movies.

    Rafa thought he was running out of time to give the fringe players some playing time.

    When better to do it than at home against a bottom 3 side .

    We lost to one goal , from a corner that was originally awarded wrongly by a very iffy ref .

    On another day Gayle would have put his chance away


    Nov 27, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #7

    That’s just incorrect hence it being a shock result mate. The better team doesn’t always win

  • AncientC

    Nov 27, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #8

    The nightmare scenario now, would be losing to Hull and picking up some injuries to our most important players in that game.

    To be fair:

    WWWWWWWWWL = No complaints from me.

    It’s a strange thing to claim, but some Newcastle fans have forgotten how to take a loss, that’s how good the current form is.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 27, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #9


    I agree with Jib. (Did I really write that?)

  • hibbit

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #10

    AncientC /

    Its not taking a loss its how we lost
    were you at the the game??
    if you did see the the game were you happy with what you watched ??

  • Jib

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #11

    Ancient C
    Last sentence @8 – spot on.

    I’ll be at Ewood Park in the Darwen End on Monday January 2nd

    The daft buggers have given us 7,000 tickets.

    Revenge will be ours !

  • AncientC

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #12

    According to the ‘WhoScored’ stats, Townsend (sub) was the 2nd worst player on the pitch yesterday, 2nd only to Jack Cork, who scored an own goal.

    International football, here Townsend doesn’t come. Justice being served for the petulant ego-manic sulk.

  • hibbit

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #13

    sorry mate but we were never in the game players just didn’t turn up
    this was Blackburn at home we should have stamped our authority all over this game
    not the end of the world but we have to say it as it is we gifted blackburn 3 points by our total lack of effort / urgency

  • AncientC

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #14

    hibbit, I reside in Northern Ireland, so getting to games isn’t easy.

    What does my presence at/not at the game, have to do with this anyway?

    Winning 9 games out of 10 is Barcelona type form. No teams win all their games, and from what I have read, Newcastle had more than 63% of the ball.

    Complain until your heart is content, Benitez and the players get the vote of confidence from me.

  • hibbit

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #15


    i think if you had viewed the game your opinion of the the fans who were there who are upset with the manner we lost might be different

  • AncientC

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #16

    hibbit, please spare me your illiterate spiel.

    I inferred nothing other than the club being in such a great period of form, that losing has become unnatural.

  • posada

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #17

    NUFC supporters don’t know how to take a loss. Well on this blog possibly, but at the game I thought most just accepted it and did not seem overly bothered. In fact too much so. The mood before the game was flat.
    Perhaps we were all to complacent. I’ll plead guilty to that myself.
    Am I right in thinking some of our players were one game away from a ban and would have missed the quarter final if booked ?
    I thought we tried to ease ourselves through that game. We were hoping that one or two moments of quality would win it.
    We did not try to stop Blackburn playing. That would have meant a high tempo and pressing.
    It did not go our way, but was Rafa wrong to try it. Probably not. The next game is in just over 48 hours. The next after that 3 days.
    Expect a high tempo game on Tuesday and 100 %. It won’t be easy, but Hull played a hard game yesterday and their squad is stretched due to injuries etc.
    As with Wolves we’ll settle for the win in the cup and live to fight again in the league.
    Heres hoping.

  • hibbit

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #18


    you condescending TWAT

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #19

    On the other hand, yesterday was “Classic Newcastle”:-

    An easy-ish match in front of a home crowd of 52,000, a good chance to break a long-standing record, and the opportunity to watch the match highlights on NUFC.TV – for free!

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #20


    Look up the meanings of ‘infer’ and ‘imply’!

  • AncientC

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #21

    posado, sounds about right.

    There were even a few on the blog yesterday, blaming the fans for not creating a fierce enough atmosphere… a bit rich.

    hibbit, I am originally from Durham and have family in the NE, before you or somebody else puts me in some outsider bracket too.

  • AncientC

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #22

    Ron Knee, would you care to expand, and prove whatever point it is you are trying to make.

    I have a feeling I could be waiting a long time…

  • toontaff2

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #23

    As some have said, losing is not a problem. But watching that lack of effort and quality certainly was!
    First half, we were awful and Wor Danny nearly scored- otherwise the first 45 minutes was a non-event.
    Jesus was shocking-no width-Dummett improved this massively, a brilliant cross Ritchie contrived to miss from 5 yards, otherwise game over.
    Ritchie, Atsu poor.
    Mitro is not the answer – too busy grappling with giants.
    Perez – absolutely rubbish!
    Mbemba – poor, dodgy defending, unsettled our defence.
    Hayden – poor.
    Clark, Darlow, Yedlin- ok.
    Shelvey hadnomovement, no onetopass to, far too often.
    At 0-0, 65 minutes, we thought we have been poor but should still win. Time clearly for Gayle, some pace and movement. Poor subs from Rafa.
    0-0 would have been bad enough, but we gave away a goal out of the blue.
    We were better second half and Blackburn did nothing but waste time.
    The refs just keep getting worse! Steele, their keeper, must have wasted at least 10 minutes on goal kicks!
    Gayle also missed a sitter, Shelvey nearly scored and Mitro took a daft shot with 2 players better placed to score.
    As bad as we were we should have at least drawn and could easily have won, with the second half chances.

  • AncientC

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #24

    Ron Knee, did you go and look up the definition of ‘inferred’ yet? That red look on your face is the pride draining away from your body, but don’t worry, keep your head low for a while, and all will be forgotten.

  • toontaff2

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #25

    Is Rafa really wrong to change/rotate?
    Mbemba will be lucky to make the bench if everyone is fit, Jesus is finished, Atsu is not good enough and should be returned at the end of his loan- an impact bench player, at bet.
    Mitro looked slow, ponderous and poor -sell!
    Perez – sell!
    Where was Lazaar?
    We need a left-back, a left wing, a playmaker to back up Shelvey and 2 more strikers.

  • Jib

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #26

    Ancient C
    To Infer means
    to deduce or conclude (something) from evidence.

    In the sense you used it you meant to imply – viz to communicate an idea or feeling.

    After this

    “hibbit, please spare me your illiterate spiel. ”

    Somewhat ironic !

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #27


    My point was that you don’t know the difference between to imply and to infer. And yet you accused someone of being illiterate. Is that sufficiently clear?

  • toontaff2

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #28

    There are always a lot who vote MoM without seeing the game!
    Hayden is my player of the season in the predictions, has been great this season, but yesterday was awful!
    Mitro- awful – I would say sell and get a forwardwith a brain!
    Mbemba -he did at least go forward with the ball when there was space, but the first half every time he was near the ball, I kept thinking Titus!
    Ithink the best performance came from Mick Lowes before the game!

  • toontaff2

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #29

    76 WUM’s have voted for Jesus, Atsu, Perez, Ritchie!
    Ritchie had an awful game – usually a class act but yesterday very poor .
    Atsu = heedless chicken!
    Perez = below a heedless chicken = Robbie Savage!
    Jesus – did he have a brother who was crap?
    I actually voted for Dummett, because those who played 90 minutes were all poor!

  • AncientC

    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #30



    verb (used with object), inferred, inferring.
    to derive by reasoning; conclude or judge from premises or evidence:
    They inferred his displeasure from his cool tone of voice.
    (of facts, circumstances, statements, etc.) to indicate or involve as a conclusion; lead to.
    to guess; speculate; surmise.
    to hint; imply; suggest.
    verb (used without object), inferred, inferring.
    to draw a conclusion, as by reasoning.

  • AncientC

    Nov 27, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #31

    I am glad we got that all cleared up.

    Although, you could always count on Jib for accurate information… I mean, he does have form.

    Jib’s gaffes are so common, they should really have their own term, I suggest ‘jibtoids’.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 27, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #32

    Catchy in norway // Nov 27, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    wow, he speaks ?

    This was Catchey referring to a comment by Ed.

    It’s probably as rare an event as seeing George R R Martin sitting beside a typewriter (or keyboard) 🙂

    The sooner we draw a line under Saturday the better.

    It was a glitch that we’ll quickly get over and resume our march to the championship title.

    Onwards and upwards.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 27, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #33

    From the Cambridge online dictionary:-

    “We imply something by what we say. We infer something from what somebody else says. The main difference between these two words is that a speaker can imply, but a listener can only infer.”

    “I inferred (sic) nothing other than the club being in such a great period of form, that losing has become unnatural.”

    Here, you’re suggesting something rather than deducing what someone said, therefore you should have used “implied”.

  • nightfa11

    Nov 27, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #34

    So we lost 1 match.. It every one.. Its not like we still have pardew as manager who cant fix the problem.. Benitez will make the right adjustments and we’ll be flying again in no time.. So just chill 🙂

  • AncientC

    Nov 27, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #35

    “I inferred nothing other than the club being in such a great period of form, that losing has become unnatural.”

    Definition 5 of ‘infer’ from “to draw a conclusion, as by reasoning”

    Here, let’s try it on for size…

    I concluded, as by reasoning (the definition of infer) – the club being in such a great period of form, that losing has become unnatural.”

    See how that works, Ron Knee?

    By all means, carry on with your fallacy semantics.

  • Sav

    Nov 27, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #36

    Blackburn was a wake-up call and may have done us a favour in the long run. We certainly aren’t as good as some seem to think we are and a re a long way and several better players from a Prem side. We don’t have a stand-in for Shelvey who has been exposed before when close-marked in the top division. He is great at picking a pass but doesn’t have the ability to create space for himself. In our favour, Rafa certainly knows this and has not been carried away even on our best days recently. Those players who are doing well will need to do still better to still be in the side after promotion. I’m sure we will get there under Benitez but it will be a different side to the one playing right now. But if Rafa shifted some senior players with an eye to putting out a winning side on Tuesday, I applaud that. 2 more games to a final is well worth the risk and this squad has earned the points to be able to take that risk.


    Nov 27, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #37

    that performance has a little worry brewing in my thoughts about tuesday and other important”must win games”,it seems when we need a performance for what ever reason,we just dont seem to get our act together and show up….it might just be at home the expectations get the better of the team at times….i do actually worry more at home then when we play away….in years gone by, we may of lost the odd/few games but we could also give the opposition a right good hiding now and again….we dont seem to be dominating and controlling at home,its always a bit….squeaky bot time.

  • Jib

    Nov 27, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #38

    Lascelles, Anita, Diame, Gouffran ,Sels
    were unused subs yesterday.

    Probably all 5 will start on Tuesday at Hull


    Ritchie , Shelvey , Colback , Clark , Dummett , Gayle.

    Bingo you have your team for the KCOM

  • posada

    Nov 27, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #39

    After the game on Boxing Day that will be half the season over.
    2 Home and 3 Away before then. If we can get 9 points from those games we will be on target for a total of 98 by season end.
    That will do.
    Any more than 49 will be a bonus.

  • Jib

    Nov 27, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #40

    You were referring to comments you had passed – ergo implied.

    Stop wriggling .

    You are starting to look petulant and foolish.


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