Rafa Takes The Positives – Moves Forward – Here’s Newcastle’s Next 10 Games

Rafa Benitez seemed extra composed after the 4-1 defeat against Manchester United after the game last night.

As he does often after games – he clinically analyzed what happened, and while we were good in the first 30 minutes, eventually the sheer class of the Manchester United team shone through.

With a scoreline of 4-1, it’s too easy to dismiss Newcastle’s effort yesterday, but the lads showed in that first half hour that we can be a good side.

We just need to extend that to the full 90 minutes and cut out the mistakes.

It was again some defensive frailty that let us down yesterday and no doubt Rafa will be working hard on that aspect of the game in training next week.

Hopefully, we can keep a clean sheet at home against Watford next Saturday, and a win would be exactly what the doctor ordered.

Rafa BenitezNewcastle UNited manager

Dwight Gayle looked menacing yesterday, and it was an excellent first-time strike from Dwight that put us ahead after 14 minutes – and that goal – his first of the season – should give the striker a lot of confidence.

We need a win on Saturday, and then we have a good chance of getting something at West Brom on Tuesday night  – as the games come along thick and fast through the end of the year.

Here’s some of what Rafa said after the game yesterday:

“Even if we had scored the second goal, you know the game is not over when you are playing against a team with the quality of these players.”

“But it is a pity because we had the chances and we could have scored.”

“We could have scored again before we conceded the second goal.”

“I’m not really worried about that, I am worried about getting points for Newcastle United.”

“They are both very good teams and they are both doing well.” “They have very good players and they will be there.”

“We will see what happens because it is a very long race.”

“For us, the main thing is to take the positives of the first half and try to build from that.”

“For 30 minutes, even with their big names on the pitch, we were doing really well.”

“The big difference is that you can change players, and maybe the players coming from the bench are even better.”

“They have this situation, and we were unlucky because we made mistakes in the first half when we were doing really well.”

Here are the next 10 games we have in the league.

Date              Fixture              KO time
Sat 25 Nov    Newcastle vs Watford      15:00
Tue 28 Nov    West Brom vs Newcastle    20:00
Sat 2 Dec     Chelsea vs Newcastle      12:30
Sat 9 Dec     Newcastle vs Leicester    17:30
Wed 13 Dec    Newcastle vs Everton      19:45
Sat 16 Dec    Arsenal vs Newcastle      15:00
Sat 23 Dec    West Ham vs Newcastle     15:00
Wed 27 Dec    Newcastle vs Man City     19:45
Sat 30 Dec    Newcastle vs Brighton     15:00
Mon 1 Jan     Stoke vs Newcastle        15:00

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110 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 19, 2017 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed’s on a roll, keep up lads!

    Apparently you lot in the NE are going to get some snow, who’s up for shoveling it off St James Park as in the days of yore? 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 19, 2017 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #2

    I do believe that Rafa ought to take a serious look at Adam and Ivan, come January especially if he isn’t going to get this semi mythical war chest.

    Probably worth taken a chance with some of the younger players, especially when you see other youngsters playing for England, are ours that much worse.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 19, 2017 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Think I’ll take a break until the Bus stops! 🙂

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 19, 2017 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #4

    I watched Arma struggle to make an impact out on the left wing for Bolton yesterday.
    He has had some crappy loans that kid. Not a left winger by any stretch. He needs to be somewhere where he plays central, wether that’s off a target man or the more advanced striker. Otherwise he might as well be playing for the reserves here and an option off the bench in PL

  • Online Guy

    Nov 19, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #5


    Take it easy mate. You will be amazed where you get the strength from on the day.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 19, 2017 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #6

    I’ve just watched the “Irish Pug Song”, haven’t got a link but if you can find it, it’s bloody hilarious.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 19, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #7


    So he ought to be given a real chance or be sold on, it would be kinder to him.

    Sammy showed some good moves in that game, think he might have been worth persevering with?

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 19, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #9

    Nah not for me mate (Sammy). The type of player who always just shows flashes, not enough consistency, sadly.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 19, 2017 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #10


    Aye but it’s those flashes that often produce the winning goals, something we could do with now.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Nov 19, 2017 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Sammy was not a great player but i remember the goal he scored in injury time against wba my have been the last kick gave us 3 pints.

  • hibbit

    Nov 19, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #12


    sorry for your loss
    stay strong

  • Bambams

    Nov 19, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #13

    2 1/2 year contract for Agent Coleman

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 19, 2017 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #14

    ..with a brief to ensure safc are still in the EFL after that time

  • Bambams

    Nov 19, 2017 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #15


    I was never really bothered about them until that year we dropped and Fat Sam parading around the stadium pretending to rip his jacket off.

    So happy they are struggling – and I know it’s not grown up behaviour but that’s how I feel these last couple of seasons.

    Oh for a new owner to take us away from relegation concerns.

  • bladeuser

    Nov 19, 2017 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #16

    Just proves most of you know sod all about football / strikers
    All our strikers are useless to bang average championship dross and that includes who some of you think should be given a chance or not been shipped out
    Sammy and Tony and arma
    You get what you pay for 99% of the time
    You pay 6 mil you get nothing you pay 30mil you get players like salah etc the team is still a few losses from being in the crap again and out top manager is not helping I don’t give a toss if you think the sun shines out his ass your the ones who know bugger all you just see somebody’s past achievements
    Get real rafa has made mistakes and they are getting worse
    Just my opinion so to some of you nerds don’t spit your black and white dummy out

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 19, 2017 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #17


    You might not realize it but your posts really brighten up my day, you are without a doubt the Frankie Boyle of the blog.


  • sing in the corner

    Nov 19, 2017 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #18

    Yeah 3 losses took the wind oot of our sails, but looking at the table this year… We are fortunate that there are a canny few teams in a far worse state than us. I don’t think 40 points will be needed to stay up this time. A bit of surgery in January will see us finish just below mid IMO.
    Wonder if Rafa can go back in for Jovetic having said ‘I told ya so’?

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 19, 2017 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #19


    I wonder how many bites you’ll get after that. Brilliant input yet again.


  • martoon

    Nov 19, 2017 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #20

    “martoon, rather strange how you quite rightly suggest the HMRC investigation as to being relevant, but you then go on to conclude the relevance of that investigation is made up fairy stories. I guess some people cannot be trusted to be impartial because of their blind hatred of Ashley, that must be it.”

    That’s not what I said at all. I said the HMRC investigation is about payments to agents being passed on to players without paying tax. From that people are saying there are all sorts of fiddles in the book – I’m saying that is not a natural presumption just because you don’t like Ashley! The books are looked at by auditors any way.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 19, 2017 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #21


    Did you sue the charm school? You do come across as a very aggressive individual without seeming to have much of a grasp of the social graces and niceties and your people skills seem to be non – existent.

    Lukaku 75M, Joselu 5M
    Pogba 90M, Hayden 2.5M

    Everyone sees this and knows we have sub par strikers at this level so at best your point is moot and at worst plain ridiculous. Aim your vitriol at Ashley, not a manager who has a championship squad to contend with. Reactionary, slow brain, quick fists syndrome always comes to mind reading your posts as reasoned debate appears to be a different country to you.

  • Jib

    Nov 19, 2017 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #22

    Watching Andy Carroll getting the
    bad treatment he is , off this excuse
    of a ref in the Watford/WHU game.
    Something occurs to me
    The PL is now indisputably the best
    league in the world with class players
    from all 4 corners.
    We still have this crap cadre of only English refs
    Time to get the best refs from around the world involved methinks
    No accusations of regional bias or vendettas against certain players
    Other sports do it why does PL footy persist with these dodgy refs

  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 19, 2017 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #23


    That isn’t a bad shout

  • jane

    Nov 19, 2017 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #24

    would have been one of the quickest sending offs if Carroll had gone after 6 seconds. should have at least got a yellow. seems refs think they should be lenient if the misdemeanor is early as with Kompany yesterday.

  • Jib

    Nov 19, 2017 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #25

    Andre Marriner could go on exchange to
    La Liga . He’d get slaughtered in Spain.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 19, 2017 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #26

    I think a Watford win is better for us in the bigger picture, would be good if that bottom three never picked up another point all season.

  • jane

    Nov 19, 2017 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #27

    with you on that one Jail

  • Jib

    Nov 19, 2017 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #28

    But but what about poor David ?

  • Bambams

    Nov 19, 2017 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #29

    On this performance it will be a long season foe West Ham.

  • Bambams

    Nov 19, 2017 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #30


  • Jib

    Nov 19, 2017 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #31

    That Brazilian Richarlison does it again

  • posada

    Nov 19, 2017 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #32


    So, that’s you well and truly put in your place by the blogs resident Consultant Psychologist, Dr Rotonda Heights.

    He’s not fully qualified, but he did once read a book.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Nov 19, 2017 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #33

    Can’t see us beating Watford. Will be a hard game.

    Managed to get Champ Man 97/98 season on. That’s when we went downhill. See the link:


    I think we need to aim for 5 wins in the next 10 games.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Nov 19, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #34

    Dalglish ruined our squad. Bringing in players like John Barnes and Ian Rush was a joke.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Nov 19, 2017 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #35

    Des Hamilton, Brian Pinas, Andy Griffin etc. That was a poor squad.

  • c-dog

    Nov 19, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #36

    This starting Joselu nonsense has to stop. Without question the worst first choice center forward in the league.

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Nov 19, 2017 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #37

    That’s the period I was at Newcastle in the reserves / borderline first team

    From 1996-2001

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Nov 19, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Ralph Keidel , Paul Brayson , Paul Barrett , Jimmy Crawford , Peter Keen, Paul Dalglish , Paddy Kelly !! Etc

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Nov 19, 2017 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #39

    Des scored one of the best goals at St James park when Solano made his debut for reserves – top corner 30 yards. Other than that he was garbage !

  • Ketsbaia9

    Nov 19, 2017 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #40

    Yeah same here, that’s why I transferred to Wolves in 2000.


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