Some Good News On The Injury Front From Rafa

We were hoping for a win on Saturday against Leicester City but we did not take the chances we had in the game.

And a penalty and a header from a corner – two set pieces – led to the goals that sent us to our fourth successive home defeat.

That’s the worst start at home to a season in our history, and we need to get a win very soon to restore the confidence of our players.

The good news today is that Paul Dummett and Federico Fernandez were not fit on Saturday with both having slight hamstring injuries.

But it seems it was more of a precaution that Rafa left the players out of Saturday’s squad.

Hopefully, they will be available for the game at Old Traffic on Saturday.

Federico Fernandez – could be fit to play at Old Trafford on Saturday

Salomon Rondon is out for at least two weeks with his thigh injury so he will not be available for next Saturday’s game.

This is what Rafa has said about the injuries and about Newcastle’s general situation as reported in the Chronicle today:

“They are light injuries so not long, they are not very bad,” 

“We had to make a decision and, in the last two games, we had a problem with Rondon and Lascelles and we had to make a substitution during the game.”

“We preferred to go with players who were fully fit, that’s it.”

“It is difficult when you are working so hard and you are doing well, and you still can’t get results.”

“It’s difficult to keep the confidence high.”

“It is a question of we need to start winning games and it will change.”

“We had the chances against Leicester and we did not take them, then we conceded a penalty that you can avoid.”

“There are so many things going against us, it is difficult to manage.”

Rafa says it’s difficult for him to manage the current situation.

It’s definitely difficult for the fans, as we are looking perhaps at yet another fight against relegation this season.

When will it ever change?

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11 comments so far

  • posada

    Oct 1, 2018 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #1


    Sep 30, 2018 at 2:46 PM
    Comment #185

    Posada, you missed out something important – the players. Win win win, right? They get paid stupid money too remember?
    Are you claiming Rafa hasn’t earned his money? Did he not almost keep us up when we were long before doomed by McClaren’s incompetence? Did he not get us promoted first time? Did he not get us to finish tenth when the pundits had us relegated?
    I think he’s earned every penny with a bang average side.
    He saw this coming mate. He said we needed to strengthen for the second season or face the syndrome head on. We failed to strengthen. Bringing in loans and freebies is not strengthening, it’s a desperate attempt to keep us afloat. That, whilst clubs around us spent big money. You get what you pay for. We spent nowt. You get nowt. He can’t keep lifting players who are drained from playing teams better than them week in week out. The truth is we’re simply not good enough and the blame lies fairly and squarely with the man who refuses to back him. There is no other argument. The PL is all about money now, like it or not – and personally I hate it. But if you don’t buy PL quality players, you can’t compete.
    Name me one PL player Ashley has furnished Rafa with. Anything under 15-20m doesn’t count as PL quality nowadays. Not a chance. Championship clubs are spending more ffs.
    Rafa has performed miracles up to now. Promoted and tenth is a rarity in football. Wolves might do it, but how much has it cost them? They dwarfed us in spending. Wolves ffs!! Not that we don’t have it. We do. Ashley has pocketed it. You can’t possibly blame Rafa for our current plight. The PL is all about money. Spend and you survive. Don’t and you fail. Not rocket science. You can’t do it on a shoestring.
    Bobby. that’s a good post and all of it is true.
    Especially the idea that he can’t keep working miracles. I said that on here some time last week.
    The point I am making is this.
    Rafa is creating the opportunity for Ashley to strip out money. I’m fairly sure of that now.
    Is Rafa a willing party to that or has he been conned.
    Well, who knows.
    He has though now been ripped off in each of the last 4 tranfer windows. But, he’s still here.

  • c-dog

    Oct 1, 2018 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Looking likely we’ll have another failed takeover and together with relegation, Rafa leaving and the weakest squad we’ve had under Ashley this is going to be some year of misery

  • posada

    Oct 1, 2018 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #3

    We were told when Rafa stayed that he is not daft. He will have clauses to guarantee this and that.
    Well, not much evidence of that.
    Also, it is said that Rafa is still here because of the penalty clause of 6M.
    Contracts are not the be all and end all.
    If 2 parties to a contract want to rip it up and ignore it that is allowed.
    There are also arrangements somewhere in between.

  • posada

    Oct 1, 2018 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #4

    I’ll give you this senario as a possible could have been.
    Rafa left in the summer of 2016.
    Ashley appointed one of his stooge managers to replace him.
    We stayed down and were still down.
    Late 2018 Ashley sells the club for 80M just to get out.

    That would have involved a lot of pain and grief, but at least we would have got rid of the Blighter.
    We still might have to face the above.

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 1, 2018 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #5

    We don’t play the top 4 every week, yet we set up the same every week like we do, when we win, it’s not really because we have played well, i cannot remember many games under Rafa that have been entertaining.

    I genuinely feel that most fans are more pro Rafa than the actual club and players right now, and that is not right.
    Facts don’t lie, your eyes never lie, but people try to reason things away, and we have Ashley, he takes the blame for everything.
    other than being a very well drilled defensive unit, what do you see in our game that suggests we have a world class coach?
    In the championship he had the very best squad, we were the Man C Barca of that league, and we just won it, our passing was terrible for having the best squad. we finished 4th overall with Huddersfield Fulham Reading better than us. Away from home we didn’t even make the top 5 , that’s not good considering we had everything to blitz that league.
    again another sad stat that caused us problems in the championship, when you look at action zones, we were 17th out of 24 at spending time in the opposition third, we should have been way higher than that,
    Wolves won last season 2nd at that, teams that finish high normally play there football in the opposition half, Rafa’s teams don’t.
    it’s keep it tight and Hoof it long and hope we do something.
    He has spent 130+ million on players, that’s quite a lot, so he has been backed.
    we have 11 current international players
    Watford have 9 Burnley 12 Everton 11 west ham 12 bournemouth have 8 Palace have 10. so our squad is comparable to other squads that could finish 10, where we finished last season, but we have a world class coach, burnley have Dych yet i can see more football from Burnley than we play.

    his tactics are designed to go with his coaching, common sense tells you that, yet his transfer policy does not, he seems to replace with worse players, or if they are good/better they sit on the bench.
    does Ashley make him do these things.
    Plea did not want to come, he has said he wanted Germany, So that makes Rondon his no one target, given that we chased him for a long time, how does he fit into his plans? we don’t play with winger that cross, we don’t support with numbers from the MF, we support with Perez.
    we play to win free kicks and corners so we can get bodies in the box.

    please please tell me what i’m missing from a football point of view.

    I’m missing something because i don’t see why Ritchie is subbed first most games, when there is no injury, Atsu? jumps ahead of murphy when Murphy has been preferred lately, Kennedy at LB and not Manquillio, these things are baffling to me. Muto shows more in his little 10 minutes he gets, but apparently he needs to toughen up, Perez cannot hold onto the ball and falls over all the time.

    I would love to know what you see that i don’t.

    At liverpool, 3 Seasons in a row he played more long balls than any other team, so it’s not just because of our players, it’s his plan,

    Players are only human, they have feelings, and I don’t think any player can be happy hearing there manager say that the players are not good enough, but they gave good effort, that is not nice, and like in any job workers stick together, footballers do the same, i don’t think they are putting it all in for the manager, at this point he needs to look at what he is doing wrong.

    based on football alone, don’t think about the money or the owner, look at what we as positives in the squad, and where there abilities are best suited, look at basic skills like passing and control which for a world class coach should be decent, and ask why are we so poor at the very basics. but we hold a good line.

  • Reilly

    Oct 1, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Name a manager that could do better with this squad, who we could have a chance of getting.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 1, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Catchy – Sad to say but I think I have to agree with you here. Apart from the part you say Rafa has been backed though, he hasn’t. Though that still doesn’t excuse Rafa from any wrong doing. Tbh the players we have are relatively average but yet we still play hoof ball and way too defensive for my liking. That has to be down to Rafa not the players. His insistence on Perez and Joselu is annoying and as you say Muto impresses in his cameos but doesn’t get a sniff to start a game. Murphy is a mystery, he plays in a well game and then Rafa doesn’t put him in the squad for 5 games.

    I never thought I would begin to question Rafa’s tactics and such but it does make you wonder. Yes we have been playing the top four teams but against Palace and Leicester we looked second best at everything and absolutely clueless going forward. In those two matches combined I think we only mustered two tame shots on goal! Rafa’s shored up a very leaky defense but going forward we are actually worse. Our strong point is the back 5. They are very solid and thank God he bought well in that department or else we really would be in the brown stuff. Lejuene, Fernandez and Dubravka are brilliant signings but then Schar, Manquillo, Gamez (we we had him) and Joselu are very poor to say the least. You can say money wasn’t available which is true but would he have bought much better had he got the money?..I don’t know any more, I like to think so. Then we have Ki, Murphy and Muto that cost us money and can’t get a game.

    I’ve always backed Rafa and think he’s the best we’ve had since Sir Bobby but I am starting to get doubts and I bet the players are too which is most worrying.

    Hopefully the Gods are on our side and this takeover actually happens soon and we can really take off. We need to start winning games and pronto.

  • toon22

    Oct 1, 2018 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #8


    Let’s blame Rafa for MAs greed


  • toon22

    Oct 1, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #9

    Catchy never fails to deliver

    However many people he is

  • toon22

    Oct 1, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #10

    We have a squad that would struggle in the championship

  • toon22

    Oct 1, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #11

    Rafas fault


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