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These Are Worrying Times At Newcastle – Rafa On Second Shelvey Red Card – It’s Difficult

In the game last night we had an error from Karl Darlow that gifted Everton a goal in the first half and all 3 points.

This run is now the second worst in our Premier League history with one point from the last eight games, and that’s beaten (if that’s the right word) only by John Carver’s team who lost eight games in a row back in 2015.

It’s a good job we came back from two goals down at West Brom, but there have to be increasing concerns at Newcastle now about whether we can survive this season.

The January transfer window will be crucial.

Jonjo Shelvey – second red card this season!

As well as the Darlow error Jonjo Shelvey got his second red card of the season (via 2 yellow cards) right at the death and he now misses two games not one – because it’s his second red card.

The longer we remain in this terrible slump the worst it’s going to be.

Our concern is it’s always difficult to pull away from the bottom because players usually lose their confidence and we start finding ways to lose the game.

That seems to have happened last night.

Shelvey will miss the next two games at Arsenal and at West Ham.

Rafa talked about Shelvey’s red card after the game:

“It’s difficult because the second one, I think he knew that was a very dangerous counter-attack and maybe he went to the floor.”

“It’s difficult to say. It’s difficult to the other ones when you don’t have control.”

“In this case, it’s part of the game. We will miss him, but we have to manage.”

“We have had two or three situations where we could have done a little bit better, and sometimes a draw is enough.”

“But we have to learn how to draw because that is when we can start winning.”

Every time Shelvey does something like this he gets closer to the door at Newcastle.

If we can survive this season and stay in the Premier League, it wouldn’t surprise us if Rafa sells Shelvey in the summer.

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21 comments so far

  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 14, 2017 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Night to forget. Missed first 20 mins due to being involved in an accident on A1. Then more traffic at Chester lee street because of another accident. Then we give away a sloppy goal and to top it off Shelvey gets sent off for a stupid fcuking tackle that there was no need for.

    Must be waiting for a win before they announce takeover or summat.

    God knows where a next wins gonna come from. We need players and quality players.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 14, 2017 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #2

    And on another night those two efforts from Ritchie and Merino would have gone in

  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 14, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #3

    I think Shelvey was a tad unlucky really – Rooney did worse things and wasn’t even in the book, sadly his reputation precedes him.

    If we were to get another chance at an attack he had to stop their’s, sadly he was a gnat’s too late.

  • Budge123

    Dec 14, 2017 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #4

    Shire hope all canny and the spaceship / copter / range rove not damaged!

    You missed the best 20 mate!

    At least Shelvey gets Xmas off now bless him.

    Thought we looked ok yesterday mostly but it’s points that count at the moment.

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Dec 14, 2017 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #5

    From telegraph

    Amanda Staveley has made a second bid in her attempt to buy Newcastle United although current owner Mike Ashley is yet to accept it and could ask her to increase the offer for a second time.

    Hopes are high that the negotiations are edging closer to completion, although sources have told Telegraph Sport that Staveley’s has still not offered enough for the takeover to go through at this stage.

    Although the second offer was initially thought to have hit the £300m mark, it is now understood it remains someway below that figure and there is still some work to be done before a deal can be agreed.

    Indeed, there were even suggestions on Wednesday night that Staveley will have to make a third bid if she is going to be successful, although Ashley is still considering his options and has not formally rejected it at this stage.

    (Anyone else see this? It’s got me Worried it’s going to fall at last hurdle?)

  • geordiemark

    Dec 14, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #6

    we should never loose our home matches, happened in the championship as well last season and again this season, to defence minded, about the takeover I wouldn’t blame them having a relegation clause put into the agreement I know I would want it and if the money isn’t enough for Ashley then I can see them pulling out really is the club worth over 300 million naa don’t think so not by how the team have preformed in the last 10 games, I really don’t think rafa and the players understands what its like to be a supporter of Newcastle united, its not just a club its our faith its our church, if we win our heads and smiles are high and as wide as the tyne if we loose were a wounded animal just over the last 10 games its been a complete and utter nightmare, I am used to it though had it for over 50 years

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Dec 14, 2017 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #7

    The National
    (In Dubai) also running with the same story £300 Million offer but no closer to agreement ????

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Dec 14, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #8

    Mike Ashley is still asking for too high a price for Newcastle United as talks continue over a potential takeover of the English Premier League club by a consortium led by Dubai financier Amanda Staveley.

    Reports in the British media on Wednesday said PCP Capital Partners have made an improved offer to buy club, said to be about £300 million (Dh1.4 billion), paving the way for a breakthrough in discussions, which had hit an obstacle after Staveley made a second offer, below that figure. However, £300m remains much higher than the valuation put on Newcastle by PCP Capital Partners in light of the risk of relegation, a source close to the discussions said.

  • geordiemark

    Dec 14, 2017 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #9

    Frank pingles come sock

    I wouldn’t give him what he wants that’s for sure, if it was down to me I would offer 260 million take it or leave it, put it this way as well, Ashley cant come back from this, he is finished here so he either accepts or face the music big time, what he will do if he refuses is this hide and get his monkey boys to explain his reasons for him a true cowardly way but hey its Ashley were talking about he knows no other

  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 14, 2017 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #10

    Said other day Ashley was pushing for the deal and PCP were dragging their heels.

    Wouldn’t surprise me if they walk away!

    Then again it’s all press speculation

  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 14, 2017 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #11

    Anyone heard this?

    Andrew Musgrove is joined by Chris Waugh, Mark Douglas, John Gibson and SuperMac to analyse the news that Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley are on the verge of agreeing a deal for Newcastle United.


  • geordiemark

    Dec 14, 2017 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #12


    at the end of the day its the media they know as much as I know about the back end of the moon really, guess work by them, over the past 10 years under Ashley if he thinks he has seen the worst of Newcastle supporters hes in for a hell of a shock if all this goes pear shaped

  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 14, 2017 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #13

    Budge I’m all good thanks mate

  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 14, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #14

    Frank, all the National is doing is copying the Telegraph. No new news there.

  • geordiemark

    Dec 14, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #15


    listening to it now

  • OneAlanShearer

    Dec 14, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #16

    I’d take like Shaw and Danny ings as first two signings in January. Improves us instantly but lot more needed.

  • nufc 11

    Dec 14, 2017 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #17

    Rafael has to answer for some of his decisions lately. Elliot did notting of note to be dropped yet his replacement is a calamity who gets the nod every week. DIAME is a joke every manager in the world knows you can not have a passenger in the premier league and get away with it yet Rafa picks him time and time again. Lejeune? give me a break Clark confidence must be on the floor losing his place to that reject. I’M sorry but their is more to this the buck stops with the manager.

  • DjMickyg

    Dec 14, 2017 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #18

    I agree Nufc 11. Nobody is questioning rafas selections??? How is lejeune on before clark. How is diame playing. Why isnt mitro givin a chance? shelvey looked frustrated to me because he was left on the bench for matches he shud have played… how is manquillo getting a game?? To me it looks like the players are fed up of rafas selections

  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 14, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #19

    How come we looked better when Diame was playing than we were when he was subbed?

  • OneAlanShearer

    Dec 14, 2017 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #20

    Who else would rafa use. I think he’s seen Hayden lose the ball a lot. Don’t even bother saying colback or saivet. As we have just seen shelvey is a liability. Rafa is not blessed with options. Let alone good ones.

    However I maintain that yesterday was an improvement. Keep the faith. Easy to start picking holes. If you didn’t know we were starting the season with one arm tied behind out back and our shoe laces tied together welcome to the reality of ashleys tenure.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Dec 14, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #21

    Dubaimicky – exactly mate


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