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After Abysmal Performance – Rafa Not Too Concerned By How Newcastle Played

Newcastle put in one of their worst performances for a long time with manager Rafa Benitez at the helm, and we lost 3-1 to Nottingham Forest tonight.

But just as in other games this season we were in the game late on when Rondon equalized two minutes into stoppage time to make the score 1-1 after former striker Daryl Murphy had put the home side ahead in the second minute.

But Newcastle went to sleep again, and we conceded two more goals in stoppage time.


Rafa Benitez – at the City Ground tonight

This must have been very hard on the 3,000 traveling fans who now have to travel back after we have lost thre of the first four games.

Well – it can only go up from here.

That’s true, isn’t it?

This is what Rafa said on Sky Sports after the game when asked if fans should be worried:

“No,  don’t be concerned. They knew at the beginning it would be a difficult start to the season so we must just keep working and carrying on.”

“I am disappointed. Everyone could see what happened. I didn’t like the beginning of the game – I think the team reacted well.”

“We didn’t have much control but we were close, maybe we are missing the final pass to create the more clear chance. When we had the draw and we were there, everyone saw what happened.”

“It is a concern. We had the chances with the header in the first half and the final delivery or pass has to be better.”

“The positive today? Rondon scored a goal so you have to have your strikers scoring goals.”

In another interview – this time on Radio 5Live he said this:

“I don’t agree that Forest were the better team and I’m not concerned by how we played.”

“We did well to control the game after the first minute when we conceded. They were able to play on the counter attack.”

“We did not create many chances so we need to improve in attack and keep working hard.”

“It’s a long season, we need it was going to be hard but we have confidence in ourselves.”

We were hoping for a win tonight to get off the mark, but we’ll have to stick together – it could be a very rough first 9 league games of the season when we play five top six clubs.

Two are next – Manchester City away and then after the two-week International break, we have Arsenal at home.

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25 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 29, 2018 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Warburton brilliant too

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 29, 2018 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #2

    big bob.

    forest spent 23milion on13 players and showed more attack and creative football in one match than i’ve seen in 2 season with Rafa

    Atsu and murphy cost about 20 million

    the best player on the pitch today cost 450k Lolly was outstanding

  • Mag :P

    Aug 29, 2018 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #3

    He played great against a championship defence. I’d like to see him do that against lascelles and lejuene.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 29, 2018 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #4

    ronaldo aarons
    Aug 29, 2018 at 10:46 PM
    Comment #43
    My bad catchy. It wasnt cherry picked, it was at the top of my head, wasn’t about to go look for that post. Was the third player you said kenedy? I’m certain the first two were dubravka and shelvey.

    Would you say Rafa overachieved with the team last season?

    I’m only asking this as it’s not a catch you out question, just want to see you admit we overachieved last season. Think it’s safe to say we did and most people would agree. I just think if we did, then don’t you think it’s premature to call for a managers head after 4 games?

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Aug 29, 2018 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #5

    I never thought I would agree with the withdrawal of support but perhaps 52000 empty seats in SJP every home match would bring the message home to FCB., especially if the 52000 congregated outside to voice their support for ASHLEY OUT

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 29, 2018 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #6

    I don’t like Bellamy but he makes some valid points along the lines of over defensiveness. We have to learn to not play a 95% defence game at home to the best clubs. We also need to learn to use what we have to beat average and crap teams like forest and Cardiff. Rafa has got some serious quetta answer and a dress because some of those players were not trying hard enough.

  • manxpie

    Aug 29, 2018 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #7
  • Toonces

    Aug 29, 2018 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #8

    Was Rafa a joke last season?

    Did he just become a joke on August 11th this season?

    Was he sh!te last season and before or just now?

    Why should he quit? If he is as bad as you say he is, why doesn’t Ashley sack him? Why call for him to quit? Call for a manager to be sacked.

    What is it that you want?

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Aug 29, 2018 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #9

    Catchy apart from : Shelvey, Lascelles , Dubravna & Kennedy (who isn’t our player) and maybe Ritchie , the rest are at best average Championship players. Rafa worked the oracle last season to get a 10th place position & Cashley was understandably over the moon with it. BUT he is not a magician & can’t be expected to do it every season without suitable reinvestment in the squad.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 29, 2018 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Surely a one off protest wud make the point in front of the cameras?

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 29, 2018 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #11

    You’re on the percentage thing again lol 😀

    I disagree that we chose to play as defensively as a few posters allude to bu I know what you mean. However, how often do we play as defensively as people have been making out? Let’s say Chelsea for arguments sake. When was the last game at home? Man City last season right? Possibly Liverpool too I think. That’s what, 2/3 games each season. Me personally, don’t see it as enough as a stick to beat him with.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 29, 2018 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #12

    The club is in a mess
    A manager who does not want to be here unless he gets the money to run the football side of the club the way he wants to
    A manager who is stubborn and won’t walk so running down his contract
    A owner who does not give a stuff as long as he is making money without spending any
    A owner who will not sell unless the price is right
    A owner who does not care if the fans stay away still making plenty on TV deals
    Players starting to fight amongst each other
    Players who tonight did not give stuff went through the motions
    WHat a mess
    Where do we go from here?!?!

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 29, 2018 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #13


    no, not at all, you can ask whoever took that prediction thing last year, i said 12th,

    and this year if he played a more attack minded football, 10-8th.

    read my posts over the last week, i said one of his better signings was D murphy whobhe let go and bought joselu. we only made a profit because he sold our best CF. he did not need to, and all we have ended up with is a temp replacement.
    Ashley never sold him Rafa did. he also sold IMO one of our best CD in Mbemba.

    West lancs

    Lascelles is not our best CB, Indont rate the kid. i think his positioning is terrible, more often than not he is the last man, his passing anything over 10 yards is woeful, he is Steven taylor in disguise.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Aug 29, 2018 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #14

    It’s certainly worth a try Munster especially if it were a televised game . The media coverage would be immense


    Aug 29, 2018 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Is it that these players are so shit scared of the embrassment of losing against lower league opposition that it makes th feeeze on the nyt or is it that they think they just have to turn up like a bunch of big time charlies show up with a half arsed attitude then it goes tits up….its every year man….every team we face in the cup muat absolutely no fear factor when playing us….the horrifying thing is if we were to play the unwashed un the f.a cup later this season we would probably get beat again….this is embarrassing to say but probably true….players need to grow a pair and change there mentality….or its just a case of they are not good enough….only positives from 2nyt for me was longstaff canny performance in places and rondons first goal….other then that embarrassing,talentless, spineless…not something i like to say.

  • manxpie

    Aug 29, 2018 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #16

    Munster wat did Huddersfield learn from man city game apart from the minus 5 GD

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Aug 29, 2018 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Catchy . You’ll get your wish with Lascelles in the January window who will be sold for megabucks to one of the BiG SIX but he won’t be replaced . The brass will go to finance the purchase of Debenhams or M&S perhaps.

  • Aces-of-Eights

    Aug 29, 2018 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #18

    People really need to think hard before praising the top 10 finish last season. We were bottom 3 in December. The reason we got 10th was because last season was a freak season where 10 teams were in a relegation battle. Any other season and we would not have finished 10th. People forget we were shit all season and after we confirmed safety we went on a 4-5 game winless run where no team could catch us up because there was a lot of crap teams last season in that FREAK season. Sometimes we give rafa too much credit.
    I look at the longer bigger picture which is rafa still hasnt got us playing fluidly. His tactics is compact but teams always seem to cut as apart and create chances. We are supposed to be a defensive team yet our defensive play is so crap. We are just too slow all over the place. No game plan. Rafa hasn’t sorted out how to play going forward with us over past year. We are clueless playing football. Championship teams give us a lesson in passing football.

  • big bob

    Aug 29, 2018 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #19

    We made 7 changes and you want attacking football and your classing atsu and Murphy as our attacking hope against man city come on get real forest maybe but these 2 at premier league level they cost 16 million and we had to sign them or we wouldn’t have much of a squad forest spent more net then us this season this says it all to me

  • big bob

    Aug 29, 2018 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #20

    And we attacked Forrest last 10 minutes and conceded 2 goals so doing that against premier league teams we would be relegated before Xmas

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Aug 29, 2018 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #21

    Manxpie .What are you expecting this weekend against City do you think we can keep the margin to Four?

  • manxpie

    Aug 29, 2018 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #22

    Its the absolute hope sucked out of the club from 1 man that is all and it needs to be extinguished the fans the stadium and the manager are there but the fat cockney kernt gets away with it every televised game

  • manxpie

    Aug 29, 2018 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Well hopefully keeping it to the last few minutes with a better referee west lancs!

  • wynsleap

    Aug 29, 2018 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #24

    This is what life is like for a Toon supporter under Ashley.
    There is no life without hope and there is NO hope under this owner.
    Whatever is being done by fans, former players, The Council, Chi Onwura or the Magpie Group etc., to get of this uncaring, greedy, manipulative, lying and devious barsteward must be maintained and efforts DOUBLED going on every day to the end of the season.
    I’d take going down to the Championship if it meant this curse on our club was lifted. At least we could start again with a club we can identify with and be proud of.

  • Tuttelbom

    Aug 29, 2018 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #25

    Its a crap feeling when u read all these comments about how abysmal the players was. I dont really see too many comments that focus on the passion for football anymore on this site.
    Are people really happy with 19% possession against Chelsea at home? And see a team parking the bus in hope for nicking low goal differences and a point here and there?
    The problems sticks deeper than Ashleys greediness. Both that and the “entertainment” we are so lucky to watch drains the football soul out of me. And I guess this goes for quite a few others too.


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