Next Two Games Are Crucial For Newcastle

We made a good effort to get something out of the Manchester City game on Wednesday night but we had no joy following our impressive 3-2 win at West Ham last Saturday afternoon.

But the next two games against Brighton at home tomorrow and at Stoke on Monday afternoon are going to be crucial.

We must keep picking up points in these games – and preferably wins.

Rafa Benitez – on the touchline on Wednesday night

Newcastle have now gone five successive defeats in a row at St. James’ Park which we haven’t done in decades, so it would be a good time to stop the rot with a (good) win tomorrow.

And then another win on New Year’s Day.

Howay the Lads!!

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Here’s how we stand in the league table this morning after Crystal Palace lost 3-2 last night at home to Arsenal.

11Crystal Palace38-1044
13West Ham38-2042

Comments welcome.

155 comments so far

  • lesh

    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #1


    Why not get back into your pit, stay there and give us a break from your incessant and boring negativity.

  • Slank

    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Having seen the way Man City have previously demolished virtually all who faced them, Rafa used his vast experience to construct a game plan to try and blunt their attacking prowess and if possible catch them on a quick break.

    In keeping the score down to one nil feels like a victory but without the three points. The lads will be greatly heartened by how they stuck to their managers game plan and still managed to be a threat late in the game. The tactics against Brighton will be completely different, and rightly so.

    People should ignore what failed manager Gary ‘smart arse’ Neville has said and also Jamie Carragher who has never managed a football team of any consequence in his life and not surprisingly as only players from the back streets of Liverpool could understand his thick and largely unintelligible Scouse accent. At least our Alan can be understood by almost everyone in the country even if some of his comments leave many of them puzzled.

  • Nufc-83

    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Catchy it should have been dead and buried like when they smashed Liverpool or destroyed spurs. I guess it’s ok though as they had a go it wouldn’t have mattered if our goal difference would have took a beating I guess. Sounds good NOT!!

    Nobody is disputing the 10m signing of the French kid I agree we need better to pull us out the relegation battle.

  • Chas

    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Can’t believe idiots like Catchy are criticizing Rafa for playing defensively. City have beaten every team in the league bar one this season – why should Newcastle be the exception?
    Newcastle did attack in the latter part of the game anyway!
    Catch – People don’t understand why the fans support Rafa. The answer is simple the majority of Newcastle fans are very knowledgeable about football. They know a good thing when they see it.
    Stop your mischief and attention seeking Catchy get behind the team and the best manager we’ve had since Robson.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #5

    97% of toon fans are Rafa clappers. Catchy is one of the few that really know the score. And like sitc says wtf has some unknown French kid got to do with the Rafa clappers.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Oh dear, where’s Dave?

  • Chas

    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #7

    We get rid of two half wits like online guy and now this moron.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #8


    that’s not my point, my point is the words genius tactics.

    luck had a bigger part to play than tactics and no one should ever base any thing on luck.
    i guess all those lottery winners are geniuses too .

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #9

    To further understand your reasoning about signings / fees from earlier thread..

    Sigurdsson went to Everton for £45million. We signed Merino for a total cost of about £8million. I would say we have the better deal personally.
    So you suggested ‘Rafa clappers’ were happy about a tenuous link from a newspaper saying we might be interested in signing a player for 10 million. Then mocked the idea of playing him against a defender who a club payed 75 million for. Thin reasoning.
    We haven’t bought him / he’s probably not coming and nobody said they were happy with him.
    So what was your point?

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #10

    what happens when Luton play. are we expecting the gulf in value and the many leagues between us see them camp in there final third, after all Joselu is with more than their full squad

  • Chas

    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #11

    It was damage limitation and it worked. Why wreck your GD what a no hopers message to the players just before sats game. Cant Catchy understand nowt.
    Bournemouth conceded 4 against them, Spurs 4, Swansea 4, Arsenal 3, West Brom 3, Burnley 3, Stoke 7, Palace 5, Liverpool 5, you get the point.

    Clearly the strategy was to try and contain them, and counter if possible; and a 0-1 result before a run of far more important matches will be far better for the NUFC squad’s morale than a a 4,5,6 or 7 goal drubbing.

  • Chas

    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #12

    The majority of blackn whites want to stay in the flacking League you moron.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #13

    sing in the corners.

    wow someone gets it. Value pretty much nothing if the manager can not get the best out of the player.

    but rafa clappers keep saying we have a championship squad every time we get beat.
    but when we win, rafa is a genius. you cannot have it both ways.

    when Everton beat us, most rafa clappers pointed out they had 75 million in 2 players, but they never pointed out that we battered them and they were lucky really.

    and yet i’m the deluded one. but IMO rafa clappers are hypocrites who want to use both sides of the argument when it suits them.
    they used the losing streak to get rid of one manager then don’t use that logic with another.
    very confusing to the logical thinking man

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #14

    When Luton come up here they will have a right go and so they should. Cup game..a one off. They are bang in the form of their lives, confidence at an all time high, just had a whopping away win in their league.
    We were playing a massive juggernaut of a club on an amazing run, who were sweeping Champions league teams aside. We need every point we can get and it was one game out of 38. You could describe it as Rafa working out the percentages, probabilities, and targeting a game on Saturday.

  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #15

    I think we should all just ignore catchy, if he’s starved of the oxygen he craves he’ll soon leave.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #16

    You can’t take one comment and then apply that comment to 97% of fan’s.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #17


    if it wasn’t for woodwork it could have been 4 you numpty.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #18

    i love reading your excuses everyday justifying our loses

    and jail yes, it’s fools keeping hold of something shiny

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #19

    You do realise that the Rafa clappers are in the 97% majority.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #20

    leave you fools to happy clap for a while

  • lochinvar

    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #21

    BBC journalism has reached new heights in trying to distort facts:

    “Allardyce is unbeaten in his seven games in charge, with three wins and three draws in the Premier League moving them up to ninth place”

    So what was the outcome in the seventh game ?
    Are the FA aware of this points anomaly ?

    (Am I missing something here ? )

  • lochinvar

    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #22

    If it wasn’t for the woodwork we would have beaten Everton 2-1

  • Nufc-83

    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #23

    Sing in the corner nailed it there

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #24


    99,9% didn’t think like Tesla, most people backed Edison, who was right?
    one man changed the world with Wifi and electricity and the other pinched someone’s idea.
    one died penniless alone the other a hero.

    guess you would have backed Edison

  • Jib

    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #25

    Micky is right
    Catchy is just an attention seeker
    Non – interaction is the answer
    I know you cannot leave what you
    perceive to be a challenging
    comment unanswered
    In Catchy’s case please
    bite the bullet and make an
    exception. He’ll soon

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #26

    What was so good about murvars posts, how do you know he was elderly?

  • Blofal

    Dec 29, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #27

    I’m a Rafa clapper.

  • Blofal

    Dec 29, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #28

    But then again I don’t have a deep seated need to prove every body else wrong.

  • Jib

    Dec 29, 2017 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #29

    I don’t know if you want an answer or not
    Article should have said been there for 7
    in charge for 6.
    His first game David Unsworth was running the
    team he was in the stands

  • c-dog

    Dec 29, 2017 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #30

    Based on our current form 3 points outta 6 would be good. Anything more than 3 points would be class. And anything less than 3 points a disaster. We desperately need some form.

  • Chas

    Dec 29, 2017 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #31

    Had to laugh at expatmag’s comment on Mr Tuff. At the age of 70+ there are very few pleasures left to Tuff but one of them is passive smoking?

  • Chas

    Dec 29, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #32

    Jail !!!
    What you on about please explain.

  • hibbit

    Dec 29, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #33

    Jail for Ashley

    for once i agree with jib ( and others) it time to ignore catchy he’s a WUM just out to cause whatever disruption he can the guys a lunatic AVOID

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Dec 29, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #34

    Really hope we get some positive transfer snippets soon that are concrete. Don’t know if I can handle another million names linked only to sign Routledge on loan on the 31st.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #35

    I don’t think he’s a WIN but most definitely a lunatic.

  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 29, 2017 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #36

    I had to google what a “WUM” was.

    And that’s not a wind up.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #37

    The other day you mentioned a poster called murvar who doesn’t post anymore. Not a name I don’t think many recall, it just seemed odd that Ian Toon mentioned a poster called murvar last year who had been driven from the blog. As a long time reader new poster you’ll also know that a poster called carl uses different user names to have a go at people, like you did to me the other day but continually slips up by using the same phrases, spelling makes and has a habit of hoop licking his same favourite bloggers.

  • bladeuser

    Dec 29, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #38

    At least he says it how it is not like you deluded Muppets
    I presume most have already marked in your calenders transfer deadline day I hope you didn’t use you advent ones although you should have opened them by now

  • Mindshaft

    Dec 29, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #39

    Brighton and Stoke are two teams we need to beat , they are pretty much at the same level as us and have no real stand out premiership players .
    In fact I can’t think of one player that I’d want from either team

  • Jib

    Dec 29, 2017 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #40

    Until you’ve had a hoop licked
    Don’t knock it


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