Rafa – We Saw At Brighton Lots Of Things We Did Well – But We Have To Improve Our Weaknesses

We are hoping Newcastle can make a big comeback against Liverpool on Sunday and get a win before the two-week International break.

In our 1-0 defeat, we were dominant in the final 20 minutes of that game, but we couldn’t get that equalizer, but there again we could have been more attacking immediately after Brighton had gone ahead in the match after 51 minutes.

But Rafa will be preparing his team against his old club Liverpool all week, and we are hoping for a (very) good performance against the Reds and if we can do that we can win this game.

Two excellent (current and former) Newcastle managers met on Sunday

This is what Rafa has said to the BBC about Sunday’s game:

“In the end, we had control of the game.”

“You have to give credit to them because they did well in part of the second half, but they had chances and we had chances.”

“I’m not happy with the way we conceded because you never know what is a legal block or not.”

“After that, we had chances to score and we didn’t do it.” “We were passing the ball a little bit better.”

“They were also dropping off us more because they were winning.” “Sometimes you create more because they are defending.

“Overall we saw a lot of things we did well.” “There were also weaknesses we have to improve.”

“I was happy before the game, but not after.”

“There’s still a long way to go and we must keep improving.”

There is a long way to go but Rafa sees precisely the things the team have to improve,  and he then works hard on those every week in training.

You have to believe we can and will get better as the season progresses.

That’s our big hope in any case.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 27, 2017 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #1

    I actually thought is was a great goal from Brighton…you cannot always say it was down too poor defending…

    …my concern is the lack of goals from our players…especially our forwards

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 27, 2017 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Maybe it’s down to formation and our current style of play?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 27, 2017 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #3

    They do look cuddly those two on the picture…lol

  • martoon

    Sep 27, 2017 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #4

    jesper – it was a poor goal to concede. Yes Hemed takes it well but the guy who heads it back across the box is completely unchallenged. Block or no block somebody should have challenged him which makes the head back a lot more difficult.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 27, 2017 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Good goal? He did well to fend off two defenders but tbf someone should have got goal side of him out of the two. And Elliot hardly stood up well against a shot that was right in front of him. Nope, poor goal.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 27, 2017 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #6

    martoon…it always comes down to someone should have done something…it was still a good goal I thought 🙂

    …a bit like those two Lascelles scored from a set-piece (somebody should probably have done something there as well)


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