Rafa Not Happy With Four Defeats At Home This Season

It’s not surprising that Newcastle fans are not happy today nring with the display and the result last night when we lost our 4th game in the last seven by a score of 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday.

The visitors were the better side on the night and but for Karl Darlow making some fantastic saves in goal the scoreline would have been a lot worse.

After the game Rafa was asked on nufcTV what he thought of Darlow’s performance  and he hesitated a bit and then said he didn’t like the fact our goalkeeper was the star man because that meant we were not doing well.

Karl Darlow in action last night – goalkeeper had a fabulous game

Rafa also made the comment about Newcastle already losing four games at home this season and most of them – like last night – in front of 52,000 Geordie fans.

This is some of what Rafa said after the game:

“We needed to score in this game and when it didn’t happen, we got a bit anxious and then started to give them too much space to create counter-attacks.”

“So again I would say that these are the games you have to learn to manage because we are losing games that we sometimes might draw, or win.”

“That is now four defeats at home this season, and that is not ideal for us.” “We know that we have to be better.”

“Thankfully we have another game coming up very soon and it is an opportunity to change things when things are going wrong.”

Our next two games are against Nottingham Forest at home on Friday and Blackburn Rovers away next Monday.

Both sides have already beaten us over the last month so we hope we can take some revenge and get two wins on the trot before we visit Birmingham in the FA Cup a week on Saturday.

But nothing is certain for Newcastle these days and any more defeats could see teams like Reading and Huddersfield Town start to catch us.

Rafa Benitez may be surprised at the over-reaction to last night’s defeat, but it’s hardly surprising Newcastle fans are not happy today.

That’s  because of the way the club was run over the last two seasons with pure incompetence and we’re still suffering from last season’s complete and utter nightmare.

The appointment of people like John Carver and then Steve McClaren as head coach put us in the position we are now in – both men were way over their heads at Newcastle and should never have been appointed in the first place.

At least we now have Rafa at the club and he has to deal with some of the fans’ anxieties,  although it’s none of his making.

But maybe the manager now needs to bring in a couple of creative players next month?

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14 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Dec 27, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #1

    That’s twelve points doon the lavvy. Plus the lead of six that would be 18ponts ahead.

    Maths – it’s everywhere

  • lochinvar

    Dec 27, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Brighton 1 up after 11 minutes
    They’re not going to go away so we need to do something about it


    Dec 27, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #3

    next game is a must win, a win before we end the year, or we seriously need to bring in top quality players


    Dec 27, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #4

    we need someone on both wings and a cam too feed both gayle and mitro

  • JamesToon

    Dec 27, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #5

    Not enough pressing at home, no intensity, full backs didnt get forward enough, ritchie/gouffran didnt create enough space or any chances. MF too deep.

    We have 2 sides to ourselves at home.

    1 that usually comes out and plays at a tempo, full backs getting forward, wingers coming inside, central midfield creating a good pivot.

    1 that seems to come out once a month and a half or so that plays with no tempo, sideways and backwards, little attacking movement, doesnt close down enough and leaves gaps.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 27, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #6

    I’ve noticed a couple of people having a pop at some positions being filled by last years understudies, can it not be made any clearer that it is not always possible to sign your intended targets while in the second tier. There has to be a balance as well of putting a team together just for promotion to be badly wanting when in the PL. To say tye signings of Hanley, Murphy and Gamez are disasters is way off the mark. They were bought as uncomplaining back ups to come in and do a job, do you think a 10/12M Lewis Dunk would have sat on tye bench all year if the manager rated Clarke more than him or a 15M Jordan Rhodes would idly twitch his thumbs while Gayle and Mitro started ahead of him, then not be good enough anyway when we got promoted?

  • Jib

    Dec 27, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #7


    Turkish media

    “Hatem Ben Arfa Paris’te kalmak istiyor”

    HBA wants to stay in Paris

  • Jib

    Dec 27, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Jordan Rhodes is busy twiddling his thumbs at Boro at the mo’ and seems happy to take the dosh.
    208 minutes all season

  • JamesToon

    Dec 27, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Oh i hate the feeling of losing!

  • stuart no9

    Dec 27, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #10

    The big surprise for me is how on earth are we still top .
    Obviously we already had the points on the table but the games we have lost lately shows how dominant we we have been – up till now.
    Shelveys position needs addressed, he was a massive miss yesterday I thought. their counter was a threat every time , but for our great keeper – it could have been 4, I know we had 2 great efforts saved but apart from that-nowt , and that for me is the worry – not enough chances. The forrest game is massive now , we have to start creating and perform like a top of the table team

  • Belfast

    Dec 27, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #11

    Brighton’s team is a far more attacking side than ours is like. Their midfield four are all forward passing/thinking players. Where our midfield apart from Shelvey is workmanlike.

    Hughton has done some job there when you consider he was brought in a couple of seasons ago to keep them in the division.

    I’m still more concerned about the third place team to be honest and I’m sure Chris Hughton is probably feeling the same.

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 27, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m still confident Rafa will get us up . He will need to sign a creative midfielder and a left winger in Jan. We really have very little creativity without Shelvey and our left hand side is non productive in terms of an attacking threat.

    Come the summer we will need an upgrade on One Eyed Jack and Haircut One Hundred who has got worse not better under Rafa and contributes nothing at all to the team when he comes on. Mitro will go and be replaced with a more mobile goal getter to better suit Rafa’s philosophy and a pacey more prolific attack will be in place for next season.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 27, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #13

    I know he is Jib and that is my point, the 3M signing of Daryl Murphy is not a disaster as he can do a job, spending 15M on Rhodes would have been wasteful to say the least.

  • kimbo

    Dec 27, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #14

    Rafa,s tactics are to blame. Atack attack attack next game not being negative all the time. 4 4 2 is a must 2 wingers on their natural side putting crosses into the box for Mitro and Gayle. Well that is wishful thinking and we will end up with getting beat again with Colback passing backwards etc.


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