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Huge Competition For This Position Next Season

Monday, May 30th, 2016 · 66 Comments

When Tim Krul was injured last October, he wouldn’t have realized at the time just how well his two deputies – Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow – would perform in goal for Newcastle for the rest of the season.

Rob came in with Karl also out injured at the time – and he was brilliant and the Player of the Season for Newcastle.

Karl then came in early April for the last eight games, after Rob himself was injured – and the 25 year-old played very well indeed and showed what a good goalkeeper he is.

His overall display against Crystal Palace when he saved that penalty from Yohan Cabaye was simply awesome.

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Karl Darlow and Rafa Benitez
After the 1-0 Palace win when Karl saved a penalty
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Who Are The Favorites To Be Promoted From Championship?

Monday, May 30th, 2016 · 10 Comments

Hull City, Burnley and QPR were all relegated last season (2015) from the Premier League and two of those three clubs – Hull and Burnley – have come straight back up this season with QPR finishing in 12th place.

And in today’s SkyBet odds, the three relegated sides this season – Aston Villa, Norwich City and Newcastle United are the top three favorites to be promoted from the SkyBet Championship in this upcoming season.

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→ 10 CommentsTags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League

These Are Strange Comments From Gini Wijnaldum

Monday, May 30th, 2016 · 19 Comments

Gini Wijnaldum was excellent for us in the first part of last season through the end of last year, but then we went off and failed to score any goals for us until the final day of the season against Tottenham, when we had already been relegated.

What was also true about Gini is that he was a much better player at St. James’ Park than he was away from home, when he often disappeared in games.

There was mounting criticism of Wijnaldum and some other of our better players as the season came to an end after we had beaten Tottenham 2-1 at White Hart Lane but then went 10 games on the road  losing every one of them.

Then we managed a 2-2 draw at Liverpool on 22 April when we came back from 2-0 down at half time.

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Gini Wijnaldum after scoring penalty against Tottenham
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Good News From Goalkeeper Rob Elliot

Sunday, May 29th, 2016 · 87 Comments

Rob Elliot didn’t just play great for us last season, when he came into the side for the injured Tom Krul and was our Player of the Season but he’s also a brave lad and a leader.

Rob’s had that dodgy thigh of his that was always threatening to go and he would be out of action for months.

But the good news today is while he is recovering from the terrible ACL knee injury he picked up playing for Ireland in a friendly game in late March, he finally had surgery yesterday that will fully repair the injured tendon in his thigh.

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Rob Elliot saving from Erik Lamella at Tottenham last December

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It’s A Massive Boost For This Local Lad

Sunday, May 29th, 2016 · 110 Comments

After Rafa Benitez came in during March and Paul Dummett finally recovered from those hamstring injuries, Paul played really well when he came in for those final six games of the season (3 wins – 3 draws) after the Southampton disaster and the local lad played very well.

It;s probably the best we;ve seen Paul play and we’re sure Rafa Benitez had something to do with that.


Rafa Benitez talks with Paul Dummett At Anfield
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