Rafa Identities The Key To Newcastle’s Success

Rafa has told Sky Sports that the key to Newcastle keep winning games is the hard work of the players both in training and in the games.

The manager has always demanded 100% concentration and that is paying off as we continue to win some close games – although once or twice we have conceded late goals to drop points, but that’s been the exception.

Just before Aleksandar got involved in a potential second yellow card for his challenge on the Wolves goalkeeper on Saturday, it looked like he had been deliberately pushed in the back in the penalty area, but the referee ignored the incident and played on.

Aleksandar Mitrovic scores against Wolves

Rafa has talked about that and how the players are working very well and helping each other in these tough games:

“We are working very hard as a team that for me is the key.” “The players help each other. They stick together when we have to defend and after we try to play counter-attack when the other team is pushing and going forward.”

“It was fine and hopefully we can continue like this until the end of the season.”

“We complained about the penalty that wasn`t given too.” “After the penalty he had a yellow card and was under pressure. In the end I am pleased because he got the winning goal because he was working so hard.”

“I took him out because with the pressure of the fans on top of him I think it was important to protect him and the team.”

“I was not thinking about the next game, I was thinking about this one and keeping 11 players on the pitch.”

“Also we needed to have a certain type of game in the second half after being 1-0 up we knew they`d be on top and there would be space behind as well.”

“They were dangerous in the first half from crosses because they were winning a lot of second balls. When we managed the situation in the second half we controlled it better.”

“They played long balls into the strikers and it was easier for our center-backs as they can defend straight balls.” “It was easier for us to play on the counter attack.”

The team spirit is like back and white compared to last season under Steve McClaren – so to speak …

Last season  it was not good and the side could collapse at any minute and regularly did exactly that.

This season the lads are much stronger mentally and have all pulled together and we are hoping Newcastle can be promoted back to the Premier League.

The next few weeks are going to be very important, but if we can keep winning games we should be OK and achieve our number one goal for this season.

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7 comments so far

  • Teamstoof

    Feb 13, 2017 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Do you know when tickets for fulham will be released?
    I’m planning a trip from Sweden to come and watch our lads 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 13, 2017 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #2

    It looks to me that the more we keep winning the more people get negative about our chances.

    Over 50% think we will not beat Norwich. Even taking away the superstitious voters that is a very sad set of votes.

    Just because they won 5-1 last game doesn’t mean they are going to do the same again, look at Sunderland’s last two results.


    Feb 13, 2017 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Are the Mirror still our media partner I was under the impression that deal ended?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 13, 2017 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #4

    Keep an eye on NUFC.Com.
    If you don’t want him to leave why do you co stantly slate him?

  • martoon

    Feb 13, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Teamstoof – from nufc.com

    Sat 11.03.2017 tbc Fulham (h) @ SJP, 3pm. Championship. Ticket details tbc.

    NB: this will be rescheduled to a new date if Fulham reach the FA Cup Sixth Round (at home to Spurs on Sunday 19.02.2017).

    If you’re travelling from Sweden it’s worth noting the possible date change!

  • martoon

    Feb 13, 2017 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Jail – great minds think alike 😀

  • mad-serb

    Feb 13, 2017 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Afternoon Guys

    Guess we will get Rafa´s recactions about his new link again later today. Think its just paper talk. Firstly I don’t think Wegner is retiring this year. I think he will have 1 last go. He needs to win something before he will pack it up in my opinion.

    On tomorrows game I would say very hard game that could suite us, but will be happy wit a point and move on to the next game. I like how Rafa almost forces other teams to play some footy against us and then at some point we hit them on the country. Most teams when they play us almost sets up to defend at home against us and then we almost give them the ball and lets see what you can do till they stat getting more confident ad then in one move gets caught out.

    Its probably not meant that way but with Rafa you never know 🙂

    Our next 4 away games I guess will be key to determine how easy or hard promotion will be.

    we play the best 4 home records in the league and taking 4 – 6 point would be perfect for our confidence as well as points tally.

    I recon around 90 points gets you promoted this season.

    Without being rude I would say that Bristol, Barnsley, Wigan, Burton and Preston should be all wins which are 15 pints. If we get 4-6 points from the next 4 away game that leaves with 2 or 3 wins required from the remaining 7 games.


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