Here’s What Rafa Has Been Telling His Players This Week


Yoan Gouffran has been one of the big positive surprises this season and until the game at Hull City last week he had never been on the losing side this season when he started a game.

It’s a management challenge now  for Rafa Benitez to pick the lads up after suffering two gut-wrenching defeats in our last two games against Hull City in the League Cup and against Nottingham Forest – our fifth league defeat this season.

We missed our chances against Hull and had a one man advantage in extra time but still lost the tie 3-1 on penalties – otherwise we would have been playing Manchester United in the semi-finals.

Yoan Gouffran with Rafa Benitez

At Nottingham Forest last Friday night we gave away two penalties and had Shelvey and Dummett sent off – all in the first half, but the FA (quickly) rescinded both red cards on Tuesday.

That’s only the second time in Championship history that two red cards have ever been rescinded in a game.

Maybe the FA were that embarrassed by referee Stephen Martin’s performance that night – it was horrendous and seemed completely biased against us.

This is what Yoan has said on nufcTV:

“It was a bad week for us.” “I thought against Hull we played well but we have to win, the keeper was good and so we were unlucky.”

“Against Nottingham we started the game well but we lost two players in the first half – nine against eleven was hard. We tried to give our best but it is impossible to win.”

“When you win the ball when two men down you don’t have a solution to play, so we try to keep the score at 1-0 but once they scored their first goal, it was hard to play.”

“I felt bad because it was my first defeat on a team this season.” “Sometimes in football you are lucky to win every game but this was a loss.”

“I knew the stat, Dwight Gayle told me about it, I did not know before. It’s a good feeling but all my teammates work hard, it is not just that I’m lucky, or when I play we win, it is all the team who do well.”

“Last year I kept working hard. When the Manager then asked me, I said I’m ready to play because I had been waiting for that.”

“Now I enjoy it, and ready to play, score and win games.” He just says to us that we have to carry on, to work hard, stay together, stay focused for the next game – change the bad mood.”

“Now we just have to concentrate on Birmingham – every week is a tough game and we just want to play well for the fans.”

“Stay focused is the word.”

So there you have it the lads have to carry on, work hard, stay together and stay focused for the next game and change the bad mood.

That should do it, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating and we must beat Birmingham City on Saturday.

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44 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Dec 8, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #1

    The Blaydon Races
    (Geordie Ridley)

    I went to Blaydon Races
    Twas on the ninth of June
    Eighteen Hundred and Sixty Two
    On a summer’s afternoon
    I took the bus from Balmbras
    And she was heavy laden
    Away we went along Collingwood Street
    That’s on the Road to Blaydon

    Oh me lads, you should’ve seen us gannin
    Passing the folks along the road
    And all of them were starin’
    All the lads and lasses there
    They all had smilin’ faces
    Gannin along the Scotswood Road
    To see the Blaydon Races

    We flew past Armstrong’s factory
    And up by the Robin Adair
    But gannin ower the Railway Bridge
    The bus wheel flew off there
    The lasses lost their crinolenes
    And veils that hide their faces
    I got two black eyes and a broken nose
    In gannin to Blaydon Races

    Oh me lads…

    Now when we got the wheel back on
    Away we went again
    But them that had their noses broke
    They went back ower hyem
    Some went to the dispensary
    And some to Doctor Gibbses
    And some to the infirmary
    To mend their broken ribses

    Oh me lads…

    We flew across the Tyne Bridge
    And came to Blaydon Toon
    The barman he was calling then
    They called him Jackie Broon
    I saw him talking to some chaps
    And them he was persuadin’
    To gan and see Geordie Ridley’s show
    At the Mechanics’ Hall in Blaydon

    Oh me lads…

    Now when we got to Paradise
    There were bonny games begun
    There were four and twenty on the bus
    And how we danced and sung
    They called on me to sing a song
    So I sang ’em ‘Paddy Fagan’
    I danced a jig and I swung me twig
    The day I went to Blaydon

    Oh me lads…

    The rain it poured down all the day
    And made the ground quite muddy
    Coffee Johnny had a white hat on
    Shouted ‘Wee stole the cuddy?’
    There were spice stalls and monkey shows
    And old wives selling ciders
    And the chap on the ha’penny roundabout
    Saying ‘Any more lads for riders?’

    Oh me lads… (to fade)

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 8, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #2

    The Gouff and Gayle have to start on Saturday.

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  • hibbit

    Dec 8, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #3

    and Colback must be a starter

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 8, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Does Diame deserve a start after the way he ambled around after he came on, maybe not, maybe a new number ten is needed in January.

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  • hibbit

    Dec 8, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #5

    could Gayle play the number 10 with Murphy leading the line !!
    I think he could

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 8, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #6

    hibbit,
    Could be disadtrous taking your top scorer out of prime position

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  • Belfast

    Dec 8, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Jail regarding you and Jibs little argument earlier – I believe that Rafa quote was taken from Friday night when he spoke to the written press after the game and published by Lee Genius Ryder on Monday.

    Think this know nowt read it on news now via another outlet over the weekend hence the confusion.

    Cheers Buster.

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  • Jib

    Dec 8, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Thirty six years ago today !!!!!
    Jeepers where has the time gone ?
    http://orislibertaem.free.fr/Musique/Beatles/Love/05-I%20am%20the%20walrus.mp3

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  • Belfast

    Dec 8, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #9

    There is still a possibility that I’m wrong but I doubt it. I’d stick my blog legend badge on this one.

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  • Jib

    Dec 8, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Belfast
    I was wrong once !

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  • Belfast

    Dec 8, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Plus my pogs, premier league stickers, lucky bags and my yo-yo – All in !!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 8, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Belfast,
    I don’t care anymore!

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  • Jib

    Dec 8, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #13

    However I found out later I was right all the time .

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 8, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Jibberish,
    Once…an hour!

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  • Jib

    Dec 8, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Jail
    You must learn to wait for the punchline

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  • Jib

    Dec 8, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #16

    timing

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  • Jib

    Dec 8, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #17

    what’s the secret of comedy ?

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  • Jib

    Dec 8, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #18

    ha ha ha

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  • Belfast

    Dec 8, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #19

    I do though Jail because I was right.

    Ian Toon did always say I was underestimated on here like haha

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Dec 8, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #20

    @16/17/18

    “He can’t smell, he’s got no nose…..”

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  • Jib

    Dec 8, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Jamaica
    No she went of her own accord

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  • Jib

    Dec 8, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #22

    I’ve wheelie bin to Majorca

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Dec 8, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #23

    “By the way, it’s not a porch it’s a Ferrari..”

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  • Jack Root

    Dec 8, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #24

    I responded to Jail earlier but from his response I don’t think he understood what I was saying.
    Do you guys have trouble getting him to tune in on your frequency?

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  • Jack Root

    Dec 8, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #25

    I responded to Jail earlier but from his response I don’t think he understood what I was saying.
    Do you guys have trouble getting him to tune in on your frequency?

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  • Jib

    Dec 8, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #26

    It’s not a case of tuning
    It’s that loads of stuff goes whoosh – way over his head.

    Dans la vie, il n’y a rien de plus irritant qu’un imbécile qui se croit intelligent
    Jean-Paul Sartre

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  • sing in the corner

    Dec 8, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #27

    A working class hero is something to be..

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  • hibbit

    Dec 8, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #28

    thats the blog shut for tonight the lunatics have arrived !!

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  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Dec 8, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #29

    I wonder if Ed has a calendar with a select group of players’ names on it so he knows what day to recycle their transfer story? ‘Oh, it’s Thursday, better get that Nikola Milenkovic story out there. And hey, it’s nearly Christmas, so I’ll add in Charlie Taylor too!’

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  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Dec 8, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #30

    By my calculations we’ll be due another Alan Judge story around December 15th. Just shuffle the paragraphs around from the last one and you can read it early.

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  • sing in the corner

    Dec 8, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #31

    Hibbit
    I’m perfectly sane thank you very much! 🙂

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  • Jib

    Dec 8, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #32

    Hibbit
    I don’t think you’re a lunatic – a bit thick – but not a lunatic – you are too hard on yourself.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 8, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #33

    It’s very hard trying to talk to someone with the same frequency as you when the other person is from another planet.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 8, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #34

    Wonder if my ideal woman will be on tonight.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 8, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #35

    How many players do we need to sign in January, don’t think there be many to be honest.

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  • Thump

    Dec 8, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #36

    @welshgeordie9: If Ed is to be believed, we’re in for Herrera, Tilemans, Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, and Alan Judge.

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  • sing in the corner

    Dec 8, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #37

    Oh well, at least Rafa’s smiling again…
    Ed, to be honest this banner shenanigans is freaking me out. Is it some kind of sign?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 8, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #38

    Thump

    In Ed we trust.

    Ha ha ha

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  • posada

    Dec 8, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #39

    On Blaydon Races.
    I don’t think we need song sheets.
    I’ve never heard the full version at games.
    My stand out memory of this song was the FA Cup semi final win against Burnley in 74.
    The terracing seemed to go right up into the sky. The whole of the Toon end of the ground were singing it, while holding up their scarfs.

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 8, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #40

    RIP Greg Lake
    Never liked prog rock.

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