It Was Sloppy Play On Saturday – But Rafa May Continue To Play New System At Home


Isaac Hayden was back in Newcastle’s central midfield with Mikel Merino being out with his bad back, and we still don’t know exactly when the 21-year-old talented Spaniard will be able to return to the side.

But we’ve missed the skill of Mikel in the last two games – both of which we surprisingly lost 1-0.

Isaac does an efficient job in midfield for the Magpies and to hold down his starting place the former Arsenal Academy product will need to keep improving with the guidance of manager Rafa Benitez.

Rafa used the 4-4-2 system on Saturday to try to get two strikers up front so we can score some goals – and it worked quite well in the first half – although we still missed the chances we created.

Isaac Hayden – Newcastle midfielder

This is what Isaac has said on Newcastle’s website:

“I thought we dealt with the formation quite nicely,”

“It can be more difficult when you play two up front because it leaves the midfield a little bit more exposed – especially on the counter attack – but saying that, I thought we did it quite well.”

“Dwighty and Joselu worked really hard and, as I’ve said, we did create a fair few opportunities.”

“We didn’t take those opportunities, and the whole team – not just the strikers – have to take responsibility.”

“A defender might have the final ball, a midfielder might have the shot or the final ball, so everyone has to take responsibility for not scoring goals or creating chances.”

“I don’t think we deserved to lose the game. We had quite a few chances, but when you don’t take your chances in football you’re always susceptible to lose the game late on, and that’s what we did.”

“It was sloppy, really. We should have closed the throw-in down a little bit more – the throw-in shouldn’t even have happened.”

“Jermain Defoe has the shot – we could have closed that down a bit better, and obviously the marking for the corner could have been better, as well.”

“There are a lot of mistakes, and for those we have to take full responsibility as a team.”

“It’s disappointing not to get three points, or at least a point, before the international break, but we can’t dwell on it too much.”

“To lose the game on a simple set-piece and a simple header is frustrating, but there are still a lot of games to play and we’re still in a good position.”

“So those who are here – we have to work hard over the international break and crack on afterward.”

We have some tough games coming up before the end of the year, and currently, we are 5 points above the drop zone.

We need to somehow get some wins before the end of the year if we are to remain in mid-table.

We wouldn’t be surprised if Rafa uses 4-4-2 in some of our home games against weaker opposition, but at Old Trafford in our next game, it will definitely be a 4-2-3-1 formation.

If we can get a couple of good strikers in during January Rafa will continue to play his usual 4-2-3-1 formation.

Here’s where we stand in the league table.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
9Brighton12016
10Huddersfield12-915
11Newcastle12-314
12Leicester12-213
13Bournemouth12-313

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112 comments so far

  • jimmygscot

    Nov 7, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #1

    “surprisingly lost” you having a laugh.

    1
  • Jib

    Nov 7, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #2

    I thought both Burnley and Bournemouth could be
    classed as surprising losses especialyy after
    the win against Crystal Palace
    and draws vs Soton and Lpool.
    It looked like we’d turned a corner after defeat to
    Brighton .
    It seems to be 3 steps forward 2 steps back at the moment.

    5
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 7, 2017 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #3

    …but at least you worked hard

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  • martoon

    Nov 7, 2017 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #4

    I still think the main cause of the goal was having a small player (Atsu then Perez) marking a 6 foot+ player at a corner. I’m not sure who decides these things; is it Rafa, coaches, the Captain or the players themselves?

    2
  • magic hat

    Nov 7, 2017 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #5

    Perez isn’t small he’s just soft and got piss poor balance

    4
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 7, 2017 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #6

    It’s not like Atsu or Perez are dwarfs!

    1
  • Jib

    Nov 7, 2017 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Atsu 5’8″
    Perez 5’11”

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  • Jib

    Nov 7, 2017 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Perez has excellent balance

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  • martoon

    Nov 7, 2017 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Atsu is not tall and neither are great in the air – it was a complete mismatch!

    1
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 7, 2017 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Martoon…I think you’re stretching it a bit there mate

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 7, 2017 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #11

    You lot still measure by feet in the UK?

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  • Jib

    Nov 7, 2017 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #12
  • martoon

    Nov 7, 2017 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Jesper I’m not having a dig but these are the type of things you see clearly at the match but are not aware of watching on TV!

    3
  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 7, 2017 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Jesper
    We measure with feet, hands, toes, fingers etc 😉

    4
  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 7, 2017 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Martoon
    It was like that all game mate with Elliot hoofin the ball long to Atsu!

    1
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 7, 2017 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Martoon…the height?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 7, 2017 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Shire…can you measure with your feet 😉

    0
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 7, 2017 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #18

    Jib…are you an old timer?

    0
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 7, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Martoon…I take no offence mate

    1
  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 7, 2017 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Jesper
    Being a joiner it comes naturally sunshine 😉

    2
  • Jib

    Nov 7, 2017 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #21

    “It is remembered that the Iron Ulna of our Lord the King contains three feet and no more; and the foot must contain twelve inches, measured by the correct measure of this kind of ulna; that is to say, one thirty-sixth part [of] the said ulna makes one inch, neither more nor less… It is ordained that three grains of barley, dry and round make an inch, twelve inches make a foot; three feet make an ulna; five and a half ulna makes a perch (rod); and forty perches in length and four perches in breadth make an acre.”

    1
  • Jib

    Nov 7, 2017 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #22

    I never knew Shire was a wood spoiler !
    😀

    1
  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 7, 2017 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #23

    wasn’t it clark who lost cook for the goal

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 7, 2017 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #24

    Jib
    Yes. And I spoil it rotten 😆

    1
  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 7, 2017 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Jesper

    I don’t know why you feel the need for a little dig, any of our last 5 managers would have this squad nailed in the bottom 3.

    Hes working with what he has, the team always works hard and that is a testiment to the players buying into Rafas plan.

    Try it yourself, you may enjoy the matches more.

    2
  • Jib

    Nov 7, 2017 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #26

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APItJmLrABo
    If you watch this Clark and Perez baulked each other

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 7, 2017 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Clubs handing out contracts till the end of the season only very much have their eye on this takeover situation. If Ashley is still here at the end of the season I don’t think Rafa will be 🙁

    1
  • Jib

    Nov 7, 2017 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #28

    Jesper’s default position is having a sly dig.
    For years the digs were aimed at Ashley
    so he was excused by the majority.
    I’ve never actually seen the fella have
    anything positive to say about owt NUFC

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 7, 2017 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #29

    So all these people dishing out “fair” criticism of Rafa. Aye he got the subs wrong. If your lass has made a beautiful Sunday dinner for the last twenty years and one week burns the Yorkies. Is it “fair to scream at her, tell her how wrong she’s got it and she needs to sort her act out pro to?

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 7, 2017 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #30

    Jib,
    Jesper was once very pro Ashley!

    1
  • Jib

    Nov 7, 2017 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #31

    Jail
    Ashley is on record as saying
    If a buyer isn’t found by the next window
    funds will be made available for January
    If he sticks to that (a big IF) then Rafa will stay

    1
  • Jib

    Nov 7, 2017 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #32

    Jail
    Just because the majority were anti Ashley

    1
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 7, 2017 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #33

    OP…I don’t think you got the harmless dig…otherwise I cannot imagine you would take offence

    1
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 7, 2017 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #34

    And a member of the OV right Jail 😉

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 7, 2017 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #35

    No Jib, the majority were quite pro Ashley, the best the blog has been was when there was a fine balance of both, good old Mikey worked bloody hard to get rid of all his supporters mind.

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 7, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #36

    When has he said that Jib?

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #37

    Jesper

    I don’t take offence at your digs at Rafa, I just don’t understand why you feel the need.

    1
  • Jib

    Nov 7, 2017 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #38

    Jail
    It’s part of the statement about wanting
    to sell before mid December and being
    prepared to take stage payments

    1
  • jimmygscot

    Nov 7, 2017 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #39

    Funds available in January, so what, what decent player will come to a bottom 6, possibly bottom 3, club to be in a relegation battle.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 7, 2017 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #40

    If I was throwing digs it would be at Ashley, why buy a club you don’t want to succeed and be the best it can be.

    I’m not anti Ashley, he can own any club he likes, preferably not ours.

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