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News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

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Unchanged Side For Newcastle At Liverpool – Mbabu On Bench

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 · 285 Comments

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Rafa Benitez has just announced his Newcastle team for the crucial game at Liverpool this afternoon and it’s an unchanged side that drew with Manchester City 1-1 on Tuesday night at St. James’ Park.

That was not unexpected.
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Rafa Benitez Praise For Local Lad And Youngster Too

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 · 14 Comments

Rafa Benitez has said the return of Paul Dummett to the side has balanced the defense and we now have a left footed player at left back and a right footed player at right back in Vurnon Anita,  who has had two great games in the back four for the Magpies.

Paul has also looked good at left back after he finally returned from his hamstring injury and 20 year-old Kevin Mbabu is also back in the squad and Rafa also has some praise for him.


Paul Dummett in action Tuesday night
Local lad has been solid since his return

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Rafa Has Real Belief – Looking For Win At Liverpool

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 · 33 Comments

Rafa Benitez goes into every single game he manages trying to win and it’s been no different at Newcastle and the six games he has managed we were in with a chance of winning five of those games over the last 20 minutes.

The only exception was the terrible performance at Southampton – but that was also our last away game and we have also lost 14 of 17 on the road this season – a disgraceful record.


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Rafa Benitez – training with the players at Benton
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Rafa’s A Successful Manager – A Nice Person – I Really Like Him

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 · 2 Comments

It looks like it’s going to be a love-in at Anfield this afternoon between Liverpool fans and their returning former manager Rafa Benitez, who is now miraculously Newcastle’s manager.

And even Jurgen Klopp, the new very successful and popular manager at Liverpool since only last October, has joined in the praise and doesn’t mind one little bit about the fans’ adulation of the man who took Liverpool to  their 5th Champions League (European Cup) success.

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Rafa Benitez – when he first arrived at St. James’ Park
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Newcastle Captain Probably Out For The Season

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 · 35 Comments

Rafa Benitez has said that he is not optimistic that Fabricio Coloccini can return to play for Newcastle this season.

Colo picked up the  calf injury after the 5-1 humiliation at Chelsea when the Newcastle squad went for a short five day holiday to the south of Spain.

It was in the warm down after the 2-1 win against Lillestrom that Colo damaged the calf – and he didn’t even play in that game.


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Fabricio Coloccini – could have played his last game
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