Players Improve As They Listen And Learn From Manager – Next Season Must Be Turning Point


Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles talked after the terrific win last Friday night at the King Power Stadium – and it seems some time ago now.

It turned out to be a surprisingly comfortable game for the players and although Leicester had 72% of possession they didn’t threaten Newcastle many times at all.

Newcastle played so well as a team – it was a Rafa Benitez type of performance, and our players worked their socks off for what was a vital win.

After 25 minutes Salomon Rondon hit the crossbar with another terrific free kick.

And after Ayoze Perez put us ahead after 32 minutes with a beautiful header – we could and maybe should have gone further ahead.

Rafa Benitez with Jamaal Lascelles

Lascelles has pointed to the fact that the players have improved this season under the guidance of Mr. Benitez:

“We know we can get better. That doesn’t mean by signing players, it just means by keeping on listening and learning from the manager.”

“We’re still getting to know the league really, not that many players have played that much Premier League football. When we gain a bit more experience, we’ll get better.”

“We still need to get a bit more savvy and streetwise on the pitch. There have been some games we’ve lost through fine margins, and it hasn’t been because of a lack of quality or work ethic.”

“If we’re winning, it’s maybe been because we haven’t got the ball in the corner or committed a little foul at a crucial moment.”

“When we’ve got a bit more experience of the Premier League, I think that will be a big difference.”

“We’re over the moon (with Friday’s win).” “We knew it was going to be a really tough game.”

“Leicester have got a lot of experience, and a lot of young flair players in their team who know what they’re doing.”

“They’ve got a good manager, but we had a game plan that we’d worked on all week in training, and I think we really frustrated them.”

“I think the manager will be over the moon.”

And this will be another season for our players knowing exactly what’s expected of them from the manager.

We now have to hope Rafa is allowed to bring in say five new players this summer.

He will also need to sell the fringe players who are no longer required at the club.

Then hopefully we can have a good season next term where we are always in the top half of the league.

That in itself would be a huge relief for our long-suffering fans.

Next season has to be the turning point and it’s upwards and onwards from now on.

Hope so.

Comments welcome.


173 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #41

    Thanks, ronaldo.

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  • Jib

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #42

    https://bit.ly/2TfikJm

    The match is on the above if you can be arsed to register

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #43

    Ronaldo, got it, cheers.

    Don’r worry about the score, our lads like to give other teams a start! 😉

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #44

    Strange that Notre Dam like the Glasgow School of Art burns while renovation work is taking place.
    Don’t they have sensors, cameras, and workmen on watch ?
    Negligence on a massive scale

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  • RobLeenio

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #45

    Cheers Ronaldo.

    They don’t make it easy to find, do they?

    The lads have been 2-0 down in at least a couple of recent games, before coming back to win. Nowt to worry about just yet.

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  • toon22

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #46

    Same people as usual sticking up for MA

    It’s never MAs fault

    😉

    2
  • Jib

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #47

    IT phone home

    2
  • Ron Knee

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #48

    Sly Stone takes a short corner.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #49

    I hope the hunch back is ok!

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #50

    2-0 now ManU are far better at the moment.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #51

    Temporary lighting caused by a badly wired 110V splitter.

    1
  • Jib

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #52

    3 – 0 oh dear

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #53

    3-0 now 🙁

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  • toon22

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #54

    JIB

    How many of your alt accounts are pro MA ?

    TAKING THE MIKE Sports Direct to close warehouse putting 300 jobs at risk – as Mike Ashley accused of ‘putting profits before people’

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8870221/sports-direct-close-warehouse-jobs-risk-mike-ashley-profits/

    3
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #55

    They’re just strolling through our defence.

    1
  • Jib

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #56

    employees have been offered the opportunity to take up employment at the retailer’s packaging site in Shirebrook, Derbyshire.

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  • toon22

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #57

    JIB

    As pro MA as possible lol

    The investigation has arisen because Sportsdirect.com Retail reportedly used Barlin Delivery to provide deliveries to their customers and made hundreds of thousands of pounds in undisclosed payments to the logistics company.

    https://www.accountancyage.com/2018/09/13/frc-investigating-grant-thorntons-sports-direct-audits/

    “undisclosed payments”

    Tick..Tock..Tick

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  • toon22

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #58

    JIB

    The average journey time between Shirebrook and Wigan North Western is 4 hours 7 minutes.

    Its the sack for them due to the distance alone,lets see how it goes for them to get what they are legally due

    6
  • toon22

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #59

    Im sure one of your alts will agree with you though JIB

    LoL

    6
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #60

    HT still 3-0 to ManU.

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #61

    The Orange Man Baby has a cunning plan:

    Donald J. Trump
    ?
    @realDonaldTrump
    So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!

    5
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 15, 2019 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #62

    Enrique been given all clear from brain tumour

    4
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 15, 2019 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #63

    The mans a genius, why has no one else thought of that.

    3
  • Jib

    Apr 15, 2019 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #64

    Donald is a fire – fighting genius
    He learned it al from saving
    California
    Oh!
    Just a minute

    3
  • Jib

    Apr 15, 2019 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #65

    all even

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 15, 2019 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #66

    I’m sure chicousa can vouch for Donalds fire fighting skills.

    3
  • Ron Knee

    Apr 15, 2019 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #67

    Foster blunders.

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 15, 2019 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #68

    Deeney sent off.

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  • sing in the corner

    Apr 15, 2019 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #69

    2 moments of Watford madness in the first 12 mins rendered this game unwatchable now.

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  • Jib

    Apr 15, 2019 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #70

    Deeney’s red card was like Mitro’s against Lanzini
    Lesson
    Keep your arms down when competing against a guy much smaller than you

    1
  • lesh

    Apr 15, 2019 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #71

    Jib

    So, Mikey boy, ever the caring capitalist, has offered its Wigan warehouse employees the opportunity to take up employment at the retailer’s packaging site in Shirebrook, Derbyshire. They’ll be delighted!

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 15, 2019 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #72

    lesh,
    If they don’t want to work there they’re being offered work at his gulag in Siberia.

    3
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 15, 2019 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #73

    4-0 now. Bad night for our lads.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 15, 2019 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #74

    EGB,
    I was surprised earlier when I realised Man U had a team in the second tier, I wonder why that is, maybe a lot of their promising youngsters out on loan???

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Apr 15, 2019 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #75

    Not sure they’ll be able to come back from 5-0 down
    🙁

    1
  • carltoon

    Apr 15, 2019 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #76

    Terrible night for the young players man u. Youngsters just strolling around.

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  • RobLeenio

    Apr 15, 2019 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #77

    The lads won the reverse fixture 4-1 too. I’m not quite clear how….

    1
  • carltoon

    Apr 15, 2019 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #78

    Think they could have went top. Don’t know how on this showing.

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  • carltoon

    Apr 15, 2019 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #79

    So they did.

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 15, 2019 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #80

    The wit and wisdom of Troy Deeney:

    “Whenever I play Arsenal, I’ll go up and think, ‘Let me whack the first one and see who wants it’.”

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