Newcastle Fans Have Their Say After Decent First Display – But Poor Result


Newcastle fans have taken to Twitter this Monday morning after what we thought was a good display yesterday against Spurs.

Some of our new players surprised us because they seemed so settled in the side so quickly.

Good performances came from Javier Manquillo and he will make rapid progress this season under manager Rafa Benitez.

He already has and looked a solid right-back yesterday.

Christian Atsu has looked a different player this summer and is more determined than he was last season, and he was easily our best player yesterday.

He seems to be becoming a much better player as he listens intently to what Rafa is telling him.

Rafa Benitez waves to the fans before the game yesterday

The Ghanaian could become our surprise player this season – we always knew Christian had the talent.

Florian Lejeune in short looks like a class addition to the side and he will only get better as he gets more Premier League experience.

Wonder how long he’s out for with that injury?

And Mikel Merino came on late and sprayed passes all over the field and looked determined to make a good impression on Rafa and the fans.

He did exactly that.

And this lad can play in Shelvey’s role for at least the next three games when the disgraced Newcastle player is suspended for his red card.

How many more times will Rafa put up with Jonjo Shelvey letting the sides down – that’s the question.

Not too many we think and behind the scenes, Rafa is probably laying down the law to the playmaker.

Here are typical tweets this morning from the Newcastle faithful.



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155 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Typically after Sundays fiasco courtesy of Shelvey the transfer target list grows by the minute, latest I think is this one:
    Newcastle United will enter the race for Genoa and Uruguay star Diego Laxalt and Danny Ings again.

    Whichever way I look it Shelvey not for the first time has ruined a match and lost us points, brought the club into disrepute and we have to see the less than favourable newspaper headlines such as “Loony Toon ” Not that he’s alone as Ronaldo was sent off against Barcelona and may have pushed the ref in the process.

    My mood and maybe others is increasingly gloomy due to Ashley, Charnley and now Shelvey pishing on my shoes. This week and I mean this week they need to do the deals that bring in at least four new players including some with PL experience and stature.
    Ashley’s claims that there’s no money and the fact that the likes of Bournemouth are spending their Sky money from last season rather misses the point. It was all avoidable with good planning and investment that could have prevented relegation and kept the coffers healthy. Instead we’re playing catch up. Does Ashley have any long term business plan ? It would seem not and the wheeler-dealer approach evident with SD and a casino mentality does little to endear anyone to his running of the club. Invest now and get the reward and payback in the summer with the TV money and increased revenues.

    Go Charnley Go – get the players we need, give Rafa the tools ( although he has one already in Shelvey ) to do the job and put the club, the fans and the City back into a positive position.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #2

    No comment all been said

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  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #3

    Loch
    I reported Diego Laxalt last week
    I think he’s coming
    Do you remember another Uruguayan who played for Inter about the time Gazza was at Lazio ?
    Alvaro Recoba – a genius on the ball
    Laxalt is supposed to be the new Recoba !

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  • Mag52

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #4

    Ironically, Shelvey’s sending off and the two injuries might have helped Rafa’s quest for another full back and another playmaker.
    It shouldn’t take these incidents to convince a sensible, able and competent owner that the team is under strength for the PL, but, of course, we’ve only got Ashley.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #5

    Ashley says he’ll walk if a buyer comes in. However, I wonder what the fair market price now is and Ashley’s own valuation and what he would be prepared to accept. Ash allegedly asked the Mansours for North of 600M back in the day when 200M was probably nearer the mark. That may have been b—–ks, but was and is still a very popular urban myth and may be no smoke without fire.

    No one is going to sell their SD shares when they have come down so much in price, so understandably we won’t get any help there. At the moment though Ash pervades and casts such a negative aura around the place and has done for so long, I would just like to know what the tipping point is where he would finally take an offer.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #6

    if he’s anything like recoba I’d be very happy.

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  • Reilly

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #7

    Recoba fantastic little player in his day.

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  • lochinvar

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #8

    Jib – you’re in the know so Laxalt sounds good.
    What news of Kenedy, the Lad from Austria ( high jacked by Man City ? ) and others ?
    Is Charnley convincing enough to get these guys signed, hope so

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  • posada

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #9

    We were organised. yeh OK, but we have to offer more than that.
    Perez may as well not have been playing.
    Mitro could not possibly have provided less.
    Accept that 4/4/2 means we can get over run in midfield.
    But, that plan was never going to work.

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  • posada

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #10

    Ashley does not want to invest serious money in the club.
    Fine, so take less money for it and sell up.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #11

    yesterday had o-o draw written all over it till that clown got himself sent off
    Dummett out for 2/3 weeks
    Lejeune scan as soon as swelling goes down out for ?
    Shevley banned for how long ?

    Lecelles told to report this morning hopefully no reaction only done one weeks full training

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  • toontaff2

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #12

    Hibbit, my old hernia wounds get twitchy when our club captain gets stuck in. 😮

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #13

    hibbit

    No sign of De Jong yesterday. Is he injured again?

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  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #14

    Only using the simplest of formulae – while the TV money stays at it’s current level a club with the infrastructure NUFC holds , the figure has to be around £1billion .

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  • toontaff2

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #15

    So disappointed with Shelvey’s shear stupidity – ruined the day – was bad enough having to travel home on the metro – must have been bad for those travelling further. Should fine him a few weeks’ wages for his idiotic ways.
    Cannot understand anyone thinking Kane’s was not red. Lejeune being a big solid lump saved a serious injury, hopefully.
    When the fool got red, Merino was the obvious replacement needed, for either Gayle/Perez, but guess the 2 subs already used influenced that.

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  • toontaff2

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #16

    The singing section behind me one side, with the Corner the other side – great atmosphere – only heard the spuds when they scored – had forgotten they were even there!

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  • hibbit

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #17

    Ron Knee
    i asked Moncur that very question yesterday, he thought he was going to be named on the bench he said he had not heard any injuries

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  • toontaff2

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #18

    Hibbit, you tinker – 😆
    Was Ian Toon with you?

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #19

    hibbit

    Good news!

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  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #20

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40917017
    Man City clearly see Olarenwaju Kayode as Kelechi Iheanacho mark2

    They got £25 million from Leicster City for the latter – nice work if you can get it !

    Kenedy will take time as did Atsu last summer (we didn’t sign him until August 31st)

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  • lochinvar

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #21

    Hibbit
    Ifs and buts but refs are instructed to protect players from dangerous or cynical tackles and that’s exactly what Kane’s was on Lejeune. A number of players were sent off on Saturday by refs for similar reasons and Mariner clearly bottled the decision – it was a straight red . That then alters the whole balance of the game and the outcomes are then different. You can’t help but think that Shelvey had seen Lejeune at half time, regarded the injury as very serious and went looking for retribution. Exactly what happened when he tried to protect Atsu ( I think ) after he was taken out and we had the name calling debacle last season.
    Mariner contributed to the situation and once again the ref had his moments in the spotlight. TMO’s are so long overdue it’s unreal and FIFA and the FA are impotent in they’re incompetence in introducing this.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #22

    I was thinking 400M may do it. I guess we are stuck with him for a lot longer then.

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #23

    One thing that concerned me was how poor we were in attack. We never really had a go like we have done in the past. Rafa has never been known for exciting football but it was a bit like Gateshead v Spurs rather than nufc v Spurs. It’s just as well they were poor or it could have been a very ugly score. I’m not sure how we are going to get enough goals if this is our new style. Where is the pace we talked about besides atsu

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #24

    RH

    Perhaps Ashley’s free publicity stunt at the weekend will stir some interest in the club. We can but dream!

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  • hibbit

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #25

    toontaff2
    Moncur is the meeter and greeter were we sit

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #26

    Toontaff sorry to burst bubble but the TV atmosphere was like a picnic and Spurs were very loud at start.

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #27

    We defended really well yesterday and didn’t give spurs anything, but going forward I thought we desperately lacked creativity, even with 11 men. Can anybody tell me what’s up with De jong??

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  • lochinvar

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #28

    Jib – Kayode being high jacked by City reeks of cash rich top six clubs buying off potential player deals for other clubs that might then challenge their private franchises amongst the so called European Elite. Buying a player to prevent him from signing for another club and then farming him out to another club that you have financial interests in smacks of near corrupt behaviour and against FIFA financial fair play rules ? But hey they’re part of that private members club attitude and problem so in it to win it I guess .

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  • lesh

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #30

    Lochinvar

    If Rafa’s got any sense, he could try persuading Mark Hughes to take Shelvey – he’s Hughes’s type of player – to send Juselo and some cash in return?

    The timing of Ashley’s sales pitch was astonishing and one can only hope that he’s made sure that Rafa was fully in the loop and it wasn’t a surprise to him. Surely he couldn’t have decided to announce the further spending controls and his willingness to sell up after he’d persuaded Rafa to buy into the Club in May. Could he? And, I’m sure we all hope that he made the time to have a conversation with Rafa. It would have been seen as a major snub if he hadn’t!

    Given his admitted mismanagement over the years I’d have thought he’d write off some of his loans rather than stimey the Club even further. And as he’s no personal riches (it’s all relative), I wonder if he’d get SD to pay for all the advertising that’s plastered all over SJP? It’s not before time.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #31

    lochinvar
    i think the Kane tackle was a clear red

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  • posada

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #32

    Jib – are you saying the club is worth 1 billion.

    How much is it worth in the Championship.

    Ashley has accepted he made mistakes. Thing is though he is not the first person to buy a football club, who knows nothing about football. The Glazers, the UAE people, the new Leicester owners. It’s not unusual. But, you recruit the right people and give them the platform to manage.
    Recruiting people with the right specialist skills is not unique to football.
    Wise, JFK, and the rest !

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  • ashleysmate

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #33

    There’s Rafa working his nuts off, and because of restrictions, having to pick 4th choice targets, yet you have Ashley, the naive idiot, saying Shearer might have a chance to manage in the future???!! .
    My god what must poor Rafa be thinking? ???

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #34

    For me Ashleys approach is pretty much the same as land banking. He sits on his investment Allowing it to pay for itself whilst not repaying the loans to himself eben though he could do that using the advertising he’s not paying for for SD into the club. Meanwhile the value of the club goes up…the stupid thing is with Relatively SMALL investment he could further increase its value more quickly.

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Aug 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #35

    I think people should calm down about shelvey. He made a mistake. I know he’s not a first time offender. But it’s his job to made up for it. Let’s keep a bit of faith.

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  • manxpie

    Aug 14, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #36

    Take a look at @tyneassociation’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/tyneassociation/status/896792853619388418?s=09

    People saying this isn’t a red have a look

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  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #37

    Anyone else notice how many times Andy Carroll was referred to in “the” interview ?
    Clearly for part of MA’s tenure here , the £35million he got for a player that was acquired for nowt , had a big impact on his thinking.

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 14, 2017 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #38

    ashleysmate

    Ashley is many things, but I wouldn’t describe him as naive!

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  • magscar

    Aug 14, 2017 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #39

    Those who are expecting exiting football need to appreciate the reality of our situation especially when facing sides as potent as Spurs are up front.

    Rafa’s tactics were working but totally disrupted by the 2 early injuries to defenders. The bench was more set up for a change in attack in 2cnd half to try to win game then if we were still in it . If Shelvey’s hadn’t tried to be clever we would still have got draw I believe.

    Rafa is a pragmatic manager and considering the quality of the opposition yesterday we are definitely a better side that last season as a whole but we undoubtedly need options up front and Rafa is well aware of this. Be amazed if we don’t get a striker in before end of month.

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  • toontaff2

    Aug 14, 2017 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #40

    Doesn’t burst my bubble – great atmosphere, all game, in the Gallowgate and I know how the tv can distort what is happening in a ground.
    Compared to last season, other than the odd game, the noise was top drawer – obviously, the singing section and the Strawberry corner were the main sources.
    Siisoko, you know – nobody wants you 😆

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