This Is Still Hurting Newcastle – But Much Better Times Lie Ahead


One of the things Rafa keeps reminding us of with his team is they are young, and they lack experience in the Premier League.

It’s one thing Rafa was well aware of last summer, but Mike Ashley didn’t help Rafa to bring in some experienced players by cutting down on the available money the manager had to spend.

Some of that lack of experience showed up at Bournemouth last Saturday when we failed to hold onto a two-goal lead.

But in the previous match, our lads were magnificent in keeping a clean sheet against the Red Devils.

With Rafa’s guidance, we are hoping the side will improve and before the end of this season too.

A happy looking Rafa Benitez last Saturday – it was before the game

United States International DeAndre Yedlin has been playing well for us of late, and he has nailed down the right-back spot this season.

His improvement since joining Newcastle from Tottenham is there for all to see.

DeAndre has talked  about that lack of experience in the side, as reported in the Chronicle today:

“I think if you were to tell us to take four points from these last two games, it would have been a pretty reasonable result for us,”

“We could have got six, and that’s what’s disappointing. But we go on, and we’ll keep pushing forward and fighting.”

“It’s something that comes with experience, so obviously we’re all disappointed about it. In no way are we happy with the point.”

“We thought we deserved three, but at the end of the day, we got a point out of it and now we have to go to Liverpool next week and do a job.”

“When we go to Anfield, we just have to play like we did for 70 minutes here.”

“Hopefully, we will take the positives and the team will do the same things they did for most of this game.”

“You are talking about teams who have players who can make the difference, and you cannot lose your concentration, even for one second because you pay for that.”

“The team has played a lot of good games in terms of organization and understanding.”

“There have been times where we have lacked a bit of quality and experience in the final third, and we haven’t always managed things well enough.”

“But that is what happens when you are at this level and you play against very good players.:

“Our team is a young team and we need a little bit more experience in how to manage situations like this.”

“The team was doing well against Manchester United, but we have done that in quite a few games and we did again in the first half here.”

“We have had situations where we have created chances, but we have missed out because of a lack of quality or experience.”

Rafa will be looking to bring more quality and more experienced players into the squad during this summer’s transfer window – the level of that will depend on how much money he gets from Mike Ashley.

We hope it’s a lot, but Rafa will be selling players like Jack Colback, Chancel Mbemba, and Aleksandar Mitrovic whom he doesn’t use in the team.

So Rafa can also create some transfer funds for himself that way.

It’s certainly not doom and gloom if only we can survive relegation.

Rafa will get more money to spend this summer than he’s ever had at Newcastle and that’s one reason he wants to finish as high up in the league as possible.

That will maximize the money we get from the Premier League.

Comments welcome.


67 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 26, 2018 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Jib

    This is a footy blog, danm I hadn’t realised that.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 26, 2018 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #2

    To be honest I’d be reasonably happy with a 1-0 defeat at Anfield, I’d be very happy with a draw and absolutely over the satellite floating around our disc with a win.

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  • Jib

    Feb 26, 2018 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Bill
    That poor Turtle must end up
    with a lot of elephant dung on its back

    🙁

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  • Owen

    Feb 26, 2018 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Ancient Corbyn

    Corbyn’s Brexit plan would leave U.K. a colony of the EU – unable to take back control of our borders or our trade policy. White flag from labour before talks even begin.

    As well as a betrayal of Labour brexiters.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 26, 2018 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #5

    Does anyone know what’s up with Murphy, seems he’s been sidelined since he started to get a bit of form and confidence and scored v Man City. Even when he wasn’t playing well he offered us an outlet.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 26, 2018 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Haven’t been on a while but saw a lot of bickering. Can maybe out it down to no game last week. Hate to see the blog if we do get that 3 week break without games. Mass mutiny expected in the blog.

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  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Feb 26, 2018 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Ron. It’s an enigma wrapped in a mystery wrapped in clingfilm.

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  • AncientC

    Feb 26, 2018 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Another “new” blog member not here to talk about football. There have been quite a few of those recently. They all have poorly researched comments in common, too. There’s a particularly ‘strange’ coincidence.

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  • DanC

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #9

    AncientC

    What a surprise Corbyn’s done a Brexit U-turn. But say what you like about Jeremy Corbyn, he’s no longer the stick-in-the-mud who’d rather die than give up his principles. Today Corbyn decided to yield to pressure within his own party and also to seize the opportunity of making things difficult for the government by announcing that Labour did want Britain to be part of ‘a’ customs union after all.

    He said that Labour had long argued that a customs union is a viable option for the final deal. So Labour would seek to negotiate a new comprehensive UK-EU customs union to ensure that there are no tariffs with Europe and to help avoid any need for a hard border in Northern Ireland.’

    It’s worth pointing out that this hasn’t gone down particularly well with the most pro-European quarters of Corbyn’s party. Pat McFadden said the party still needed to be ‘honest with itself and honest with the Labour electorate particularly in the North those that voted brexit.

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Jib these are meta-elephants. Their dung floats upwards to the base of the Disc where it sticks and replaces the soil lost to erosion over the edge. I’d have thought that was evident
    😉

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  • jane

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #11

    DanC that seems a balanced post. i don’t understand politics much (except i dislike Jeremy Corbyn!), would the EU be open to us joining a customs union or would they make us pay for it? and if it is viable why have the Conservatives not tried to negotiate this?

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  • AncientC

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #12

    “Hello blog, my name is ‘DanC’. Nice to meet you all…”

    Would have been a good start.

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  • Jib

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #13

    Shoot I shoulda worked that out !!!!
    Doh !!!!

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Will everyone stop talking political stuff. We’re trying to have a serious conversation about meta-elephants

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  • DanC

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #15

    AncientC
    I don’t think many ever thought you were here about football. It was always as a platform for your politics.
    Can only imagine what you’ll be posting during elections and it won’t be anything remotely football related.
    Momentum members have inhibited a good number of football blogs and some social media blogs have identified a good number.
    The working man football and Labour. Try telling that to those that voted out in the referendum.
    It’s over and outted Comrade Ancient.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #16

    DanC (I imagine your last name rhymes with punt)
    What has this got to do with Newcastle United?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #17

    You do have to wonder about who does the PR stuff on Rafa’s team in view of the sudden elevation of both Colback and Mitro to cult status almost at their new clubs.

    Not to mention our on loan strikers Armstrong and Toney both going well at their respective clubs whilst we are still desperately in need of strikers. Albeit Gayle managed two on Saturday but plenty more were missed to cost us all of the points yet again.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Owen
    A ‘poster’ who I think is like his namesake that used to play for us. I use the term play for us likely, he was a massive a tool.

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  • AncientC

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #19

    carl, you will have to do much better than that. Thanks for the laugh though.

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #20

    Yes Jib if you don’t have continental drift and the like as Beefman would have you believe then you have to start thinking creatively. Volcanoes, by the way, are just giant elephant farts ignited by specially trained monks from the order of St Flatulence.

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #21

    We seem to have moved from meta-elephants to unicorn chasers.

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #22

    Of course you can have continental drift on a flat Earth but it’s inconvenient – bits would keep falling off the edge. Now, if that bit was the stadium of sh1te then great, but what if it was the bit Kylie Minogue was stood on?

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  • beermonkey

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #24

    there was a time when u could come on to the blog read about the u23s there be chats about the next new hot shot out of the academy all sorts of stuff and alot of it came from posters who had the time to go and watch the youngsters
    then there was the usual stuff about the first team things like that all good stuff

    it sad times on here as the next poster will prob be spouting about the policys of the monster raving looney party and how great they are

    there u go thats my soapbox bit done i will now had you over to the monster raving looney party

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  • beermonkey

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #25

    with the world on the elephants backs how does the water get replaced that spills over the side

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #26

    Beer you’re right. Jane did her bit earlier and kept us up to date with the U23s result making them top of their Premier League Cup group. Well played them and Jane too for keeping the blog sane

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  • Basogeordie

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #27

    What you talking about beermonkey sreaming lord sutch was the best politician our shores have ever seen.

    AncientC nice one for not biting. Feeling bad that I contributed to this now. What you make of Saturday? Where do we go now with strikers if Gayle and Slimani are out? Call back Mitro or Arma, where do the rules stand with that can you take em back and give em back when they’re not needed?

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  • beermonkey

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #28

    rob

    she did yes

    and a question to her if she is still about did Yasin Ben El-Mhanni play for them

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #29

    Lol Jib you’re right.
    Ancient C “Comrades, I have successfully infiltrated Dr Ed Harrison’s Blog. They’ll never suspect that someone who uses Jeremy Corbyn’s face as an avatar of being a 5th columnist. After all. The great man himself has never been suspected of being an agent provocateur. What’s that you say?”

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #30

    Ffs leave the politics out of it lads, it has been even more tiresome reading the tripe that’s written on here these past few days and I wouldn’t have thought that was possible.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Jib, rob
    Are there rules or guidance on here regarding avatars? I’m pretty sure ancient is not breaking rules by having Corbyns picture. He’s had it for how long now so not sure why it is bothering people this past week or so.

    How about you two just drop anything politics related? Since that is what ed asks for, if you can’t then go elsewhere.

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #32

    Ancient C don’t take that the wrong way it was aimed at your detractors pointing out their flawed reasoning

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  • AncientC

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #33

    RobLeenio, np, I gathered you were being ironic.

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #34

    Ron I’ve argued along with ancient C that he can choose whatever avatar he likes. It’s no business of anyone on the blog but him and I’ve been consistent on that throughout.

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  • Bladey

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #35

    I come on here to give positive comments about nufc rafa and ASH and like usual most of you are talking about inane subjects
    My positivity is waning
    LOL
    ASH OUT RAFA OUT

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #36

    Ah, now then Ancient C, if I was being ironic, what’s Bladey doing?

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #37

    On football:

    I’d have taken an away point from Bournemouth before the game and definitely 4 pts from our last 2 so I’m pretty happy with where we’re at.

    Been looking at the respective run ins and while we’ve a few tough games I reckon the likes of Stoke, West Brom and possibly Huddersfield have tougher run-ins so we should be OK but I actually think we’ll end up in a comfortable position come end of the season,

    Thoughts?

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #38

    Rob
    Sorry my bad. I haven’t been on the blog for quite a while and don’t think we’ve properly had a chat so I wouldn’t have known you were joking or what your stance is. I agree with you though, he can have what he wants. I’m actually tempted to change my avatar the same as his!

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  • Basogeordie

    Feb 26, 2018 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #39

    Ruddy whilst I would have taking the 4 points from 2 I’m still gutted in the manner we dropped those 3 points. Real kick in the balls when we finally could of been sitting pretty comfortable in the table.

    Since you been looking at other run ins is it possible that the magic 40 might not be enough this season? Don’t recall the threat of relegation being real for so many teams at this stage

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  • beermonkey

    Feb 26, 2018 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #40

    rob

    i think before man u game if you would have said 4 points from man u and huddersfield most would take that me included
    but the manner in which we threw 2 points away is really frustrating

    it never goes our way if we have to rely on other teams but there is still 30 points to play for

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