Benitez – We’ll Try To Do Our Best – But Here’s Why Bournemouth Will Be Very Difficult

Newcastle have a decent record at home this season, and we have amassed 10 of our 14 points at St. James’ Park.

It will be another sell-out crowd of over 52,000 today for the visit of AFC Bournemouth today.

The Cherries, like the Magpies, are a well-drilled and organized side and could be hard to break down.

They are also an excellent counter-attacking side like Newcastle so they will be a tough test today.

But after losing a very close game at Turf Moor last Monday night, it will be essential to get back to our winning ways this afternoon.

Rafa Benitez – Bournemouth will be difficult

In typical Geordie style, a win and we will all be absolutely delighted, but a second defeat in a row and maybe the sky will be falling in?

Given those two choices, we’ll take a win anytime.


Here is some of what Benitez has said in the Chronicle today:

“When you have 15 days between games it’s more important to win because you’re happier.”

“We will try to do our best.” “Bournemouth will be very difficult.”

“They are a good team who know how to play in the Premier League.

“They know how to manage in the position they’re in and they’re not panicking.”

“They counter-attack well, have good pace and go forward well so it won’t be easy.”

“If we can get three points we will have 15 days waiting for Man United and we’ll be happy.”

Here’s where we stand in the league at the moment, and 3 points will take us to 17 points after 11 league games – and that would be very good.

11Crystal Palace38-1044
13West Ham38-2042

Our next game is two weeks today at Old Trafford – isn’t that 14 days away?

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We need the win today.

Comments welcome.

42 comments so far

  • toontaff2

    Nov 4, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Bournemouth have only scored 6, this season, conceding 14.
    Top scorer Andrew Surman with 2.
    Lost 4 won 1 away – beat Stoke 2-1, last away game.

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 4, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Just one thing niggling at me for today’s game..
    Little Jermaine was supposed to be struggling with an injury, but it seems he might start.
    He’s gonna get some abuse today..he does like playing against us. We have to keep him tied up or he will punish us again.
    It’s going to be another nip and tuck battle, both teams not keen on having the ball and the onus to dominate.
    I really hope Joselu has a good afternoon and gets on the score sheet today. Pressure on him is building and he needs his confidence boosting, a goal then I think he will settle.
    One things for certain, our fans at the game are still behind him.

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 4, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #3

    But Bournmouth are missing a few other big players, I don’t know much about some of their back up players but they are weakened at the moment. I will go for 2.0 to us.

  • DubaiMicky

    Nov 4, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    I honestly can’t see us losing today. But hey, this is the Toon.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 4, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Matchday!!!! Buzzing. Best take a blanket and travel pillow with me today in case I fall asleep during the match when we start to play boring 🙄 😆

    Oh dear

  • lochinvar

    Nov 4, 2017 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #6

    We need to win some free kicks around their box for Ritchie or Shelvey to crash home – about time we did that.
    Think Atsu and Ritchie can deliver a result if they make the runs they are capable of and any crosses hit the mark for headers or poachers in the box.
    Wonder if Murphy will get a start to stretch their defence and build his confidence. Think he might.

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 4, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #7

    Hopefully the side today will be motivated by the opportunity to stay in the side that will play against ManU. I predict the starting line-up will not change but hopefully the execution will.

  • Jib

    Nov 4, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #8

    Just seen your post
    I don’t think Defoe will get much flak
    His relationship with Bradley Lowery
    means folk will cut him a lot of slack

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 4, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #9

    I think sitc was talking about folk not getting on Joselus back.

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 4, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #10

    I was talking about both.

    I take your point. But my feeling is we will separate the personal Bradley issue from his makem heritage…
    We shall see..

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 4, 2017 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #11

    I only get £400 for this week’s best five results for us.

  • Slank

    Nov 4, 2017 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #12

    The team need to produce a sparkling performance today as the two previous matches were dire and only the late win against Palace prevented howls of protest and a barrage of criticism against the players and manager.

    If Rafa plays Joselu it may be a key moment in his Newcastle career as, its arguable, he hasn’t done much in the previous two games to justify his place. If Mitrovich doesn’t make the team or bench then we have to question Rafa.

    The same goes for Perez. Hard working but seems to have lost some cutting edge. The same is true of Ritchie. Really need to see goals from him.

    I think this may be a difficult game.

  • hibbit

    Nov 4, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #13

    as a human being Defoe is up there with the best of them,
    but the minute he steps on that pitch he’s the enemy
    no doubt he’ll be out to do us !!!!!!

  • Billy Whitehursts V sign

    Nov 4, 2017 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #14


    What do you consider the top 5 games for us this week?

    My own view is that we are still in a battle as we have had a reasonable set of fixtures so far.

    My best five games for us this weekend would be simply for the bottom 5 clubs to get beat. It is possible and our win is included in that set.

  • Billy Whitehursts V sign

    Nov 4, 2017 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #15


    Dire and howls of protest? Really? Two hard fought PL games played by a newly promoted club with virtually the same team. A team that has been in with a chance in every game played. Give yer heed a shake man!

  • Billy Whitehursts V sign

    Nov 4, 2017 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #16

    Same team that got promoted

  • Billy Whitehursts V sign

    Nov 4, 2017 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #17

    I wouldnt change much today

    Yedlin lascelles leguene manquillo
    Ritchie shelvey hayden atsu

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 4, 2017 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #18

    Us to beat Bmouth
    West Ham beat Lpool
    M City beat Arsenal
    Everton to beat someone
    Burnley Soton to draw.

  • Billy Whitehursts V sign

    Nov 4, 2017 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #19

    I am not a huge fan of Perez but the only reason I would leave him out is that he must be aware of the criticism. He must feel some extra pressure and that has an effect. Diame seems to be on a bit of an upward curve having been recently chinned (that could have been a decent tear up, two big lads!) so I would give him a shot today.

  • Billy Whitehursts V sign

    Nov 4, 2017 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #20

    Jail still looking up then? In everything else in life I would probably be with you but I will still be genuinely delighted to settle for 17th this time. Hence my view that keeping as far away from the bottom is key.

  • Billy Whitehursts V sign

    Nov 4, 2017 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #21

    My bet would only return 49.5/1 might be worth a punt tho?

  • hibbit

    Nov 4, 2017 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #22


    one aim this season stay in the prem anything else is a bonus

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 4, 2017 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #23

    People need to remember that when we don’t often hit the heights performance-wise at the moment. We are in the waiting room this season.. Rafa knows it, most of us know it.

    But tune in to the blog this afternoon to see an alternative viewpoint.

  • Jib

    Nov 4, 2017 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #24

    It’ll be fun on here at 1500
    The Scum play the Smogmonsters
    at lunchtime tomoz so there’ll be much
    wummery the safta on here

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 4, 2017 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #25

    Aye glad I’ve gotta be ‘somewhere else’..
    Off to the toon.
    Howay me BONNY LADS!

  • Jib

    Nov 4, 2017 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #26

    If Bolton can win at Carrow Road
    and Burton get a draw at Millwall
    the Mackems will be bottom

  • Jib

    Nov 4, 2017 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #27

    Sorry Bolton are at home to Norwich
    even better !

  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 4, 2017 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #28

    On route the toon. Taff I hope you’ve saved us a seat on the happy clappers bus. Save us a clacker aswell!!!

    Come on!!!!!!!

  • Wayayman

    Nov 4, 2017 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #29

    In my eyes, as a life-long born-and-raised Newcastle fan what Raf has done for us fans and the club in such a short space of time, under very difficult circumstances and having an obstructive, vindictive liar of an owner is nothing short of miraculous. We’re easily 5 or 6 new players away from being a top six team so i’m just incredibly grateful that we have a truly world-class manager with the integrity and courage that we really havent been used to or expected. To hear people moaning about ‘negative’ tactics is hilarious, given that we are already over achieving in the best league in the world. Just enjoy the ride, and imagine what is possible if someone gave Rafa a decent kitty to improve our team.

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 4, 2017 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #30

    Does a new owner necessarily equate to transfer money? Not even lots of transfer money.

  • c-dog

    Nov 4, 2017 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #31

    Please God Joselu is not starting

  • RUNAWAY777

    Nov 4, 2017 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #32

    Toontaff hibbit shirebrooke enjoy the game lads was going but got a last mine wedding party in and as i would love to be at the match money come first, keeps the wolves from the door haha so have giving my ticket to a young lad so 2..0 and 3..1 .

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 4, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #33


    what are you on about, ”if mitro doesn’t start we have to question the manager”

    the guy knows more about football than we could ever dream of.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Nov 4, 2017 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #34

    Don’t worry. We’ll play some great attacking football with the dynamic duo of perez and hoseloo.

  • davetoon

    Nov 4, 2017 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #35

    Whos going to score the goals today?

  • davetoon

    Nov 4, 2017 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #36

    Whats up with all these damn malware spam iphone ads on the site. Driving me crazy.

  • AncientC

    Nov 4, 2017 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #37

    I am predicting Clark and Gayle will come back into the side today. The rest of the team pretty much picks itself.

  • Tsunki

    Nov 4, 2017 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #38

    One of eds advertiser’s is delivering malicious flash objects and he really needs to sort it out its getting like those streaming sites.

    You either need to turn flash off in your browser settings every time you visit the site, or leave it off and enter all your “safe” sites (just the top level domains – still laborious) into an exceptions list, or use a separate non-flash browser for this site. A pain.


    Nov 4, 2017 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #39

    Agree with wayayman, it may seem negative play at the mo but we havent the quality all over the pitch to play gung ho! we’ll score more than you routine. Rafa is getting the most from comparatively average bunch but they are playing to the best of their ability and grinding out wins by the odd goal but not letting many in with a well organised defense. I will take this style of play until the new owner comes in. 2 or 3 real quality signings in January will give the side a real boost and push to the 2nd half of the season. If we win today we will have 17pts from 11 games. 1.54 pts per game. This tally should make about 10th spot but dont think ( hope ) staying up should be a great concern. CAC

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 4, 2017 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #40

    You honestly think that the team would have been boo’ d at the end if we hadn’t of beat Palace. Give ya heed a shake man.


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