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Rafa – We Tried To Win – Pleased With These Two Players

Rafa Benitez made 7 changes to the side that was narrowly beaten by Chelsea on Saturday.

And he gave starts to Yoshinori Muto who played up front with Joselu.

And our two local lads who played well in preseason – Sean Longstaff and Jamie Sterry also started the game, and both had good games.

Sean in particular once again played very well – this time alongside the experienced Ki Sung-yueng.

Longstaff looks the real deal, and he will stay with the first team at least until the end of the year – as will Jamie Sterry who is determined to make an impact at the club this season.

Sean Longstaff – another convincing performance

And Rafa believes it will take some time for Yoshinori Muto to get used to the extra pace in the Premier League and in English football in general.

This is some of what Rafa said after the disappointing result last night, as reported in Chronicle Live:

“To win a competition with our squad will not be easy, my team selection was trying to win, nobody can complain about that.”

“We were pushing and trying to win.”

“It is not the first time this year and we have just had three games we were disappointed with.”

“It was a team that wanted to win and fight until the end and tried to win.”

“They can say they did that and  they didn’t have too many problems in defense and you could see it could be a draw.”

“With two or three injured we couldn’t take risks with some others, this team was still good enough to win and we know why.”

“Longstaff and Sterry did well.” “Given they are young they overall played well.”

“Muto needs to learn it is a bit quicker in England.”

“He was fine in terms of effort but there are situations where he needs to learn he needs to do things a little faster.”

The actual score looks terrible but we conceded the final two goals four minutes into stoppage time when we were looking to win the game and left ourselves open at the back.

We were again unlucky – but we cannot keep saying that after each loss – we somehow have to start winning games.

But Rafa is not too concerned at the moment, and we all need to stick together – we are going to get a lot better.

The national press will hope we lose our next two games at Manchester City and at home to Arsenal and then we’ll get some nasty press.

So what’s new?

Stick together – Rafa will prove them all wrong this season too – I just know it.


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  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 30, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Report came out on allardyce today about his dodgy dealings. Not looking good for him and I am devastated for him
    it seems the medias anti Rafa, pro Ashley guys aren’t the greatest of characters. Who would have thought.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 30, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #2

    ? = 😀

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 30, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Caulkin in The Times :-


    Three goals in stoppage time as Forest stun Newcastle
    Nottingham Forest 3 Newcastle United 1

    Newcastle United will enter their 50th year without a trophy nursing a familiar sense of disenchantment. Few things in football are as predictable as nights like this, when dismay infiltrated the bones of 2,500 travelling supporters and could be felt back on Tyneside, nights when those FA Cup wins in the 1950s feel impossible and a historic club is again left diminished and cold.

    For the second season in succession, Newcastle took their leave of the Carabao Cup at the hands of Nottingham Forest. The Sky Bet Championship side warranted their victory, peppered though it was by three goals after the 90th minute and a dash of controversy. Ayoze Pérez was dragged from the pitch by Rafa Benítez, convinced that he should have been awarded a penalty, but his team had groped for anything resembling cohesion.

    Only twice under Mike Ashley’s contentious ownership have Newcastle progressed beyond the fourth round of a domestic cup competition and not since the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1969 have they actually lifted silverware. After an early goal for Daryl Murphy, their former player, and a tepid performance, they were provided with late hope when Salomón Rondón equalised but it was quickly snuffed out by Matty Cash and Gil Dias. The ache goes on.

    It was only when Jeremy Simpson, the referee, signalled that there would be six extra minutes to play that Newcastle were roused; a full game of activity was crammed into what followed. Rondón took a pass from Pérez and scored via the left post, but Newcastle’s relief was stunted. Cash drove the ball home after Karl Darlow parried an effort from Dias, who would go on to chip Newcastle’s befuddled goalkeeper.

    Rondón’s goal was Newcastle’s only shot on target, a miserable return, although Benítez focused on the incident when, at 2-1 down, Pérez flicked the ball beyond Luke Steele and was hauled back. “We could see what happened at the end,” he said. “The way you lose you have to be disappointed. It’s difficult to take. The penalty appeal was so obvious, we have the feeling we deserved more.”

    In other regards, they did not. Benítez could hardly point to the patchwork nature of his team as mitigation; although he made seven changes to his starting XI, Aitor Karanka disfigured his with five. In attack Newcastle were flimsy and lacking conviction, failing to test Steele.

    “One thing we have to improve is the final pass and creating chances,” Benítez said. “But my team selection was trying to win. Nobody can complain about that.”

    Like Benítez, Karanka is frequently defined by caution but his side, which have drawn four of their five fixtures in the Championship, played with fluidity. “The main thing for me is that when we are ourselves, we are a very good team,” Karanka said. “I know how big the expectations are here, but it’s just about forgetting the pressure.”

    After the dismembering of his tactical approach against Chelsea on Sunday, Benítez will have fumed against his team’s fickle concentration, the slackness which allowed Forest to grasp the lead after 93 seconds.

    There was no attempt at celebration from Murphy, no desire to belittle the club he served with purpose during their clamber out of the Championship, but a fine header was punishment enough.

    The bulk of the work came from Sam Byram, who took a throw-in on the right, accepted a return pass and then wriggled down the wing, sneaking possession through the legs of Kenedy, who endured another dreadful evening, and whipping in a brilliant cross.

    At 35 years old, Murphy’s instincts remain sound and he snuck in front of Fabian Schär to nod the ball beyond Darlow, a reward for Forest’s feisty, fearless start.

    That set the tone, although there was little preamble to what happened at the death. It leaves Newcastle in search of their first win this season and their next opponents are Manchester City and Arsenal.

    There have been reports of disharmony on the training ground but Benítez denies it. “You want players competing,” he said. “There are things that can happen in the dressing room, but the atmosphere is good.” They will need it.

    Nottingham Forest (4-2-3-1): L Steele — S Byram (sub: T Darikwa 39min), M Hefele, D Fox, J Robinson — L Bridcutt, B Watson — G Dias, J Carvalho (sub: M Cash 82), J Lolley (sub: B Osborn 58) — D Murphy. Substitutes not used C Pantilimon, T Figueiredo,
    D Goncalves, A Appiah. Booked Dias, Hefele, Robinson.

    Newcastle United (4-4-1-1): K Darlow— J Sterry, F Schar, F Fernandez (sub: A Pérez 69), C Clark — C Atsu, S Longstaff, Ki Sung-yeung, Kenedy — Y Muto (sub: J Murphy 69) — Joselu (sub: S Rondón 82). Substitutes not used R Elliot, P Dummett, M Diamé, D Yedlin. Booked Joselu, Longstaff, Pérez.

    Referee J Simpson. Attendance 13,942.

    Other Carabao Cup scores
    Everton 3 Rotherham United 1
    Millwall 3 Plymouth Argyle 2
    Reading 0 Watford 2

    The wait goes on
    It was Newcastle’s 150th successive failure to win a major trophy

    Campaigns without winning since 1969 Fairs Cup triumph
    37 Top flight
    49 FA Cup
    50 League Cup
    14 European

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 30, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Hate to say it but Simon Jordan was good on talksport yesterday around midday. (I feel dirty now). He was talking about agents, conflicts of interests, managers, transparency etc. One thing that stood out was that he said managers accept certain players even if they don’t like them and in return fir a little kick back. Can’t help but feel we’ve had this type of manager a few times in the past. I recommend listening to it online if any of you have the time.

  • geordietom

    Aug 30, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    jib …

    cheers for that m8 …

  • BeeGuy

    Aug 30, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #6

    There was certainly a lack of desire to get close to Forest’s goal last night. Almost everyone wanting to pass the ball back to Darlow. No one looking to find a pass forward to someone moving forward. So sad!


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