Rafa – We Now Have An Opportunity To Do Well – We Must Get Wins

We have lost five home games in a row, and it’s the worst we have done at home since way back in 1953 – which is one year after we had won two FA Cups in a row and we would win another one two years later.

But with also losing 8 of the previous 9 games before we won last Saturday at West Ham these are not records Rafa Benitez wants at Newcastle.

But such is the craziness of owner Mike Ashley – he has managed to turn a very favorable situation back in early May into what seems to be yet another relegation battle for Newcastle this season.

Rafa Benitez – we can do well

But we have Brighton, Stoke, and Swansea as our next three league games, and if we can win those three games things will very quickly be looking up at Newcastle.

This is what Rafa Benitez has said about the upcoming games:

“I think it is an opportunity to do well.”

“If we want to stay in the Premier League we know that we have to get results against these teams close to you.”

“We have to approach it with confidence that we will do well but if we don’t, we have to go again against Stoke to win.”

“We need to be sure that we are calm. We know our level and we know that we can really compete and we have to try and win these games.”

“Some games are more winnable than others.”

“We have lost some games 1-0. Brighton was an example. At Brighton we lost because they blocked on a free-kick.”

“They do the same on corners. They block. A foul and a free kick.”

“The margin is very close. Little things, little details can make a huge difference.”

“I want to make sure my team has the opportunity in the last half an hour, and are still in it to compete.”

“I am really pleased with the comments of the players when you talk with them in the dressing room or when we are training.”

“The reaction and the feeling after the West Ham game – which was very difficult for us.”

“And then the reaction on the pitch and after the game against Man City, so we are in a very good mood now.”

“We have to confirm that by winning against Brighton. Of course, it is football and you cannot guarantee anything.”

“At least what I say is we are doing everything, competing and making sure we are there.”

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10 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Dec 30, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #1

    i’m still confidant the deals done just a rehash in the sun from the last 4/6 weeks

  • expatmag

    Dec 30, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #2


    Hope you are right because we simply cannot go on like this under Ashley. There will be blood spilled if he fails to sell.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 30, 2017 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Ashley make a statement for the good of the club!. Are you still drunk?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 30, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #4

    There won’t be, it’ll just carry on the way it has for the last ten years but not in the PL.

  • toontaff2

    Dec 30, 2017 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #5

    JfA, he should have said for the good of the blog matchday crew!

  • geordiemark

    Dec 30, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #6

    good morning everyone, not a bad day today aye snow just about gone 🙂

  • Jib

    Dec 30, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #7

    The deal was clinched last month and
    then celebrated in the curry house.
    That evening they agreed Staveley back to the Gulf
    Ashley to the States and no announcement until
    20 days after the window opens to save Rafa
    getting gazumped on his signings

  • toonincheek

    Dec 30, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #8

    Jib –

    That makes sense, but so do many other scenarios.

  • Bianconeri

    Dec 30, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #9

    That was clever by Rafa,saying how BHA go about their tactics.I can see us getting a penalty today.
    I hope he starts Gayle and Merino.I’d be tempted to start Woodman too.He’s good enough and Shay Given made his toon debut at same age and we know how that went.I cant see Rafa doing it though and maybe Woodman will shine V Luton.

    AS for the Blog hardman and bullies why not grow up “try posting in an hour” after repeating the swear words over and over,I don’t get that at all,surely repeating it is as bad as saying it in first place,after all if you missed the original duck you might just see the quack afterwards.,this place will be a lot better for it.Running to Ed (who really doesn’t need tittle tattles) is bad craic.I’m not a drinker but offering people out in a pub REALLY.Would you talk to someone in a pub the way some do on here NO so why do it from behind a keyboard.A bully is a bully and I usually find they are sad people.Also minty bullets (sweets) are hard but you suck them 😉

  • consettmags

    Dec 30, 2017 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #10

    7 points from next three would be great start to new year ,2 home wins and a point at Stoke


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