Rafa Pinpoints Exactly What Has Gone Wrong At Newcastle


Rafa Benitez should be a man under pressure these days, but don’t tell him that.

🙂

The manager gave some really astute interviews yesterday and he is as calm as ever and has fully analyzed the many Newcastle mistakes that have cost us what are a massive important 8 points in our last three games.

We have to hope they are corrected on Monday night against Preston, but over the last few weeks Newcastle have become unpredictable in their performances and that’s not good.

It’s like old times.

A confident smiling Rafa Benitez

This is what Rafa has said when asked if he thought we should have been promoted by now and this is how he answered as reported in the Chronicle:

“We were expecting to win some of the games in our hands, especially Leeds. We played really well and we were there.”

“We were winning, had 22 attempts and some very clear chances.” “That is something you can’t control, and why football is so special.”

“Sometimes you have to give credit to the other teams. Sometimes you make mistakes, like against Leeds.”

“And the other day against Ipswich we didn’t play at the level we are used to playing – especially away as we have a very good record.”

“But you have to give credit to another team when they push and push.” “If you make mistakes they will take advantage of that and you pay.”

“The mistakes we made in the crucial moments made a big difference.”  “When you are doing well and you think you can win a big game. Then after it ends up being a draw.”

“Mentally it isn’t easy for players to recover. You have to be ready for the next game.”   “Ipswich wasn’t a bad game. We were not suffering but we made a mistake and gave them a chance.”

“When we scored a goal we then made another mistake – it gave them a chance.”  “After each game, we analyse and work on it. You must do that every week.”

“Promotion will be nice for sure, but the other teams can still do something and we have to do our job. “The only thing that we can control is our team.”  

“We have to be sure that in the next three games and we concentrate on our jobs properly.” “If the other results go in our favor even better.”

“Promotion? It depends on us. Not social media or the newspapers or websites.”

I also thought the all important game between Huddersfield and Fulham was in London this afternoon, but it’s at the John Smith’s Stadium (wrong again) and that gives an advantage to the Terriers.

But Fulham are an in-form and surging for a playoff spot with three successive wins and their manager Slavisa Jokanovic is very talented and miraculously got Watford promoted two years ago.

We hope Fulham can get a decent result this afternoon, but after all it’s up to Newcastle to win promotion.

Like winning our final three games for example and showing it was only a temporary blip in form over the last few weeks – as Rafa believes it was.

Here’s hoping.

Howay The Lads!!

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150 comments so far

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 22, 2017 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Let’s all pray Huddersfield drop points. That will ease oir nerves and allow is to enjoy the remaining games.

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 22, 2017 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #2

    Be surprised if Fulham don’t atleast get a point today they look the top team in the league atm

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  • jane

    Apr 22, 2017 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #3

    quiet on here for Saturday afternoon.
    probably gone to the garden centre or tip 🙂

    Mike Williamson starts for Wolves and played in the away win at Leeds.

    which other loan or ex-players are playing this afternoon?

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Just back from the garden centre and about to go to the tip + did i miss anything? And if you’re throwing out a gas cooker or need some ericaceous compost let me know…. Right I’m off to b&q back in an hour…

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Yeahh very quiet…a bit too quiet. Come on Fulham!!

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #6

    Fking hell Huddersfield have scored!!!! FFS!

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #7

    And from a penalty in 4 minutes
    And their last penalty was in the 97th minute of their previous game
    And this ref is a nackem
    And the FA are innocent ?

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  • cyprus

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Well played Fulham. Stay cool. This game is as important for us…

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  • jane

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #9

    goal Fulham!!

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  • nut meg

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #10

    1-1 at udders

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Yesssss well done Fulham! 1-1 and I am sh*tting bricks ?

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #12

    ?= was meant to be a smiley face 🙂

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  • cyprus

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Penalty

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  • nut meg

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #14

    fulham pen 1-2

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  • Jib

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #15

    JP
    The garden centre will pay good money for shitbricks

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #16

    Oh yesss I lo e u Fulham 2-1 from a pen!! Haha what a crazy match.

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Decent start to the afternoon football wise….lets hope it stays that way

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Howay Fulham!

    If anybody thinks we’ll be escaping atrocious refereeing by getting back into the PL, just take 1 look at the red card call in the Hull match!

    Should’ve been a caution at the very most. Awful decision and the ref couldn’t wait to make it, how does the aphorism go – fools rush in……

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  • martoon

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Forest take the lead against Reading – so far turning out to be a good afternoon.

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  • nut meg

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #20

    1-3

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  • cyprus

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #21

    Fulham!!

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #22

    3 -1 Fulham

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Champion

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Oh yesss I missed that one 3-1 lovin it!! Hahaha

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #25

    Forest beating reading,fulham beating Huddersfield and boro 2 nowt down witha player sent off…..shame the mackems aren’t playing and gettin beat would be an absolute crackin day…..so far

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  • jane

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #26

    Barnsley winning at Bristol City is good as it will give Bristol City more incentive in their game against Brighton.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Well over to us on Monday.

    Can’t see Huddersfield coming back to get all 3 pts now.

    So a win and we’re up. St James will be rocking like against Leeds, hopefully a similar performance with the addition of converted chances.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #28

    Forest beating Reading 1 -0.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #29

    If it stays like this that’s us promoted right? Even if we lose our remaining games right?

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  • nut meg

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #30

    1-4

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  • cyprus

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #31

    Tko

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #32

    Get in another goal for Fulham

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #33

    4….get in

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #34

    Be there monday hope its party time lads

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #35

    Fulham taking the pee

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #36

    See you later Huddersfield. Thanks for giving us something to think about for a while.

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #37

    Jp….nar not quite

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #38

    Fulham will win the play-offs. Form team and have shown they can perform in the big matches this season.

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  • anthc

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #39

    Wouldn’t fancy playing Fulham in the play offs!! They’re sh*te hot at the minute, hopefully we won’t have that worry come Monday!

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Apr 22, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #40

    Come on forest one more and happy at work tonight

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