Star Player – We Must Believe We Can Beat The Top Teams

Newcastle have some tough matches coming up in the next three weeks or so including league matches against Chelsea, Cardiff, Manchester City, and Tottenham.

And the mood on Tyneside is not ideal – as Rafa Benitez pointed out in his press conference earlier today.

We wonder how many points we can take out from those four vital games?

We need wins to get us moving away from the relegation zone, and in the five remaining games against top-six opposition, we have to think we can win some of them.

In the first seven games against the perennial top six clubs, we have lost all of them – and five in our first eight matches this season.

Martin Dubravka – we must be positive

Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is one of our most influential players both on and off the pitch, and he has been interviewed.

This is what Dubravka has said in the Chronicle today:

“It will be a big test for us over the next month.”

“The fixtures were tough for us right from the beginning of the season, and it is like that again,” 

“We knew that we could have taken more points than we have this season, but we have to believe we can beat the top teams.”

“We could have taken points from Manchester United, who are one of the top sides, and unfortunately we didn’t.”

“But we should be positive about how we played and take confidence from it.”

Not many fans are confident we can take anything out of the game tomorrow at Stamford Bridge, but we hope our lads can shock people – even including our own fans.

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38 comments so far

  • Oldgit1

    Jan 11, 2019 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Repost- Odds on josula gets to play tomorrow, keeping Rondon in reserve for the Cardiff match. Guaranteed.

  • Toonces

    Jan 11, 2019 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #3

    I think Rondon has to play tomorrow. To save him for Cardiff would mean 3 weeks since he played. Too long of a break and he could lose sharpness and match fitness.

    Who is going to play midfield with Diame tomorrow? Hayden will be a disaster against Chelsea but who else is there? Longstaff? Sangare?

  • geordiemark

    Jan 11, 2019 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #4

    I think when the 1st of February comes that the games at st james should be boycotted and every single shop Ashley owns gets the same treatment shite direct got by putting stuff in the baskets and leaving them all day long but this time until he goes end off, high time things got rough for that barstewart considering how nice hes been to us, rafa and the players

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 11, 2019 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Nothing to do with football:

    Beatles’ Let It Be movie. Rare & likely to be pulled soon!

  • geordiemark

    Jan 11, 2019 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #6

    and considering what Ashley done to the flags then why not put them around the doorway into his shite direct shops he may own the lease but he doesn’t own the public footpaths does he

  • Ffsashley

    Jan 11, 2019 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Well another week of the ITK Predictions proving fantasy Bullshit Again.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 11, 2019 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Best thing to do is target his SD warehouse in Shirebrook as well as all the other shops he has around here as well. Disrupt the warehouse staff shift changes stop all his lorries entering and leaving.

    Make him feel how he makes us feel. Destroy his beloved business like he’s destroyed our beloved club.

    Fat twatt out!!!!

  • Asi Fish

    Jan 11, 2019 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #9

    GeordieInOhio – the Six Sense ha ha ha brilliant 🙂

    In fairness BFBS is better than it was when Lightning from Gladiators presented kids tv – sky sports & movies if on Ops. But in Florida my kids couldn’t believe the amount of good stuff on tv.
    They want to move to America when we get out next year lol

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 11, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #10

    from Shelveys point of view a move to WH might be a good one, more time under the present conditions cannot be good for his career. I wouldn’t blame him (same as Rafa) for wanting away.

  • Asi Fish

    Jan 11, 2019 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #11

    No doubt Chelsea will turn up tomorrow but I’m hoping for a hard fought draw. I don’t mind defensive play if we are competent and still in the game on the counter………really hoping we don’t go behind due to an error, the heads drop and we get smashed but we are missing a lot of key (Ki) players and there is no real hope or belief anymore.

  • Asi Fish

    Jan 11, 2019 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Essex – I wouldn’t blame anyone given a life line out of the club to jump on it. Sad times…

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 11, 2019 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #13

    Might as well play Sterry and Longstaff again plus Sorensen, nowt to lose by doing so as most of us and the pundits expect us to lose anyway.

  • posada

    Jan 11, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #14

    It’s time to start thinking about direct debits and cancelling same.
    That’s the only boycott that will work.
    As far as I can gather any payment I make after February counts for next years ticket.
    You should check your own situation as this does vary apparently.

    As recently as the summer gone I said I would always keep my seat.
    What has changed ?

  • kc2012

    Jan 11, 2019 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #15

    I’d rather have ginge Colback and Saivet back and playing over Hayden Tomorrow. The lads clearly trying to force his way out of the club and I don’t like to slate a players all round ability but he really isn’t good enough at this level especially whilst he’s too busy writing love letters to his Mrs. If he plays Tomorrow he’s likely to lose his head again when Chelsea’s flair players turn him inside out and we can’t afford to play with 10 men. I’d stick Schar in beside Diame Tomorrow (if he’s available), he’s more than capable of playing in a CDM role and can pick a pass from deep.

    In other news, there is no news.

    Have a good weekend people.

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jan 11, 2019 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #16
  • RUNAWAY777

    Jan 11, 2019 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Get ashley and keyon on sky to answer some questions, takeover forget it and for them saying 350.000 to 500.000 to look at the books no one even knows it ANYONE HAS HAD A LOOK AT THEM its all guess work, then for them on here saying we must support our team what do you think the 50.000 plus been doing all season and what has the team repaid you with shit games boring games but you’ll turn up time after time and buy his shit beer chips pies all over priced but you still buy ask yourselves if you where in ashleys shoes would you sell, so in the end if you really want your club back its in your hands stay away spend some time with your familys and kids the club will always be there will your family and friends ?

  • posada

    Jan 11, 2019 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #18


    123 million in TV money for last season, plus gate money of 25-30 million.

    But, also he will get the same for this season paid in the not too distant future. It is guaranteed.
    A business should be able to borrow against that. A business owned by a billionaire should certainly be able to borrow against it.

    Something dreadful is happening. Just look to what Ellis Short did down the road if you want a to know what.

    NUFC could be self financing. That’s all we would want. Every last penny is what he said.

  • posada

    Jan 11, 2019 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #19

    Ellis Short showed him how you can strip money out of the club over 2 or 3 years and get most of your investment back.
    He will then sell the shell that is left to a Mickey Mouse consortium for 60 million or so.

    Stop talking about Takeovers. That’s what he wants you to do. It’s a smoke screen while he gets on with his dirty work.

  • kc2012

    Jan 11, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #20

    Diame a major doubt tomorrow – No Shelvey, Dummet, Kenedy, Diame, Ki or Muto

    May aswell just surrender now. Fat boy needs to get that triple padlocked chequebook out

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 11, 2019 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #21

    I think we can still finish above Huddersfield and Cardiff without adding to the squad (providing they don’t add to theirs). I also think we can compete with Burnley and Fulham for that 17th spot. I’ve got a feeling Southampton will pull away.

    If we lose Ki for a period once he returns we could be in trouble as well, we look very timid without him.

    To give us a better chance we ideally need a creative player in midfield who will set things up and get a few goals, as well as another wide player to threaten. If I’m being greedy I’d also like another forward and a left back, but I think they aren’t as urgent as the first two suggestions.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jan 11, 2019 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #22

    If we lose any players we will be in trouble haha where in trouble now or can you not see that.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 11, 2019 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #23

    Someone give Transfer sage a prod, I think he’s fallen asleep and is dreaming! 🙂

  • Pain in the Blog

    Jan 11, 2019 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #24

    Oldgit #1
    I agree with you that Rondón should (and probably will) be saved for the Cardiff match because that is the most important match we will have in the near future.

    When we lose to Chelsea this weekend coming (with or without Rondón), Hudds lose to Cardiff, Burnley beat Fulham, and Soton lose to Leicester it will put us in 17th. place just 2 points from the relegation places and 3 points below Cardiff and Burnley.

    The following weekend Fulham should lose to Spurs, Hudds lose to Citeh, Burnley lose to Watford (at Vicarage Road) and Soton might lose to Everton (even at St. Mary’s). If we beat Cardiff at SJP we will gain 3 points on all our relegation rivals. Individual matches do not get much more important than that – so Rafa has to ensure that Rondón is fit.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 11, 2019 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #25


    I’ll rephrase. We are in a relegation battle now, one we might lose but we might win. I think if we lost Ki for the rest of the season, we’d not be able to compete. I feel he’s made the difference in midfield in the games where we got points. He makes us more of a threat. We are hanging in now but we are a couple injuries away from not even being in it.


    I’m just about awake… it was what we need, not what we’ll get. I’ve seen enough over the last 11 years to know that a January where we improve the squad is a scarcity. I only remember it happening twice. The year we got Cisse and the year we got all the boys from Ligue 1.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 11, 2019 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #26

    Pain in the blog

    But would we b served better from Rondon playing and keeping his sharpness as he’ll have plenty time to rest.

    For me it’s a one for Rafa to judge, he’ll know best on this one.

  • Pain in the Blog

    Jan 11, 2019 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #27


    Yes, that’s a slightly different take on it. Keeping match fitness and risking injury or wrapping in cotton wool – it’s the age old dilemma. But Rafa is cautious by nature so I think Oldgit may have called this correctly.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jan 11, 2019 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Transfer Sage thats better my friend but we are always in that position these days ive forgot them good times at sjp been so long.


    Jan 11, 2019 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Anyone think shelvey gettin another “injury” when he’s linked to a move away is a bit coincidental, especially when he’s had a lip on with being on the bench recently??….could it be he’s spat his dummy oot?….or could be the club playing on his injury to put off potential buyers….just think it’s strange.

  • ashleysmate

    Jan 11, 2019 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #30

    Hibbit @2
    Most hammers fans don’t want him

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 11, 2019 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #31


    If a club wanted him then surely a minor injury wouldn’t put them off. We got Slimani last year when he was inured, Solanke won’t be starting for Bournemouth right away due to injury, it’s not uncommon.

    It could be Shelvey sulking to get a move, who knows.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 11, 2019 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #32


    Unfortunately they are gone. As bad as things are, Ashley won’t be here forever, the day he goes whether this season or 10 years from now will see the biggest celebrations in Newcastle for many years.

  • hibbit

    Jan 11, 2019 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #33

    ashleysmate @30
    it appears the one’s that matter do 😉

  • Tsunki

    Jan 11, 2019 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #34

    You know what? Were going to beat chelsea. I can see this one happening and stunning everyone ha ha. 2-0 first goal late first half, get battered for 40 minutes and score 92 minutes to wrap it up. You heard it here lol. But if we get stuffed it was Belfast’s idea he started it.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 11, 2019 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #35

    Shelveys goals, assists and set piece stats are atrocious.

  • kc2012

    Jan 11, 2019 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #36

    Doubt they’d risk a fake injury to Shelvey right now, the lad needs gametime. If we don’t want to sell him then we won’t. Seems abit far fetched. They said he’d been to a specialist earlier in the week anyway so it’s probs something minor not worth risking in a game we’re expected to lose heavily with or without him.

    Just seen we’re linked with Maximilian Phillip from Dortmund on loan….I bet our ballboys and tea ladies are only on loan aswell

  • Bladey

    Jan 11, 2019 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #37

    Lets hope he is here for another decade then
    You and your like on this blog who deride the protesting fans deserve him and rafas disgraceful football for years to come
    I’m just sorry for the fans who try there best to oust him that they have to sit with you lot in sjp

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 11, 2019 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #38


    I’ve never derided protesting fans once. I even suggested additional ways of protesting this week.

    Strange comment.


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