Players Keen To Have A Good End To A Tough Season

After a full season playing in the English Premier League DeAndre Andre is just one of the players who have improved this season under the guidance of Rafa Benitez.

Yedlin has become a better defensive full-back but as Rafa would say – there’s still room for improvement.

Newcastle rocketed to safety with four successive wins, but we have narrowly lost both of our last two games 1-0 at Everton and at home to West Brom.

Yedlin now thinks it’s important for Newcastle to finish this season on a hight and we need to start winning some games again.

DeAndre Yedlin – wants a good end to the season

American right back DeAndre has talked about things in the Chronicle today:

“If you had said to a lot of people before Christmas ‘Hopefully we’ll be safe with a month to go’ they would have said you were crazy.”

“But to be in this position, you have to give a lot of credit to the players, credit to the staff and the fans for not turning on us. They stuck by us, they were positive and kept us going and ultimately, it’s paid off.”

“That’s the name of the game (small margins) – especially at this level, it’s not massive things.”

“It’s tiny little differences that you make in your game, that have allowed us to start getting these results and getting points up on the board and getting to this position in the table.”

“We’ve achieved our goal – 40 points – but we want to keep pushing now and we don’t want to end a good season on a sour note.”

We play at Watford on Saturday afternoon, and a win in that game would all but guarantee us 10th place in the League table.

We need to do well in these final three games and who knows Rafa may sign a new contract too.

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49 comments so far

  • Jib

    May 3, 2018 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #1

    How much of a disadvantage to Atletico
    having Simeone consigned to the stands ?

  • Jib

    May 3, 2018 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #2

    I bet Arsenal wish it was the other Diego
    in the stands

  • Thump

    May 3, 2018 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #3

    One thing I think needs praised this season especially is the Gallowgate. The new ‘singing section’ has had an incredible impact on matches by singing for the lads after conceding. Arsenal especially had a bit of a wobble when Lacazette celebrated to “Newcastle, Newcastle”.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 3, 2018 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #4

    I thought Arsenal had won the first leg 1-0?

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 3, 2018 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #5

    Did Athletici drop out of the CL to join the EL?

  • welshgeordie9

    May 3, 2018 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #6


    You would.

    Ha ha ha

  • lochinvar

    May 3, 2018 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #7

    Costa scores for Athletico on stroke of half time so Arsenal 2-1 down on aggregate.
    Not looking good for Wenger

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 3, 2018 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #8

    For 100M worth of talent up top they lack a definite cutting edge.

  • martoon

    May 3, 2018 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #9

    It’s very easy with 20 – 20 hindsight to say we would have been better off keeping Mitro and not getting Slimani. However when the window closed most of us thought it was an excellent bit of business loaning out Mitro and replacing him with Slimani – you can’t always predict how these things will work out. At least we didn’t pay £29m for him like Leicester!

  • Jib

    May 3, 2018 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #10

    I love seeing Wenger crying to the ref about
    Atletico time-wasting
    Arsenal have turned time-wasting into an art
    form since he’s been there

  • RobLeenio

    May 3, 2018 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #11

    Just a reminder someone posted earlier that Rafa is on the Premier League Show tonight on BBC2 – starting now

  • jane

    May 3, 2018 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #12

    very positive thanks

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 3, 2018 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #13

    Have I missed it?

  • RobLeenio

    May 3, 2018 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Jail, yes mate – but it’ll be on the iplayer later I imagine

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 3, 2018 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #15

    I don’t get it, had we still been in a relegation battle then I could understand people saying we should have kept him, we’ve had our best run of form since he left so what’s the question? We were supposed to be relegated and now look like finishing tenth, all of a sudden had we kept Mitro we’d be eighth?

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    May 3, 2018 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #16

    The net spend for this term was arond 30 million if you include the loan fees mid season. Not great, but not woeful either first season back for a club that won’t borrow to buy.

    Unless I’ve missed something Rafa is still due a windfall this window. Surely it’ll be around that much again, plus almost all the extra telly money, some which will be needed to pay for increased wages.

    I think he’ll get his transfer wedge, and continue to get it to reshape each season, so long as the club buys well and negotiates sensible terms.

    The problem is more the training facility and academy, but I think that type of investment is actually more amenable to the owners mindset.

    I think Rafa will get enough out of the owner to continue his “el proyecto”. The alternatives are pretty ordinary, lets face it. Not just for us, but for the owner too.

  • RobLeenio

    May 3, 2018 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Honestly it didn’t reveal much of note, but it was a good summary of the achievements of this season with a nice highlights reel and a good summary of the situation with regard to contract talks and transfer budgets. Simon Bird was on there, I was still reminded of the Joe Kinnear ‘did he really just say that’ outburst. Worth a watch

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 3, 2018 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Cheers, anything we didn’t know?

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    May 3, 2018 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Kinnear wasn’t a bad manager, although certainly not near good enough to manage us successfully. Very few are though, particularly under this owner, that’s why it is so important to keep Rafa. But he was a good laugh, and a good football man, and we did on occasion play some decent football under him, bit of bite, bit of quality. I loved his outburst at that first press meeting to be honest. F@#k ’em. The press’ll write any old rubbish, to meet a deadline, and continue a narrative. Dalglish thought similarly.

  • Mister Tuff

    May 3, 2018 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #20

    Just watched the Rafa interview on the Beeb. There is clearly no doubt that he wants to stay and improve the team/club. He also sees the connection with the club, City, people.
    What happens next is down to Mr Tubbs.

  • jane

    May 3, 2018 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #21

    “There is clearly no doubt that he wants to stay and improve the team/club.”

    my impression too

  • Mister Tuff

    May 3, 2018 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #22

    He also praised SBR and KK. Just like any trfue Geordie/Supporter.

    Reminds me there is a poster on here who continually slags off KK.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    May 3, 2018 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #23

    Ashley would be stupid not to back Rafa really. The club can be successful, do better than wipe it’s own nose, he can continue to promote his tat and to even greater effect, and being worth 3 billion quid, what better way to spend your money at 53 years old.

  • RobLeenio

    May 3, 2018 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #24

    I liked the smile he had on his face as he described his interactions with the fans during his daily business. He likes the people here, he identifies with them. No way does he want to leave, but at the same time he won’t want to stay in a role where he can’t make a difference.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    May 3, 2018 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #25

    I know Torres is 34, but if you’re good enough to come off the bench to replace either Griezman or Costa for that Atletico Madrid side, then you’re good enough to do a job for a Newcastle Utd push into the European places next season. Won’t happen, but he still has something to offer at the top level.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 3, 2018 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #26

    Seems weird calling you Nicky when I’ve always known you as Jimmy, forgot you were called steak!

  • RobLeenio

    May 3, 2018 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #27
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    May 3, 2018 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #28

    Call me jimmy if you like jail. Nicky the ball tosser is what my much loved old man, God rest his soul, used to call me much to my immense pride and delight, when we used to kick a ball around together in the back garden when I was 5 or 6 years and wearing my little Newcastle jersey with Jimmy Smith, his favourite player at the time, emblazoned in red on the back. His favourite all time player was Bobby Mitchell. I was a natural back then just quietly too. You should’ve seen me tear up the back yard.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 3, 2018 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #29

    He’s got it all planned. Get the CL via winning the EL and then win the big one 😀

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 3, 2018 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #30

    I’ll call you Nicky, I’ll change my moniker to Davey when Ashley does one!

  • RobLeenio

    May 3, 2018 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #31

    Really interesting quotes from Pep Guardiola re his desire to play for NUFC when Sir Bobby came here. He played under SBR at Barca but wanted to play in the Prem and wrote to SBR when he was appointed manager to ask him if he could come here. Bobby wrote back and said he didn’t have room for him in his squad. Imagine us turning that talent away now….

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 4, 2018 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #32

    My biggest hero in football, is the ex miner Geordie electrician who has shared two cities I have lived in and who speaks as much limited language of both countries as I do. I’m still a little bit mad with him though that he never came to join us when KK quit though.

  • DubaiMicky

    May 4, 2018 at 5:20 AM

    Comment #33

    Van Ginkel?

    Chelsea midfielder on loan and16 goals in just 32 games for PSV Eindhoven.

    £10m to you marra.

  • Jib

    May 4, 2018 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #34

    Marco van Ginkel is one of those who
    always shines in Holland but struggles
    in the PL and Serie A.
    Siem de Jong ?

  • Jib

    May 4, 2018 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #35

    I have often criticised Fat Freddy but to be fair to him
    the first name he tried to get when KK resigned in January1997
    was SBR who had move to Barcelona from Porto the summer
    Sir Bobby being the man of honour he was , felt bound to tell his boss
    Josep Nunez (aged 66 who had been president of Barcelona for 25 years)
    of NUFC’ interest
    JN shook SBR’s hand and assured him he had a job at Barcelona for years
    to come – 6 months later he appointed Louis v Gaal and kicked Sir Bobby upstairs !!!
    I know Freddy was desperate to do the right thing and the appointment of Dalglish was
    seen as something of a coup at the time but I was one of those (I remember furious arguments
    with friends at the time) that advocated waiting for SBR .
    Sir Bobby went to PSV summer 1998.
    Whether it was possible to make Keegan stay until the end of the season instead
    of letting him slink off to Folrida for a bit of R&R only Freddy and SJH know or
    even talk Terry Mac and Arthur Cox to caretake for six months.
    Hindsight is a wonderful thing,

  • Munster Mag

    May 4, 2018 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #36

    For you season ticket holders, interesting concept mentioned in the Mag….


    Would be nice if it caught on and pressured Fats. There again many are probably long term seats?

  • lesh

    May 4, 2018 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #37

    The Mag’s reported Rafa as saying:

    “Hopefully, we can do everything that we have to do, to be sure that the strength of the team and the club is enough to compete, to maybe achieve what we want to achieve.

    “To challenge for a trophy, or go to Europe, would be even better’.

    Must say, I didn’t hear those words on MoTD2 though.

    If he did say that, he’s really challenging Ashley and if the answer turns out to be not strong enough to compete, then Ashley’s £400m valuation/ asking price is in tatters.

    Interesting times

  • lesh

    May 4, 2018 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #38


    Bobby Robson said, when interviewed about the first offer from Freddy, ‘Right job, wrong times.

    And Freddy was heavily criticised for sacking SBR without first offering him a job upstairs. Whether he did or not, I don’t know.

  • lesh

    May 4, 2018 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #39

    Jail for Ashley

    There’s no need to change your name if Ashley slings his hook. Your name’s reached in the blog’s folklore and what’s more, there remains hope that Ashley will end up in the slammer. We can but hope he’ll trip himself up one day being too greedy for his own good.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 4, 2018 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #40

    There would be no more greater pleasure if the front page headline in one of the red tops was Jail for Ashley!


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