Newcastle Need To Start Winning – Starting Against Brighton


Since we have seen Federico Fernandez play for Newcastle, he looks a good player and has made one of the center-back spots his won with some good performances for Newcastle.

Federico has played 6 times for Newcastle, and that appearance total is likely to increase before the end of this year when hopefully we are higher up the league table.

Swiss defender Fabian Schar also arrived as a newly signed center-back in the summer, but he lacks Premier league experience and has only played twice so far for the Newcastle first team.

Federico has shown great experience at the back for Newcastle this season, and he seems a calming influence at the club – both on the field and off it.

Federico Fernandez – in action at Crystal Palace in the 0-0 draw

And we’re looking forward to the increased competition in central defense when Florian Lejeune returns from injury – probably in December or January.

This is some of what Federico has said in the Chronicle today as he says we have to start winning games soon:

“Of course, in the game at Man United, the intensity and commitment was great. It’s just we missed some tactical movements which cost us some goals.”

“We try to read the game, see what is going on and then talk with the guys if necessary so we can become a better team.”

“Our best form has probably been away, although we were OK at home in a couple of games,”

“The thing is that we are in a good shape defensively, but we need to improve more with the ball.”

“We have to try to be in a good moment and start to win some games, starting with Brighton.”

Our next game is at home to Brighton a week tomorrow, and we have usually done well against them – but last season they took 4 points off Newcastle.

They beat us 1-0 at the Amex Stadium in late September and then got a hard-fought 0-0 draw at St. James Park on 30th December last year.

So we are due a win again Chris Hughton’s team who have eight points from their first eight games – six points better off than Newcastle.

We need the win on 20 October at home!

Comments welcome.


151 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 12, 2018 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #1

    chicousa,
    I’m not sure how many people claimed Mitro was shite, I don’t think Rafa thought he was shite either. He just wasn’t his type of player. Had Rafa of been properly backed with the players of his choosing then we wouldn’t be giving Mitro a second thought.

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  • Asi Fish

    Oct 12, 2018 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Jail,
    Surely Rafa must have thought he would be given the money to buy his own player otherwise selling Mitro would be madness.

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  • chicousa

    Oct 12, 2018 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Jail,
    I am not sure why Rafa did not play Mitro. It certainly was not because Mitro was not a hard worker as some people felt “might” be the problem. Others thought it was that he was undisciplined, a red card waiting to happen. Others said he was crazy (which I think might be why now when he scores he does that head shake celebration). In any case I always thought when Mitro came on we looked a better side, even in Rafa’s scheme.

    I don’t question Rafa though….I’m sure he had his reasons for selling the big Serbian. Perhaps it was to raise funds for other players. Certainly THAT did not work out…

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  • Asi Fish

    Oct 12, 2018 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Life in the Ashley era is very depressing. The Master manipulator dangles one lie after another until we stop believing anything and have no hope left.

    I don’t know what to expect any more………

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  • Asi Fish

    Oct 12, 2018 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #5

    I always hoped that Mitro would work out for us but the break through never came. Shame.
    Ah well we always have the memory of him dancing on the pitch 🙂

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  • G

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Rafa has always stated he wanted players who follow game plans and instructions. Mitro just didn’t do that. I never said Mitro was a bad player, but he is sometimes lazy. For us he often stood waiting for the perfect pass to his feet before he would burst into life. Not always, but often. Thats deffo not a Rafa type player.

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  • RobLeenio

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #7

    Asi Fish, we also have the memory of him nearly beheading Gayle, definitely my favourite ‘Mitro moment’

    Not sure how Gayle felt about it though….

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  • Asi Fish

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #8

    RobLeenio – ha ha he is definately a loveable looney.

    I really wanted it to work out but as G states, he isn’t a Rafa type player and Rafa needs everyone pulling in the right direction if we have any chance of surviving.

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  • chicousa

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #9

    Mitro lazy? Tom Cairney in a recent interview when asked the hardest worker (last player to leave each night) on the Fulham squad said it was Mitrovic. He also named him the best overall player on the club.

    I think the one area that Rafa felt Mitro lacking was in pressing defensively, the same attribute he values so much in Ayoze. In that sense perhaps, Mitro seemed to be a bit of a slacker…?

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  • Asi Fish

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #10

    That sounded too pessimistic for a Friday………….Rafa will have us turn a corner soon and we will survive!
    Happy friday / beerday.

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  • G

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #11

    They mentioned that interview on Talksport recently. One of the commentary team mentioned his lack of work consistency at the Toon. Sounds like a man that knows he needed to rebuild his rep maybe?

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  • chicousa

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Rob,
    That was a hell of a celebration! Was that the same match that Mitro hoisted Rafa off the ground in big bear hug?

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  • toon22

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #13

    How many more years of MA ?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Asi Fish,
    I think it’s common knowledge now that Ashley told Rafa a pack of lies.

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  • RobLeenio

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #15

    chico, yes, yes it was… I also liked the Sunderland goal celebration when he went to jump on a fan who slipped and Mitro ended up diving over the top of him.

    The guy gave us some chuckles, some goals, he was a crowd favourite and a big character.

    But at the end of the day, the only way he was going to stay was if Rafa left. If it was a straight choice between Mitro and Rafa, I’d have to go with Rafa every time.

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  • Asi Fish

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Jail, roger that!

    What do you think Rafa will do now? Wait for January to see what move MA makes?

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  • Just a fan

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #17

    Quite a few you had better have the prosaic handy.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #18

    The rot set in for Mitro when he needlessly got sent off against Spurs. We were crying out for him in that first game against Fulham and he wasn’t available and we lost. Gayle came in and done the business, he was given a chance against Villa and looked totally disinterested. Murphy was obviously more reliable.

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  • Asi Fish

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #19

    prosaic
    pr?(?)?ze??k/
    adjective
    having or using the style or diction of prose as opposed to poetry; lacking imaginativeness or originality.
    “prosaic language can’t convey the experience”
    synonyms: unimaginative, uninspired, matter-of-fact, dull, dry, humdrum, mundane, pedestrian, heavy, plodding, lifeless, dead, spiritless, lacklustre, undistinguished, stale, jejune, bland, insipid, vapid, vacuous, banal, hackneyed, trite, literal, factual, unpoetic, unemotional, unsentimental, clear, plain, unadorned, unembellished, unvarnished, monotonous, deadpan, flat
    “flowers are given variously poetic or prosaic names”
    commonplace; unromantic.
    “the masses were too preoccupied by prosaic day-to-day concerns”
    synonyms: ordinary, everyday, usual, common, conventional, straightforward, routine, humdrum, commonplace, run-of-the-mill, workaday, businesslike, pedestrian, tame, mundane, dull, dreary, tedious, boring, ho-hum, uninspiring, monotonous
    “Bloomwater’s present owner was a more prosaic figure”

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  • chicousa

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #20

    Rob,
    I would choose Rafa too, even though Mitro was my favorite player while with us. But Rafa is essential and one of the only people who does not recognize it is M.A. The way he has treated Rafa is criminal!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #21

    Asi Fish,
    I think it’s too late, the damage has been done. Ashley will spend in January to try and buy us out of trouble, nowt to do with keeping Rafa happy.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Just a fan,
    You seem quite happy for Ashley to be here!

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  • RobLeenio

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #23

    Who needs Mitro anyway – I reckon Usain Bolt would swap the sultry climes of the Australian Central Coast for the (slightly) cooler climate of North East England if Rafa went calling.

    After all, his current club Central Coast Mariners are located just South of Newcastle Australia, he may as well come to the real thing.

    I hear the lad has some pace…

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  • Asi Fish

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Just a fan – got the prosaic ready (see above), thanks for the heads up – don’t want to lack originality at the Volcano Club tonight.

    Jail, think you could be right….sad times.

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  • Jib

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #25

    According to the Spanish media Rafa’s reported
    interest in the striker Fran Sol is genuine

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #26

    A myth was that Mitro wasn’t given a chance, not sure on minutes played but appeared 25 times in the Champo and scored four. Murphy appeared 15 times and scored 5. Murphy obviously dealt with the way Rafa plays better than Mitro could. Let’s see how long the Fulham owners will tolerate the poor results just to see attacking football.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #27

    I think a lot of people decided all sorts of things about mitro because Rafa didn’t like him on his team. I remember him saving us against Sunderland, turning the game v west Bromwich and scaring the beejeepers out of Norwich. He has looked decent at Fulham too, who are not a lump it team. I’d have preferred him to be given more chances this season.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #28

    Jib, who’s the boy sol?

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  • Jib

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #29

    Just imagine for a moment that the Peter Kenyon interest was
    genuine , and he’d got some investors interested.
    Surely they would be better off waiting until Spring before making
    an approach regardless of what is happening pitchside with the Toon.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #30

    Munster,
    There was clearly a bigger picture.

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  • Jib

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #31

    Francisco Sol Ortiz
    A Spanish striker in his mid twenties
    Had a pretty average career until he moved
    to Willem2 (I think) anyway somewhere in the Dutch
    first div where he’s suddenly knocking doors out of windows

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #32

    Jib,
    Who knows, if we’re safe by then the price will just go up, he doesn’t want to sell unless it’s for silly money.

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  • hibbit

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #33

    Ashley’s bound to be interested in Fran Sol if there’s any truth in this article !!!! http://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2018/10/11/fran-sol-available-for-free-in-january-benitez-should-be-prepari/

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #34

    Jiblets,
    What do you mean Willem2 (I think) you’ve just blatantly googled it, why do you think it makes you clever googling shit to be a smart arse???

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #35

    Perhaps so jail, I certainly think Rafa’s motivations are all good. Maybe we are turning a corner after man u. Problem is, Brighton look better than us but man u first half will give them much to worry about if we can hit that level

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  • chicousa

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #36

    Jail @18
    I think you are right – that red card on Mitro in the season ending win against the Spurs, put the initial crack in the Rafa – Mitro relationship. And the final one was the retro-active 3 game suspension in the West Ham match at home last year. So Mitro did have his chances with Rafa and has only himself to blame in part for the parting of ways. All the more frustrating because since that match against the hammers Mitro has not seen red since…

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  • Jib

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #37

    Jail
    I really didn’t
    I read about it in Marca about 3 days ago

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  • Just a fan

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #38

    Sorry that was for the green frog

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  • Online Guy

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #39

    Kevin Keegan saying

    ” Rafa is hoping and praying that someone comes in and buys Newcastle before his contract is up for renewal, he can’t say it but I can “. End quote.

    I know that Rafa has said that to one of Keegans Merseyside contacts, friends, and Kevin has been told that exactly , that’s what Rafa has said.

    For real.

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  • lesh

    Oct 12, 2018 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #40

    RobLeenio

    No mid-air ‘refreshments’ for me I’m afraid. I’m past all that now – me zimmer’s takeson a mind of its own when I have a sherbet or two, it takes on the personality of a Tesco’s trolley!

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