Rafa Has Pointed Message For Players And Fans Alike


Rafa was quite clear at his press conference that the only thing he is concerned about at Newcastle right now is getting to 40 points.

We have 35 points at the moment, and the Newcastle manager is hoping the team can get another 3 points at Leicester tomorrow afternoon to make it three wins in a row.

38 points could be enough for safety this season, but Rafa will not relax until 40m points are reached.

And then he (of course) want as many points as possible in the remaining games.

Rafa Benitez – we must get to 40 points

This is the pointed message Rafa had for the players and fans alike today:

“I have to do the opposite of what some people think.”

“I have to make sure we do not have any complacency and that everybody is concentrated. It is not done yet.”

“The target is still 40 points and we have to get there.”

“I don’t think we can relax. If we get 40 then yes, it would be massive for me and my staff, and for the city and the club.”

“It is the first season in the Premier League and that is always difficult – but we still have to do it.”

“We knew that was a difficult time. We didn’t have too much time. We had to change a lot of things.”

“Relegation was a big change, then we had to move players around and bring in new players for the Championship.”

“After that, the Premier League is another challenge.”

‘We can see a big difference between that team and this one in terms of quality and names, but the main difference is the character and mentality of this group of players.”

This fixture two years ago was Rafa’s first in charge as the Newcastle manager, and we narrowly lost 1-0.

We are hoping we can do better than that tomorrow and get all 3 points and get that much closer to safety.

Howay The Lads!!

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181 comments so far

  • A Pain in the Blog

    Apr 6, 2018 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #1

    I wonder if Slimani will give Rafa the rundown on Leicester’s weaknesses. I know Rafa will have a dossier on them – he always does – but a bit of inside knowledge could make a difference. It all depends on where Slimani’s head is right now.

    7
  • Tsunki

    Apr 6, 2018 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Been scanning through the articles, I’ll catch up don’t wait…

    It seems to me that the most irritating posts about multiples are the ones who complain about them being mentioned 🙂

    6
  • Tsunki

    Apr 6, 2018 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #3

    … oh and the ones who complain that valuable contributors have been bullied away. Sheeeesh

    3
  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 6, 2018 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #4

    Online – evening how’s things.
    Just been checking average termperatures for where we are going for second half of June – anything between 20 and 30 degrees. So that’s fine.
    Ref canoeing – most of the canoes for hire on the rivers are “sit ons” – moulded plastic – cannot sink them so no spray decks needed. If they tip up -you’re in the water but not attached.

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  • lesh

    Apr 6, 2018 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #5

    Tsunki

    Shhhhhh, don’t mention the multiples!

    Dubai, Lascelles et al

    It appears that the bairns even had ket in Sunlun

    https://www.readytogo.net/smb/threads/sweets-from-yesteryear.698227/page-2

    I feel a touch of the munchies coming on….

    1
  • Tsunki

    Apr 6, 2018 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #6

    I fancy the wheels falling off Brighton and Huddersfield’s carts with their run in I think they will be hotly contesting Southampton’s third bottom place.

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 6, 2018 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #7

    I remember when Waggon Wheels were twice the size that they are now, or is that because I was smaller then.

    I must have been a bit of a health freak as a kid as I preferred buying pea pods to sweets.

    4
  • Tsunki

    Apr 6, 2018 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #8

    I didn’t realise you can still buy Spanish Gold – for our younger viewers it’s not what you think this was coconut shredded and coloured brown to look like tobacco for the kids to enjoy along with fake candy cigarettes and of course black jack’s. Those were the days my friend etc

    1
  • Tsunki

    Apr 6, 2018 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Ha ha I remember buying pea pods!

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 6, 2018 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Online guy am a bit confused but anaesthetic plus vino with dinner plus on going virus have me banjaxed. Tks for your kind words and u too Jail. By the way Sunderland is a classy place. ( clearly I’m not in full health) 🙂

    3
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 6, 2018 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #11

    After coming out of the Shipcote Baths we’d go across the road to the cafe and buy a penny dip, which was a white bun that was cut in two dipped in gravy then clagged back together again, it were loverly.

    Dunno if it’s still there, the baths I mean, cafe is probably long gone.

    0
  • Tsunki

    Apr 6, 2018 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #12

    Sherbert fountains my weakness. Should have lost all my teeth to aniseed balls lol we used to brag about crunching them we deserved false teeth really 😀

    1
  • Tsunki

    Apr 6, 2018 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #13

    What have you been up to Munster what have I missed?

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 6, 2018 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #14

    My only problem with waggon wheels and this was always a deal breaker, they promised souch but when you actually bit into them they tasted stale. Horrible biscuit really. Not as pointless as iced gems though. They were a horrific idea.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 6, 2018 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #15

    Pink shrimps! Bleurghhh.

    0
  • Tsunki

    Apr 6, 2018 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #16

    Feel a bit queasy now…

    0
  • jane

    Apr 6, 2018 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #17

    SHEFFIELD UNITED U23 VS. NEWCASTLE UNITED U23
    quarter final of league cup playing now currently 1-0 after half an hour

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 6, 2018 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #18

    It’s official then. You have a right to be scared for your last few when a toerag forces his way into your home threatening you with a screwdriver. Does this mean you have better protection, or that burglars need to step up their armory?

    Hmmmmmm…..

    0
  • Tsunki

    Apr 6, 2018 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #19

    Last few = life

    0
  • jane

    Apr 6, 2018 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #20

    sorry for a football related comment. don’t let it stop you 🙂

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 6, 2018 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #21

    Jane

    It’s not being broadcast by NUFC Live.

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 6, 2018 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #22

    There was some really horrible sweets we used to buy as kids but were they any worse than Haribos, which modern kids seem to love.

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 6, 2018 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #23

    Tsunki, good point, the possibility of snatching a Katana from a burglar and slicing his head off, could be a bit messy though.

    0
  • Tsunki

    Apr 6, 2018 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #24

    Apology accepted Jane. This time

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 6, 2018 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #25

    For the blog grammar police, I should have wrote There were some really horrible sweets, my humblest apologies.

    1
  • jane

    Apr 6, 2018 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #26

    your humbugest apologies

    1
  • jane

    Apr 6, 2018 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #27

    “Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct snaps up prime Newcastle city centre property as part of expansion plans”

    https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/business/business-news/mike-ashleys-sports-direct-snaps-14501418

    0
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 6, 2018 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #28

    Anyone seen the footage from in the Man City coach from the other night
    Pretty scary
    Pensioner for stabbing the toe rag who threatened him in his house being let off – right decision
    Toon going for a1-1 draw Gayle to score

    1
  • jane

    Apr 6, 2018 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #29

    yeah the Liverpool fans lining the street were 20+ deep.

    0
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 6, 2018 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #30

    Cabella scored for St Etienne
    Didn’t realise Debuchy was there as well

    1
  • A Pain in the Blog

    Apr 6, 2018 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #31

    What about the lads that would come into the pub selling little bags of shrimps and things?

    1
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 6, 2018 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #32

    Cabella
    Just missed a pen tho

    1
  • Tsunki

    Apr 6, 2018 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #33

    Cockles and whelks yep they knew you’d eat anything after half a dozen pints that was in the days before pork scratchings revolutionised the crap ingestion market 😀

    2
  • jane

    Apr 6, 2018 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #34

    Lucas Perez (remember him) has scored a penalty to put Deportivo 1 up against Malaga.

    he is on a season long loan at Deportivo from Arsenal but has only netted a handful of goals. wonder what he will do next season especially since Deportivo are likely to be relegated, would we still be interested???

    http://www.nufcblog.com/2017/08/01/newcastle-fans-flock-to-twitter-desperate-for-lucas-perez-sign-him-up/

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  • jane

    Apr 6, 2018 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #35

    goal in the 64th min to equalise against Sheffield!

    0
  • jane

    Apr 6, 2018 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #36

    Fernandez

    1
  • jane

    Apr 6, 2018 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #37

    red card PSG?

    0
  • A Pain in the Blog

    Apr 6, 2018 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #38

    Even predated scampi/chicken in a basket. When pubs branched out from toasties.

    1
  • A Pain in the Blog

    Apr 6, 2018 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #39

    How many matches are you watching/following Jane?

    1
  • beermonkey

    Apr 6, 2018 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #40

    ttsunki

    iced gems were class I still have the odd packet if I see them

    can’t beat midget gems though

    1
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