It Was A Bittersweet Day At Anfield For This Youngster


Sean Longstaff looked a decent player when he came on for Newcastle at Liverpool, and he’s likely to get more outings for Newcastle through the end of January.

With Ki away playing for South Korea in the Asian Cup and Jonjo Shelvey still not fully fit, he could get more playing time.

It’s almost certain Sean will start a week tomorrow in the 3rd round of the FA Cup at home to Blackburn Rovers.

Sean Longstaff in action at Liverpool

This is some of what Sean said about his debut for his hometown club – when he replaced Kenedy in the 73rd minute – as reported in the Shields Gazette:

“It’s a bittersweet day again, a bit like the Carabao Cup game,”

“Obviously, we’ve got to do a better job of sticking in games when it does go 2-0 and do a better job of getting back in.”

“We probably made it a bit too easy for them at that point, but for me to be able to come on play in one of the most iconic stadiums in the world – it’s unbelievable.”

“I’m a bit lost for words. “I’m over the moon, but, a bit like the cup game, it’s a bittersweet day.”

“I don’t know to be honest – I can remember – but I just know when the manager called us your stomach drops a little bit.”

“You get a few butterflies. But, you know, coming on at 2-0 down, like the manager said to me – there’s no pressure on me.”

“You get to make your debut once. He just said to go and enjoy it. I tried to do that, obviously.”

“It didn’t help that they scored a couple more goals, but it’s always going to be tough when they’re on top.”

“But it was a good day for me and I’m over the moon for my family who’ve helped us get here and coaches along the way.”

“I heard it (the song) briefly when I came on,”

“It wasn’t until I was in the changing room after that the lads were saying they were chanting ‘if Longstaff scores, we’re on the pitch’.”

“The lads were saying ‘imagine if that chance had went in’. Obviously, it is what it is, and for them to be signing about me –  I’ve been there singing about other players.”

“It’s an unbelievable day ruined a little bit by the scoreline.”

“In 10 or 20 years time, no-one’s going to remember that we got beat 4-0. I’ll remember making my debut.”

“It’s a great day.”

Newcastle fans chanted “Sean Longstaff, he’s one of our own”  once he was on the field.

It will be good to see Sean get more playing time in the first team – especially if Jonjo Shelvey is out any longer with that thigh strain of his.

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139 comments so far

  • Optimistic Panda

    Dec 28, 2018 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Dubai

    I’m only asking questions that everybody is thinking. That shouldn’t upset anyone, they’re genuine questions.

    I used to be very optimistic but 11 years of Ashley ended that. It’s second nature to be wary of anything said or done by Ashley regarding Nufc…

    If a takeover happens In the next 10 days I’ll buy a crate of beer sit at SJP and watch the SD signs come down, it’ll be a joyful occasion.

    Until then I’ll be wary!

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  • Jib

    Dec 28, 2018 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #2

    I think Rafa’s surliness is because Ashley
    is now in a position to say
    “I told you to sign a new contract – too
    late now”

    1
  • Optimistic Panda

    Dec 28, 2018 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Jib

    Do you think Rafa will be pushed if/when new owners come in?

    You think he knows he’s getting the bullet?

    1
  • Paully

    Dec 28, 2018 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #4

    It would be madness to change manager mid-season, especially If it gets the fans on your back straight away, better to get 2 or 3 players which should be enough to avoid the drop.

    1
  • Jib

    Dec 28, 2018 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Peter Kenyon is thick as thieves with super agent
    Jorge Mendes who was instrumental in helping
    Carlos Carvalhal bring in 10 players at Swansea
    a year ago and also behind Nuno Esperito Santo at
    Wolves.
    Here a list of his players – scroll to the bottom to
    see the managers he represents
    https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/gestifute/beraterfirma/berater/413

    0
  • giimps

    Dec 28, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #6

    i just think Rafa is annoyed at the whole thing taking so long, he probably knows more but can’t say anything and has his poker face on, after all, he’s hardly going to come out and say Peter is buying the club for a rich mans plaything and we’re going to have unlimited funds to buy players with.
    It could well be that the deals for the loan players have already been done in case the sale don’t go through before Jan 31st ,and these deals are the only ones he’s allowed to mention, the others are being kept under wraps as mentioning them may jeopardize their purchase .
    Rafa , I hope, has his poker face on.

    2
  • beefman13

    Dec 28, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #7

    Yes, nowt more sure, the lad will start in the FA cup, dosnt trust him in the prem though,Diame plays 60 games in a row and is a totally inconsistent player who more often than not fouls players in dangerous areas, not scored a goal, oh he breaks up the odd attack so that’s all right then,a parcel more often than not, took him ages to find his feet at the club, had a decent end to last season but give or take a couple of games has been so average this season, no goals central midfield, pants.

    0
  • simon376

    Dec 28, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #8

    So you reckon it could be Mr M then Jib?

    1
  • yorkymag

    Dec 28, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #9

    I am not sure rafa has a poker face anymore
    It seems to me ne is a bit naffed off
    Of course could be a lot of reasons
    But something seems to have changed in the last 10 days

    2
  • Paully

    Dec 28, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #10

    Beefman so who would you play in the DM role instead of Diame currently?

    1
  • toon22

    Dec 28, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #11

    LOL

    Nobody believes the fakeover

    4
  • Paully

    Dec 28, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #12

    Hiya KBA

    2
  • toon22

    Dec 28, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #13

    So we have yet another year in a few day etc

    It’s about the 5th time so far,oddly enough nowt happened.Strange that lol

    It’s a tactic being used to mug off the fans and the club
    Rafa looks sick as oddly enough again,he’s just sick.Hes been made a mug of by MA

    Hiya KBA

    12
  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 28, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #14

    Optimistic, I agree with you marra.

    1
  • toon22

    Dec 28, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #15

    Year – sale. Auto correct

    1
  • Jib

    Dec 28, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #16

    Probably Paulo Fonseca he’s been at
    Shaktar Donetsk for 2 1/2 years the
    longest he’s ever been at a club
    He’s had a lot of Euro experience
    won cups in Portugal and the league
    twice in the Ukraine

    0
  • toon22

    Dec 28, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #17

    They want the sale lie to cover the transfer window so the lie needs a bit of life
    So they introduce a short term deadline lie

    In however many days they will say it’s close but MA needs to get back from holiday etc and add a few days

    Until feb when it all falls fla

    Just like last year

    11
  • toon22

    Dec 28, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #18

    LoL

    Moved onto fake new managers now ?

    Running out of lies it seems

    3
  • Optimistic Panda

    Dec 28, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #19

    Toon22

    Can I try and sell your image rights to Duracell?

    You make that bunny look lazy

    6
  • toon22

    Dec 28, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #20

    After Rafas treatment do you think many world class managers will fancy being made a mug of by MA
    He’s done it to every single guy he’s employed

    5
  • giimps

    Dec 28, 2018 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #21

    I would probably play Schar or Fernandez at Dm, both can read the game, have a bit of pace and can pick a pass, this would negate the need for us to sit so far back and defend , the problem is Am, we don’t have one, nor do we have a 10 or good enough strikers , Ritchie proved he can get good balls into the box early and on the move but unless we have people in the box ( not just strikers, as it makes it too easy to defend when there are only one or 2 in the box) we will struggle to score .
    We also need a bit of luck and a good referee ,neither of which we get enough of.

    4
  • simon376

    Dec 28, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #22

    Maybe Jib, though I’d much prefer to stay with Rafa

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Dec 28, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #23

    Jib

    Hahahaha.. Jose?

    I spotted Hugo Vienna on there, 35 now, it seems 35years ago he was at the toon

    2
  • toon22

    Dec 28, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #24

    It’s never MAs fault

    😉

    1
  • toon22

    Dec 28, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #25

    The shop HMV is in trouble

    You think we might buy that in January?

    8
  • Jib

    Dec 28, 2018 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #26

    Rafa lives quite a lot closer than Newcastle
    to a slew of midlands clubs , who’d all take
    him in a heartbeat.
    Nottingham Forest
    Derby County
    Birmingham
    Villa
    Stoke

    plus Evertonians I know wouldn’t be averse to him.

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  • toon22

    Dec 28, 2018 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #27

    And every one of those clubs would back him and show some ambition

    We’re a cheap advert for a tat shop

    5
  • toon22

    Dec 28, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #28

    It’s shocking how for MA has dragged this club into the gutter
    We can’t compete with anyone on that list

    8
  • yorkymag

    Dec 28, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #29

    Jib
    Do you think he would go to any of those ?
    Are they big enough?
    Other than Everton

    1
  • toon22

    Dec 28, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #30

    I guess Rafa though he would be backed here
    Or maybe the club was being sold

    His face lately shows neither is going to happen

    5
  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Dec 28, 2018 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #31

    I doubt we can attract any up and coming stars as we are too poisonous as a club and wont pay the going rate!

    2
  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Dec 28, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #32

    and would Evertonians accepts a Red manager?

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 28, 2018 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #33

    I think Rafa looks miffed because OLG knows more about the fake over than he does.

    8
  • toon22

    Dec 28, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #34

    You think we might make a cheeky bid for Aguero ?

    I’m betting City are caking it with a club like our looming over their stars

    0
  • Shoulders knees

    Dec 28, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #35

    Frog
    Is HMV an am?

    1
  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Dec 28, 2018 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #36

    Whilst Aguero may be pie in the sky – if only the FatMan could see the amount of merch he would sell on the back of it – Juve are making a profit on Ronaldo – even accounting for the transfer and wages!

    1
  • Shoulders knees

    Dec 28, 2018 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #37

    Toon 22
    Whoops sorry

    0
  • hibbit

    Dec 28, 2018 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #38

    Steve Howey definitely putting his head on the block with this statement, not the kinda guy that would knowingly make false claims and definitely not a yes man to the regime.
    best of mates with George Caulkin 😉

    6
  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Dec 28, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #39

    Front two of Debenham and HMV (a young Dutch attacker?)

    The entertainers are back!

    4
  • giimps

    Dec 28, 2018 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #40

    The Everton fans I’ve spoken to, would have Rafa, he’s revered in Liverpool for his charity work and community actions both on the blue and red side of scouseland.
    There is not the hatred towards each other in Liverpool, it’s mainly banter with a little envy perhaps.
    IMHO

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