This Newcastle Team Has Guts And Courage – Nothing Like Two Years Ago


One of the things Newcastle fans are not complaining about this season is the hunger of the young Newcastle side.

The players have shown courage and also some obvious inexperience in what has been another frustrating season for fans.

But it looks like all can end up well with Newcastle still in the Premier League next season.

The two home wins against Manchester United and Southampton are exactly what fans want to see.

Our players were fighting it out, and some seeming to even be possessed in their desire to win the game.

Rafa Benitez – arriving at St. James’ Park two years ago

The 1-0 win against Manchester United was 3 points for courage, endeavor and plain guts from the home team.

And even Jose Mourinho had to compliment Rafa Benitez after the game on how he had his young players performing in that game.

Mourinho talked about it being a beautiful thing in football – the way our players had fought throughout the game.

And that news went around the world – great publicity for the club.

Isaac Hayden has talked about the hunger of the Newcastle team from the training camp in Murcia, Spain.

This is some of what Hayden has said in the Chronicle:

“There’s always been hunger in this team, no matter whether we’ve been doing well or badly in terms of results – there’s always been desire.”

“The lads who have been playing have been doing really, really well.”

“Last weekend was a fantastic result, we played really well, and the lads who were on the bench wanted to play as well.”

“It brings a lot of competition for places and you can see in the training sessions that everyone wants to do well, everyone wants to improve, which is the main thing.”

“We have a young squad, and then you’ve got players like myself who haven’t played an awful lot of football recently.”

“It’s about the team at the end of the day though and getting the team where it wants to be.”

“If you’re not playing then you need to train extra hard to make sure that if you do get the chance, you’re ready to play.”

“It’s important to train well, work hard and then try to play as many games as you can.”

“But you have to take into account that it’s a team game, it’s not an individual game.”

Contrast the way our lads are turning up to fight in every single game, with that of two years ago under former manager Steve McClaren.

Too many of the players didn’t seem to care at all and were only interested in themselves and their own careers.

It’s only a short two years since then, and Rafa now has players at the club who want to be on Tyneside.

The manager has already restored the pride to Newcastle United.

Now he needs help from owner Mike Ashley to improve the team, so we are one of the top teams in England again.

Rafa can do it – but he needs some money and some help from the current owner.

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107 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Good on u Hayden. True pro.

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #2

    The link is working for the moment:

    https://www.nufc.co.uk/nufc-tv

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  • A Pain in the Blog

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Don’t gorget lads. The Antwerp match is being streamed live in less than an hour on NUFC-TV on the official website.

    Going to miss it myself due to traditional Sunday morning visit to the outlaws. I’m hoping that NUFC can make it available for a while.

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  • A Pain in the Blog

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Sorry Ron. You beat me to it.

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  • Jib

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #5

    so far 4 people and a small dog
    😛

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #6

    I was recently staying at the same hotel as NUFC have been and was also given a tour of the Pinatar stadium as part of a fam trip with the Spanish tourist board. Really great hotel and superb facilities at the ground. Very good choice of mid winter break by Rafa.

    Re- Cairney, I think we should learn our lesson from the Thauvin debacle when we kept desperately pursuing someone who clearly doesn’t want to come.

    Jib

    I really hope Garcia is nailed on to come to us. To do what that tiny club has done to hold their own in La Liga is phenomenal. Lejeune from there is starting to show up now and it would be great to have Garcia on board too come the summer.

    I am a bit worried some folk are getting a bit over confident and think avoiding relegation is a done deal. Still a huge 8 games to go and all manner of twists and turns to come yet. Let’s not tempt fate.

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  • Jib

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #7

    now up to 9 people
    😀

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #8

    Munster,
    Watford were still plying their trade in the Champo when Carver was overseeing the worst run in the clubs history.

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  • A Pain in the Blog

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #9

    Rotonda

    I’m with you on that last bit. We could lose Lascelles again – anything can still happen. It is not cut and dry by any means.

    1
  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #10

    Ron Knee

    Is it a free sign up? I’ve never got round to registering.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #11

    Rotonda,
    Aye it’s not over yet but we have found form and seem to be very confident, like I said the other day, we couldn’t have chosen three of our four away ties better. Three teams pretty much nailed on to stay in the PL not going any higher or lower and most likely on their holidays.
    Definitely not easy but much better ties than away to a fellow rival desperate for the points.

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #12

    Rh

    Yes, it’s free. If you’ve got a Gmail account, for example, it’s very simple to register.

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #13

    It doesn’t look that warm there!

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Ron,
    You don’t need a g mail account I’m signed up on my yahoo.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #15

    Thanks Ron

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #16

    Reading Rafa’s words really does make you question the wisdom of those that thought he wasn’t suited for bottom half management and wanted a worse manager in to do the job instead.

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #17

    Jail

    I said “for example”!

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  • dig-n-dig22

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #18

    C Dog Previous post #4

    What do you know about potential? You were slagging Kenedy off at every opportunity, even before he signed on loan. Is that why you went AWOL for a week?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #19

    Ok.

    0
  • Jib

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #20

    Too many trying to access it
    Bandwith inadequate methinks

    0
  • beermonkey

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #21

    team sheet or anything

    0
  • Ron Knee

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #22

    There only seem to be about ten spectators!

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #23

    What time is kick off today please?

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #24

    All I can see is a bunch of Antwerp players in tracksuits milling around in the goalmouth like Brown’s cows, and half a dozen hardy souls in the stands seemingly reliving the same moment on an endless loop.

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #25
  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #26

    beermonkey

    Every player will get a kick

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #27

    It’s filling up now.

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #28

    I like the look of those titulares!

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #29

    @lee_ryder
    13m13 minutes ago
    More
    #nufc have a database of around 500 targets with preparation for next few years in place. Contract talks next on agenda for Rafa https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/rafa-benitez-grand-plan-newcastle-14424483

    I wonder if Charlie Austin is on the list?!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #30

    I’m looking at a frozen screen

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #31

    So Joselu has got a surname?

    0
  • manxpie

    Mar 18, 2018 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #32

    Dubruvka Manquillo lejuane mbemba hiadara
    Ritchie shelvey merino murphy
    Atsu joselu

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 18, 2018 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #33

    It’s working now.

    0
  • manxpie

    Mar 18, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #34

    Shitio hail its joselu shitio

    1
  • AncientC

    Mar 18, 2018 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #35

    Club makes 8 figure sums from fans yearly, and it cannot get lousy stream going; something a kid with a mobile phone could manage. What is it, an IP lottery?

    2
  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 18, 2018 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #36

    442 formation with Atsu as the second striker.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 18, 2018 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #37

    AncientC

    Down with Oligarchs!

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 18, 2018 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #38

    Still some empty places.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2018 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #39

    I wonder how many people there from that sold out easy jet flight.

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 18, 2018 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #40

    Who’s that commentating?

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