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The Rotation Policy And Winning These Next Six Games

Newcastle were handed a little bit of a gift from the FA last night as we learned the red cards of Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett has both been overturned and they could now play in the game at home to Birmingham on Saturday.

It was a tough week last week losing those three games and we hardly had any luck in any one of the games we lost.

But it’s all over now and the lads need to press on with the good news being that our injury situation is not too bad at all, so we have a bug squad available for the six league games we have to play by January 2nd.


Matt Ritchie – accepting the rotation policy

The aim has be to win all six games so we are well positioned at the top of the Championship going into the January transfer window, when hopefully we can sign a few very good players.

Matt Ritchie scored a great goal for us on Friday night and he has been one of our best player this season and it seems that Matt has even bought into Rafa’s rotation policy.

This is what he has said today in the Chronicle:

“Football nowadays, there’s loads of stats and they work out the load on your legs and recovery, so rotation does come into play.”

“The squad we have got it is probably silly not to rotate because we have strength-in-depth, so why not rotate?”

“What the manager has done so far has worked well so hopefully we will continue to perform for the rest of the season.”

“I don’t think the players ever buy into it because players want to play every game, but at the same time you probably have to bite the bullet and understand that the manager is doing the best for the team.”

“He will see the team through and he’s our leader, so we need to buy into his philosophy. If I am left out I am still disappointed because I want to play.”

Here are the six fixtures we have coming up in 23 days starting at home to Birmingham on Saturday.

December 2016
Newcastle v Birmingham City	  Sat 10 Dec  15:00	
Wigan Athletic v Newcastle        Wed 14 Dec  19:45	
Burton Albion v Newcastle 	  Sat 17 Dec  15:00	
Newcastle v Sheffield Wednesday	  Mon 26 Dec  19:45	
Newcastle v Nottingham Forest	  Fri 30 Dec  19:45	
January 2017	
Blackburn Rovers v Newcastle 	  Mon 2 Jan   15:00

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26 comments so far

  • Jack Root

    Dec 7, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Can we please rotate tuff for someone who knows something about football worth knowing. Not a nowt about owt type like old man tuff.

  • toontaff2

    Dec 7, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #2

    So, just the Shelvey “racism” hearing, any possible injuries over the Christmas period and then the African Nations’ Cup, to see what squad we have when the transfer window opens.

  • toontaff2

    Dec 7, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3

    AfCon 14h January to 5th February

  • toontaff2

    Dec 7, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Lazaar Diame Mbemba Tiote Atsu all likely to be off to AfCon

  • Jack Root

    Dec 7, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #5

    What a clown that tuff is just apologise profusely, you buffoon to Jib/ Bobby bee/ Belfast etc. Yours was a classic cock up – just get it, you totally embarrassed yourself in a way of being a blog legend and not for the right reason. Time will not fade it. Rather than bore the blog with your inane presence missing the point commentary. I wanted to come on earlier but saw your constant rowing back, long winded empty presence. Just go away and leave the blog for football types. You confirmed what an imbecile you are with all things football related. Stick to recycling sex abuse cases from the media.

    From a football fans perspective we had a far better call for a penalty/sending off earler when Clark was wrestled to the ground in the area . Lansbury went in two footed into the back of Shelvey. Both of Shelvey’s feet were lifted off the ground when he kicked back. Belfast was spot on and it was the way i saw it. Jonjo was instinctively trying to find his feet. The contact with Lansbury was nowhere near Lansbury’s face and it was pure cynical play-acting.

    As for the Dummett penalty/sending off this was clearly designed to fool an incompetent referee by play acting yet again. In addition their first goal was clearly off-side.

    Questions need do need to be asked ( not of the football know nowt calling himself tuff tuff) as to whether the ref and indeed linesmen are too weak/stupid – possibly even corrupt. A point made by Bobby and Jib. It does warrant further investigation by the FA into Martin’s competency to officiate at Championship level.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 7, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Jack Root/Ian – please no more cannot stop laughing – you and your mates creaming themselves at your opportunity to have a poke.
    Sad but hilarious.

    Going to be busy – please time your next post for a couple of hours time – another laughing session would be great.

  • Jack Root

    Dec 7, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #7

    Delusional as well tuff. That’s me mate.

  • Spoof

    Dec 7, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #8

    Jack Root

    Shelvey is a lucky man to get that sending off overturned, his legs may have been in the air but you have shot yourself in the foot because you admit that he kicked back, and if you retaliate and kick back, even with legs in the air you can control them, as you have admitted that he did kick back then he can count himself lucky, very lucky.

    As for this aspect of your particularly petty squabble you have just handed Tuff victory on a plate.

  • SuperShearer

    Dec 7, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Only just heard about our red cards against Forest being recinded. I’m sorry but WHAT the ACTUAL F? If that’s not an admission of guilt on behalf of the officals in that match what is?

    Surely we should be compensated with points? We were bossing them until we were down to 9. We were winning with 10!

    The FA has to take this matter more seriously than a shrug and “sorry, here, have your players back”.

    Utter disgrace.

  • Jib

    Dec 7, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #10

    I wonder what Jonjo Shelvey is saying ?

  • Jib

    Dec 7, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #11

    There is more to this than meets the eye
    The matches where there were unusual issues of cards over the weekend – were in games televised in Asia and ended in surprising wins.

  • Jib

    Dec 7, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #12

    I have a feeling if the filth win at Swansea this weekend it will be goodbye Mr Bradley.

    ?According to the Telegraph Swansea’s owners, Stephen Kaplan and Jason Levien, are keen for their compatriot to succeed, but will also seek advice from chairman Huw Jenkins who can be a ruthless man (just ask Jonjo Shelvey)

  • Shoulders knees

    Dec 7, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #13

    I know that Fridays game has had a lot of coverage but can any one explain why the lino who flagged for Shelvey incident did not as is the norm not put his flag across his chest to signal a penalty?
    he just stood with it raised that’s not normal, perhaps he just saw Angela rolling around and didn’t think it was a pen or flagging for first foul?
    whatever he was wrong.

  • barkel

    Dec 7, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #14

    Jib @11

    I do love a good conspiracy theory 🙂

    Potentially 18 points from those fixtures. Forrest on the 30th will be a treat. Would love to be a St. James’ for that

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 7, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #15

    have to say Jack Root does sound remarkably like someone else. If you have to clone yourself surely invent a different persona for an alter ego.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 7, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #16

    Samuel Perez signs for Berwick.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 7, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #17

    spoof – you’re wasting your time mate. Jack Root/Ian was not at all involved in the original debates about the Forrest game. He’s just come on to put the boot in/settle old scores. no interest at all in the incidents otherwise he would have expressed his views earlier -not cobbling together an after the decision post -to give the appearance of input -and to mask his obvious intentions.

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 7, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #18

    Mister Tuff…….. I also didn’t think that we had a hope in hell of getting those red cards rescinded but a bit of clarity as to the reasons for the FA’s decision wouldn’t go amiss and an explanation of the rulings.

    We must have backed them into a corner on this one and proved that the reports on both incidents were inaccurate but they are obviously trying to minimise the embarassment for the officials. I hope there is nothing more sinister behind this such as financial incentives as that would really stir up the hornet’s nest.

    You were bound to get some stick about all this as you were very adamant you were right whilst belittling others with a different view but that’s all part of the fun of blogging so keep a stiff upper lip and you’ll cope.

  • Jib

    Dec 7, 2016 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #19

    Mister Tuff
    “He’s just come on to put the boot in/settle old scores”

    You’ve got some neck.

    You’ve tried to give it the noble

    “Shucks fellers I got it wrong but I’m taking on the chin like the good chap I am ”

    But we all know that’s not the point.

    If the roles had been reversed – you would have been crowing in that chilishly sickening way you have.

  • Jib

    Dec 7, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #20

    Samuel Perez, 26, the elder brother of Newcastle United’s Ayoze Perez, made his debut for Berwick in their 3-2 home win over Stirling Albion at Shielfield on Tuesday.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 7, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #21

    betty – I think now that the FA will publish their findings. Read a few similar ones this morning.
    I can only think that the Commission have made their judgement in respect of retaliation and considered Lansburys fouling and later trickery.
    There have been a few cases where players have been sent off -correctly for retaliation – but the Commission later “let them off” -(Costa/Gabriel incident last season – Gabriel kicked out at Costa and was sent off).

  • G

    Dec 7, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #22

    @21, from what I understand the let-off on Shelvey is more down to the assistant ref whom flagged the incident had an impeded view (2nd hand info, so apologies if it’s incorrect). It also doesn’t help that the incident was off-the-ball, therefore not a penalty regardless.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 7, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Jib Jibberish – please please I’ve had enough laughs from you and your cronies this morning.
    oooh you are awful but I like you.


    Dec 7, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #24

    Afternoon all
    I think when the footage was reviewed the acting by lansbury for the obvious non contact would of helped sway there opinion….i still think shelvey was lucky, as retaliation is normally frowned upon,so needs to learn to keep out of trouble,as he’s needed on the pitch,whatever harassment he may get during a game… but that decision is about the best we could hope for…i doubt lansbury will have any disciplinary measures against him…. I’ve not heard of that happening before with regards to simulation.

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 7, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #25

    Mister Tuff

    How about my superstition that Shelvey was originally sent off for striking the other player in the face.

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 7, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #26

    superstition = supposition


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