DeAndre Yedlin Holds Press Conference – Here’s What He Said


23 year-old American DeAndre Yedlin faced the press today before his manager came out at the Benton Training ground – and he basically is putting out the message that Newcastle have to move past what has happened in the last three games – all defeats.

That’s especially true of the last game at Nottingham Forest where basically disastrous refereeing errors by Stephen Martin cost us all 3 points as Shelvey and Dummett were sent off in the first half.

The red cards were overturned on appeal by the FA on Tuesday – which was a stunning reversal and hardly a vote of confidence in the referee.

DeAndre Yedlin with his new hairdo and hair color

This is some of what Yedlin said as reported by the Chronicle reporters at the conference:

“It’s frustrating but the referee is human and makes mistakes.”

“Whether people think they are red cards are not, it’s in the past and we have to focus on what we have to do.”

“Both players are key to the team (Shelvey and Dummett) and we are happy to have them back.” “I think all three were tough games.”

“The one against Hull went into extra time and some players were tired and we had to make excuses.”

“Every team has a rough patch and that was ours. “You have to get through that.”

“Birmingham is a lot like Blackburn and we struggled against them.” “There are a lot of games like that in the Championship.”

“We will be ready for it.”

Some good stuff from DeAndre there and obviously Rafa’s drummed it into them they must leave the recent past behind them and move forward.

This is is an important game because we must get back on track with a win, before we lose too many points to the clubs chasing us.

Norwich recently went seven games with just two points and Huddersfield are in a streak of eight games with only one win and two draws – 5 points.

It wasn’t long ago that these were the two clubs above us in the Championship, so we must get back to our winning ways tomorrow.

Here’s the current positions at the top of the league and if Brighton beat Leeds United at home tonight, they go above us in the league table.

That will be a good game to watch on the TV tonight.

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

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57 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 9, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #1

    Guess we’ll be cheering Leeds tonight then.

    Whilst I don’t want them to do too well (basically, not better than us), I do hope Houghton gets Brighton up to the PL.

    As for the Birmingham game, time to show everyone why we’re not just favourites to win the league, but why we will win the league. Dips in form / bad luck were going to happen. 3 games in 6 days, including 120 mins in the cup was always going to be a tough task. Onwards and upwards now.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 9, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Ibiza,
    Yes, I think we may have to put up with a season of mid table mediocrity next year as a team that was built for promotion settles in to their new surroundings. We need a year to see if Gayle can cut it in the PL with a proper managerand whether Hanley and Diame need moving on etc, it would be detrimental to buy eleven new players in the summer and also unrealistic. Unlike businessman of the year and all round good guy TDSarf I don’t think we need to spend the next eight years consolidating that mediocrity though and at least we’ll have the satisfaction that if we do get knocked out of a cup it won’t be for lack of trying

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 9, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Ibiza,
    With hinsight it very much looks like Rafa made the wrong call with the rotation, as in getting it the wrong way round against Blackburn and Hull but there are periods where we have three games in eight days and we needed to know whether our full squad is up for it, Blackburn at home, on paper was the ideal game to try this out, unfortunately it bavkfired.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 9, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Jail…I was being somewhat facetious.

    Do you miss TDSarf? I’m actually not sure if that’s a genuine question or again me being facetious!

    Certainly don’t need 11 new players over the summer, but I do expect a fairly significant overhaul if we’re going in with the plan to comfortably avoid the relegation battle, which I imagine will be the aim for next season.

    I have no problem with steady progression, as long as a genuine plan is in place, which does appear to be the case at the moment.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 9, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed

    279 fans (?) think we won’t win the game!!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Jail…I’m pleased we have Rafa, but he isn’t God and will get it wrong occasionally.

    Thankfully he’s got a lot more right than wrong and we could afford that blip.

    I wasn’t too upset about the cup exit. We did give it a good go and being sensible, it was unlikely we’d win the cup and perhaps it’s a distraction we didn’t need this year. Mind…when the FA cup comes around don’t hold me to that comment!

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  • toonincheek

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #7

    Ibiza –

    Have to agree, but
    Very hard to forget about your ‘fence’.
    Glad to see you are leaning on it rather than sitting!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Have I been monitored, where’s my previous comment?

    repost again so might appear twice.

    At the risk of getting a good shouting at, Lansbury is a good player who’d be an asset as a footballer to any team.

    Although I doubt if many on the blog would want him at the Toon.

    Another thing about that comedians performance is that I think he must have realised at half time he’d c*cked up as he let Hayden get away with some very hard tackles in the 2nd half imo.

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  • toonincheek

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Essex –

    279 Voters – don’t have to call them “fans”.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Was it the mention of buses is that a forbidden subject. 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #11

    Ibiza,
    I knew you were but chose to ignore it with a sensible answer.
    TDSarf boiled my pi$$ with his methodical and uncaring attitude to what a foitball club is all about, his stance that we had to keep finishing tenth even after a fifth place finish, his agreement on the cups policy and the fact he’d only chose to support us to be different to his brothers and mum who’d already baggsied Chelsea, Man U and Arsenal.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #12

    I agree with an earlier comment thar we might as well bring Armstrong back and get rid of Perez. He can’t run with the ball and always seems to lose it in tight areas. We need someone who can beat players and move forward with the ball. Shelvey is great at spraying passes around from CM but we need someone higher up who can beat a couple of players and take them out of the game when things are tight.

    I don’t know if Arma is that player but he can’t be any worse than Perez . I’m sick of watching him allowing attacks to break down . He’ s had enough opportunities to find a consistent spell of form and he’s just not good enough.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Essex / toonincheek….There are many fans, from this blog, who have mentioned countless times that they never vote win as they believe it to be a jinx.

    A blog poll means nothing, it certainly shouldn’t lead to calls of not being fans.

    Mind…i’m sure there are some non-fans who vote as the poll is also open to the twittiverse too.

    toonincheek…I’m not sure what point you’re agreeing with or what my previous fence sitting ways has to do with it 🙂

    For the first time in a long time, I feel the fence may need to come out from time to time.

    Best get the wood treatment out and give it a freshen up.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Jail…Good, just making sure. It’s a funny one really, on the one hand it wouldn’t be fair of me to outright criticise that view, as it was one I did hold and argue on here. As time went on though, it became clear that the plan was nothing more than a tool to control fan expectation, falsely.

    He became intolerable.

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  • BeeGuy

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #15

    I saw the Birmingham game as one where Perez and Mitro were told they would hold the fort and not play against Hull. That P.O.’ed them and they underperformed. If they had shown up for Birmingham, they would have made the bench at Hull.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #16

    Ibiza I realise that, and can understand why some of them do it but 279 at last count is probably in excess of the superstitious ones.

    I have no doubt that we have mischievous non Toon fans who like to stir up our happy tranquil waters.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #17

    Essex…I just don’t get how or why that would stir up our happy tranquil waters (by the way, when did we get them? 🙂 )

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #18

    Couple of points.
    Recall – agree cannot see any coming back at the moment. Salient point is – re Armstrong is that, as has been stated is unlikely to dislodge any “senior” players. Whether he “makes it” eventually is uncertain – clearly he’ll make a good living playing football and scoring goals -but a what level.
    All well and good assessing players, playing against their peers – different matter entirely when playing first team football.

    Rafa is nearly a quarter of the way through his contract – first year in the Championship. So 2 years in the PL – what realistically can he achieve. Certainly is not going to get a City/Chelsea type squad – meaning a top six.
    I reckon cups will be his means of actually achieving something within his tenure – which is fair enough – as long as he is not tempted in January in the FA Cup. Granted there are more days off surrounding the tie for recovery etc but I hope his main intent this season is the league and not cups.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #19

    Just how many times does Armstrong have to go out on loan before he’s considered good enough for the 1st team.

    He should be good enough now to perform as many expect him to so let’s have him back and give him a proper runout.

    Nothing ventured?

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  • toonincheek

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Ibiza –
    Yes – agreed that fans vote to lose believing it avoids a jinx.

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #21

    BeeGuy

    You mean Blackburn?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #22

    EGB – he’s better off where he is. With Rafa’s rotation policy there is no gaurentee of regular starts. Better off at his stage in his career to be playing every week as opposed to potentially sitting on the bench.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #23

    EGB,
    Rafa gave a very good account of why he needs to go out on loan, we need to win every game and it’s a lot of pressure on him, the last thing he neefs is fifteen minute cameos as well. As much as I want him to succeed you also have to take in to account he’s only scored three goals for Barnsley despite numerous starts where he’s been subbed. Some argue it’s because Barnsley don’t create any chances for him, they are the third top scorers in the league so unless they have a 90%+ chance conversion rate they must be creating a few, he needs to stay where he is imo and go to a Championship club needing promotion next year to be their main man. If he’s not good enough to be wanted by a club like that how is he going to score goals in the PL.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #24

    Essex…Not sure it’s a question of that, but more does he offer us something that we don’t already have?

    He is still young and clearly needs to be playing week in, week out. I’m really not sure he’ll get that with us at present, so surely he’s best off on loan?

    To compare (championship games only):

    ————-Start–Sub–Goals–Assists–Mins

    Mitro——–4—–7——-3———2—–432
    Armstrong—9—-3——-3———-1—–779
    Gayle——–14—1——-13——–0—–1,203

    Granted we have a better team, so you’d expect our strikers to have better stats, but who are we dropping for Armstrong? There’s a good case to be made that Mitro should be starting more games tbh, but Gayle is preventing that.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Interestingly (or maybe not) if you calculate goal / assist contribution against minutes played…

    Mitro = 86.4 mins (432/5)
    Gayle = 92.53 (1,203/13)
    Arma = 194.75 (779/4)

    It’s be interesting to see of Mitro’s contributions, how many were from starts and how many from sub appearances. Statistically he’s doing well, but am I right in thinking that he doesn’t generally deliver when starting games?

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #26

    Confirmed Rafa Bingo line-up:-

    Darlow
    Anita Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Shelvey Colback
    Ritchie Diame Gouffran
    Gayle

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #27

    Ibiza,
    He started both league games for his goals Preston and QPR.

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  • hibbit

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #28

    we also have Murphy who is a proven striker in this league who’s not getting any game time
    Armstrong would at best sit on the bench best staying where he is and playing

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #29

    Jail…So basically, I am indeed wrong! 50% of his goals came from starts.

    Hibbit…Good point on Murphy.

    I do get peoples calls for Armstrong, you can’t help but feel if he is to make a claim, then it’d be best done in the Championship. The problems of being in an ambitious team I guess.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #30

    Jail. Mr Tuff, Ibiza

    I don’t disagree with what you are all saying but I do wonder, based on the few times he’s played for us, if he is as good as people are saying. I guess we won’t know till he’s had a run in the team. Which given present circumstances night be sometime in the distant future.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #32

    Armstrong could be tried as a number ten behind the main striker. He’s got a low centre of gravity and good balance and less likely to be knocked off the ball than Perez.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 9, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #33

    Essex…I am intrigued to see how he’d do within this team, but personally wouldn’t risk it given where we and he currently are.

    Betty…Doesn’t Perez have a low centre of gravity too, being a similar height to Armstrong? Is it more to do with the good balance?

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  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 9, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #34

    Ibiza…….. Armstrong is stockier and more robust. Perez IMHO is too namby pamby. He’s good at little flicks and has a good eye for goal in and around the box but his link up play and dribbling skills are not consistent enough.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 9, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #35

    Ron

    I would think that that team is going to be a popular choice in the Rafa (all hail him). bingo.
    The only other real options are likely to be Yedlin or Hayden.

    It could have looked oh so different though. 🙂

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 9, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #36

    Oh and Perez of course so there’s 3 options.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 9, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #37

    Ref those team pics -does anybody know why some of the players are wearing those Catapult data vests and some of the players are not.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 9, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #38

    I notice that El-Mahanni is training with the squad, wonder if he’ll be in the match squad.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 9, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Betty…Fair enough. I am tiring of Perez a little. Always been a big fan, but he doesn’t seem to have progressed, which is a worry.

    Personally can’t comment on whether Armstrong would do better there, but would be wary of the fact he’s an out and out striker, so perhaps he should be played in his natural position, rather than simply forcing him into one of our weaker positions.

    Tuff..Chafing problems?

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 9, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #40

    EGB

    It should be simpler with Perez out – but we all know Rafa!

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