Don’t Think It Will Be Easy Against Preston


In the last eight games since we took Huddersfield part 3-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium on March 4th (seems like 3 months ago)  Newcastle have slumped in both form and results.

The outcome is that we have just 9 points and only two wins in that woeful streak and the 3 games before the International break with just 2 points was the worst return of any three league games this season.

Since then we have bettered that and in our last three league games we have two defeats and one draw for a return of a single point.

Not good.

Rafa Benitez in training

We are now positioned so that automatic promotion will almost be a certainty – but it’s nothing we have done since beating the Terriers on 4th March – so the last seven weeks (including two week International break) we have been woeful.

We’re sure that’s exactly what Rafa Benitez will tell his players before tomorrow night’s game at home to Preston, who we have already beaten twice this season.

Rafa will want the players to show the fans that we are worthy of promotion and the fans have been put through hell and high water since early March when automatic promotion looked closer than it’s turned out to be.

Rafa has trained all last week to cut out the daft mistakes that have cost us so many points and he will want a mistake free professional performance, with excellent defensive play.

It will also be important the players learn from the last eight games they cannot go off the boil when they are doing so well.

Rafa – the ultimate professional – will want three wins in the final three games of the season as a matter of pride for himself and for Newcastle United Football club.

But we’ve learned this season that nothing is easy in the Championship – the most difficult football league in the world to play in – as Rafa has often attested to.

It will not be easy, but if our players aren’t ready for this game they wont be ready for any game in their lives.

There will be 52,300 fans there and new flags on display; Newcastle fans will demand the night be a celebration for achieving our only goal this season – automatic promotion back to the Premier League.

It will be only the second time in six years that a team has been relegated and then immediately automatically – Burnley were the other side to do that.

Nothing short of that will be good enough on Monday night.

If we can do that  the headlines on Tuesday will be all about Newcastle and our reemergence back to the big time.

That’s what we want to see, but the players shouldn’t think it will be easy.

That’s seems to have the problem with the lads since the Huddersfield win.

We want to see Newcastle start the game tomorrow like a steam train on steroids!

🙂

The players need to make our fans proud by 9:45 pm tomorrow night.

We know they can do it.

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75 comments so far

  • WWSBRD

    Apr 23, 2017 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Arent Preston missing pretty much their defence and one of their best CMs?

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 23, 2017 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #2

    WWSBRD
    thats what i read on here the other day….dont know if its true like

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Apr 23, 2017 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Whilst I agree with the sentiment – i.e. there are no easy matches – if we cant despatch PNE then we shouldn’t be going up!!! WE need to come at them early – ideallu 4132 formation – yeah right – as we are at home!

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 23, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #4

    SPRINGY
    Personally Id have Defoe if he plays like he has done for Sunderland, I have a funny feeling this has been his swansong though and hes going to quickly drop off

    James
    U might be right mate we seem to of scouted Bournemouth a lot so he may of caught the eye and we may go after him instead of Wilson now? Ive not seen enough of him to really have much of an opinion tbh

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 23, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #5

    James toon
    Aye ,i think they would be good players,creative with a bit of intelligence…..dont know how much money would be needed but would be good signings for me.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 23, 2017 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #6

    Wwsbrd
    You mentioned keita in the last thread. Quality player and very underrated at this time but I think Liverpool are supposedly in for him.

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 23, 2017 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #7

    WWSBRD
    Defoe is a bit of a gamble,i agree but so is others mentioned…..and the money wont flowing in summer as much as people hope….so we will have to box clever with signings…..and strengthen over a few transfer windows

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 23, 2017 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #8

    SPRINGY
    Clarke, Cunningham, Baptiste are all out of their back line (all pretty much first choices from what I can gather) and Pearson who is a first choice CM all out and one or two late fitness decisions for their replacements….thats canny to play against really couldnt ask for much more

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 23, 2017 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Cant see keane signing, he’s been linked here,there and everywhere so he’ll have bigger options and the money will be daft…..we need pace in wide positions…..will be an interesting summer window…..but lets beat preston first to get the promotion locked down….then we can start to dream! Lol

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 23, 2017 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #10

    WWSBRD
    Been a really canny weekend and hopefully we’ll secure promotion….nice b’day present for me sell!lol

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 23, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #11

    ronaldo
    I read a german journalist who was one about him being a gem and he reckons their will be an almighty scramble for his signature at some point…looks to be some future ahead of him. Tbh though I think Leipzig wont sell their best anytime soon they are backed very well and are looking to build same with Monaco who all English journalists seem to think are a feeder club

    SPRINGY
    I agree but secretly hope we will have a daft amount to spend come summer haha I wonder if Rafa will convince Ashley to structure deals again?

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 23, 2017 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #12

    SPRINGY
    Oh aye its been a good weekend haha couldnt of been happier when the results started rolling in Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading…Leeds dropping out of the play offs haha just need to finish it off tomorrow

    Has anyone seen the GallowgateShots video they made about us leaving Villa behind? I couldnt help but laugh

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  • LewSpi v2.0

    Apr 23, 2017 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #13

    With regards to Benitezs comments earlier regarding 70% transfer success rate being the level of the bar, who are the players out of the 12 he signed he regards as unsuccessful?

    Dwight Gayle
    Matt Ritchie
    Momo diame
    Christian atsu
    Darryl Murphy
    Isaac Hayden
    Grant Hanley
    Achraf lazaar
    Jesus gamez
    Matz Sels
    Deandre Yedlin
    Ciaran Clark

    70% would give you about 8 or 9 good signings and 3 or 4 who maybe we’re miscalculated

    Matz sels
    Jesus gamez
    Momo diame
    Achraf lazaar

    I think whilst diame has done a job, although I think Rafa will have been expecting a lot more from his big strapping number 10. Gamez was alsways going to be an emergency full back, and Sels just didn’t settle from the off. Who knows what’s happened with lazaar, either he hasn’t settled or just simply isn’t as good as we thought, who knows. Gotta be a reason he’s barely played though.

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 23, 2017 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #14
  • sing in the corner

    Apr 23, 2017 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #15

    Don’t think it’ll be easy Ed?
    Nah, it’s gonna be P**S easy! 🙂

    Personally can’t wait to get in there.
    On sky tv, can’t see any makems having the guts to watch it…
    At least Two hundred trolls or makems look at this site, judging by how many voted lose for the poll on tomorrow’s game. (Surely no real NUFC fan would vote that for this game??)
    But just in case, and for all of their benefit, tomorrow night I shall be mostly singing:

    GOING DOWN…
    GOING UP
    GOING DOWN…
    GOING UP

    MAKEMS GOING DOWN AND MAGS ARE GOING UP
    MAGS ARE GONG UP
    MAGS ARE GOING UP

    REPEAT

    REPEAT

    ETC

    🙂

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 23, 2017 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #16

    WWSBRD
    Aye canny funny vid! Lol

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 23, 2017 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #17

    We are lucky we didn’t get big injuries to any two of Ritchie, Shelvey and Gayle at the same time. They are the only three that have contributed anything going forward this season. We need to bolster our attacking options next season, including two new left wingers, 1 back-up right winger, another striker, and a number 10. Also need a back-up for Hayden, and a back-up for Shelvey. And a left back. That’s 8 players by my calculations. 4 starters, and 4 back-ups.

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  • JamesToon

    Apr 23, 2017 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #18

    Oxlade chamberlain could be an option on loan, but don’t think Arsenal will let him go, any one seen much of Jesé Rodriguez this season?? Played under rafa at real?

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  • JamesToon

    Apr 23, 2017 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #19

    Darlow
    Yedlin-New signing-Lascelles/Clark-New signing
    Shelvey-New signing/Hayden
    Ritchie-New signing-New signing
    New signing/Gayle

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  • manxpie

    Apr 23, 2017 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #20

    One person that ain’t on the list is Will Hughes who i think would be a perfect partner for shelvey
    Surely must be his time to move up a league now

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 23, 2017 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Yeah Will Hughes would be good. Add Cairney & Taylor or Sessegnon & we’d have a good young British squad who should all be hungry to prove themselves in the top league. I think Mbemba will come good. For 22/23 yr old he’s really good. Defenders don’t normally get good until about 26+

    I would have liked to have seen Thauvin given a chance, but it’s too late now.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 23, 2017 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #22

    I bet we mess it up tomorrow.

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  • Vask

    Apr 23, 2017 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #23

    Thought your team played yesterday weltch?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 23, 2017 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #24

    They did and my other team are playing tomorrow night against Preston, how confident are you about tomorrow after a shite performance last week.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 23, 2017 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #25

    And it’s Welsh not weltch.

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  • Jib

    Apr 23, 2017 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #26

    Extra Time at Wembley

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  • sparky55

    Apr 23, 2017 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #27

    It’ll be a rout the morra…minimum 4 goals to the good.

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  • Vask

    Apr 23, 2017 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #28

    Skwelsh,

    Highly confident. We’re going to bray them al owa. What us more we’re going to win the league. Thats how a true fan thinks. None of this Pardew advocacy.

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  • hibbit

    Apr 23, 2017 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #29

    welshwum 9
    so what’s the bet you pissing off when we stuff them tomorrow , that would be nice for the rest of us !!!!!

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  • sing in the corner

    Apr 23, 2017 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #30

    Hope Hull keep up the good work. Don’t want 3 northern teams relegated.
    And we don’t want any foreign teams in the Prem.
    Tara Swansea!

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  • Jib

    Apr 23, 2017 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #31

    Gooners 2 Shitty 1

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 23, 2017 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #32

    Hobbit

    I won’t be going anywhere win, lose or draw, I’ve got every right to be on here, don’t like my comments ignore them, quite simple really.

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  • Vask

    Apr 23, 2017 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #33

    Am going tomorrow. Galowgate end. Last time I went (Burton) I strained a vocal chord.

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  • JamesToon

    Apr 23, 2017 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #34

    Can you just imagine it’s the last minute against Preston, been a cagey game, Mitro comes on, Ritchie gets to the byline and floats it in and Mitro heads it in in front of the gallowgate, will literally cum

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  • Vask

    Apr 23, 2017 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #35

    I could see that happening James despite my optimism regarding a thumping. If that happens I don’t hold out much hope for my vocal chords. Also, I hope am not sitting next to you if it does happen.

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 23, 2017 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Another good semi final. Glad Arsenal won, like to see Arsene go out with a trophy after all his years of good service to them.
    Sick of seeing posts of how lucky we were for this and that reason. Luck is the one thing we’ve had very little of. We’re going up because we deserve to go up and I fancy the gap to be the biggest it’s been all season when we do. No luck involved, if anything the complete opposite.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 23, 2017 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #37

    Well I hope we aren’t going to follow the trend of “Magic Saturday” ha ha and get beat, thus prolonging the agony. We need the best kind of result, a proper destruction of Preston, scarf waving, non stop singing revelry kind of win tomorrow night. One more sleep kids, one more sleep 🙂

    Personally all blog sparring and differences aside, and in the spirit of smug satisfaction the mackems are going the other way, may I extend the olive branch of Mag Unity to one and all – we are the Geordies…….

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  • Vask

    Apr 23, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #38

    Rah rah rah!

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 23, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #39

    Vask, was that screaming at the ref for not having a clue about the rules of a game he was reffing? It definitely got a bit noisy at that stage like. 🙂

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  • Vask

    Apr 23, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #40

    How does one go about getting a new song sung?

    I have a variation of a Sham 69 song that seems to be made for us.

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