Benitez Happy With 4 Day Training Camp And Friendly – Lists The Positives


Newcastle played a 135-minute friendly game today in southern Spain against Royal Antwerp, and it ended in a 1-1 draw.

Rafa was pleased all his players on the trip got a runout today, and there were no injuries, so it looks like the purpose of the trip was met – it was a good training camp in some good weather.

Dwight Gayle somehow managed to miss a penalty right at the end otherwise we could have had the token win.

Newcastle dominated the game but how many times did we do that last season and this season too – only not to win the game?

We need two good strikers in the summer who can put away the chances we create.

Rafa Benitez – happy with 4-day winter break

But Rafa was upbeat after the game, and these are some of the positives he pointed out to the media as reported in the Chronicle:

“I think it was fine, the idea was to get minutes under their belts and create some chances.”

“It was positive for us, they didn’t create too much and we got no injuries. Some of them needed to play 90 minutes.”

“Some played 45 minutes but a lot of them got 90 minutes so it’s good and we’ll see if it can help before the end of the season.”

“In terms of the training sessions they were fine.”

“In terms of the relationship between the players spending time together that was also positive.”

“When you play these kind of games you can’t expect everybody to be running at full pace.”

“They were competing and doing well.There were some bad tackles at the end which I didn’t like too much because it’s always a risk.”

“We think so. (Karl Darlow is injured and will he be OK?)  “He has a little discomfort in his shoulder.”

“We have to be careful with him – that’s it.”

“They (teenagers Victor Fernendez and Nathan Harker) were fine.” “Nathan was unlucky because the first shot was a goal.”

“It was quite difficult because it was in the bottom corner. After that it was fine he was in good positions so it will be a good experience for him.”

“I think Victor did well too. We were attacking a lot in the second half and the last part of the game.”

So it seems to have a successful trip for the lads with some good training sessions and some together time to improve the team spirit even more.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


241 comments so far

  • Online Guy

    Mar 18, 2018 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Jib

    You way wide of the Mark with that one . ( from last night ) good shout though.

    Also off the top of me ed ..I’m sure John Martyn used an Echoplex to get that effect on acoustic 6. It’s not that difficult ..course you got to have rhythm.

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 18, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Jib

    Hunting unicorns maybe?

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  • Jib

    Mar 18, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #4

    It was an early EP – 2 maybe 3
    the 6 wasn’t until the 80’s
    However I didn’t know that as a young’un
    I thought Martin did it all with finger hammer
    dumb twat that I was
    😀

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 18, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Reading some of these comments it appears Runaway seems to lack the ability to make reasoned and informed comments (as well as spell his moniker correctly.) A sort of fast fists, slow brain type if you will. Does calling Jib out and then possibly beating up Jib mean that he is right and Jib is wrong? I guess Runaway is not one you’d have in your quiz team or invite to a Mensa meeting.

    Then you get fickle loons like Kimbo, it really makes you cringe. Pretty sure we scored 3 past Soto after recently beating Manu. But no a meaningless practise game with 3 halves and an army of subs after the squad has been doing double training sessions is what we must judge Rafa by. YCMIU !

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2018 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #6

    RUNAWAY777,
    It was a bloody friendly, luckily we were meeting friends for lunch so I didn’t have to endure the second and third bits. It was a kick about in the park, both sets of players wanting to avoid injury and not busting a gut. Gayle will have had his day ruined missing that pen and will be gutted. Mitro is gone, his replacement had a slight thigh injury that unfortunately hasn’t healed. Why keep bleating on about it.

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 18, 2018 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Of the 3 scratch teams I thought the second was the weakest.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2018 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #8

    Kniphofia /n?p?ho?fi?/,[2] also called tritoma, red hot poker, torch lily, knofflers[citation needed] or poker plant, is a genus of perennial flowering plants in the family Asphodelaceae, first described as a genus in 1794.[3] It is native to Africa. Herbaceous species and hybrids have narrow, grass-like leaves 10–100 cm (4–39 in) long, while evergreen species have broader, strap-shaped foliage up to 1.5 m (5 ft) long. All plants produce spikes of upright, brightly coloured flowers well above the foliage, in shades of red, orange and yellow, often bicoloured.[4] The flowers produce copious nectar while blooming and are attractive to bees. In the New World they may attract sap-suckers such as hummingbirds and New World orioles.

    red hot pokers
    Kniphofia02.jpg
    Fiery colored Kniphofia
    Scientific classification e
    Kingdom:
    Plantae
    Clade:
    Angiosperms
    Clade:
    Monocots
    Order:
    Asparagales
    Family:
    Asphodelaceae
    Subfamily:
    Asphodeloideae
    Genus:
    Kniphofia
    Moench
    Synonyms[1]
    Tritoma Ker Gawl.
    Triocles Salisb.
    Tritomanthe Link
    Tritomium Link
    Rudolpho-roemeria Steud. ex Hochst.
    Triclissa Salisb.
    Notosceptrum Benth.
    The Kniphofia genus is named after Johann Hieronymus Kniphof, an 18th-century German physician and botanist.

    Cultivars Edit
    In addition to the species, many named cultivars of mixed or uncertain parentage have been selected for garden use. The following have gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit:-[5]

    ‘Bees’ Sunset'[6] (yellow)
    ‘Brimstone Bloom'[7] (sulphur yellow)
    ‘Buttercup'[8] (clear yellow)
    ‘Nobilis'[9] (evergreen, orange and yellow)
    K. rooperi[10] (evergreen, oval spikes of red and yellow flowers)
    ‘Royal Standard'[11] (red and yellow)
    ‘Samuel’s Sensation'[12] (tall herbaceous variety, scarlet flowers fading to yellow at the base)
    ‘Sunningdale Yellow'[13] (orange-yellow)
    ‘Tawny King'[14] (cream/brown)
    ‘Toffee Nosed'[15] (cream/brown)
    ‘Wrexham Buttercup'[16] (yellow)
    Species[1]
    Kniphofia acraea Codd – Cape Province of South Africa
    Kniphofia albescens Codd – Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal
    Kniphofia albomontana Baijnath – Lesotho, South Africa
    Kniphofia angustifolia (Baker) Codd – KwaZulu-Natal
    Kniphofia ankaratrensis Baker – Madagascar
    Kniphofia baurii Baker – KwaZulu-Natal, Cape Province
    Kniphofia benguellensis Welw. ex Baker – Angola, Zambia
    Kniphofia bequaertii De Wild. – Zaïre, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda
    Kniphofia brachystachya (Zahlbr.) Codd – Lesotho, KwaZulu-Natal, Cape Province
    Kniphofia breviflora Harv. ex Baker – KwaZulu-Natal, Free State
    Kniphofia bruceae (Codd) Codd – Cape Province
    Kniphofia buchananii Baker – KwaZulu-Natal
    Kniphofia caulescens Baker – Lesotho, KwaZulu-Natal, Cape Province, Free State
    Kniphofia citrina Baker – Cape Province
    Kniphofia coddiana Cufod. – KwaZulu-Natal, Cape Province
    Kniphofia coralligemma E.A.Bruce – Limpopo
    Kniphofia crassifolia Baker – Limpopo
    Kniphofia drepanophylla Baker – KwaZulu-Natal, Cape Province
    Kniphofia dubia De Wild – Zaire, Tanzania, Zambia, Angola
    Kniphofia ensifolia Baker – South Africa
    Kniphofia × erythraeae Fiori – Eritrea (K. pumila × K. schimperi)
    Kniphofia evansii Baker – KwaZulu-Natal
    Kniphofia fibrosa Baker – KwaZulu-Natal, Cape Province
    Kniphofia flammula Codd – KwaZulu-Natal
    Kniphofia fluviatilis Codd – South Africa
    Kniphofia foliosa Hochst. – Ethiopia
    Kniphofia galpinii Baker – KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland, Mpumalanga
    Kniphofia goetzei Engl. – Tanzania
    Kniphofia gracilis Harv. ex Baker – KwaZulu-Natal, Cape Province
    Kniphofia grantii Baker – Zaïre, Tanzania, Zambia, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Malawi
    Kniphofia hildebrandtii Cufod. – Ethiopia
    Kniphofia hirsuta Codd – Lesotho, Cape Province
    Kniphofia ichopensis Schinz – KwaZulu-Natal
    Kniphofia insignis Rendle – Ethiopia
    Kniphofia isoetifolia Hochst. – Ethiopia
    Kniphofia latifolia Codd – KwaZulu-Natal
    Kniphofia laxiflora Kunth – KwaZulu-Natal, Cape Province
    Kniphofia leucocephala Baijnath – KwaZulu-Natal
    Kniphofia linearifolia Baker – Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, South Africa
    Kniphofia littoralis Codd – KwaZulu-Natal
    Kniphofia marungensis Lisowski & Wiland – Zaïre
    Kniphofia mulanjeana S.Blackmore – Mt. Mulanje in Malawi
    Kniphofia multiflora J.M.Wood & M.S.Evans – Swaziland, South Africa
    Kniphofia nana Marais – Zaïre
    Kniphofia northiae Baker – KwaZulu-Natal, Cape Province
    Kniphofia nubigena Mildbr. – Sudan
    Kniphofia pallidiflora Baker – Massif de l’ Ankaratra in Madagascar
    Kniphofia paludosa Engl – Elton Plateau in Tanzania
    Kniphofia parviflora Kunth – KwaZulu-Natal, Cape Province
    Kniphofia pauciflora Baker – KwaZulu-Natal
    Kniphofia porphyrantha Baker – Lesotho, Swaziland, South Africa
    Kniphofia praecox Baker – Cape Province
    Kniphofia princeae (A.Berger) Marais – Zaïre, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi
    Kniphofia pumila (Aiton) Kunth – Zaïre, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea
    Kniphofia reflexa Hutch. ex Codd – Nigeria, Cameroon (endangered)[17]
    Kniphofia reynoldsii Codd – Tanzania, Zambia
    Kniphofia rigidifolia E.A.Bruce – Mpumalanga
    Kniphofia ritualis Codd – Free State, Lesotho, KwaZulu-Natal
    Kniphofia rooperi (T.Moore) Lem. – KwaZulu-Natal, Cape Province
    Kniphofia sarmentosa (Andrews) Kunth – Cape Province
    Kniphofia schimperi Baker – Ethiopia, Eritrea
    Kniphofia splendida E.A.Bruce – Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, northeastern South Africa, Swaziland
    Kniphofia stricta Codd – Cape Province, Lesotho
    Kniphofia sumarae Deflers – Ibb Mountains of Yemen
    Kniphofia tabularis Marloth – Cape Province
    Kniphofia thodei Baker – Lesotho, KwaZulu-Natal
    Kniphofia thomsonii Baker – Zaïre, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia
    Kniphofia triangularis Kunth – Lesotho, South Africa
    Kniphofia typhoides Codd – Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Mpumalanga
    Kniphofia tysonii Baker – KwaZulu-Natal, Cape Province, Swaziland
    Kniphofia umbrina Codd – Swaziland
    Kniphofia uvaria (L.) Oken – – Cape Province; naturalized in Mexico, North Carolina, Spain, Oregon, Turkey, Washington State, St. Helena, California
    Gallery Edit

    Yellow Kniphofia

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  • sing in the corner

    Mar 18, 2018 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #9

    JfA
    Good of you to keep the guitar craic going by referencing that bloke out of Dire Straits.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2018 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Just trying to maintain equilibrium sitc being the peacemaker I am.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2018 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #11

    One of my favourite flowers is the red hot poker, you can get up to three lots of flowering if you’re brave enough to cut them down late August.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Mind you the Delphs are hard work for what you get out of them.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2018 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Where as your Geraniums, can’t beat them, cheap as chips to replace every year and a lovely bloom all summer long.

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  • Jib

    Mar 18, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Jail
    You ever had a go at leeks ?
    competitively I mean.
    Trenches and night raids on
    the competition and that.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 18, 2018 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Jail

    You seem to have caught the EGB alter ego bug.

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  • Online Guy

    Mar 18, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #16

    Jib

    Iv got most of JM’s Albums ..old original vinyl.. just for the archives ..not one of my go to artists when I listen sessions.

    He could be hard work but changed for the better nature wise last 15 years of his life ..Got a story about him and a resonator guitar I once owned . London pubs springs to mind ..and Ireland. Got to dash. ?

    Ps I meant six string acoustic..not Echoplex 6. It’s not that difficult to do. All interesting though.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 18, 2018 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #17

    Runaway – would I be disappointed with today’s showing after having paid for flights to get out there etc?

    Round trip probably £60-70, cheap digs for three or four days, hardly anything if at all to get in and watch, some beers and good food, and a nice mini break in a warmer climate while the folks back home freeze their ‘nads off.

    No I wouldn’t, no.

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  • Online Guy

    Mar 18, 2018 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Jail

    There’s not much footie to talk about ..I take it you don’t want us to talk about Guitars , Music , I know I know, it’s a footie blog. How’s yer geraniums ?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2018 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #19

    OLG,
    Yes it’s a football blog. Of course it goes off topic e.g. when the cricket or rugby is happening. lesh and Ancient etc were rightly lambasted for keep talking politics, how is continually talking about your favourite guitarists any different. You went on some bizarre crusade to clean the blog up and now you want to turn it in to the Val Doonican blog.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2018 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Tsunki,
    I checked it out. easyjet to Alicante isn’t bloody cheap short notice 😮

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 18, 2018 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Yes, but Jail, you were complaining recently that the blog was dead because there were too few posts!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2018 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #22

    Tsunki,
    Did RUNAWAY777 honestly moan that people had spent good money to see that, I hope to gawd not.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 18, 2018 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #23

    Ok – ANY subject is it?

    The ancient city of Petra was famously inhabited by an inclusive and enterprising Nabataean society which integrated all manner of traditions and nationalities from the known trading world. It’s city was ingeniously watered by a pipeline cut into the walls of (also a more visible dummy supply which would fool saboteurs) the narrow entrance to the city, the gap between two tectonic plates (the terminus of the great Rift Valley actually) which gave rise to steep walls on either side. The beginning of this easily – defended entrance way is located in a torrent valley prone to devastating flash floods, also a great defence against waiting ambush parties. As you emerge into the city from this narrow causeway you are met by the spectacle of the Treasury, a wonder of the world in that this building, or rather facade, is cut entirely from the rock face. (It was featured in several films, an Indiana Jones and a Mummy film among others) Also, did you know that the Nabataeans were highly superstitious? After eating they would commonly throw their dishes outside to be smashed to pieces. You can still walk around the site and pick up fragments of pottery littering the ground from over two thousand years ago. Local Bedouin until recently lived in the homes of the ancient residents, caves hewn from the rock.

    Also not a wiki page, I just know stuff

    Big heed. 😀

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  • Jib

    Mar 18, 2018 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #24

    Jail
    @19
    You cannot hang a picture of him on the wall
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    It’ll – Faal doon agin
    😀

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  • Online Guy

    Mar 18, 2018 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #25

    Value Dominican..wheez he like ?

    Jail calm down you nutter.

    Jail are you always in a bad Temper ? It’s only bloody Guitars..your geranium crap is taking up some bandwidth.

    You can give it out but can you take it ? Calm down Hinny. Ginger hair ? Time of the month ?

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 18, 2018 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #26

    Jail –

    RUNAWAY777

    Mar 18, 2018 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #23
    Sing in the corn if you had payed for flight to watch that as i no a few who have it was not good.

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  • sing in the corner

    Mar 18, 2018 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #27

    Online guy
    I’m sure the blog can’t wait for the next round of your great showbiz mate name dropping

    :p

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  • sing in the corner

    Mar 18, 2018 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #28

    😛

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2018 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #29

    Howay Ron, grow up ffs, it’s a football blog, how can people have a go about the politics BS then keep quiet while people discuss their vinyl collections. If it’s every now and then fair enough, when it’s every post then it’s detrimental to the blog., a pain in the blog who’s only agenda seems to be with OLG has decided to use the place as a guitar forum.

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  • Jib

    Mar 18, 2018 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #30

    😛

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 18, 2018 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #31

    You’re right jail, nowhere near £70. Ryanair at least £92. Mind I found that in under a minute so with a bit more planning…

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2018 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #32

    OLG,
    Geranium crap??? Do you honestly think I want to talk about footing geraniums on an NUFC football blog?

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 18, 2018 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #33

    I hope you’ve all been reading my short lecture on Petra because there WILL be a test later!. Not kidding it goes toward your term score.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 18, 2018 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #34

    For my twopennorth

    Hedy Lamarr (/?h?di/; born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, November 9, 1914 – January 19, 2000)[a] was an Austrian-born American film actress and inventor.[1]

    At the beginning of World War II, Lamarr and composer George Antheil developed a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes, which used spread spectrum and frequency hopping technology to defeat the threat of jamming by the Axis powers.[2] Although the US Navy did not adopt the technology until the 1960s, the principles of their work are arguably incorporated into Bluetooth technology, and are similar to methods used in legacy versions of CDMA and Wi-Fi.[3][4][5] This work led to their induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.[2][6]

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 18, 2018 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #35

    Jail

    What do you expect, mate, in this long gap between matches? Do you want yet another sterile debate about loaning out Mitro?

    A bit of discussion of music isn’t potentially offensive like politics or religion.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 18, 2018 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #36

    I reckon you do jail. It’s just an excuse. You’ve always been a bit of a pansy man I bet 😀

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  • jane

    Mar 18, 2018 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #37

    Sunderland’s last 2 matches are against Fulham and Wolves so if they need to win their final matches to stay up it could hardly be against more difficult teams.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 18, 2018 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #38

    Next lecture – The Science of Cheese Making”

    WAAAAKE UP AT THE BACK LADDIE! (launches blackboard eraser…)

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 18, 2018 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #39

    And a question about todays match.

    Who was the big corpulent bloke walking towards the players at the end, a fitness coach?

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 18, 2018 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #40

    Jane,

    It’s a crying shame.

    Boo

    Hoo.

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