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Newcastle Have Identical Record As Last Relegation Season – We Need 3 Points Against Brighton

Newcastle have 12 games to play before the end of this year and only one of the opposition are a top-six club; we play Liverpool away on Boxing Day.

And seven of those teams are in the bottom half of the league so, of those 12 fixtures, we are in with a decent chance of winning eleven of them.

We’re sure that’s the way Rafa is looking at the situation although the game at Anfield is always a special one for the former Liverpool manager – who is still loved on Merseyside.

Newcastle have only 2 points from 8 games that we got from 0-0 draws we got at Cardiff City and Crystal Palace; those are the only two games we’ve had a clean sheet so far this season.

Federico Fernandez – in action against Chelsea

This is what Federico Fernandez has said about the preparation for the game on Saturday:

“It’s a massive game. We know they are a good team, very organized and disciplined,”

“We have been analyzing them, and they have pace up front, particularly with their wingers, and they have good strikers, too.

“For us, we need to be patient with the ball, try to find the space, don’t concede many free-kicks or corners because they are quite strong in the air.”

“It’s a game that I hope we can take the three points from because we need them – and we are ready to now after a tough start.”

“I had a bad run with Swansea last season as well. But, if you see the table, we’re on two points – and there are a lot of teams with five points or only a few more.”

“So it’s different for everyone, but we know how difficult this league is, and also how quickly things can change.”

“Obviously we want to do better, we need to focus on the basics, start organizing the team a little bit more – and definitely score more goals to win games.”

“But the things we have already done well, we need to keep doing those, then correct the little bits on the side, too.”

“The manager is still keeping the same message – that we need to stay calm. Until the 70-minute mark, we had all the control at Old Trafford,”

“But this is football. Maybe before the game we didn’t expect to be 2-0 up in the first half, but we did that.”

“We just have to carry on, keep working and try to be focused in our performances.”

“We obviously need to improve what we are doing wrong as a team, and try to correct that in the next one.

Newcastle will need to keep it tight at the back on Saturday and in this fixture last season we had a 0-0 draw.

But Brighton also beat us 1-0 at the Amex Stadium.

The Seagulls are usually good in defense but this season they have conceded 13 goals – the same number as Newcastle have conceded.

The bottom line is that we need a win.

In the league three years ago during our relegation season when Steve McClaren was the manager, we also took only 2 points from our first 8 league games.

We got our first win in the 9th league game of that season when we blasted Norwich City 6-2 at home on 18th October.

That was 15 days after we were hammered 6-1 at Manchester City in one of the worst second-half performances on record.

That’s when Aguero scored five goals in a 20-minute spell and four of those were in the second half.


But in August 2015 we had our first win of the season in the League Cup when we beat Northampton Town 4-1 at home when Florian Thauvin had an excellent game.

We were a little better off in terms of wins three years ago at this stage of the season.

A win is what we need on Saturday but the Seagulls could prove difficult to break down.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Genjikai

    Oct 17, 2018 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #1

     Lesh am suprised ashley hasnt been trying to source out cheaper fans mate. Maybe if he spent janurary transfer money on new fans he would have the support he needs for the club

  • Genjikai

    Oct 17, 2018 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #2

    Relegation is always on the cards with under investment.
    Why not just spend before the season starts instead of this situation we always find ourselfs in.

  • toon22

    Oct 17, 2018 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #3

    It’s another 11years of relegation battles

    Look where that got the mackems

  • Online Guy

    Oct 17, 2018 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Jumped through 4 hoops , just spoke , Mike’s out at moment , Secs out , spoke to other sec.. Main sec is calling me tommorow , booked .

    They know me and love me . Meanwhile here’s a number to call if you want to talk to someone close to Mike about Newcastle United.

    You will get info and actually talk with someone .

    KBA. 020 77 34 99 95. . Be Polite .

  • Just a fan

    Oct 17, 2018 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Personally I think jib is one of the better bloggers on here.informative and thought provoking .

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 17, 2018 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Online Guy, before you go giving out the KBA number, you should perhaps warn people that KBA have actually called the police on Toon fans who have been ‘disrespectful’ online on social media.

    If anyone plans to be ‘disrespectful’ on the phone, shield your number or better still, just don’t be – they have the legal right of this, even if you feel you have the moral high ground.

  • Online Guy

    Oct 17, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Rob . I was asked to call that number with any questions by one of Ashley’s people.

    It’s public domain.

  • Online Guy

    Oct 17, 2018 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Rob I guess you just warned them .

    So did I,, with the words , “Be polite.

  • Online Guy

    Oct 17, 2018 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #9

    Jib likes a bit of controversy, so do I .

    If you awoke and looked forward to reading latest news and argument , debate of sorts, on this site , if Jib wasn’t about it wouldn’t be the same . We need wor Pantomime villains.

    He might be the glue that holds the blog together.

    Iv fought with him and he does not hold grudges. Like me.

    Thanks for the JLH link Jib. Plenty of light an Shade there.

  • Online Guy

    Oct 17, 2018 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #10

    In ten years time if this blogs gone you will look back fondly and remember Jib.

    The Frog is now doing a good Job at provoking debate.

    Bring on the reprobates that’s what I say.

    Nancy boys , Out .
    Cedrics, Out
    Mammys boys out.
    Wordy wordsmiths..Fk off.


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