Newcastle’s Next Seven Games Crucial – Currently Tracking Close To McClarens’ Record


We’ll have to start picking up some points fairly soon after going into a barren period when we have just one p[point after the last 18 played for.

After 9 games we were well positioned in 7th top place with 14 points and a goal difference of +2 but six games later we are currently in 14th place with a goal difference of -8.

We have seven games left through January 1st when the 3rd round of the FA Cup will soon start.

And we need at least 5 points from the next four games if Rafa is to make his mini-target of 20 points from the first 19 games (half a season) which would put us on target for 40 points and probable safety in the Premier League.

Rafa Benitez – big challenge at Newcastle

At the moment we are not doing much better than Steve McClaren’s team of two years ago, which had 13 points from 15 games after beating Liverpool 2-0 at home.

But then in the next game, we beat Tottenham 2-1 away and had 16 points from 16 games – close to what we have at the moment.

That was the only time in our relegation season that we had two league wins in a row!

Here’s the tough schedule coming up for Newcastle where we play Arsenal away and Manchester City at home.

Date          Fixture                   KO time
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

Newcastle will need all the support in the next two home games – two wins would be phenomenal – and that’s possible if now probable.

We still have faith that one way or another Rafa will keep Newcastle in the Premier League, and then whoever is in charge in the summer there should be a lot more money available for Rafa to strengthen his squad.

As one of my sons Neil mentioned this morning at breakfast when we were reviewing how the team had done, he mentioned Newcastle is Rafa Benitez at the moment and one reason we are on TV so much.

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193 comments so far

  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Cat cheese from Norway
    You cry like a big baby about dyslexia
    and in the next breath call people thick
    for disagreeing with your team selection.
    You really are a work of art

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  • jane

    Dec 3, 2017 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #2

    “Newcastle is Rafa Benitez at the moment and one reason we are on TV so much.”

    main reason will be advertising income due to high viewing figures

    1
  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Dec 3, 2017 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #3

    YoungMag – Rafa resting some of his better players against tougher opposition to save them for more winnable games is just common sense, isn’t it? I’d rather have an angry and frustrated Shelvey with a point to prove against the likes of Leicester, than the same player maybe taking his starting place for granted against Chelsea.

    Rafa is able to see the bigger picture, unlike some people on here. He’s human, makes mistakes, but he’s a smart bloke. I like to think he’s managing the group of players he has available to him to the best of his ability.

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  • jane

    Dec 3, 2017 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #4

    “Rafa resting some of his better players against tougher opposition to save them for more winnable games is just common sense”

    and Joselu

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  • YoungMag :P

    Dec 3, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #5

    Chancel, yes, it is common sense. But unfortunately people are always looking for something or someone to blame.

    They are blinded by that when it comes to unfair criticism. If something doesn’t make sense to them they must be right blah blah. Even though the difference is Rafa is a proven winner with a world class record and we are all just bloggers. It’s easy to criticise after the fact…

    3
  • bladeuser

    Dec 3, 2017 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Jail for Ashley
    2 winable games have we
    Get real you clown this bunch wouldn’t start favourites against Blyth
    ASH OUT

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 3, 2017 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #7

    bladeuser,
    Read your post back and it’s obvious which of us two is the clown.

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  • Ian Toon

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Jail/ Catchy- Face facts and save the blog from the tedium. Disclaimer this is not football related so feel free to skip.

    Petty feuds aside the pair of you have a problem constructing meaning from blog text.
    Comprehension requires two people, the reader and the writer and a process requiring
    decoding / understanding. Simply put an understanding of the blogger’s words and thereafter using ones background acquired knowledge in order to construct an understanding. Rather than banging off an ill thought out response ad nauseous.
    Blogger’s who have problems with decoding have obvious difficulties in interacting when faced with more complex text and subsequently not have the comprehension strategy to interact before, during and after reading.

    As an aid the reading strategy should include questioning and a discerning of what the writer is meaning/ getting at before then factoring in your own understanding or what you already know; thereafter responding. Additionally I have found it is good for literacy development.

    Many on here are inclined to be highly critical of Jib but he is as someone recently said ( and in my opinion ) both entertaining and informative.

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  • Ian Toon

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Jail/ Catchy- Face facts and save the blog from the tedium. Disclaimer this is not football related so feel free to skip.

    Petty feuds aside the pair of you have a problem constructing meaning from blog text.
    Comprehension requires two people, the reader and the writer and a process requiring
    decoding / understanding. Simply put an understanding of the blogger’s words and thereafter using ones background acquired knowledge in order to construct an understanding. Rather than banging off an ill thought out response ad nauseum.
    Blogger’s who have problems with decoding have obvious difficulties in interacting when faced with more complex text and subsequently not have the comprehension strategy to interact before, during and after reading.

    As an aid the reading strategy should include questioning and a discerning of what the writer is meaning/ getting at before then factoring in your own understanding or what you already know; thereafter responding. Additionally I have found it is good for literacy development.

    Many on here are inclined to be highly critical of Jib but he is as someone recently said ( and in my opinion ) both entertaining and informative.

    3
  • Munster Mag

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Jail make your mind up. You either want rafa to give mitro (more suspensions than goals, but more lethal than Joselu as he has shown both for us and Serbia) or you don’t. He made a difference v Brom but still can’t get a gig ahead of agadoo

    3
  • YoungMag :P

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #11

    Ian you missed out…

    Homophobic, xenophobic, paid shill.

    🙂

    4
  • catchy in norway

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #12

    RESTING PLAYERSS IS ONE THING

    i understand that,, but new formations, Hayden had just missed a game,

    1
  • c-dog

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #13

    Bladeuser is essential to maintaining the blog status quo…

    Combats the ridiculously over positive bloggers with his overly negative approach.

    It’s good to just be objective and criticize constructively. However when it comes to Josiére no comment is over critical. Worst player in the league.

    3
  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Youngmag
    They don’t pay shills very much these days
    😀

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  • Online Guy

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Jib

    You had a pop or two at our USA correspondent ( in the past)

    Your now arguing and disrespectino our Scandinavian Cousins…what’s going on Jib ?

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  • YoungMag :P

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Why jib what’s the going rate?

    Catchy

    My my, the team I put out was what rafa would put out if there wasn’t injuries, unreliability (mitro) or games coming thick and fast.

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  • Ian Toon

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #17

    Young Mag
    Not totally. There was a time when Mr Tuff’s homophobic depictions regularly featured on here.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #18

    i’m a full geordie.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #19

    carl,
    What are you blathering on about. Why on earth bring me in to that. I’ve come on here to talk about the current state of the toon.
    Munster,
    I have made my mind up and have stated that I want Mitro to start. Just because I don’t agree with the manager on this doesn’t mean I have to start denigrating him or writing him off as a has been.

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #20

    Bus is moving, dare I post?

    Yeah why not can always re-post.

    Wonder how many on here go through their comments before posting.

    I usually do only to find after submitting that I’ve mis-spelt a word or made some grammatical error.

    Do I care, do I Fck, if I did I’d never comment.

    I would suggest to the blog grammar police, just back off.

    Read the content not the quality, not every one is as brainy as wot I am! 🙂

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #21

    young mag

    it’s s not a formation i would ever pick

    and i would not hold my breath that Mitro would ever be picked.

    if go as far as to say gayle and joselu could be injured and Perez would then get the nod.

    don’t pick him for the squad, no one can complain. it’s that simple

    1
  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Online guy
    I love our transatlanic cousins
    It’s just a shame the USA has become
    Trumpton

    2
  • catchy in norway

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #23

    one player can make the difference

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  • Online Guy

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #24

    Ian Toon …..zzzzzz…

    Please take note for future reference in your chosen Field….I bear no malice.

    You seem to be lecturing people ..folks will find that offensive..your journalistic efforts will be skipped by most after a dose of your tedious to read boring put downs and opinions

    Try to treat your readership as if you were writing to them as a friend. It will work as it will come across as if you are taking your readers into your confidence. Try it ? Just a thought.

    I bear no malice .

    1
  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #25

    West Ham holding on vs Man Shitty

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  • YoungMag :P

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #26

    Catchy

    No offence but no-one cares if you’d pick that formation or not. Ultimately Rafa tried something new, in fairness, it wasn’t a terrible performance. He got a couple of calls wrong with Ritchie at LWB and Perez starting instead of Aarons (imo) but he is attempting to find something that works.

    We got beat by a team that cost over £400 million at there place, in which we scored. Not a bad effort!

    3
  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #27

    Bill
    We always cut you slack cos you are an owld fart

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #28

    EGB,
    I prefer using the pc to post, it highlights typos and is much easier to read back as well. For some reason the red underline feature doesn’t seem to work anymore on WordPress.

    0
  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #29

    Ian Toon -coming on with more shyte and lies.
    No homophobic depiction have been posted by me – liar.

    Interesting you say Jib is entertaining and informative. Recently he postede that Ed should change his cancer medication. Which category does that post fall in – entertaining or informative?

    Your latest submission is full of your usual tosh and complete crap about codes.
    Well here’s something not in code which you will not have to decipher

    “P**s off you complete knobber”.

    2
  • West Lancs Geordie

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #30

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Cashley’s greed hasn’t frightened Amanda off altogther! He won’t be happy until we are in the state that the Mackems are in now.

    4
  • Online Guy

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #31

    Jib

    You remind me a lot of Neil Farrington ..you have all his traits .. Iv spoke to him a lot .He’s just like you. Neil’s mother was his hardest critic over some of the stuff he put to print in the Sunday sun . She massive Newcastle Supporter.

    Did Your mother clip you round the lug as an adult Jib ?

    1
  • YoungMag :P

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #32

    https://goo.gl/images/vNRWWX

    mister tuff and Ian toon.

    1
  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #33

    OG – if your still about – booked a decent venue to see Marylin Manson playing at the Roman Amphitheatre in Nimes -southern France. Amphitheatre is about a half size version of Rome’s Coleseum but about half the capacity – but in mich better nick.

    1
  • c-dog

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #34

    @rob how can you state no one cares? Ever considered it just might be you lad?

    0
  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #35

    colesium = coliseum

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #36

    Young Mag,
    And that is exactly it, unless we win comfortably and have played well where catchy can be proved wrong that the formation he wouldn’t have picked has actually worked, then every selection he doesn’t agree with is wrong. He isn’t picking Games anymore, we don’t know why, I’m puzzled but not sure if it’s the right or wrong decision. But if catchy thinks he should be playing and doesn’t get picked then the decision to leave him out is 100% wrong.

    0
  • Ian Toon

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #37

    We can’t afford a West Ham win.

    0
  • YoungMag :P

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #38

    Josiere

    I don’t get what you’re getting at mate.

    It’s there in black and white, read it again. I’m pretty sure ‘no-one’ includes me. 🙂

    1
  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #39

    Man City 0 West ham 1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #40

    The last thing we bloody well need is West Ham getting a confidence boosting win here today.

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