Rafa Admits To Disappointment – Every Game Is A Final For Us Now

During his press conference today Rafa admitted that he’s disappointed with the points total Newcastle have after 29 games played.

It’s a point a game and Rafa believes we have not managed games well in the last ten to fifteen minutes and have dropped points then.

So he has admitted that each of the final 9 games will be like Cup Finals – that’s been the case in the last four of the five seasons Newcastle have been in the Premier League.

Yes – it’s been that bad – I’ve still got the marks to show for it.

Rafa Benitez – at his press conference

It was only in the 2013-2014 that we were not struggling against relegation and then we managed to lose seven of our last eight games.


That was a good season for us.

Here’s some of what Rafa said this afternoon:

“Every game is important for us. This one against Southampton is the most important because it’s the next one. Every game is a final now.”

“Against a team that’s close to us, we must be sure that we try our best to get three points. We will realize where we are in April or May, there are a lot of games to play.”

“When you play against a top side, the difference is massive. Everything has to be perfect. Against other teams, you can make mistakes and still win.”

“I’m disappointed – I’d like to be higher. We have a good team with a lack of experience. We deserved to win some games if we’d managed them differently in the last 10-15 minutes.”

“My message is always clear – fans being fantastic for the team. For the players, just be sure that we give the fans something to support. If you take your chances, everything is different.”

“We (Rafa and former assistant Mauricio Pellegrino) have a good relationship. He knows me really well, I know him really well. It will be difficult to do something that the other one is not expecting.”

About seven in ten fans think we can win this (must win) game tomorrow against the Saints.

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13 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 9, 2018 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Struggling to keep up with the bus, still all of this running is good for us.

    Just a thought Rafa, but how about keeping the players at home to train and send the fans out to Spain for 4/5 days, Benidorm anyone?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 9, 2018 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #2

    I reckon Leicester probably have a big share of the guilt over Slimani’s signing they must have been aware of the nature of the injury and may well have glossed over the actual seriousness of it.

    Minor injury indeed, hah!!

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 9, 2018 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #3

    EGB, I think the injury must have been relatively light on signing, otherwise he wouldn’t have passed his medical. What has come since has been bad luck, IMO. He still could have a positive impact on our season – just one final minute winner could well be the difference between us staying up or going down.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 9, 2018 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #4

    He’ll come in handy for spare parts now we’ve weighed Curtis Good in at the scrappy.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 9, 2018 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Just checking in to see if that odious oik has apologised to Kacper yet. No? OK. I’ll check later, bound to happen eventually.

  • chicousa

    Mar 9, 2018 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Yeah, Leicester is probably thanking their lucky stars that Newcastle is footing the bill of having their damaged player rehabbing his injury in Newcastle’s physio room.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 9, 2018 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Less than 24 hours to game time.

    Anyone feeling a bit nervous? 🙂

  • Jib

    Mar 9, 2018 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Ashley and his thugs are running the club”

    Our Lesh is always good for a chuckle

    Lee Charnley must be the cuddliest thug on the planet

    ha ha ha

  • Jib

    Mar 9, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #9

    I think you are right

    there was mention of a collision in training

    File this under:-
    sometimes shit happens

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 9, 2018 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #10


    He was very unlucky with injuries when he came to us (bit of a theme there) he will probably go on to have a good (no pun intended) career in the lower leagues, championship perhaps.

  • chicousa

    Mar 9, 2018 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #11

    Nervous? I’m almost wetting myself with nerves and excitement! 😀

  • Jib

    Mar 9, 2018 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #12

    That’s not nerves and excitement
    It’s cerveza

  • lesh

    Mar 9, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #13


    You know as well as anyone else that Charnley has no authority to do anything other than Ashley/ Barnes’ bidding


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