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Newcastle Must Keep Upbeat – Bounce Back Against Everton

Javier Manquillo was brought into the side at left back on Saturday for one of his rare appearances for Newcastle.

That’s the Spanish fullback’s four appearances of the season and his third start for the Magpies this term.

Manquillo is a fringe player and had a bit of a tough time of it on Saturday – but not unlike other Newcastle players.

Rafa wants to get an attacking left back in during the January transfer window to cover and provide competition for the currently injured Paul Dummett since Javier is right-footed; left-back is not his natural position.

We wonder if Dummett will be available for Wednesday’s game at Everton – but it’s probably too early for him to return.

Javier Manquillo – we must keep our heads up

Like the rest of the players, Javier is hoping Newcastle can bounce straight back and get something out of a challenging game at Everton on Wednesday night

This is what Manquillo has said on the Newcastle website today:

“Obviously, every player is happy when they start but what matters is the team.”

“We need to keep our heads up, keep working hard and go for three points in the next game.”

“We need to overcome this and start switching on to the next game.”

“We need to prepare for it well and try to win it. Obviously, Everton are a very tough team.”

“They have proved themselves in the last few years as a good team.”

“We need to try and use our positives, and try to go for them.”

“We knew it was a very difficult game from the beginning.”

“The team started playing well but they scored the first goal and then they were waiting at the back, sitting and going for the counter.”

“We had a lot of chances, and we know we have to score them.”

“We didn’t, they did and that’s what cost us, but this is football and that’s the way it is.”

“The first half was very balanced – it was a very open game and could have gone either way.”

“The second half, we started well but after the second the team came down a little bit and we need to improve on these things.”

“They got some chances in that way and they scored the second and the third.”

“The second goal was the key moment because we were pushing hard, attacking them and on top of them.”

“But they scored the second goal and consequently the team went down a little bit.”

After the game at Everton on Wednesday night, we host Wolves in the 4:00pm match on Sunday.

Wolves are not in good form at the moment and have lost to Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town in their last two games.

Since Wolves beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Selhurst Park on October 6, they have played six games – lost five and drawn 1 – so they have just a single point out of the last 15 played for: that was a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal.

We must have a decent chance of winning that game next Sunday – surely?

Here’s where we stand before the mid-week games – we have dropped two places in the league, but our (precious) goal difference is not looking as good as it was.

10West Ham38-352
12Crystal Palace38-249

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82 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 3, 2018 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Cheers anyway Jibbers but it won’t let me get past that bit despite registering awhile a go, I need someone to paste the article.

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 3, 2018 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Jail, agreed, Yedders and Dummett cannot be expected to solve all fullback problems alone, they need proper back-up and I was interested to hear about the Matt Targett links with Ritchie going the other way.

    I’d still give Ashley Cole a look over too, he’s had a decent injury record so shouldn’t be knackered, he may have lost some pace but I bet he can still pass and cross like a good-un.

  • chicousa

    Dec 3, 2018 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #4

    martoon and Rob
    Good points about Rondon playing multiple games per week being a question mark. But in all honesty he did not do all that much in his last 2 matches so should be able to muster enough energy for Everton! 😉

    All kidding aside you make a good point about saving Rondon for Wolves match.

  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2018 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #5

    Use my registration

  • chicousa

    Dec 3, 2018 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #6

    Who is your shill paycheck made out to? 😉

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 3, 2018 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #7

    It’s only 30 days free then you have to pay.

  • cyprus

    Dec 3, 2018 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #8

    Hammer Everton Ed?!

    Hope so, man 🙂

  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2018 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #9

    Jail just for you sweety
    Luke Edwards
    3 December 2018 • 12:50pm
    It is always tempting to believe that protest is futile, that radical change is impossible, so you trudge on regardless, head bowed, mumbling and moaning about how unfair everything is.
    That is certainly how it seems for Newcastle supporters, who are united in their dissatisfaction with owner Mike Ashley, but hopelessly divided when it comes to expressing it – partly because of factionalism, partly because many do not see what they can achieve, but mainly because protesting against the owner still, somehow, feels like an act of disloyalty to the team on a matchday.
    Those who support Newcastle – and this is not unique to them but is particularly powerful on Tyneside – do so, through a sense of duty rather than choice.
    It is not an option or a lifestyle preference, it is a birthright. In the main, if you are from Newcastle you support the city’s team. It is part of your civic duty and identity.


    Whether you actually go to matches or not, you instinctively root for them and you will know whether they won or lost whether you went looking for the result or not.
    People simply do not want to turn a matchday into a protest, they do not want to be seen to do something deliberately that potentially undermines the team. They do not want to be disloyal.

    Newcastle fans protest against Mike Ashley’s ownership in 2015 Credit: Reuters/Darren Staples

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    This may be difficult to understand for those who chose a team to support on the basis of how successful they were likely to be, but that is just the way it is in the North East. Ask those from Sunderland and they will say exactly the same thing.

    It is impressive in many ways, but it also brings problems. Loyalty is admirable, but it can be abused; it can be taken for granted and it can blind you.
    When the more militant among Newcastle supporters announced they were organising two direct action events to express their anger and disappointment at the way the club has been run for the past 11 years by owner Mike Ashley, nobody seriously believed they would force the billionaire to sell his multi-million-pound asset, that offers him global exposure for his retail business.
    They did not think that, by taking their seats 11 minutes into the game against West Ham, that Ashley was immediately going to summon Rafa Benítez, offer him a £100m transfer budget and agree to every other demand he made in order to persuade him to a sign a new contract.
    But at least they are trying; at least they are showing their dissent and trying to put some pressure on to do the things every Newcastle supporter wants – to show more ambition, to truly spend every last penny generated by the business on the team and to do the things needed to ensure Benítez is happy to stay beyond the end of the season.

    Newcastle fans stage a protest before the match against Brighton on Oct 20 Credit: Jan Kruger/Getty Images
    These are the things that underpin the collective anger towards Ashley and, whether you agree with the action taken or not, the saddest thing that happened over the weekend was that Newcastle supporters ended up fighting among themselves; at the game where there were boos when protesters took their seats – seconds after West Ham had taken the lead – in pubs and on social media.

    Yes, the protesters might be described as a vocal minority – that is certainly what the club have decided they are – but vocal minorities often give a voice to the many.
    You would be hard pushed to find a Newcastle fan who does not believe Ashley has made some awful decisions over the last 11 years and that the loss of Benítez would be a devastating blow born out of a stubborn refusal to listen to a man who wants the club to be better than it is now.
    There will have been a smile shared between Ashley’s acolytes on Saturday when they saw the stadium fill up as normal. There were a few empty seats smattered here and there, but there was no mass demonstration. After all the talk, it was all a little flat and, perhaps, easy to ignore.
    Yet, the fact that they were aware of it in the first place is important. It does put pressure on them because they know they risk things getting worse if they do not spend some money in the January transfer window and lose Benítez in June.
    The fact someone even took the snide measure of making sure the television sets that normally show the game on concourses by the bars and foot outlets were all switched off so that those planning to enter after 11 minutes would not be able to watch the game said a lot.

    There is no doubt that the supporters who protested against Ashley against West Ham did not get the numbers they wanted or have the impact anticipated, but it got an important message out once more.
    Newcastle are not the club they were, the club they should be under Ashley. He is in danger of losing the best manager the club has had since Sir Bobby Robson because he has not kept promises made to him. He has not backed the manager, as he should have done. If a sell-to-buy transfer policy was stupid in the first place in the summer, it became self-harming as soon as they ended the last transfer window more than £20m in profit.
    These are the issues that sour things, these are the issues the protesters are trying to address and they will do so again with a boycott of the Wolves game on Sunday.
    From a personal point of view, I have always been against the idea of a boycott because going to the match is an integral part of so many people’s lives, through the good and bad. It is a day out, a ritual, rather than a 90-minute game of football. It’s incredibly hard to expect people to give that p regardless of what else is going on. You are not more of a fan if you protest and vice versa.

    But there is no way anyone should be having a go at people who are trying to bring about the sort of change every Newcastle supporter desires. They are doing it on behalf of everyone, not despite them. Whether you boycott or not, at least some pressure is being exerted. Protest is never futile.

  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2018 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Sorry I should have edited better

  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2018 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #11

    Charles Bogle Otis Criblecoblis Mahatma Kane Jeeves

  • chicousa

    Dec 3, 2018 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Aha, I knew it!

  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2018 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Now and then I use

    Elmer Prettywillie

  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2018 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #14

    and twice used
    J. Effingham Bellweather

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 3, 2018 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #15

    Cheers Jibbers.

  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2018 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #16
  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #17

    In the FA cup draw on the Beeb at tea-time
    NUFC will be ball 27

  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #18

    That’s if you have your tea at 19.30

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 3, 2018 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #19

    Jib…….. It shouldn’t inconvenience most of us as we can probably listen to the draw whilst having tea etc. However I am slightly concerned about Jesper as they are an hour ahead of us so he will have finished tea, washed up and dried, put the dishes away and be on kid bathing and putting kids to bed duty.

  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #20

    Betty he’ll get in one of these

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 3, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #22


  • RobLeenio

    Dec 3, 2018 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #23


    Feyenoord fans chucking a ball on the pitch just as PSV were about to score. Very funny, though it shouldn’t be.

    Denzel Dumfries shouting at the locals looks just like a Geordie down the Bigg Market too “F*** off man”, according to my lip-reading skills.

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 3, 2018 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #24

    Completely disgusting and absolutely footin typical that not one of them politicians asked Fatash when he was in the Commons how much he intends to give Rafa to spend in January.

  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2018 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #25

    You heard from his own mouth
    “retailing is in my blood”
    That’s why it’s crucial he gets a
    footy man to act as a buffer twixt
    him and his cohorts
    Barnes Bishop and Ashley are very
    good at what they do but what they do
    is a million miles from what is required
    for a PL club.
    Ashley if he’s staying needs a Rick Parry
    or Peter Kenyon type figure

  • geordietom

    Dec 3, 2018 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #26


    what did he say to the fans DONT BOTHER ME NO MORE …

    what a bloke he’s gonna save the high street … WHAT ABOUT SAVING NEWCASTLE UNITED …

    you could’nt make it up FAT GREEDY BARSTOOL …

    well done to the lads who took time to front him up …

  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2018 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #27

    You sound like an angry sixteen year old

    What’s needed is logical persuasion and
    a demonstration of the importance of NUFC
    to the region
    the behaviour of a gang of yobs terrorizing
    pensioners at their local newsagent

  • geordietom

    Dec 3, 2018 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #28


    so what your saying is its ok for ASHLEY TO TALK TO THE FANS LIKE CRAP ?

    and going on about the region these fans fronted him up today are LONDON BASED … its not about the region per se its about getting straight answers out of ASHLEY… is it not JIB?

    also JIB mate are you saying that these lads who took time out to TALK ( not front him up as i put it )

    wish i was sixteen again would be nice to be be young again and know the things i know now

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 3, 2018 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #29

    ”How to influence people and win friends” Jib’s masterpiece.

    I’m only pompous when dealing with a total fake and someone so obviously inferior to me.
    Stop being a pillock on a daily basis and I may review how I speak down to you. See pompous is good when used

  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2018 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #30

    It’s about having NUFC run like a proper footy club
    with a great manager (Rafa) being backed
    Ashley can be the biggest slavver in the world as
    long as he does right by the club

  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2018 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #31

    go away irrelevant Rotonda we are talking footy

  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2018 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #32

    By the way Tom if I was sixteen again I’d
    probably be dead by 30 with what I know now

  • AncientC

    Dec 3, 2018 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #33

    So Mike Ashley thinks online businesses should be charged an extra 20% in tax because it’s inconvenient to him. Everybody should have to pay 20% more—on top of the current tax—for online goods so that Mike Ashley can become even wealthier. Embarrassing glutton that he is.

  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2018 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #34

    Internet companies SHOULD pay tax
    You’re the first person I’ve seen argue
    against it !!!!!!

  • c-dog

    Dec 3, 2018 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #35

    How this guy has managed to carve out a career in the top flight I’ll never know.

    Get out of our club!

  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2018 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #36

    You are aware they pay nowt at the moment aren’t you ?

  • AncientC

    Dec 3, 2018 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #37

    VAT is a form of taxation.

  • c-dog

    Dec 3, 2018 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #38


    Where you at it lad, New Delhi?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 3, 2018 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #39

    Thank you Jail…for your suggestions as how to use emojis…but I think I am good!

  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #40

    Online companies often charge VAT
    Seldom pay it


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