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Striker Issues Caution As Concern Mounts At Newcastle

Daryl Murphy was our Man of the Match during the terrible defeat and display against Fulham on Saturday afternoon – a display and result that shocked Geordie fans everywhere.

It was widely thought to be our worst display of the season and it came at exactly the wrong time.

After getting 7 points from games against three of the top five teams away from home we return to St. James’ Park and put in an error-strewn display to get another terrible home result.

Daryl Murphy – he had a good game on Saturday
We have to show respect

We lost 3-1 after only drawing with 4th bottom Bristol City 2-2 the last time we played at home and as we reported yesterday our home form could yet cost us that all important promotion this season.

This is what Daryl Murphy told the Chronicle:

“It is tough but we can’t be making excuses.” “Everybody has to play the same amount of games during the season at some stage.”

“It was tough and against the teams just below us which made it even harder.” “But we got three good away results.”

“We need to be coming back here on our home turf and dominating teams.”

“Everybody is fighting for something in the league whether it’s staying up or trying to sneak into the play-offs.”

“There are a lot of teams trying to do that.” “There are no easy games in this league – I said that when I signed and I’ll say it again.”

“Every game is tough. You see some results and they are crazy results. We have to show anybody respect.”

“That’s anybody we play against and at the end of the day we are at home and we should be winning.”

“The fans have been brilliant throughout the season – home and away.” “When we scored it gave the crowd a bit of a lift.”

“It was just a shame we couldn’t go on and nick another one.“Who knows what might have happened then, they would obviously panic a bit, but it wasn’t to be.”

“It was disappointing. You want to come on and try to make something happen or score a goal.”

“We didn’t really threaten after that which was disappointing.” “I scored but it counted for nothing and we still got beat.”

“We have to get back to the training ground this week and make sure we put it right.”

If we don’t get promoted this season heaven knows what will happen at Newcastle, but more displays like Saturday’s will see us miss out and we’ll remain in the second division.

The fact we are even mentioning that should come as a huge wake-up call to everybody at Newcastle.

All this nonsense about being certain to be promoted needs to stop, until it becomes a reality.

The possibility of not being promoted should be enough to scare the players into playing at or near their best for the next 9 games starting at Birmingham next Saturday.

It’s absolutely crucial for Newcastle and Rafa Benitez that we are a Premier League club next season.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • toontaff2

    Mar 13, 2017 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #1

    First bus of the day!
    I’m sure Fulham beat ‘Udders 5-0, earlier this season.
    Sheff Wed v Fulham, last game of season – could be a play-off place decider.
    Mind, I think both could well overtake Reading.

  • toontaff2

    Mar 13, 2017 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Well, one thing would be certain- the fat controller would lose some cash!!

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 13, 2017 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #3

    As far as I can see, looking at whoscored, we played poorly across the board and they played really well and most likely because we let them. At least three of their players achieved excessively high ratings, whilst all but Murphey and Colback were very poor for us. It will be a long two weeks break if they do not pull themselves together for the Brum match and hopefully some changes to personal, variation in style of play can be put into practice and we can reassert ourselves over the run in.

  • Mag52

    Mar 13, 2017 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Listening to the Liverpool v Burnley match on 5 Live yesterday, which Burnley were unlucky not to get something from as they were overall the better team, it seems as if the bindippers have a similar problem to us this season. The turn up to the big top table clashes and look unbeatable, yet at home, against teams they should murder, they play cr@p. The crowd at Anfield was mute throughout most of the game.

  • kimbo

    Mar 13, 2017 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Well Rafa, have you analysed the game yet?
    I have thought about what I saw on Saturday and have carried out my analysis and guess what…it was your fault, you pick the players, the tactics and played Anita. You have made us have 30% possession in the last 4 games and wonder why teams dominate us at home as the players are so used to negative football. Why can’t we attack attack attack and entertain us for a change, we might just win at home this way.

  • ascot7

    Mar 13, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #6


  • Sav

    Mar 13, 2017 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #7

    9 games left for Mbemba to get a chance to make a case for himself or else he’s sure to be off in the summer. I think that would be a pity. With Clark injured, Lascelles less than convincing and a shortage of options through injury at right back or defensive midfield, its now or never.


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