Rafa Puts Squad Through Sunday Training – As He Leaves Nothing To Chance

Rafa Benitez was not happy that his team gave up 2 precious points in the final 10 minutes of the game last Saturday at Bournemouth.

In the reverse fixture, we outplayed the Cherries in the first half, but they scored a winner in stoppage time – so they got 4 points out of us and we could have won both games.

The Chronicle is reporting the squad were put through a full training session on Sunday morning.

The purpose of the session was to work on some mistakes while it was fresh in the players’ minds.

Rafa Benitez – at Bournemouth on Saturday

Rafa was immediately concentrating on next Saturday when we play at Liverpool – and we need something out of the game.

The session was already on the schedule so there will not be any let up from Rafa in his single-minded quest to keep Newcastle in the Premier League this season.

The game at home to Manchester United showed we can get wins in the unlikeliest of games.

This is what Rafa had said after the game:

“We were I think in control of the game and had a clear idea of how to do things.”

“They didn’t have too many chances, I would say that the chance that we missed (Shelvey) and then the goal they scored quickly after, that changed everything.”

“After that, we lost control.” “We have lost two points.”

When every single point counts this season, it was tough to take at the end of the game after Dan Gosling had scored the equalizer after 89 minutes.

Maybe if we can beat Liverpool on Saturday, we’ll feel a lot better!

But the game after that at home to Southampton is crucial, and our players cannot have any anxiety in that game.

We need to blow the Saints away.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • lesh

    Feb 26, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #1

    There you go Essex, another bus sneaked past while you weren’t looking.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 26, 2018 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #2


    I know, I just can’t keep up. Science is a bug*er

    And another scientific fact is that as soon as I post the bus leaves the depot.

    For those idiots who think the world is globe shaped here are the simple facts.

    The earth is a circular disc which sits on the back of 4 enormous elephants who are continuously walking around to give it a rotating movement and they are upon the back of a giant space turtle that is swimming through space.

    The Sun, Moon and the stars revolve around the Earth.

    These facts courtesy of an eminent learned but now regrettably deceased man of science, may he rest in peace.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 26, 2018 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #3

    EGB, there are only so many times I can post De Chelonian Mobile – I’ll get caught by the Quisition!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 26, 2018 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Our Toon

    I would assume that those voting for Shelvey actually watched the match and their vote is based on the whole match.

    I haven’t seen the whole match only the highlights, therefore I haven’t voted.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 26, 2018 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #5


    This is partially to enlighten the blog philosiphers

    Didactylos was (or possibly still is, according to Thief of Time) one of the most notorious philosophers in Ephebe. Unlike most Ephebian philosophers, he did not spend his days lying around in the bath. Indeed, washing in general seemed to completely elude him. He did employ certain other philosophical trappings, such as living in a barrel and carrying a lamp with no oil (as he was blind) – a nicely metaphorical touch. He was the uncle of Urn.

    His most famous piece of philosophy was the heretical tract De Chelonian Mobile, or “The Turtle Moves”, which formed the basis of an underground movement in Omnia. However, Didactylos himself argued that it wasn’t philosophy, as it was entirely factual. His other works include his theory on Life: “Things just happen, what the hell.”, as referenced in Hogfather.

    He assisted Brutha and Om on their visit to the country.

    Didactylos’ name literally mean “two fingers”. He resembles various Roundworld philosophers, notably Diogenes, who also lived in a barrel and carried an oil-less lantern in his fruitless search for an honest man. TP also alludes to aspects of the characters of, the philosophical ideas of, or events from the lives of Plato, Archimedes and Aristotle in his description of Didactylos.

    When approached by Omnian soldiers he irritably asks they don’t disturb his circles – a reference to the final moments of the brilliant (and real) Archimedes who asked very much the same thing of the invading Romans in Syracuse but was killed by an equally irritable soldier.

    “Two fingers” make a V-sign: the ancient two fingered English insult “Piss Off”. So Didactylos is well-named.

    “Didactic” means “skilled in teaching”, so his name may be a double pun on both possible origins of his name, from both his educational prowess and his attitude towards existence.

    Didactylos’ heretical text is possibly named after the phrase Galileo allegedly muttered after renouncing his view that the earth moved around the sun, “Eppur si muove”, or “and yet it moves” (referencing the motion of the earth around the sun)

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 26, 2018 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Have we stopped yet?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 26, 2018 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #7

    Probably waiting for some more passengers!

  • Tsunki

    Feb 26, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Ancient – come back and talk politics!


  • jane

    Feb 26, 2018 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #9

    even though it doesn’t show yet Newcastle under 23s won their cup match this afternoon 3-0 although if the stats are correct it looks like Colchester dominated.


    might be doing rubbish in the league but this means Newcastle have topped their group.


  • RobLeenio

    Feb 26, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Jane, you mean we’re progressing in a cup?

    Someone better tell the chubby one quick – this cannot be tolerated


  • jane

    Feb 26, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #11

    maybe we are prioritising the cup because there is no relegation from Premier league 2 to the Professional Development league.

    Burnley and Colchester are in the Professional Development league. Burnley are bottom.



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