Manager Rates Slimani’s Performance Last Night


Time may be starting to run out for Islam Slimani at Newcastle.

And while Rafa may want to bring both Martin Dubravka and Kenedy to Newcastle permanently this summer, there’s still a big question mark over Slimani’s head.

Slimani works hard but last night wasn’t the type of game where he had many chances to shine up front.

Rafa believes it may take time for Slimani to fully integrate into the team, but there are only four games left in the season, which finishes two weeks next Sunday at home to Chelsea.

Islam Slimani – in action last night

This is what Rafa said about the 29-year-old Algerian after the game:

“Islam worked hard,”

“The understanding between him and the rest of the team will take some time.”

“In terms of effort, I was happy with him. “I say it again, we had chances.”

“The final pass and in the final third … we didn’t take our chances.”

“That is the difference when you have Walcott or Wayne Rooney on these wages, they can make the difference. “

“We battled and we fought until the end. We had the chance to draw, maybe even win but we lost against a good team.”

Here’s where we are in the table after last night’s game.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
8Everton38-1449
9Leicester38-447
10Newcastle38-844
11Crystal Palace38-1044
12Bournemouth38-1644
13West Ham38-2042

By the way, 3,000 dedicated fans made the trip to Liverpool last night – well done to every single one of them.

At this point, we would be delighted to finish in 10th place, and that would be an excellent finish for the season.

And it’s all thanks to Rafa.

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3 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 24, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #1

    I’d like to formally apologise to the whole of Newcastle for my over-confidence in predicting a 3-0 win yesterday. Obviously this led to karma biting me on the backside in a rather harsh way and everyone else is having to suffer for it today.

    I’ll have to return to gloomy, pessimistic mode ahead of the West Brom match, just as the entire blog did during the game last night….

    This was a typical Allardyce team against a typical Rafa team, in hindsight only one goal was ever likely to be needed to settle the points, they scored it and we didn’t. On another day, Perez’s pass would have found Slimani, he would have rounded Pickford and slotted the ball into an empty net and we would all be proclaiming what a wonderful strike partnership we had found.

    Margins…

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  • Geordie-john

    Apr 24, 2018 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #2

    The ref is a wa##er and he showed that he was either on the take or hates NUFC or something along those lines . The penalty decision that was a stonewall without any doubt penalty he didn’t agree ? It struck his arm ! Even the defender showed that he thought it was a penalty look at his expression on his face. I have several times ! The double yellow that should have been but wasn’t according to the ref, Then how did we get a free kick ? It should have been 1-1 and they should have been down to 10 men. What disgrace you are. I’m not being bias either. I just hate referees that spoil the game because of their preferences or whatever reasons they have.
    I hope the FA look into your decisions are the were definitely sub standard for a premiership clash

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  • Geordie-john

    Apr 24, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #3

    OH yes I forgot , Pickford the SMB was goading the Toon army. I thought that was also an offence as well ? Nothing done or even spotted by the ref or linesmen . Funny that, Some of them can see things through brick walls at times but non of them could see that !
    End of the day a TYPICAL Allardyce team cheating performance with the push or trip or nudge or anything like that which he teaches he current team to do to sway the decision in their favours. CHEATING !
    Dodgy EX England manager !

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