Upbeat Rafa – Newcastle Future Bright – Great Potential – Fans Fantastic


There were doubts raised about Newcastle on Monday night when the lads put in a lacklustre performance at St. James’ Park and that’s not the first time that has happened at home this season.

There’s probably been too much of a reaction on the negative side after we lost and Brighton won to go top of the Championship.

So it seems that Rafa has tried to put things in perspective and also tried to raise the mood on Tyneside a little bit.

We’d be happy enough to be 7 points clear of 3rd placed Reading (taking into account our superior goal difference) at this point of the season back in August, especially after the first two defeats in the league at Fulham and at home to Huddersfield.

Rafa Benitez – gave his press conference today

And Rafa is keen to improve Newcastle’s home form and our results through the rest of the season.

This is some of what Rafa has said today in his press conference:

“For everyone who saw the game at Forest, they saw what was going on.” “We lost the game but it is an opportunity to put things right.”

“We are not watching the table.” “We must concentrate on our games, there are still 23 to play. I have a lot of confidence in the team.”

“We have some players coming back. Jesus Gamez and Rolando Aarons are the only injuries.”

“Since I came here I have been really pleased,  the fans have been fantastic.” “Everybody, the staff, the club – the people at the top – have all been very good.”

“Now after almost one year – more or less – I’m really pleased – because I see great potential from the club’s point of view,  from the fans, from the City”

“I see a bright future.”

It’s another sell-out at St. James’ Park tomorrow night of over 52,000 fans and hopefully we can get back on track with a win.

Rafa has also said he may even change the way Newcastle play at home after the defeat on Monday night – which was our fourth home defeat this season.

But there are always ups and downs in any season and last Monday was a down.

Hopefully tomorrow night will be an up.

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16 comments so far

  • Jib

    Dec 29, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #1

    15 vote for a loss

    Actually the poll is a useful device to let Ed know how many opposition fans visit the site plus some of those weird folk from the banks of the Wear

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  • Jib

    Dec 29, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Huw Jenkins this month a year ago sacked Garry Monk because Swansea were 15th in the PL.

    He also had to pay him a £3.5 million compensation package.

    Ha ha ha

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  • Average_Contents

    Dec 29, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Anyone remember Shaun Bartlett, used to play for Charlton I think. Striker.

    His sons signed for us.

    Wonder what position he plays.

    Tyrique Bartlett – son of former South Africa international Shaun – appeared as a second-half substitute for the Magpies. He has joined United’s Academy, although the club are awaiting the international clearance he requires to play competitively for the under-18s.

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  • hibbit

    Dec 29, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #4

    just got a feeling Rafa will surprise us all on monday !!

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  • sing in the corner

    Dec 29, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Jib
    Monk to get Leeds up in the playoffs, and wave at the Swans on the way past? 🙂

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  • lesh

    Dec 29, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Jib

    Does it not occur to you that the 15 lose voters may just be Toon fans who doubt our ability to consistently deliver good performance’s at home? I voted ‘win’ by the way.

    Although I’ve never been to SJP for years since I left Newcastle, I do get the impression that our home fans’ nervousness leads to their failure to get fully and vociferously behind the lads and that surely affects the lads on the pitch. Maybe the powers that be need to think about introducing some cheer-leading over the PA system?

    Nevertheless, I’m confident that the lads’ll treat Friday as an opportunity to deliver a revenging thrashing on Forest – as long as they don’t fall into the trap of falling for Lansbury’s shenanigans or being victims of a naive referee.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #7

    hibbit,
    Do you think there’ll be someone in on Monday, I doubt Bank Holidays get in the way of multi milion pound deals?

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  • sing in the corner

    Dec 29, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Leah
    Are you having a pop at the home fans, based on what you hear commentators / pundits say?

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  • sing in the corner

    Dec 29, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #9

    *lesh

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 29, 2016 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Window opens Tuesday doesn’t it?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 29, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Of course home fans increase the pressure of results. But it should be far outweighed by the knowledge that performing brings adulation. It certainly isn’t an excuse for players, or a reason why they should be under performing.

    If our players really do have a problem with performing in front of the home fans, then it shows a pretty weak mentality, and regardless of ability maybe aren’t cut for this or anything more.

    The Bernabeu can be horrendous in terms of the pressure on home players. Players should be strong enough to deal with it, or should drop down a level where they can play under less pressure and with less intensity from the stands.

    Players can’t talk of how they joined the club for passionate fans if they can’t deal with the passion not always being 100% positive.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #12

    sitc,
    I hope my theory of putting teams to the sword second time round because of Rafa’s superior tactical nous comes in tomorrow and we keep it seriously noisy for 90 minutes.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Liliongwe,
    It sounds more likely after the holidays are over?

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  • hibbit

    Dec 29, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #14

    JfA
    dont think they will be multi million pound signing i’m thinking more of loans !!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 29, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Jail,
    I’m sure I saw that Tuesday was the first day somewhere. May well be wrong mind. But Monday is a bank holiday in the Uk right? So it won’t be that day.

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 29, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #16

    lilongwe
    i said something the other day along the same lines….when we have needed a performance,we have’nt done it,so the question of mental strength is a viable one and if its not sorted could come back to haunt us near the end of the season…..no doubt i may get grief for saying this, from others on here…but it does seem to be a problem that needs looking at.

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