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Newcastle Slip Further Into Relegation Trouble – But Some Positives After 3-1 Defeat

It was Newcastle’s first defeat of 2018, but the gulf in class between league leaders Manchester City and Newcastle showed through at the Etihad yesterday.

We thought the lads did well and Manchester City were helped by the referee when he gave a dodgy penalty in the second half.

It was that man Sterling again who has a habit of falling down in the penalty area when anybody gets near him, and in this case, it was Manquillo.

But there were some bright sports for Newcastle with Jacob Murphy looking the player in the second half we thought we had signed last summer.

Rafa Benitez and Pep Guardiola – before the game

He scored an excellent breakaway goal and troubled the City defense in that second half.

That was his first goal for Newcastle and maybe we can sign his twin brother Josh in the summer?

And the defense played well, and there were some excellent performances.

Karl Darlow kept the score down with some good saves and Paul Dummett – who has his critics – is showing what a valuable player he can be to Newcastle since he returned.

After the game Rafa was philosophical and had this to say:

“I think that we wanted to stay in the game and we did it,” “The penalty was a bit soft, and it changed everything.”

“After we scored, we had a couple of chances. They are a very good team, our reaction was quite good.”

“We changed at the end and played with four at the back. The idea was to stay solid and try to regain and play counter-attack.”

“At the beginning, we were giving the ball away easily. To find the balance between defending and attacking is what we were trying to do.”

“I have been praising the players the whole season in terms of effort … sometimes it’s a bit of luck.”

“If you have a little bit of luck, you can be ahead in some games.”

Newcastle are now only 2 points above the drop zone, but two of the bottom three clubs – Swansea and Southampton – still have to play their games.

We continue to live in  hope that we can get players in this month and Rafa can save us from another relegation.

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9 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 21, 2018 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Considering they’ve averaged nearly four goals a game at that stadium against us it was to be expected. There was a massive gulf in quality. If only mash had of asked a fair price instead of going on the lash that could have been us.

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 21, 2018 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Although Catchy is annoying with his crazy posts (aka the new Ketsbia) at least you know he fully believes in what he says. He backs his arguments up with points that I don’t agreed with at all but at least you can see his thought process.

    Jesper on the other hand is either a troll (but he’s been around for a good while so don’t think this is the case), knows nothing at all about the game of football, is on the brink of losing his mind or an alcoholic.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 21, 2018 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #3

    It has taken me up until today to realise Amanda Staveley has very literally tried to ‘curry favour’ with Ashley. Apologies to anyone who has mentioned it before.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 21, 2018 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #4

    I wonder who this mystical coach, who catchy believes can develop our deep pool of talented yongsters into future superstars, can work under an owner intent on doing his best to ensure you fail while keeping us in the PL, Is?

  • posada

    Jan 21, 2018 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #5

    My thought for the day. How much is NUFC really worth.
    If Villa were bought for 75 million our value is 100 million.

    We have a Championship squad in the Premier League. Our Prem status is very much under threat.
    We know what difference a year can make. Summer 2016 to summer 2017 demonstrates that. There could be a hell of a difference in 4 months. Three from Wolves, Derby, Cardiff, Villa, Bristol City, Sheff U or Fulham will be in the Premier League.

    Remember the owner is the person with responsibility to sort out a club.
    Needs to sell up or invest. Won’t stick and won’t twist.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 21, 2018 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #6

    It’s very hard to take Jesper’s posts seriously when we don’t even know if he watched the game. Is it just 4pm kick offs that get in the way of the Fugslang family dinner or is desert polished off by the time half past five comes around.

  • SA Toon

    Jan 21, 2018 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Truth is, everyone in the bottom half of the table is a game or two away from “relegation trouble”. I can’t remember when last the bottom half has been so flat. A win yesterday (as unlikely as that would’ve been) would’ve launched us into 10th place! If we bring in a striker and an attacking midfielder in the next two weeks, I think we will be OK. The desire is there and the manager has the support of the locker room, but we lack the necessary quality to be competitive in the EPL. Fix that with a few will chosen signings (Slimani, Kenedy etc) and we’ll turn the corner. HOWAY THE LADS

  • SA Toon

    Jan 21, 2018 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #8

    By the way, I thought Hayden was much better yesterday. Put in a number of important tackles. He seems to be much better when we’re set up defensively. Probably because he isn’t good enough on the ball, so once the game opens up and we start pressing forward he becomes less effective. I guess he’s still young though, and I have hopes that he will develop with more experience.

  • jarra mick

    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #9

    Rafa has no excuses now. Ashley has said he can buy players so he needs to spend wisely or he’s taking us down again


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