Rafa Issues Important Message For Fans Tomorrow Against Red Devils

The Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is again hoping the Newcastle crowd can support the lads tomorrow and create a great atmosphere at St. James’ Park.

We have one of the best grounds in the country and the best fans in England, so the fact that we haven’t won a game since back on October 21st against Crystal Palace is shocking.

It’s also a significant reason we are now just one point above the drop zone.

Rafa has been training hard with the players this week, and we could see all three loan players – winger Kenedy, striker Slimani, and goalkeeper Dubravka start this game.

Mr. Benitez knows what the atmosphere has been like at Newcastle in days gone by.

Rafa Benitez – wants a good atmosphere tomorrow at St. James’ Park

This is what Rafa has said in a lengthy interview, as reported in the Chronicle today:

“Hopefully it will be like that again.” “If we can create this type of pressure from the beginning and have an atmosphere it has to be a positive for us.”

“The only thing is we have to be sure we don’t lose our heads because we are too open because they will punish you on the counter-attack.”

“But if we can keep the atmosphere hot it will create pressure for them.”

“We want to be on top of them and be on the front-foot from the beginning that will be fantastic.”

“We have seen our team playing against the top sides like Chelsea and Manchester United, scoring early and before them.”

“We have been competing but not having enough to hold on to the result.” “So we have to learn to do that.”

“If we start with a high tempo, push, and score a goal we need to keep doing it.”

“People think when we score a goal we are then defending, no we are not defending – it is the opponents who then come at us and attack.”

“If we try to continue going forward in the same way you scored the opening goal it will be hard and Crystal Palace last weekend is a great example.”

“We scored, then they changed Wilfried Zaha to the left and put James McArthur in the middle.” “That meant we had more problems to manage.”

“They sent their full-backs forward and they were attacking us even more so we had to defend.”

For us, it’s always the same – if we can control the game and attack we will do it.” “But if we can’t we have to control the game in another way.”

“It’s easier to be strong in defense than be too open in attack because when you are too open against a team like Man United who have so much pace they can kill you in games.”

“The other day against Huddersfield when Pogba came on the pitch and made a pass that led to a penalty which made it 2-0 for them.”

“After that, it was all about Rashford and Martial who made the difference with the pace that they have.”

“It’s easy to analyze the stats.” “The reality though is that every game is different so it’s not the same as playing Newcastle United as three years ago.”

“You can put the stats the way you want, but there’s nothing you can do now because of stats from the past.”

“We’re playing against a top side, who are second and have just signed Alexis Sanchez in the transfer window.”

“They’re very strong but we have to manage the atmosphere and the anxiety.”

The game will be tough for us – but we have to start winning some of the three home games left against top-six opposition; maybe we can do that tomorrow?

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96 comments so far

  • Mag52

    Feb 10, 2018 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #1


    Sadly the option up front if Slimani doesn’t play is Joselu or Gayle. I think Rafa tends to favour Joselu, who we probably paid more for than we should have, bearing in mind he struggled to get a game at Stoke.
    Beggars and choosers comes to mind. Under Ashley we have, for far too long, been the former.

  • AncientC

    Feb 10, 2018 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #2

    The last game against Man Utd really knocked the wind out of the team’s sails; I believe that game set off the run of bad form. A better performance this time could make a big difference to how the rest of the season transpires. 5-4-1 seems likely. Preferably with Murphy playing as he can carry the ball forward.

  • lochinvar

    Feb 10, 2018 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Brighton 1 up away to Stoke
    Sunderland 2 down away to Bristol City

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Feb 10, 2018 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Joselu carries the tag of “striker” like an anvil round his neck, and it’s a role he’s poop at. However he’s not THAT bad when he’s asked to do a job further back. Just saying is all.

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Feb 10, 2018 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Anyways, Bristol 3 – Sunderland 0

  • Shot Bru

    Feb 10, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #6

    Stoke are going down..my mate, a Stoke fan, just texted me from the Brittania, reckons they’ve turned against Lambert already.

    No surprise there then.. that’s one of the things going for us this season… WBA and Stoke appointing washed up dour characters like Pardew and Lambert.

  • lochinvar

    Feb 10, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Rafa bingo
    Rafa knows tomorrow is a big occasion and that means starting a big presence keeper to lift the players in front so I think Duravka will start as he’s clearly made his presence felt I training and as a rule you done generally sub a keeper for tactical reasons.

    Slimani is probably fit but will probably start on the bench so he can provide an impact in the second half which is Rafa’s normal thinking.

    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Diame Shelvey
    Murphy Perez Kenedy

  • AncientC

    Feb 10, 2018 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #8

    I was just reading Slimani’s comments on the previous article. Seems he wants Gayle’s shirt already. I like his attitude.

    ““Alan Shearer was a great, great striker, but from what I know there’s no star here, we’re a group who are gelling, and our aim is to do best for the team.”

    “The No 9 is what I feel the most comfortable in, so why not?”

  • H.Houdini

    Feb 10, 2018 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #9

    West from and Stoke maybe still another to go.We have to start putting 3 pointers on the board.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 10, 2018 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #10

    Betsy…you need to up your game pal you’re getting way too boring!

    …you do remind me of Lil’ Sebastian though ;D

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 10, 2018 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #11


    A game or two from him would be a start.

  • H.Houdini

    Feb 10, 2018 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #12

    Attack Attack Attack
    Best form of defense we need it now Rafa

  • lochinvar

    Feb 10, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #13

    Swansea now 1 up against Burnley, not good
    Looks like we need three points tomorrow
    Pity we didn’t get them against Bournemouth, Everton, Swansea, Palace etc

  • AncientC

    Feb 10, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #14

    May as well rule Swansea out of the relegation battle. Unbeaten in 8 games and beating Burnley.

  • H.Houdini

    Feb 10, 2018 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #15

    Cannot rely on others results ,got to get wins

  • dig-n-dig22

    Feb 10, 2018 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #16

    Mag 52 #1
    With me , the jury is out on Joselu. I honestly thought that Gayle would produce the goods this season . I thought he would do well in the Prem , most of his goals in the Championship were opportunist, without them we would have fallen well short of promotion . With strikers, It must be a confidence thing. I would really LUV it if Joselu and Gayle scored the gaals that secured our premiership status, just to shut some of the moaning fcuckers up on this blog

  • consettmags

    Feb 10, 2018 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Gotta go for it tomorrow shite or bust have a crack, if Huddersfield get a result were back in the bottom 3 before kickoff

  • lochinvar

    Feb 10, 2018 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #18

    Brighton save late penalty against Stoke – close call
    Won’t do Stoke morale any good

  • Jib

    Feb 10, 2018 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Outside the drop zone by the skin
    of our teeth


    Feb 10, 2018 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Need a performance the morra….time to stand up lads….,be powerful,be clever,be confident.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 10, 2018 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #21

    People who had Swansea written off sadly were wrong. Their surge has been a major blow against us. Rafa has to get 3 points soon. His motivational powers will come under serious analysis now but spirit is good so far.

  • Jib

    Feb 10, 2018 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Rafa never wrote Swansea off.
    He said before our game against the Swans
    that Carlos Carvalhal would keep them up.

  • Jib

    Feb 10, 2018 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #23

    I think I’ll apply for the post
    of official blog killer

  • beermonkey

    Feb 10, 2018 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #24


    people have been saying it for ages

  • kimbo

    Feb 10, 2018 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #25

    I cannot see when we are going to win a game. My prediction of 35 points is looking like not achievable. Just too many draws at home will put us down.

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 10, 2018 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #26

    Carragher and Neville criticised Rafa for his tactics v Man City! Well I think we now know why they’re pundits and Rafa’s a work class coach! How good are Man City? Wow!

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 10, 2018 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #27

    Even if we’re in the bottom 3 after the weekend we’ll stay up! West Brom, Stoke and Huddersfield or Crystal Palace going down! We’ll get 40 points!

  • H.Houdini

    Feb 10, 2018 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #28

    Nothing ventured nothing gained.
    He who dares wins

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 10, 2018 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #29

    What has changed your mind today about our prospects? We haven’t played yet?

  • magic hat

    Feb 10, 2018 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #30

    “I would love it if we beat them!”

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Feb 10, 2018 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #31

    I’ve just farted

    Thoughts ?

  • kimbo

    Feb 10, 2018 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #32

    Everyteam with new manager except WBA have improved their performances we seem unable to hold onto a lead. Cannot see us beating Manure and Bournemouth, running out of games to get points. If we had brought in new players early we could have had a least 4 more points, Ashley left too late and will reap what he showed.

  • Bigjim67

    Feb 10, 2018 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #33

    Wish i was looking forward to being at Mr Robson’s house tomorrow instead of work, I’m hoping we put in a commited display and perform well and we might get a point or three. Btw I’m sure i saw Diame and Kenedy in toon today, if it was them i now know why he’s called big Mo! Could be a good cb, he’s an impressive looking lad!

  • Bigjim67

    Feb 10, 2018 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #34

    *committed *

  • OneAlanShearer

    Feb 10, 2018 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #35

    I am just hoping Chelsea smash West Brom hugely. Huddersfield get battered and we sneak something out if tomorrow’s match. We have to throw everything at it

  • OneAlanShearer

    Feb 10, 2018 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #36

    I would taken a nil nil right now.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 10, 2018 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #37


    If the need arises then let it all out mate.

    Just a word of advice though, don’t do it whilst you are getting a knighthood from the Queen, if the occasion ever happens!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 10, 2018 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #38

    You found the thing you’re good at Jeff!

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 10, 2018 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #39

    “Benítez is wearing the look of a stressed Sports Direct store manager, trying to wring the best out of willing lads on zero-hour contracts. Ashley is said to be a gambler but this is not high-stakes playing, taking risks to win; it is parting with as little money as possible in the aim not to lose.” (Grauniad)

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Feb 10, 2018 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #40

    Jesper, What about wife beating?


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