Newcastle Players In High Spirits – Focused And Working Hard

Francisco de Miguel Moreno (Paco) did the media duties yesterday for Newcastle in the absence of Rafa Benitez, who is still recovering from a hernia operation he had during the International break.

Rafa is still uncomfortable from the surgery, but he could still be on the touchline tomorrow at Swansea.

There are plans to take him by helicopter from his home in the Wirral to the game – if he is fit enough tomorrow.

Newcastle trained as a group for the first time yesterday as the assistant coaches are in constant communication with Rafa by telephone.

Things are proceeding as normally as possible without Rafa actually being at the Training ground.

Ciaran Clark has continued his good form this season and scored last time out against West Ham in the excellent 3-0 win.

Ciaran Clark in action for Newcastle

The defender is positive as usual and says the players are very focused for the game in south Wales tomorrow.

This is what he has told the Chronicle today:

“It was my first proper session back out there.” “Everybody was in high spirits and confident and working.”

“Obviously, we hope Rafa can be back soon but we are getting on with things and working hard.”

“We’re focused on the game on Sunday. We will just go out there and do the things we’ve done since I’ve been here.”

“The coaches put on a session and we know what we need to do.”

“We know what we need to do, we go out there and do our jobs.”  “We will be focused on Sunday.”

“It was very important against West Ham.”  “We wanted to go out there and put on a good performance.”

“We wanted to get the win and points on the board.”

“Hopefully we can take the positives out of that and put that into the game at the weekend.”

It’s pretty simple what we need in each game this season – a win.

We can lose and draw games this season but wins will be vital under Rafa Benitez to get the points we need to stay away from the relegation zone.

Let’s hope the lads can put in another good performance tomorrow and get something out of this game.

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11 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Sep 9, 2017 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #1

    If the lads stay focused and press the game early on, we will win this, I’m going for a 2-0 win. I think our lads will be more settled than their squad and that may give us a slight edge.

  • Pootle2118

    Sep 9, 2017 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Here’s hoping Rafa has a speedy recovery.

    My shout for Rafa bingo (or is it Paco bingo this time round??)

    Manquillo Lascells Lejeune Clark
    Merino Hayden
    Ritchie Perez Atsu

    I’m gonna go for an action packed 3-2 to us with Ritchie, Joselu and Gayle to score the goals

  • Tenbytoon

    Sep 9, 2017 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #3



    Manquillo lacelles clark yedlin

    Merino hayden

    Ritchie shelvey atsu


  • Bobbybee

    Sep 9, 2017 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #4

    At long last, it’s back to football. International breaks – especially straight after we just get going – are utter pants.
    Be nice if Rafa can get to the game but if it might set him back any then he’s better off staying home and recovering fully. We’ll cope for one game.



    Yedders Lejeune Clark Manquillo

    Hayden Merino

    Ritchie Perez Atsu


    Result 1-2 away win.

    Howay the Toon!!!

  • firebug666

    Sep 9, 2017 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #5


    Mitro is banned mate

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 9, 2017 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Tenby, Mitro’s banned marra. Quick change before anyone notices. 🙂

  • carl

    Sep 9, 2017 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #7

    What nonsense. Sorry if Laudrup was a boyhood hero of yeez. If yee are looking fa sympathy, radgie gadgie, you’ll find it in the dictionary between “shit” and “syphilis”.

    My brother in law has worked in Wales for ten years and is delighted with the current manager.

    He still says that Laudrup was the worst thing to happen to the swans took a long time to recover. Common knowledge Laudrup was always playing away and not in the football sense. It was common knowledge and widely spoken of once he’d been sacked. Who do you think he took to Paris on countless jaunts.

  • sing in the corner

    Sep 9, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #8

    I’m normally very optimistic for many games. But this one is tricky. Swansea can get up a good head of steam at home. They have more firepower at their disposal. For me the key is in the middle of the park – I agree we need to press in a similar fashion to the last game, stop the supply lines to their attack. Trying to defend and hit on the break will be trouble in this one, IMO

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 9, 2017 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #9

    Pacos Pick n Mix:


    Yedlin, Gayle and Shelvey will be used at some point depending on injuries.

  • Tenbytoon

    Sep 9, 2017 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #10


  • Tenbytoon

    Sep 9, 2017 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Of course Joselu then, glad no one noticed lol


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