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Newcastle Must Not Take Rotherham Lightly

Friday, January 20th, 2017 · 128 Comments

Every team in the Championship seems to be able to beat any other team on their day – and in that aspect it’s not unlike the Premier League.

We remember well the game at New York Stadium on Saturday, October 1st when a wonder goal from Cristian Atsu put us 1-0 up after 41 minutes.

But we were hanging on desperately near the end of that game as Rotherham threw everything but the kitchen sink at us – but we just held out for all 3 points.

Rotherham’s Paul Warne – interim manager for rest of the season
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Is This A Rising New Star At Newcastle?

Friday, January 20th, 2017 · 4 Comments

Newcastle easily won the game on Wednesday night against Birmingham City, but the score should never have been just 2-1 with 20 minutes to play and that ‘s what comes when you have chances to go 3-0 up and you don’t take them.

Newcastle have to kill teams off when they dominate the play so much – that’s an areas we have to improve as the season goes on.

Rafa played three youngsters on Wednesday night –  Dan Barlasar, Yasin Ben El-Mhanni and Stuart Findlay –  as he rested some first teamers for the important league game against Rotherham United tomorrow afternoon.

Stuart Findley – impressive display from the 21 year-old center-back
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Newcastle Make Formal Approach For Former Winger

Friday, January 20th, 2017 · 8 Comments

There’s a report in the Northern Echo today that Newcastle have made a formal approach to Crystal Palace about taking their former winger Andros Townsend back to Newcastle.

The loan is for the rest of the season, with an option to buy Townsend in the summer.

Signing Andros permanently would depend on whether he can reach the form he showed for us last season when he was easily one of our best players during the fight against relegation – which we ultimately lost.

It would also depend on Newcastle gaining promotion back to the Premier League and if we can get Andros back he could certainly help us with that goal.

Andros Townsend and Rafa Benitez in May last year
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Rafa Benitez Stands By His Star Player

Friday, January 20th, 2017 · 3 Comments

There’s a report in the Mail following the 3-1 win against Birmingham City on Wednesday night where Rafa Benitez stands up for Jonjo Shelvey, whom he made captain for the night in the absence of Jamaal Lascelles.

Jonjo had an excellent game in his comeback from a five game suspension for an FA misconduct charge he picked up during the 2-0 defeat against Wolves back on Saturday 17th September.

He was easily our Man of the Match on Wednesday night with over 75% of the vote.

Jonjo appealed the charge, but lost his case before an independent tribunal and he was subsequently fined £100K and suspended for five games for allegedly using racial language against one of the Wolves players.

Jonjo Shelvey – in action  in the FA Cup against Birmingham
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Newcastle Linked With Impressive New Transfer Target

Thursday, January 19th, 2017 · 76 Comments

GOAL are reporting today that Newcastle United are interested in 25 year-old Brazilian winger Jonathan Cafu, who currently plays for Bulgarian club Ludogorets.

The report is that Rafa Benitez is interested in the right winger who moved to Bulgaria from South America in the summer of 2015 for €2.2M.

Since then he has played 53 games for his club with a good 19 goals and 10 assists.

25 year-old Brazilian winger Jonathan Cafu
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This Is Our Man Of The Match – He’s Back

Thursday, January 19th, 2017 · 88 Comments

The big talking point about the game last night was how Jonjo Shelvey came back into the Newcastle side after missing the last five games through suspension and he completely ran the show until he tired a little bit in the second half.

Jonjo seemed determined to make up for his absence and basically set up all three goals for Newcastle starting with an exquisite pass through the middle for striker Yoan Gouffran after 9 minutes, who was then upended by the visiting goalkeeper for an obvious penalty.

If any fans had any doubts about just how important Jonjo Shelvey is – or how well Rafa has him playing for Newcastle – those doubts were put to bed by his mercurial performance last night.

Jonjo Shelvey in action
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