Newcastle Players Must Wake Up And Pay Back These People


Since Newcastle had those two great away wins at Brighton and Huddersfield in successive games at the end of February and the beginning of March, we have gone into a slump and our results are our worst run of six league games in the Championship this season.

We have just 8 points from those six games and have dropped 10 points and our only wins are against bottom four teams Wigan and Burton, who we beat 2-1 and 1-0 at home respectively immediately after the International break.

But just when we thought Newcastle may be going on a good run of wins to glory, our lads didn’t bother turning up at Hillsborough on Saturday and in fact they put in one of our worst away performance this season and were well beaten 2-1.

No excuses there.

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

That allowed Brighton to equal the same number of wins we have – 26 – with their good win at QPR on Friday night and Brighton are back on top of the league – 2 points above us.

Here are the string of results beginning from Saturday and going back to the away game at Brighton on the last day of February.

April
Sheffield Wednesday 2-1   Newcastle   Sat 8 Apr	
Newcastle                    1-0   Burton         Wed 5 Apr	
Newcastle                    2-1   Wigan  	     Sat 1 Apr
March		
Newcastle                    1-3   Fulham	     Sat 11 Mar	
Reading                       0-0   Newcastle    Tue 7 Mar	 	
Huddersfield               1-3   Newcastle    Sat 4 Mar	 	
February 2017
Brighton                      1-2   Newcastle    Tue 28 Feb

Rafa Benitez hit the nail on the head when he said this about the Newcastle side immediately after our 9th defeat of the season on Saturday:

“We were making these kinds of mistakes that we cannot afford, and I told them that.”

“We gave them the hope they could carry on. If you look at the chances they had, they were all our mistakes.”

“We have been talking about that. It was an opportunity that we had to be sure we could take, but now we must wake up.”

The players must wake up, because even though it looks almost certain we can finish in the top two we really want to win the Championship and finish on a high note for the fans.

The players have to realize Newcastle fans have gone through hell and high water over the Newcastle displays in the least three years and this is the on season when we have been successful and turned things around.

Newcastle players need to repay the Newcastle fans for their unbelievable support at home and away this season and hopefully they can draw some inspiration from the fact Newcastle are the best backed club in England given what little success we have had since 1970.

Make that no success since 1970.

🙂

Here’s how things stand at the top of the table and after our last game on May 7th at home to Barnsley we hope Newcastle United are up there in top place.

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

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63 comments so far

  • Spotlight Kid

    Apr 10, 2017 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #1

    1969

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 10, 2017 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Look at those results there, not one team there we brushed aside, if we can’t get a comfortable result with those teams, how the frig are we going to cope next season.

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  • magspuggy

    Apr 10, 2017 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Did we not win this league with Hoots the suit.

    Also in the ninety’s??

    Howay Ed we ain’t that bad..

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  • toon kk

    Apr 10, 2017 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Our players can’t wait for the season to finish, they look a very tired team atm

    Townsend has just scored for pal

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 10, 2017 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #5

    I love the song palace sing when they score a goal.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 10, 2017 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Palace are going to stay up with swans going down it looks like.

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  • magspuggy

    Apr 10, 2017 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #7

    @ welsh that would be good.

    Siggison would fit nicely at nufc.

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  • Moonraker15

    Apr 10, 2017 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Welsh
    How are we gonna stay up next season? With 6 or 7 new players! Simple!

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  • Moonraker15

    Apr 10, 2017 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Winning the second division is hardly success!

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  • Moonraker15

    Apr 10, 2017 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Mind you with our current squad I suppose it would be!

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 10, 2017 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #11

    Moonraker

    Who’s squad would you prefer then if not ours for the championship?

    You are probably in a very very small minority who seems to think winning the league with this lot is an achievement. All the experts, pundits and managers in this league go against your opinion.

    Do you think Brighton have a better squad than us, or a better starting xi than us?

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  • AncientC

    Apr 10, 2017 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #12

    It looks like Zaha will be moving to a bigger club, so I cannot see Palace selling Townsend in the summer… likely missed the boat (Ashley’s fault) on that one. It is not like Crystal Palace will be able to sell both Zaha & Townsend then attract better replacements.

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  • sing in the corner

    Apr 10, 2017 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Newcastle started the season with nothing to win, everything to lose. Everyone’s hot tip to go back up, most of the country wanting us to slip up again. All the parasites that feed off football have a vested interest in the shock result, the shock failure relegation, the shock fail to get promoted again.
    Brighton have a small but settled squad of championship experienced players with a decent championship manager. They have somehow managed to avoid many injuries or suspensions to their vital players. They have rode their luck even more than people say we have.
    Rafa has done a good job and we will go again in the Prem without having bought a raft of players on long deals with huge wages we would then have had to replace.
    Well done Rafa.

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  • toon kk

    Apr 10, 2017 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Our toon
    Do you think Houghton would get more out of our players?
    While I think Rafa is a great manager his formation/tactics isn’t doing our current players justice. I know many won’t have a wrong word said against him but he makes mistakes imo.

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  • toon kk

    Apr 10, 2017 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #15

    Great goal by cabaye

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  • toon kk

    Apr 10, 2017 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #16

    Penalty to palace 3 0

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 10, 2017 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Rotunda, you made some halfwitted comment about me in a previous thread so I have let Our Toon answer it:

    “Rotonda

    We have the best starting xi and the best squad in the league, pre season heavy favourites, the envy of all managers in this league in terms of what we have at our disposal.

    Probably answers why we were top for most of the season, top scorers and almost the least amount of goals conceded.”

    Whilst we can dispute about who has the best players, there is little doubt that we do. Its the most valuable squad, and if Rafa could go against his instincts and attack a small bit more , we could have the few points extra that we need now. I don’t hate Rafa even slightly , but I don’t like the fact that fans who love NUFC cant criticise him, in your view and others. When was the last time we looked like a threatening, attacking team?? When did we last play well? When has Rafa changed tactics . When has he tried 2 strikers? These are ALL fair questions. We are limping home. We all need the season to end fast. BTW, in case you try to categorise me as a Pardew lover again ( which you were also incorrect about, but were too stupid to listen to what I was saying) , can I say that Rafa has done a really good job in rebuilding the club on a load of levels. I thank him – I just hope we get better players next year or we will draw a pile of games due to our defensiveness and end up in trouble

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  • sing in the corner

    Apr 10, 2017 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Munster
    we still haven’t really seen Rafa in charge of his own players in the Prem. He had a few games at the end when the club was already in headless chicken mode, and got a decent points return all things considered. Just not enough games.
    We have had to jettison mercenaries who wouldn’t have stayed even if we wanted them to / could afford their outsized wages, in favour of quickly signing some players who could form a team to get straight back out of the championship. Most recognise it ain’t as easy as it is made out to get promoted straight back.
    Everyone is free to criticise tactics if they wish of course. But in the end, the fans’ function is to get behind the manager and team.

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 10, 2017 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #19

    From a Torygraph article in May 2014:-

    “Only a fifth of teams – 17 out of 85 – achieved automatic promotion the season after being relegated. Another 21 finished in the play-off positions, although only three of those were actually promoted as a result. That means 20 teams promoted, 63 teams staying in the division, and two – Swindon in 1995 and Wolves in 2013 – suffering a second consecutive relegation.”

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  • sing in the corner

    Apr 10, 2017 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #20

    If we sign the 4 or 5 players Rafa wants for the Prem campaign we can bed in next year… we will increasingly see the benefits of Rafa’s top level managerial experience coming to fruition.
    Howay the lads!

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 10, 2017 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #21

    Toon KK

    I think rafa and the players haven’t lived up to the billing this season of clear favourites. A lot of abject performances and we’ve lost almost a quarter of league games.

    Even Ando has admitted as much earlier today, this league is poor and full of poor teams. Look no further than the plight of teams that get promoted, more often than not at least 2 come back down.

    Would Houghton do better? Yes I think he would, would rafa do better than Houghton with Brighton’s finances and current squad?

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  • sing in the corner

    Apr 10, 2017 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Just think back to the shambles that NUFC had become, at all levels,only a year ago! And look at the club now.
    Proud to be a toon fan again!
    Cheers Raphael!

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 10, 2017 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #23

    Sing

    I agree with that comment, this level is alien to rafa in England, hopefully next season we see the best of his management in top flight football.

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 10, 2017 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Sing

    Nothing has changed, Ashley is still in charge. Rafa has some kind of control but the January window showed nothing has changed. We just have a load of fans who believe it’s changed

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 10, 2017 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #25

    Sing…I know we haven’t seen Rafa in charge of his players in the prem. But hen we needed to murder a rank Sunderland at home, you saw a total lack of threat. We equalised with 6 mins to go. With our huge crowds and decent squad, every single manager in the division wud have swapped with rafa for resources etc. Sorry if that comes across as hammering him – I’m not. If we were mid table I wud hammer him!

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  • toon kk

    Apr 10, 2017 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #26

    Our toon
    Good question, would Rafa have done a better job than Houghton with Brighton’s squad? Imo no way , but we’ll never know.

    Rafa is doing a great job for us there’s no getting away from that but he should be with the players he has. Could he do better imo yes.

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  • Moonraker15

    Apr 10, 2017 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #27

    Our toon
    Who’s squad would Diame, Gouf, Dummett and Lascelles get in ?

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 10, 2017 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #28

    I don’t hate him but….

    I rate him but….

    I think we’ve done ok but….

    Pearson….

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 10, 2017 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #29

    Moonraker

    Plenty of squads, most of the championship teams. Now answer the question you’ve been avoiding all day. Who’s squad is better than ours?

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 10, 2017 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Average, I only mentioned Pearson before Rafa stayed. BTW, he had a more dynamic team in leicester than Rafa in that division !

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 10, 2017 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #31

    Pardew.

    I didn’t love him but….

    Bang average but….

    Snidely giving faint praise with one hand whilst the other sneaks up behind and gleefully takes it away, about sums it up.

    Pearson.

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 10, 2017 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #32

    No squad is better than ours. And I thought all this clever rotation, that irritated the hell our of Liverpool fans in his last two years, was supposed to give us freshness in the last leg of the season?

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 10, 2017 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #33

    Laschelles was voted as the 3rd best CB in the league by fans of other teams in the championship for 2017. Personally Clark has been standout for us. As for Diame, who bought him? Rafa did

    Dummetts at lb has always been a weakness but championship is his level…..whats Lazaar done? Nothing. So are you inadvertently saying rafa has failed in the transfer market?

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 10, 2017 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #34

    Average, I have highlighted Rafa’s flaws since he arrived, unlike anyone else on this site. I’ve made my reservations clear, and havealso said he has really helped the club ( injuries, youth, PR etc) . Maybe you need to balance your own opinions – it doesn’t seem allowed here. Its all or nothing. Same with Pardew – all of nufs woes were his fault, That was incorrect too. Balance needed.

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  • sing in the corner

    Apr 10, 2017 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #35

    Munster @24
    It’s not just about money and squads though. Many of the championship managers who would have jumped at the chance would probably have been crushed by the weight of the job of managing this club, the huge expectation, some wouldn’t have been strong enough to deal with Ashley and his minions, nothing but auto promotion being acceptable…and so on.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 10, 2017 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #36

    I see we are still doing this the . Ugh.

    Looks like we are bang on course for promotion in second place, my prediction at the start. I think i said about 98 points which i think we will do better than, more like 8 minimum. We only have to win two anyway to see off Huddersfield so it wouldn’t be wrong to get the ice bucket ready.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 10, 2017 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #37

    Munster – still pushing that misconception that Pardew was the sole reason for our troubles? Really? How many times has it been explained?

    I believe you are also a pioneer of the idea that there is a “Rafa can do no wrong” crowd aren’t you? Again, not actually true.

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 10, 2017 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #38

    Munster

    I know no other squad is better than ours, nor is any other starting line up but moonraker seems to think if we win the league it’ll be a success with this squad.

    I’m absolutely baffled to the lengths some will go, I like rafa and what’s he bought to the club but if I never looked at the dugout and judged us on performances then I’d have said I was surprised that rafa was our manager and not a bit rate manager like pards…..playing the type of hoofball and cautious football pards plays.

    I couldn’t stand pards and was glad we saw the back of him, hopefully he never gets a job again but if he was manager he’d be slated by those who blindly refuse to fault rafa at all. It’s the double standards on here that’s annoyed me to the extent of rarely commenting!!

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 10, 2017 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #39

    Hughtons had about 6 years in the Championship in total including 3 at Brighton – all since he left the Toon.
    Goes without saying he will have a better knowledge of the league than Rafa.
    Rafa has had about 9 months in this league and is certainly doing a job.
    I would suggest all things considered -Rafa is doing an equal if not better job.

    Proper stuff starts in the summer.

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 10, 2017 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #40

    Tsunki

    I think I went with 92 points. Not do as top scorer…..well wrong as Gayle has been immense. Diame as player of the season if we signed him, if not then Ritchie. I think that’s what I went with. Ritchie has been class, Diame hasn’t played well since returning from afcon

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