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Newcastle Star – We Have To Improve And Make Our Own Luck

Rafa Benitez will be instructing his players to stay cool during what promises to be a white-hot derby  encounter at St. James’ Park on Sunday against Sunderland, who have won the last six derby games, including the one at the Stadium of Light 3-0, earlier this season.

That´s when Coloccini was sent off for a foul on Fletcher just before half time that was deemed to be a penalty and it gave Sunderland a huge break in the game after Newcastle had been dominant in the first half.

If was  a bad mistake by the referee in that game to send Colo off and the red card was rescinded on appeal, but that didn´t help – the damage had already been done.


Jack Colback – we have to make our own luck

During the game (yet) another wild tackle from Lee Cattermole resulted in former Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback having to leave the pitch with an injury, so the local lad will hope to see the game through this time around.

Jack talked about the game today on the BBC:

“We have got a few reasons why we have to come away with a positive result.” “The fact we’ve lost six in a row – it’s not good enough – and the position in the table.”

“It’ll be built up as a huge game.” “You have to try to keep your cool, stay relaxed, but in the same sense realise the situation and what it means to us, the fans and the club.”

“We’ll be focusing on doing that this week.”

“I’ve been in a similar position with Sunderland when we were seven or eight points away, we had some horrific games and we managed to pull it off.”

“So this is nothing really. We can get out of it.” “It looks grim when you look at the bottom three.” “But a few wins and you get out of it.”

“We have teams around us where it’s hugely important we show our character and show our fight.”“We have to take our responsibility as players and get positive results.”

“At this stage of the season you are scrapping for points and they’re the games that are really tough to win.” “But we know we have to do that, it’s in our own hands.”

“We’re only a point off getting out of the bottom three so we have to focus on taking the points around us.”

“We have to rely on our home games to get us through, we know they’re going to be tricky.” “We have to improve. The new manager has come in and is trying to get his ideas across.”

“We have to follow them the best we can.” “He obviously brings a vast amount of experience so we have to listen what he says.”

“Hopefully that will be enough to get us out of where we are.”  “We aren’t getting any luck but we need to create our own.”

“We’ll analyse the game at Leicester, move on from it and focus on a huge game on Sunday.”

Jack will probably have to play at left back again with our two injury prone left backs – Paul Dummett and Sadio Haidara – both unavailable through injury.

That´s one position that must be strengthened in the summer whether we remain a Premier League club or not.

Sunday is a fantastic opportunity for Newcastle to beat Sunderland on Rafa´s home debut at St. James’ Park and we have to break the embarrassing six game losing streak against the Black Cats.

Only a string of wins in these last nine games can save us now.

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23 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 18, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Like you I’m looking for positives wherever I can find em. But sadly cannot see many at the minute and like what Colback says we have to make our own luck and TAKE IT !!!!!

  • Average_Contents

    Mar 18, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #2

    If colbacks idea of making our own luck is anything resembling the tub of lards then we’re bolloxed.

    Simple as that.

  • posada

    Mar 18, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Jack – You’ve given the first goal away in each of our last three games.
    So, if you could stop doing that please we might have a bit more luck at getting points.
    Best if you just shut up and get on with it. Sick of this club talking a good job and having nowt to go with it.

  • Thump

    Mar 18, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Stop talking. Do it

  • G

    Mar 18, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Been thinking about this one a lot, we are going to do them, I can feel it, new boss, home debut for him, harder working more cohesive team, 12th man in the stands relishing the future. Believe it, its gonna happen.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 18, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Colback is symptomatic of our problems. Just not good enough at this level. A Championship player. Puts in a shift, just a pity it’s always much ado about nothing. Cost us the goal at Leicester. But he’s a local lad and he cost nothing, I hear Charnley say. Send him off to Middlesborough on a free, I say…

  • NezzaNUFC

    Mar 18, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #7

    I haven’t done this in a few years but Iv’e put 3 bets on for Newcastle to win 6-0, 6-1 and 6-2.

    And like many others I fear Sunderland will have the 12th man on their side on Sunday, I only wished I had G concordance on the matter, McClaren had Newcastle playing Sunderland off the park and then the officials cost us a victory in fact nearly all of Sunderland first goals where handed by the officials.


    Mar 18, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Colo and Mbemba back is good news, also need Tiote and Cisse back soon plus a LB clearly

    As for Jacky boy he’s not wrong we have had no luck all season that I can recall, maybe Ashley is making it after all, but we need to start playing properly to get it

    Next 2 games are huge

  • NezzaNUFC

    Mar 18, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #9

    out of all the bottom 6 teams we seem to have the easiest fixtures, funny enough we get to play the bottom 5 so even if we don’t win against the scums we need to pull off wins against Villa, Norwich, Palace and Swansea

  • thejokethatisnufc

    Mar 18, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #10

    Lee Charnley deserves a good old kick in.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 18, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #11

    How many stars do 19th placed Newcastle United have?!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 18, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #12

    Colback has been walking on a tightrope this season and if he plays and fired up he could be sent-off as fat sam will tell his players to target him niggle foul him so he retaliates.

  • Mag52

    Mar 18, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #13

    Hasn’t Lascelles played as a fullback some time ?
    A back four of Lascelles, Colo, Mbemba, Janmaat doesn’t look too shabby.

  • davis_toons

    Mar 18, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #14

    I hope they will have more teamwork and thus create more scoring chances.

    The group must get together and work for each other. No matter what if they can do that we will be a force very soon.

    Rafa will know what to do.

    Its teamwork guys..HWTL.

  • jayphoto

    Mar 18, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #16

    Surprised Anita doesn’t play full back. He played more games there for ajax than he did midfield..
    Reckon we’ll edge a 1-0 on sunday, probably follow it up with losing to norwich and Villa but beating spurs and liverpool. We are such an unpredictable side. My bet and hope is that norwich and swansea or palace will drop

  • Termijn

    Mar 18, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #17

    This is the first Derby in a while they haven’t changed managers 2 games before, and instead we have. I seem to recall them losing their first match with their new manager only for them to beat us in the second. So here’s hoping it works out the same way for us 🙂

  • beermonkey

    Mar 18, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #18


    he must be dire at fullback neither pards or mclaren or rafa fancied him there

    if we stay up i think we might look to offload him i cant see him getting a consistant run in the team

  • hibbitt

    Mar 18, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #19

    45 years ago today Led Zeppelin done a gig at the Mayfair ticket price 75p

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 18, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #20

    Rafa Benitez is cracking the whip at relegation-threatened Newcastle United. Benitez has cancelled days off and introduced double training sessions, according to the Daily Mail.

    The relegation-threatened club’s new manager cancelled his players’ day off on his first day in charge a week ago. And Benitez has stopped the players leaving after lunch, according to the report.

    The 55-year-old, preparing the team for Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby, is working on tactics, team shape and fitness in the afternoon.

    – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    And SM walks way with 2M+. Under him this team were shockingly lazy and unfit. Really really pray and hope Rafa keeps us up as I think really good (and professional) times could be round the corner, just wish we’d done it during the 18 day jolly.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 18, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #21


    mclaren made his name as united as no2 given how fit fergie like his players
    why would mclaren let our lot be so unfit to be fair to him it was the same under pards
    was he so weak he wouldnt change or cancel there time off,
    could this be part of the culture that rafa alluded to when he took over

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 18, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #22


    SM wouldn’t dare have the players unfit under SAF. I can’t believe they’re saying SM was giving our lot 72 hours off before a game. Insane if true but would explain a lot.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 18, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #23

    Well I’m much happier to see McClaren on a JetSki in the Carribean instead of in our technical area.


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