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More Dogged Defending Coming Up For Newcastle

Rafa Benitez took criticism (what again?) from the pundits after we almost got a point against Chelsea on Saturday at St. James’ Park.

They wanted Newcastle to attack Chelsea and be more offensive but they are not responsible for keeping Newcastle in the Premier League this season.

Rafa is.

The five new players we have signed since January look talented players and both Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez had good games in a back five that played well.

Rafa had the team really well organized but again we didn’t get what we deserved in the 2-1 defeat.

Fabian Schar in action on Saturday

This is what new boy Fabian Schar has said about the Chelsea game and the upcoming games:

“We stayed in the game, but then we conceded two unlucky goals and we are left with zero points from the game.”

“It’s frustrating, very frustrating.”

“The first one was no penalty and the second goal was really unlucky. We deserved a point but we were left with nothing.”

“I have played this system before and I know how to play in a three-man defense, a four-man defense or a five-man defense.”

“We have to be focused, we have to train well and do what the manager asks.”

“We practiced this system all week and we made a good job, we defended well, and they didn’t create many chances.”

“The whole team fought well but we would have liked to have least claimed a point.”

“It’s going to be another difficult game against a great team (Manchester City). It could be more or less the same sort of game and approach.”

“We will have to defend well. If we do it like we did against Chelsea, then we will have an opportunity to get something there.”

“It’s going to be a very tough game though.”

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez will be giving his press conference in about 30 minutes for the League Cup tie tomorrow night at Nottingham Forest.

Jamaal Lascelles missed the game on Saturday due to an ankle injury and we expect him to be back in the team tomorrow night.

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13 comments so far

  • Rob1971

    Aug 28, 2018 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #1

    So catchy with your logic is Rafa is too good for the club so get rid of him and get an inferior manager, that way the club will be better off, that is some weird logic

  • A Pain in the Blog

    Aug 28, 2018 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Catchy #165 10pm last night

    “Your mistake is thinking i’m talking about yesterday”.

    I’m afraid you still don’t get it. I’m talking about you, your lack of nouse, your utter vacancy.

    I’ll try to explain it with an analogy…

    In 1974, I watched on television one of the greatest sporting achievements ever, the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’. 25 year old George Foreman had taken the title from Joe Frazier in two rounds, flooring him six times. Ken Norton also lasted two rounds. Foreman had won 34 out of 34 professional fights. His biceps were like Alan Shearer’s thighs, each clenched fist the size of a baby’s head (go on, compare). The challenger was Muhammad Ali, ‘The Greatest’, now 32. He had been stripped of his title and banned from boxing for 3 years in 1967 for his refusal on religious grounds to join the army. He had been beaten in the previous few years by both Frazier and Norton.

    It is said that Ali trained for that bout by getting his sparring partners to hit him continuously on the body and arms. He had made his career out of avoiding punches but he was anticipating taking some punishment from Foreman. He was training to fight through that.

    In his outstanding book, ‘The Fight’ (and the subsequent documentary film ‘When We Were Kings’), Norman Mailer tells that at the opening bell with the two opponent nose to nose, he saw fear in Ali’s eyes for the first and only time.

    Every right handed boxer leads with the left and follows up with the right. Occasionally a boxer will lead with the right. In the first round Ali hit Foreman 23 times with right hand leads.

    You, Catchy, would have complained that the draft dodger – and therefore coward – wasn’t boxing properly, wasn’t really trying. I, on the other hand [excuse the pun], saw a boxer trying to disorient his opponent – to outsmart him. It didn’t work. Foreman just kept coming on.

    In the second round, Ali had to change tactics. Nobody knows if this was the plan he had feared putting into practice – to try to get through the beating while he tired Foreman. He leant back on the ropes and allowed Foreman – the hardest puncher in the game – to pummel his arms and body, though Ali deflected many punches with his gloves. All the while Ali taunted him. Foreman’s increasingly frustrated haymakers not only sapped his energy but rarely found Ali’s head, which was sometimes 4 feet outside the ring as he leant right back on the ropes.

    You, Catchy, would have complained that the older boxer had allowed himself to be caught on the ropes and couldn’t escape; he wasn’t even trying; it was embarrassing; he ought to be standing up, taking the fight to the bigger man. I, and the rest of the world, looked on in shock – applauding Ali’s occasional straight shots into Foreman’s face but fearing the worst.

    In the fourth round Ali came off the ropes occasionally to fire fast combinations into the tiring Foreman’s face. In the sixth or seventh he let Foreman hit him and taunted him, saying “Is that all you got, George?”. In the eight round another fast Ali combination ended with a left hook that brought Foreman’s face up just enough to receive a straight right that ended the fight.

    Catchy, you would have said that he was lucky and his tactics were still a disgrace. I, and the rest of the world, cried for Ali. He had outwitted his devastatingly ferocious, physically superior opponent.

    My interpretation of your views on the above are, of course, pure conjecture on my part but they illustrate your approach to blogging.

    Maybe the analogy with Rafa’s tactics against Chelsea is beyond you. What I am trying to tell you is – the background of the two fighters, their physical inequality, raw power versus experience and sheer courage, their recent form – all must be taken into account when assessing the fight. You can’t just watch one person pummelling another, who appears to be allowing it to happen, and conclude that the superior fighter was admirable and the inferior fighter was an embarrassment. Likewise Rafa’s plans to counter the inequality of his contest against Chelsea and, previously, against Man City by employing bespoke tactics must be analysed and assessed in context. OK, Rafa didn’t get the wins but that is not the point.

    Your problem, Catchy, is that you watch, you see but you don’t comprehend. The very limited thought processes that you apply to your observations seem to be so superficial and transitory as to be essentially futile. It is as if your neural pathways have formed a short cut from your optic nerves straight to the thumb or finger that you use on your keyboard with only a fleeting visit to your brain en route. The path certainly bypasses the higher centres of the brain that should be involved with assimilation, interpretation and evaluation. These concepts are not in evidence in your posts.

    Yet the quantity of your output suggests that you really believe that your vacuous posts are worth reading. I’m afraid I just don’t agree.

    Apologies, everyone, for the length of the post.

  • Rob1971

    Aug 28, 2018 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #3

    As far as us singing kumba yah catchy I think you have been smoking some fine tobacco coming out with that comment about Rafa, so the fans may as well not wish for quality managers as its pointless as the clubs rotten, you may as well have Pardew back as he is the standard Ashley wants

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 28, 2018 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #4

    A Pain in the Blog bringing some quality to the blog. Bravo

  • Jib

    Aug 28, 2018 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #5

    Good put down
    Unfortunately the attention is what he craves

  • Jib

    Aug 28, 2018 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Stiil trying to work out how a doctorate in philosophy
    is applicable to advising on fish.

  • hibbit

    Aug 28, 2018 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #7

    A Pain in the Blog
    excellent post one of the best i’ve ever read on here well done

  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 28, 2018 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #8

    Cracking post, now I wanna talk Heavy Weights.

    Tyson was the best I’ve seen

  • BeeGuy

    Aug 28, 2018 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #9

    I mostly agree with A Pain. What is missing at NUFC is the ability to step up when the opportunity presents itself to deliver the sharp left or right. So Rafa has to play rope-a-dope, to keep the score low so the ggoal differential is in his favor at the end of the year.

    What is really sad though is that NUFC and most other clubs will never have the countering power as long as there are no roster limits, salary caps or UK draft.

  • Just a fan

    Aug 28, 2018 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #10

    A pain innthe blog
    Good story that
    I heard a story about foreman when Ali said is that all you have got George he thought.yes that’s all I’ve got.

  • hibbit

    Aug 28, 2018 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #11

    as far as i’m concerned i’m done with catchy i won’t be responding to any of his posts in the future,
    he’s just an attention seeking WUM spouting the same drivel time and time again like a broken record

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 28, 2018 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #12
  • Moonraker15

    Aug 28, 2018 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Great post but I fear it will provoke a dreaded response!


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