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Newcastle Lose 1-0 To Augsburg – Missed Chances – Strikers Needed

In what turned out to be a dull game against GC Augsburg Newcastle went down 1-0 conceding a second-half goal (61 mins).

And if there was any further justification that Newcastle need a striker or two brought in it was today with Newcastle lacking players who can convert chances and put the ball into the back of the net.

We have signed Muto, and it looks like Salomon Rondon will soon arrive, but we wonder if that will be enough.

If we had some decent strikers today, we could have easily been 2-0 up at halftime after we managed to miss two or three reasonably easy chances.

Rafa Benitez – at the game this afternoon

Mo Diame picked up a knock, and he was replaced by Ki Sung-yueng after about 30 minutes, and the South Korean fitted right in and looked like he had played for Newcastle for years.

Ki has settled in very quickly and his first two touches today were beautiful long balls out to the right wing – so this lad can definitely play a bit.

Newcastle had a lot more urgency than the opposition in the first half with Augsburg moving the ball about very slowly.

Both Matt Ritchie and Christian Atsu could (should) have scored but Augsburg goalkeeper Andreas Luthe made some good saves to keep a clean sheet.

The season starts a week later in Germany than the Premier League and maybe that’s why the German side looked a little complacent in the first half.

It was 0-0 at the break with Newcastle having the better of the exchanges and well on top.

But then Newcastle were caught short at the back in the second half, and a beautiful left-wing cross saw Michael Gregoritsch head past Darlow and into the net on the hour mark.

Karl Darlow then made a great save for what looked like a second goal for the visitors, and the goalkeeper somehow managed to kick the ball clear.

And although Newcastle continued to have a lot of possession but we couldn’t score, although Kenedy made a difference when he finally came on.

We think Rafa Benitez will be reasonably pleased with the performance, especially after the second half performance on Wednesday night.

The team was solid for most of the time, but we need strikers – no doubt about that.

We should have won this game given the number of chances we had – but how many times have you heard that about this current Newcastle side?

Let’s hope we can get four new players in before Thursday night and then we could have a decent enough squad.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Reilly

    Aug 4, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Rafa Benitez: “I am not happy, we have to just survive every year.”

  • jazzyp

    Aug 4, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Rafa Benitez: “I am not happy, we have to just survive every year.” #NUFC

  • jazzyp

    Aug 4, 2018 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Understand Rondon-Gayle swap deal is close to completion. Straight loan-swap with Newcastle paying a fee of around £2m for the Venezuelan striker. Could be done in the next 24 hours.

  • Reilly

    Aug 4, 2018 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Rafa speaking on his management team: “When we have had time and support we have won trophies everywhere.”

  • jazzyp

    Aug 4, 2018 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Pretty condemning insight into Rafas mindset going into the new season

  • lesh

    Aug 4, 2018 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #6


    I suspect Rafa was talking about support from his club officials as well as fan support. He’s got the latter but he’s been betrayed again by Ashley.

  • jazzyp

    Aug 4, 2018 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Rafa Benitez on Mike Ashley ” Think the Fat W@nker needs to sell to move the club forward. Preferably to a owner or consortium that has the best clubs best interest at heart and shares the ambition of the fans

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Aug 4, 2018 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Absolutely no chance of Rafa staying beyond next summer. We need to think long and hard about what and where we, as a fan base, go from then.

    The only solution I see is to create an atmosphere that gets us relegated (I firmly believe that will happen regardless of our input) and then maintain it to ensure we stay down and therefore Ashley loses money until he can no longer bear it, and sells up.

    At least then we can reset, realign, enable investment in infrastructure areas and slowly rebuild with an aim to come back up and become competitive again.

    There is no point and no enjoyment in staying up by the skin of our teeth year on year with no hope or ambition to ever do anything more than that.

    We cannot allow 10 more years of this, by which time our infrastructure and facilities will be so far behind the times it will take an unreal amount of money and commitment to catch back up.

    We are already losing ground to Brighton, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Wolves and all of the other Premier League stalwarts in terms of performance, finance, facilities and ultimately stature.

    Our training facilities are now worse off than many championship sides. It’s criminal negligence.

  • beermonkey

    Aug 4, 2018 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #9


    when did rafa say that

  • posada

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #10

    Not defending the present state of affairs at nufc.
    However, deals are difficult and football is a nest of vipers.
    If you make an offer that matches the selling clubs value.
    Well, that just acts as potentially the first bid in an auction.
    Hence suddenly Juventus are in for that kid.

    Like this. Hey everyone we have a bid at this much. Any better offers before we say yes.

  • lukes26

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #11

    posada.. agreed. even tottenham are having difficulty w/ transfers.

  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #12

    The relationship – or lack of it – between Benitez and his employers is becoming increasingly fractured, his barely-disguised contempt for them now evident over their deliberate attempt to undermine him in the transfer market following the breakdown of contract extension negotiations.

  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #13

    That’s a quote from a few days ago from NUFC.com. But it says it all really doesn’t it? No real respect between the parties in question. The breakup is only a matter of time now. Will Rafa last the full season. That would mean another window. I doubt it.

  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Very few other clubs are having difficulty getting players in. Spurs are one of only 2 or 3 I can find in the Prem. The other clubs (except us of course) are doing nicely thankyou. Take a look at spending by other clubs with the exception of Norwich and Spurs.

  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 4, 2018 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #15

    This is clearly a deliberate attempt by Ashley to undermine Rafa. Ashley is a bully. It’s the only way he knows how to operate. SD is the same with many complaints of employee mistreatment in terms of work contracts. It won’t work with Rafa but Ashley is too thick to understand that.


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