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Rafa Praises Two Attacking Players And Says Gayle Needs Time

Newcastle stifled Huddersfield on Saturday at John Smith’s Stadium and after watching the game a second time yesterday, that’s the best way to describe it.

Yes, the Terriers had lots of possession, but they didn’t create any real worthwhile chances and had to rely on a penalty to score their goal and a few long-range efforts that Darlow saved well.

Such was the apparent ease with which Newcastle contained what was the in-form team in the Championship and the Terriers had been getting some very good headlines lately.

Daryl Murphy after scoring on Saturday

We hope we can make that three wins in a row against 5th placed Reading tomorrow night at the Madejski Stadium, but it will not be easy.

Then we will have the challenge of winning on Saturday at St. James’ Park against Fulham, who beat us 1-0 in that first game of the season.

Dwight Gayle came on and yes – he scored – of course for his 21st league goal of the season.

But Rafa picked out two players who he praised for their work effort on Saturday – Daryl Murphy, who again played well and scored when he got a start – and Mo Diame, our powerhouse player moving forward.

This is what Rafa said as reported in the Chronicle:

“I would say first of all that I was pleased with Daryl Murphy and Mo Diame, the way they worked and put a lot of effort in.”

“It was the right time to bring Dwight on because Daryl was getting a bit tired.”

“After that Dwight has now scored 21 goals, it is important for us to have a player like that who creates chances and scores.”

“We hope this little run and goal will give him the confidence with his injury because he was training some days and then not others, because he required treatment.”

“He will need time, but he will have more confidence now and hopefully he will fine until the end of the season.”

It was a good decision to start Daryl on Saturday and it’s very likely he will get a start again tomorrow night at the Madejski Stadium.

Daryl seems to get the job done for Newcastle when Rafa calls on him and it’s small wonder he’s a big favorite with our fans.

He’s also a smashing lad, never complains and is very good for the team spirit.

Rafa has been criticized for buying him, but he knew exactly what he was doing and Daryl’s exactly what we have needed recently – an experienced front man and he’s been a good acquisition by the manager.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • TudorCrisps

    Mar 6, 2017 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #1


  • mindshaft

    Mar 6, 2017 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Murphy has taken his chances when he’s been given game time and deserves a run, sadly Mitro hasn’t, which is a shame as I had great hopes for him in this league

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 6, 2017 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #3

    A very large proportion Sunderland fans absolutely do that. Constantly on about Newcastle, never stop, it’s ridiculous. I’ll often say to the people I know, why don’t you just concentrate on your own team rather than focus on us all the time? They’ll then just continue with the toon bashing.

    They’re a joke.

    However, I also know some of the older fans where I can have a decent footballing conversation about the clubs, and it is enjoyable, so it’s certainly not right to classify them all as bad.

    Others, though, get immediately aggressive and have no logic or rationale whatsoever. Envious imbeciles. Even when flying high under Keegan or Sir Bobby, we’d be classed as lucky or not deserving of the league positions etc.

    For many years I’ve avoided these types (and there are loads), some have even been my friends over the years. Saddos.

  • sparky55

    Mar 6, 2017 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #4

    sadly Mitro hasn’t made the grade for the championship team, never mind the premiership team for next year…but he’s not alone there as I’m still not convinced there’s any more than 3 players who will sit comfortably in the premiership.

    All I hope for is a similar scenario to that of Leicester (not winning the league of course because that’s just pie in the sky stuff) but in the way Leicester went up with a bunch of nobody’s who were also very much together and Pearson got them playing to a higher level than the sum of the parts once they hit the premiership without any investment whatsoever.

    If Rafa buys even 4 or 5 players in the summer (which is a minimum of what we need to really compete) then the dressing room and togetherness will wrecked and I think will be counter-productive

    Rafa therefore has to coach every ounce of ability out of the current crop of players and build over time…which of course won’t go down well with most of the fans and Ashley will be made to look the villain again by being accused of not investing enough to make us competitive.

    I don’t see much more than 35 million nett being spent in summer when we go up with near 20 being spent on a striker and 10-12 on a centre half and around 20 on a good number 10. That means we will of course be selling and the first to go will probably be Mitro…closely followed by Perez who I think will flourish back in Spain….sadly.


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