Benitez Worried About Injuries – Sends Hint To Mike Ashley?


Rafa Benitez following the shocking 3-0 defeat at Oxford United this afternoon has indicated he couldn’t risk any of his first team players in case they picked up injuries with promotion to the Premier League being the overwhelming priority for this season.

But Rafa was not a happy man with the way the team played – especially in the second half – and the fringe players today hardly took their chance to shine.

In order to be able to pursue trophies on multiple fronts – which Rafa certainly wants to do at Newcastle – that’s the main reason he stayed last May after we were relegated – Newcastle need a strong squad and it’s clear today we haven’t got that – not at the moment at least.

Rafa Benitez – wants to protect top players

Rafa has hinted he needs backing from Mike Ashley to bring in a couple of good players this month – and there’s little doubt who he wants – Andros Townsend and James McCarthy.

The Mail are reporting tonight we have had a 16M bid for McCarthy turned down by Everton.

Rafa made 9 changes to the side that beat Rotherham 4-0 last Saturday for the game today at Oxford United and the  Chronicle are reporting tonight he had to do that to protect his top players and save them from injury.

This is some of what Rafa said after the game today when asked if he had to use the squad:

“Yes. It is very clear.”

“I said before if we go through it has to be using the squad, if we can’t, we can’t.” “Today in the first half we could have scored and been ahead.”

“But we didn’t do it, then we paid for the first mistake in the second half and that was it.”

“Experience and balance are they key if you want to be consistent in the Championship because you play too many games in a few days without too much time.”

“If we went through we’d do it with the squad.”  “The only thing was that I felt sorry for the fans.”  

“We wanted to go through and we could have in the first half.” “Now it’s something that we have to analyse.”

“Why did we make this mistake or that mistake – and be ready for the next game.”

“They took their chances.”  “We also didn’t mark properly from the corners and we gave the ball away.”

“You have to give credit to them because they were fighting for the result.” “We made too many mistakes.”

After this humiliating defeat it will be interesting to see what happens over the next three days of the January transfer window.

Maybe Mike will loosen the purse strings to try to get both Andros Townsend and James McCarthy through the door – it’s pretty obvious that’s who Rafa wants.

It would be a good time for the Newcastle owner to back Rafa.

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55 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 28, 2017 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Jail God bless ur optimism. Trophies my arse.

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  • cyprus

    Jan 28, 2017 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Where’s the hint Ed

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  • reilly

    Jan 28, 2017 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #3

    getting back to the prem is the only goal nothing more,i couldnt give a shite about the cups right now.
    fk the wums.

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jan 28, 2017 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #4

    P1ss of Rafa P1ss of Ashley.

    He hasn’t changed one bit. This game is proof of the phylosophy.
    I am sure the players were told to chill.

    I think being an Arsenal fan is half as bad now. Sure they will finish 4th for the rest of their PL career. But f@ck me they will take a cup.

    Disgusting is a complete understatement of what this club is on atmo.
    What a disgrace. Rafa your CV is looking great now, lost to Oxford , 3:0 my man.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 28, 2017 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #5

    Cyprus he kept winking when taking during the press conference. That’s the hint.

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  • TudorCrisps

    Jan 28, 2017 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Hint?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 28, 2017 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #7

    If Pardew was in charge, he would have got slaughtered today.

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  • TudorCrisps

    Jan 28, 2017 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Belfast he was blinking

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jan 28, 2017 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Yeah lets not concentrate on any cups. Lets get promoted, and get relegated straight down again.

    Mission accomplished. Congratulations mission accomplished
    .

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 28, 2017 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Munster and the pox on your constant criticisim of the best manager we’ve had since SBR!

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  • TudorCrisps

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #11

    One eye lid at a time

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  • Belfast

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #12

    It will be an interesting few days. I think it’s pretty obvious he’s made it clear to the powers that be he wants a few signings. Will he get them ? I don’t think he will.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #13

    Signings my arse, when was the last time we signed someone on deadline day that was very good.

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  • Australian Pie

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Every time we lose I can’t stand reading the dross on this blogs comments. Some of you must have never had a positive thought in your life.

    We played mostly our second string side, who then played poorly against an oxford team that played well together. It happens. It’s football. Want to get rid of Rafa? Then who comes in?

    We could win the next 10 games in a row then lose a game and you would all be up in arms again.

    Simple: support the club this season, support the manager, support the players. If we don’t get promoted then I will be right there with you begging for change.

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Welsh

    Pardew would be slaughtered and assaulted by a mob on his way back to Newcastle.

    Disgrace of epic proportions. Days like this I hate football.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #16

    12Belfast

    Do you think Rafa might walk if we don’t get anyone in.

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Australian

    Enjoy supporting a team who refuses to try to win s thing but demands you must overlook that.

    Idiotic

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #18

    moanster – new video for you.
    Can you decide who wins the dance off – your man King Percy or Fat Sam.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ten9Mp2wjhA

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #19

    This bid we’ve supposed to have made, nothing on sky sports.

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #20

    Welsh

    if he had balls he should. Would respect him more thats
    for sure.

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  • reilly

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #21

    australian pie.
    they have no connection to newcastle what so ever.they probs jumped on the keegan bandwagon.
    then you have the WUMS.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #22

    16 million not enough for McCarthy. That clearly shows there is precious little value in England, but also just how important fringe first team players are. I’m not surprised Everton don’t want to sell him. Even with the signing of Schneiderlin he’s still two injuries away from being a regular for them.

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  • stripes1009

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #23

    Priority……promotion !!!!

    Wonder how if the Brighton fans are moaning and groaning about losing to a ‘non-league’ team. Le’s get real,
    Promotion is our goal. Let’s get back to the Prem and then get a squad to compete on ALL fronts.

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  • JamesToon

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #24

    gorgonzola

    You really are deluded its embarrassing.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Australian Pie,
    And who exactly will you be begging to come in, De Matteo, Bruce, Monk, Pearce, or Prarson or do you think Klopp or Guardiola will fancy their chances in the Championship, give your heads a shake the whole fcukin lot of you.

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  • jimiley

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #26

    Rafa is a good manager working for a crap owner. This club is going nowhere and is still not competing to win anything. Promotion is a priority so we lose 3 nil to bloody Oxford. Are you serious ??Oxford.?????? When will the Cup be a priority.
    Rafa is good but past his sell by date a bit. He is obviously not interested in winning things again and is quite content to be Ashleys poodle. Top clubs are not coming in for him. It is pay days for him now.
    What is he going to win at the Toon.???? Nothing. If we get in the Prem, the excuse is survival. It is all a bleedin joke. Playing to survive. Pointless.

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  • Australian Pie

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #27

    Jail

    That was my point, Rafa is the best manager we have had, do have and will have in the last decade and for the next decade.

    Gorgonzola
    The club does want to win things, we have a much better chance of that once we are back in the premier league, be patient young one

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  • lesh

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #28

    I used to have a boss who, when I was seeking to recruit staff or spend a lot of money, would tell me to make do or show him that without the investment ete etc…. All that did was make things worse with delays making remedial action more difficult and risking failure.

    I suspect that Ashley’s been doing much the same, being more focused on the money and budget.

    Getting promotion at the first attempt was never nailed on and we’ve wasted over three weeks trying to show Ashley that the squad needs some additions.

    He employed Rafa as his football expert yet wants Carr more involved with transfers. Well, we’ve signed nobody, have dumped out of the cups and face some difficult fixtures for the run in. Ashley’s had his say and it’s now about time that he authorised the spend Rafa needs and just let him get on with it – like he said he would.

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  • Australian Pie

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Jim

    We are playing for promotion, not survival. Unfortunately the players out there didn’t do a good enough job today, some have now shown they are not good enough for our club.

    Don’t try predict the future when we are not there yet

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  • lochinvar

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #30

    16m for McCarthy ? Guess Everton think they can get more out of Ashley so that’s another stumbling block.
    What about Cairney – isn’t he an option ?

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  • jimiley

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #31

    Patience. I recall people saying that in the 60s. Still saying it now. You must be a youngster.

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  • jimiley

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #32

    It will be survival in the Prem if we get there. There is always an excuse at the Toon for doing nowt apart from staying in the league. Pathetic.

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #33

    jimiley

    +1

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  • Australian Pie

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #34

    Give Rafa the 3 years he deserves
    Promotion
    Build his prem squad
    Top 8

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #35

    Australian

    Save your breath mate. Come back on tomorrow when it’s calmed down lol

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  • Legolas

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #36

    Our toon,

    From a few pages back.

    If your still reading. Some are and have worked. Others haven’t.

    It is all opnions. Just like some managers rate some players where others don’t. I don’t rate Hayden and some on here think he is the saviour.

    I do believe we will be promoted.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #37

    Jail
    You complain about me bleating about getting knocked out the cup by oxford utd? Oxford utd?

    You think the league is more important. And you think getting knocked out helps. So you wanted us to get beat? Given the choice you’d have us out? Throw the game even?

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #38

    It’s a bit like Winson Churchill’s request during WW2 :
    Give us the tools and we’ll finish the job!Trouble is most of the tools Rafa has have no cutting edge & are not fit for purpose. By Tuesday we need Townsend , a class playmaker & a striker to give us another option like Ince. But probably going to end up with loan players at best.

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  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #39

    So we get knocked out of the cup, haven’t made any signings (yet) and we have all the usual suspects crawling out of the woodwork saying we’re in big trouble. Of course they completely forget that we’re in a great position in the league with a cracking goal difference.

    So what if we don’t sign anyone? We’ve been doing okay so far and Rafa can get some real quality in if we get promoted in the summer. Getting quality players in half way through the season is tough, especially when you’re in the Championship.

    If people want to panic and consider us in dire straits then so be it, but I think you’ll see the pessimists disappear again between now and the end of the season.

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  • Mag52

    Jan 28, 2017 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #40

    Australian Pie @34

    If Rafa is the sort of guy I think he is, and Ashley , like the leopard, doesn’t change his spots, Mr.Benitez won’t be here in three years time.

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