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

  • jane

    Apr 15, 2019 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #121

    i do not posses a dog. that sounds like an old man’s dog.

  • jane

    Apr 15, 2019 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #122

    try geek

  • jane

    Apr 15, 2019 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #123

    where’s Belfast these days?

  • jane

    Apr 15, 2019 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #124

    and Jesper

  • jane

    Apr 15, 2019 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #125

    caption of the lemon crew

  • jane

    Apr 15, 2019 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #126

    U23s saving themselves for the play-offs

  • jane

    Apr 15, 2019 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #127

    wonder if anyone has done a whole page of posts.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 15, 2019 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #128

    Not for a while

  • Tsunki

    Apr 15, 2019 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #129

    I think Belfast and Jesper met up for a breeze Block Death Match. And drew.

  • carltoon

    Apr 15, 2019 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #130

    30 years since Hillsborough. My thoughts with Liverpool. Was the ground of my favourite all time match versus Burnley in the semi final of the FA cup. What a fantastic day that was. If only Mr Ashley.

  • carltoon

    Apr 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #131

    Of course that’s not being rational. It’s being old emotional and sentimental.

  • Just a fan

    Apr 16, 2019 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #132

    Burnley semi final.
    Just a distant memory now.

  • carltoon

    Apr 16, 2019 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #133

    Yes but a distant memory. Got crushed queuing for the tickets at St James park. But Hillsborough was classed as fantastic ground. And of course the weather was red hot. The game was brilliant pity the final was crap which I also went to.

  • Ashley Independent Traders

    Apr 16, 2019 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #134

    Roll on the next four games, get them over and done with and then on to Rafa’s contract.
    Don’t fcuk around Mike, either give him what he wants or don’t, but have a manager in place before the window opens with enough money so we can at least challenge for top 12 next season and not challenge for bottom 13. Fans don’t need the sunshine all year round but a little light at the end of the tunnel is all we ask for, not much to keep your customers happy!!!!

  • NY Mag

    Apr 16, 2019 at 3:03 AM

    Comment #135

    Ashley independent traders

    Why did you change your picture? I liked the three wheeled van 🙂

  • NY Mag

    Apr 16, 2019 at 3:05 AM

    Comment #136

    Top 12 / bottom 13????

    25 teams in the league – am I missing something?

  • NY Mag

    Apr 16, 2019 at 3:12 AM

    Comment #137

    Bournemouth are on 41 points in 12th place – we are 3 points behind them, are we not already challenging for 12th place? Personally, I would like to be challenging higher than that

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Apr 16, 2019 at 3:14 AM

    Comment #138

    NY just me messing around, can’t help myself, MA needs the piss taken out of him as much a possible.

  • NY Mag

    Apr 16, 2019 at 3:18 AM

    Comment #139

    Nostradamus ,

    You got me – I fell for it, hook, line and sinker 🙂

    I did like the picture though!!!

  • NY Mag

    Apr 16, 2019 at 3:21 AM

    Comment #140

    Be careful with the multiple names – it’s a bit of a touchy subject on here 😀

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Apr 16, 2019 at 4:31 AM

    Comment #141

    True, true. I don’t get all these multiple names people, it is fun though when they forget which one they are and answer to a question about the other name.

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 16, 2019 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #142

    Happy Birthday Rafa!!!!!!!!

  • Jib

    Apr 16, 2019 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #143

    feliz cumpleaños Señor Benitez

  • Jib

    Apr 16, 2019 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #144

    I see the only two female posters (I think)
    Jane and Carltoon had a cat fight last night
    Only 2 women on the blog and they don’t like
    each other
    That’s some sort of comment on humanity the
    state of the world and life in general

  • Jib

    Apr 16, 2019 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #145

    Talking of Carltoon
    Anyone remember that splendid old
    cinema in Tynemouth the Carlton ?
    Site of Timothy Duff court now.
    A flick followed by a visit to Marshalls
    fish and chips – HEAVEN

  • lochinvar

    Apr 16, 2019 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #146

    This morning’s pop up ad is ” it only takes one accident to start a fire” , ” Test your smoke alarms now”
    Pity the French contractors at Notre Dame didn’t take notice. Or those at The Glasgow School of Art.
    Where is Corporate negligence when you need it.

  • magscar

    Apr 16, 2019 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #147


    Yeah remember the Carlton but mainly went to the Rex , Gaumont or Albion in Shields -all gone as well . Occasionally strayed to the Lyric in Howdon – oh the halcyon days before GOT 🙂

  • Jib

    Apr 16, 2019 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #148

    Rex – Billy Mill
    Gaumont – next to the station
    Albion – along from Christ church
    next to the Masonic hall

    I associate the Gaumont with pork shops
    rather than fish and chips

  • Jib

    Apr 16, 2019 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #149

    Savaloy dip with crackling
    yummy !!!!

  • Jib

    Apr 16, 2019 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #150

    There was also one in Whitley Bay on the
    front among the arcades part of the Spanish City
    We called it the fleapit , I cannot remember its proper name

  • magscar

    Apr 16, 2019 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #151


    Pork chops?? Remember the pork sandwich shop on Albion Road and ha’penny dips (large bun dipped in tasty gravy) in late 50’s early 60’s but chops – strange takeaway. Gaumont was my favourite of the three but before my time for the Howard (?) other Shields cinema I think it was

  • magscar

    Apr 16, 2019 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #152

    Ahh shops not chops – better put my glasses on :-0

  • magscar

    Apr 16, 2019 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #153

    Struggling to remember one in the City but there was one across the road from it which is now a theatre but can’t remember it’s name . Went to the City often from each Easter when it opened but rarely went to flicks there ahh memories

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 16, 2019 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #154

    The Rex in Hebburn. Pelaw Grand.

  • Jib

    Apr 16, 2019 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #155

    There was a pork shop up Nile Street just past Charlie Robson’s

  • magscar

    Apr 16, 2019 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #156

    Anyway enough nostalgia – haircut and picking up grandson calls on this sunny morning 🙂

    If not careful will start recalling all the flicks in the Toon before the multiplexes and be stuck on here – the Queens to kick it off as I depart – bye for now

  • Jib

    Apr 16, 2019 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #157

    Look at this
    It’ll make you happy you’re in La Belle France

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 16, 2019 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #158

    I see we are being linked to a lot of young British players this morning Fraser , Brooks and the boy from Burnley!!

    The under 25 rule is perfectly fine as long as you are bringing in the best of the best and these boys are doing well in the big league!

    Would love us to sign Fraser he would become a real fans favourite up here but I suspect he will get a chance at a top 6 team!

  • lochinvar

    Apr 16, 2019 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #159

    A chilly spell which brought frost and blustery winds is due to break by the Easter weekend
    Temperature highs of 18C have been forecast on Saturday and Easter Sunday, warmer than the predicted highs of 15C in Athens and 16C in Madrid.

    Stay home Jib, Scorchio !

  • Jib

    Apr 16, 2019 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #160

    Whitley Bay on Easter Monday
    long held tradition


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