Rafa Wants Players To Forget What Happened On December 9th


Newcastle lost 2-1 at home to Wolves when we played the newly promoted side on December 9th.

In that game, it was a stoppage-time header from Matt Doherty beat a 10 man Newcastle.

The winning goal was scored as Ayoze Perez seemed to have been fouled (elbowed) by Willie Boly in the Wolves penalty area but the referee simply waved play on.

We haven’t had much help from referees this season.

DeAndre Yedlin had been sent off after 52 minutes for what is termed a professional foul and that didn’t help our cause.

Rafa Benitez welcomes Nuno Espírito Santo on December 9th

Rafa thought at the time it was a really harsh sending off and was livid at the end of the game.

The manager had this to say in the Shield’s Gazette about tomorrow night’s game at Molineux: he wants players to forget what happened back on December 9th:

“We knew after the game watching the replays that everything was wrong and we didn’t deserve to lose the game, but we cannot change that.” 

“We have to concentrate now on this one. “It’s an opportunity for us because every game for us is a final.”

“So this is the first one and we have to play all the finals with everybody concentrated and focused on that.”

“They are doing well. They have a good manager, they have very good players.”

“We talk about the newly-promoted teams, but they have spent more than £100M, some of them.”

“So it’s not the same as when you have another promoted team, for example like Huddersfield, who spent some money, but still there’s a big difference.”

“If you see the players that they have, they have champions of Europe, they have players who play at international level.”

“They are a good team doing really well.”

After both Cardiff and Burnley won their games yesterday they jumped above Newcastle in the league.

We are now in 17th position and the squad flies off to Murcia, Spain immediately after the match.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
13Crystal Palace26-727
14Brighton26-1127
15Burnley26-1827
16Newcastle26-1225
17Cardiff26-2325
18Southampton26-1624
19Fulham26-3317
20Huddersfield26-3411

So it would be excellent if we can win this game and haul ourselves up the table and back to 15th place

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109 comments so far

  • lesh

    Feb 10, 2019 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #81

    Jiblets

    There’s nothing in your Marrico link that shows a price – where’d you get your £2.4m from.

    Who’s Adrian Barnes? Any relation to Justin?

    And for your information, here’s an old True Faith link for your consideration. I accept it doesn’t refer to any hotel/casino development which I’d understood was intended for the land. Unless they were planned into the ground extension.

    In any event, Ashley sold off what was a club asset, profited from it and blocked any potential for an extension to SJP. What I find distasteful is that the proceeds from sale weren’t placed with the club.

    Ashley will probably argue that the club’s skint and he can’t or won’t sanction any spend on refreshing the crumbling SJP or the club’s training facilities. He’s milked the club dry – perhaps you could defend his actions? We’ll await with interest

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  • lesh

    Feb 10, 2019 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #82
  • Legolas

    Feb 10, 2019 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #83

    Jib @74. One of a long list of Ashington sporting heroes. Good breed Ashington folk.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Feb 10, 2019 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #84

    I’m fascinated to see what Rafa does with this group of players. Lots of possibilities now.

    Even this, which is rock solid at the back, tight and industrious in midfield and has creativity and greater goal threat in the final third.

    …………………..Dubravka.
    Schar…Lascelles…Lejeune..Dummett.
    …………….Hayden..Longstaff.
    ………Perez…….Almiron…….Muto.
    …………………….Rondon….

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 10, 2019 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #85

    Where is our saviour Ken Lin.

    Have Newcastle Ventures taken over yet.

    The above information was the conclusion of world class investigations by intrepid blogger detectives. What is the delay.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 10, 2019 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #86

    ” It’s happening I tell ya- it’s happening I tell ya”.

    Outburst of a right tool. Nay sir a complete tool.

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  • ashleysmate

    Feb 10, 2019 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #87

    Online.. Take a chill pill… (meant to be positive)
    The phatt boy will get what’s coming… In the words of my lovely grandma… and the rest of the world. What goes around…?!

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 10, 2019 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #88

    “After five windows when we are in profit I do not have any pressure.” Benitez

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/feb/10/rafael-benitez-miguel-almiron-instant-impact-newcastle

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Feb 10, 2019 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #89

    In regards to Ashley, the devil really is no longer in the detail. No point in banging on about it. If he can’t do enough to keep Rafa on board, he’s well and truly out of time. Protest, protest, protest, protest, until he’s gone.

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  • Optimistic Magpie

    Feb 10, 2019 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #90

    Here’s the thing, was the sale all bullshit? time will tell, if someone is waiting in the wings and seeing if NUFC stay in the Prem? time will tell.

    Has MA done something illegal purchasing and then selling land? time will tell.

    Right now I don’t give a flying fcuk about any of that, right now I am focusing on our team hopefully winning our next three games, that’s it in a nut shell.

    Remember as fans these words.

    It’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city. It’s a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father’s hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Feb 10, 2019 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #91

    “After five windows when we are in profit I do not have any pressure.”

    What does this mean exactly: that if we go down, it can’t be considered Rafa’s fault, and that the money is there to be spent and so the pressure is on Ashley to work things out?

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 11, 2019 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #92

    I think so Nicky. Ie I have done my best but can’t do more. That’s all well and good until we see Watford flying high playing good football on a small budget. On a more positive note, think we can get away from this, just, and can’t wait to see almiron

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  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 11, 2019 at 5:36 AM

    Comment #93

    The chronic (Lee Ryder) are saying we may just get a draw tonight – so basically he’s saying we’ll lose unless we get lucky.

    https://t.co/ftfkW8a1h0

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Feb 11, 2019 at 6:25 AM

    Comment #94

    Whats with all the political bull shit on here lately?

    Please keep your loyalties to yourself unless its Nufc.

    Patriotism is a virtue of the vicious.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 11, 2019 at 6:26 AM

    Comment #95

    Munster,
    In Watfords first season they were the third biggest net spenders, behind us bizarrely enough in second. In their second year they net spent 39M and the year after they net spent 32M, all that investment paid off for them this season and they made a profit. It is our idiot owners policy of backing a manager like Steve McLaren but point blank refusing to back a manager with trophies everywhere he’s been that is the reason for our two relegations and now countless relegation scraps.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Feb 11, 2019 at 6:26 AM

    Comment #96

    Anyone got a update on the update.

    Ive been busy all weekend

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 11, 2019 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #97

    OP,
    OLG has got news but he doesn’t want to push his source too much, he’s waiting on a phone call.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Feb 11, 2019 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #98

    Phone call?

    Wasnt the fatmans crack we’d har something last week

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Feb 11, 2019 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #99

    Well, it’s a difficult comparison to make between Watford and us. What was their squad worth relative to ours the season we returned? How much have they spent relative to us since? Gracia, as well as he’s done, how would he handle an animal like us, the hardest job in football, harder still under this owner? He’s done very well so far, but better than Benitez? He’s been there one year. I know who I’d prefer.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 11, 2019 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #100

    Nicky,
    It’s just another stick to beat the manager with, he’s been doing it since that first game against Leicester, only fair and balanced to point out how shit the manager is.

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  • lochinvar

    Feb 11, 2019 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #101

    Former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper has denied rumours that he is being lined up as a Conservative Party mayoral candidate in the north east. (Newcastle Chronicle)

    Would his role cover Newcastle ?
    If it did then we can ask him for an enquiry into the Strawberry Place fiasco and expose what’s going on. Really beginning to think that the City council have a responsibility to reveal exactly what’s being planned and their role in the deals and planning strategy for the area. I wonder if anyone would be uncomfortable with this . In these days of transparency and responsibility silence from within the Civic Centre would not be a healthy response. They have the opportunity to show that there’s nothing untoward and that nothing in the planning process would compromise any future expansion off the Gallowgate or the original draft plans that allowed this with pedestrian access and even road access been built under a new stand as a fine example of design and engineering achievements.

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  • lochinvar

    Feb 11, 2019 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #102

    Optimistic
    Wasnt the fatmans crack we’d har something last week

    Would you like to rephrase that.
    Just put me right off me breakfast

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  • lochinvar

    Feb 11, 2019 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #103

    https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/business/business-news/mike-ashley-st-james-metro-15800502?utm_source=chronicle_live_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=EM_TheJournal_Nletter_News_Business_headlineteaser_Text_Story5&utm_campaign=business_newsletter

    Looks like a glorious mess whichever way you view it.
    The ownership of the site being bounced around over the years.
    Ignoring the earlier plans to extend the Gallowgate over the road which could have run underneath the stand.
    Re locating the SJP Metro when that should be extended to offer improved transport infrastructure.
    New offices and student flats that look like the architect from Legoland has scribbled a design for on his day off, facing directly onto the structure of SJP.
    And this is part of the City Councils “vision” ?
    The Planning Department approved this ?

    Yet they fail to provide any Planning Strategy or Guidelines for SJP development bearing in mind that this is a significant part of the City’s skyline and infrastructure.

    Something not right here.
    In fact it feels wrong.
    Only conclusion is that some numpty wants to make a name for themselves and build extensions to the Science Park on the SJP and build SJP v2 somewhere else based on what they’ve Googled about the Allianz Stadium in Germany, The Emirates and Spurs he’s ground.

    The silence is deafening.
    And that silence is always a bad sign, a very bad sign.
    There is no vision for the redevelopment of the area. It’s a totally ad hoc process characterised by clumsy architecture and appalling planning with random buildings popped up like toy town.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 11, 2019 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #104

    You’re right there lochinver.

    “Something not right here.
    In fact it feels wrong”.

    Hopefully Chi will find out? Or is it wishful thinking?

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  • the ledge

    Feb 11, 2019 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #105

    Stop lads you will have Jib in hulla.

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  • Jib

    Feb 11, 2019 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #106

    wtf is hulla ?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 11, 2019 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #107

    hullabaloo

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  • Jib

    Feb 11, 2019 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #108

    In January 2008 – less than six months after
    Ashley’s takeover – the rejection of the mooted
    Super Casino plans meant NUFC had to pay back
    MGM £5M – this was probably one of the hidden
    costs that Ashley whinged about at the time.

    The proceeds from the land are probably regarded as
    an offset against that.

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 11, 2019 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #109

    If certain conditions are met, I would have no issue with the land being redeveloped. Said conditions being:
    A thorough investigation has been undertaken to consider if it is now feasible with modern building and civil engineering technologies to expand the ground.
    NUFC benefits from the sale of the land.

    As the first has not been met and the second is unlikely at best, the land sale needs to be urgently investigated.

    Steve Harper may well be a possible candidate for the new North of Tyne Mayoral elections, but one such who is almost nailed on is Nick Forbes, the Labour Leader of Newcastle City Council.

    We should all contact Councillor Forbes and tell him that he will only receive our vote if he immediately looks into the running of NUFC and specifically the stripping of the assets around NUFC and SJP.

    Nick Forbes’ campaign page:
    https://www.nick4mayor.com/

    Nick Forbes’ contact details:
    https://northeastca.gov.uk/people/nick-forbes/

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