We Knew There Would Be Periods Like This – Fans Are Now So Important

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has often said he is not that surprised that Newcastle are struggling, and on September 1st he expected periods like this when we are finding it (very) difficult to pick up points.

And Ayoze Perez has mirrored those comments in his interview in the local papers today.

Ayoze talks about the really difficult game at Chelsea on Saturday when perhaps we were a little lucky to get away with only a 3-1 defeat.

Rafa was hoping to give Chelsea a game on Saturday but after going ahead 1-0 with a good goal from Dwight Gayle – Chelsea raised their play by about three gears, and it was difficult to hold them.

But Rafa wants Newcastle to be competitive in every single game this season, and that looks a little doubtful now – at least against the best six sides in the Premier League.

Newcastle fans – so important right now

Ayoze has talked about the games and knows the side must improve if we are to hold onto our Premier League status this season – which is job one:

“It’s hard to play against Chelsea, just like it was hard to play against Manchester United the other week.”

“Two of the best teams in the world and that is why they are where they are in the table, that is why they are in with a good chance of winning the league.”

“It is always tough to play against these kind of teams and you have to do a lot of things well, not make mistakes.”

“Then if you also have a bit of luck, maybe you can get a good result, but it is a very hard thing to do.”

“We knew there might be periods like this but it has gone on too long now.”

“When we were winning, we knew a bad moment could come because it is a tough league.”

“It is not such a bad situation that we have to say we’re panicking but we have to realize that we have to start winning now.”

“Otherwise it’s going to get very tough for us.”

A win would do wonders for us against Leicester City this coming Saturday, and then another win against an improving Everton side on the following Wednesday would be fantastic.

But both sides are now playing well so it will be difficult to get points out of these games.

But it’s also possible if we correct things at the back and keep the work-rate and enthusiasm of our players at the very highest level.

One thing that has always set Newcastle part as a club are the fans.

While we thought this season would be a good one for us and we would finish mid-table that may not happen now.

But our fans, as always, can be a massive plus in the next two home games and in every game this season.

We have to help Rafa as much as we can to keep Newcastle in the Premier League by next May.

Let’s try to stay positive – even though it can be difficult.

Amanda – where are you?

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 4, 2017 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #1


    It’s strange how the whingers are never around when we win!

  • toontaff2

    Dec 4, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Ron, there are posters who were all over here when we hit a couple of poor spells, last season, who are starting to rear their heeds! Not sure what they actually get out of the constant whining.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 4, 2017 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #3


    Those stats don’t add up at all as has been pointed out no one will want to buy us in the championship and certainly not for 225M.

    Sadly I think you may be right about a non sale though as all the mood music seems to point at fat lad wanting too much, which I suspect many of us had anticipated. Desperately hope I’m wrong.

    For those knocking some of Rafa’s sales. Lazaar and Gamez were peanuts, not expensive flops. Sels was, but still only cost 4M. If Rafa has to operate with the lowest wage ceiling and minimum spend in the whole division, who is he going to be able to attract apart from the Joselu’s, manquillo’s etc? These were probably 6th/7th choices. To put in perspective Walker went to city for 50M.

    To those who want a change in system we’ve recently gone from 4231 to 442 and then 3 at the back at the weekend. Hardly rigid. There does seem to be an issue with Mitro which will probably come to light in January, but Darlow and MBemba have been brought back in and pretty sure Josely wasn’t playing on Saturday, so again hardly rigid. Wasn’t that long ago everyone was playing Rafa bingo. talk about short memories and fickleness.

    Ron Knee

    Very true.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 4, 2017 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #4


    definitely think catchy needs to up his meds after attacking all and sundry this weekend!!

  • hibbit

    Dec 4, 2017 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #5

    but your presuming Rafa is not playing Mitro for the sending off’s i honestly think it goes far deeper than that

  • G

    Dec 4, 2017 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #6

    @Ron Knee. I tend to give it a day or two after a defeat before even bothering to come on here now. Dodge the worst of the Doom / Gloom brigade.

  • ashleysmate

    Dec 4, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #7

    I wonder how the face to face is going?

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 4, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #8


    It’s been a bit toxic lately!

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 4, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #9

    toonfan 8

    with respect Sergi ramos has ronaldo, bale, benzema, modric etc for company! they would probably still win with 9 on the pitch. Potentially we only have one emerging player in Merino anwhere near those kind of levels.

    As Hibbitt says I think there is something we don’t know about the mitro situation

  • hibbit

    Dec 4, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #10

    sorry mate no idea
    i only know its happening and where

  • Slank

    Dec 4, 2017 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #11

    Rotonda heights,

    All the most successful and experienced managers make poor buys and so Rafa is no different. I guess the key differential is whether the good buys outweigh the bad. On balance I think Rafa has bought well.

    I doubt he will be able to buy quality players in the January transfer window, irrespective of whom the owner is, because few, if any, quality players come on the market in January.

    He will have to manage with what he has now with perhaps the odd new addition but nothing like bus loads envisaged by some on this blog.

  • ashleysmate

    Dec 4, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #12

    Ok, cheers…..fingers x

  • hibbit

    Dec 4, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #13


    i think the loan market will offer an opportunity this window especially with the world cup and so many players wanting to play


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