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Lots Of Positives With The Performance – But No Points


After the game yesterday Rafa sounded like he did a few times at the beginning of the season when the team played against top-six opposition, but in the end, we had nothing to show for it regarding points.

That must change if we are to avoid a second relegation in four years this May.

The top six are way above the rest of the teams in the Premier League, but we must start winning games against the other 14 teams.

Sean Longstaff – held his own against world-class opposition

But Rafa had to be pleased with some of the performances yesterday with young Sean Longstaff and the returning Florian Lejeune catching the eye.

This is what Rafa said after the game as reported in the Chronicle:

“You could see a lot of positives with the performance but no points.”

“We knew that they would keep the ball and we had to maximize what we did when we got the ball.”

“We had some chances on the counter but our final pass wasn’t there.”

“We conceded a goal we could avoid but after that we were fighting for every ball. These players care, you could see that.”

“We scored and then controlled the last few minutes of the first half so it’s a pity, but a piece of quality made the difference.”

“The work rate was there, and the understanding of the game plan and what we wanted to do was also there.”

“We had chances at corners and scored, but they started the second half pushing.”

“We were defending, but Willian made the difference. After that, we had to keep pushing, but normally you are getting tired.”

“We were still in the game, but we had to be more open sometimes and go higher.” “When we gave the ball away, they had the chance to play on the counter-attack.”

“When you talk about the names they have, and the quality and the pace, that is normal.”

“In the end, it was quite positive in terms of the things we did and the way that we did it.”

For Sean Longstaff to make his first Premier League start for the club at Stamford Bridge and play so well shows that this lad is destined for a great future on Tyneside.

And hopefully, he will have Rafa Benitez to guide him for the next few years as he becomes a top player at Newcastle.

Florian Lejeune made his first Premier League start of the season, and he looked class in this game.

The Frenchman can solidify the defense for the remaining games, and it coincides with when he came back in last season around this time, and we started to pull away from the bottom three.

We also need to keep more clean sheets to maximize the chances of winning games.

Newcastle are currently 4 points behind where we were last season at this time (after 22 games), but it’s nothing that a few wins cannot put right.

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267 comments so far

  • chicousa

    Jan 14, 2019 at 6:24 AM

    Comment #241

    Jesper,
    Sadly that is probably true, and I think that is why there is so much despair surrounding the club in the grasps of the FGB. And exactly why Rafa is no longer commenting on transfers or the fakeover. But it is still hard to sit by and watch the damage Ashley is doing without uttering a few moans…

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  • NY Mag

    Jan 14, 2019 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #242

    Jesper,

    Thanks for the clarification, I thought he was on a long contract, but wasn’t sure on the exact details.

    Players contracts are an interesting topic, sign a player on a shorter contract and he does well – there’s usually an uproar for them to be given a pay rise and a new contract.
    Sign a player on a long contract and they don’t work out…..we all know how that turns out.

    Not sure what the solution is……..all we can hope for is that we get more right than wrong

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  • chicousa

    Jan 14, 2019 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #243

    Dig,
    Re: your statement, “The dollar is about to loose it’s reserve status to the Yuan that will be backed by a gold bond.”, do you mind pasting in a URL to the source or sources of that prediction?

    For years I have seen the occasional financial expert trying sell that fear in the form of brochures that they will sell you for “a price” that will tell you and the other clever few exactly when this doomsday is to occur and how to protect yourself from the disaster. Never has come true… 😉

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 14, 2019 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #244

    Southampton since their new manager have got the bounce required and look to be heading towards safety.

    A draw or loss at Cardiff is disastrous for us and benetiz need to go, for us to get the new manager bounce.

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  • NY Mag

    Jan 14, 2019 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #245

    ILT,

    Usually, the new manager bounce is caused because players have ‘given up’ on the current manager……do you think that is the case with us?
    If so, who would be the new manager that would give us such a bounce?

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 14, 2019 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #246

    Ok so this morning’s masterstroke of Scandinavian logic is that Benitez can’t really be supported in his transfer dealings because he’s asking for players he knows the club won’t really sign? Ok. Ok. Ok.

    I’m a world class manager, struggling with a budget team, little or no financial support and trying desperately to preserve my reputation and the teams status. When the transfer window approaches, and the injuries are kicking in, and we are third off the drop hole, and there’s an opportunity to inject a bit of optimism, I know! I’ll ask for an infeasibly expensive player from the old folks home of football who is a totally unknown quantity in this league, because I know for a fact it’ll never come off.

    Stick to analysing the soufflé through the oven door Mr Bunn. Dear oh dear.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 14, 2019 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #247

    Ilovetoon – you complained we were defensive at Chelsea etc etc your analysis of whether your shoes are tied or not is suspect I suggest you stick to worrying about your own teams prospects.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 14, 2019 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #248

    Jesper,
    Are you honestly suggesting that it is beyond the realms of possibility that Rafa spoke to Townsend and asked him if he was willing to come back and that Townsend said yes which left Rafa confident right up until the last minute that a deal could be made. Or do you think, despite knowing each other for three months that he just took a shot in the dark and assumed he would and just left the whole thing to Churnley and his agent?

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  • Nadeem

    Jan 14, 2019 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #249

    masterstroke you said Tsunki? Nah, it’s all bollix.He can’t hit cow’s arse with a banjo ha ha

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 14, 2019 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #250

    I apologise unreservedly regarding my comment @246, I should have known better and it wasn’t clever, put it down to a grumpy Monday morning start.

    Sorry.

    It should of course have read “FACT!”

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 14, 2019 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #251

    Well Nadeem at least he owns a banjo….I’m certain of it, so does his cousin.

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  • Singinginthecorner

    Jan 14, 2019 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #252

    Ashley has had time the fans have backed off, he has had it too easy just laughing at us. Its time to start turning up the pressure, it should be put in place for a boycott of the man city game too put the pressure back on ashley.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 14, 2019 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #253

    Jesper,
    Every club bar Cardiff, Burnley, Wolves and Brighton which have spent most of their history in the lower divisions have matched or more the transfer fee we paid for Micheal Owen 14 years ago. Has Rafa been specifically told that we will not be matching that, he does not know his budget. As an experienced football man he knows what is realistic and if Bournemouth can spend 20M then we should be able to spend 25M or at least the same. If he is not told his budget and Churnley is not willing to state that the player must be U25 and cost less than 15M then how is he supposed to come up with a reasonable list of targets. Fernandez isn’t U25 but was signed so there’s no consistency in the plan either. Carr signed those U25’s and Ashley made money on them but the lack of experience and a shit manager who would put up with the policy got us relegated. I don’t get which bit you don’t understand.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 14, 2019 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #254

    Jail

    He understands everything, he’s just a wum.

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  • Jib

    Jan 14, 2019 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #255

    I think the age criterion was Carr’s brainchild
    Once Rafa managed to get shot of his influence
    that particular restriction was binned

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 14, 2019 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #256

    I wouldn’t say it was binned, free or nearly free trump age.

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  • Jib

    Jan 14, 2019 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #257

    Yohan Cabaye is 33 today,yet despite this,
    a few Crystal Palace fans think his sudden
    departure from Dubai should prompt an offer
    of a short term contract from Roy Hodgson.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 14, 2019 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #258

    Jib,
    I wouldn’t think it was Carr’s brainchild, at the end of the day he’s a footballing man and must surely know that bringing in young lads with no PL experience is a means to an end. It sounds very much like the idea of someone with no clue of football and a great deal of knowledge about how to make money without consequence to others.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 14, 2019 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #259

    *divide and conquer*

    # UNITED NEVER !!

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jan 14, 2019 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #260

    Carr’s recruiting strategy was entirely focused on getting a kickback out of the agent.

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  • lochinvar

    Jan 14, 2019 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #261

    Oh look , a well run business.
    Painful for Ashley to see but guess what he even has shares in his rivals so will gain some small benefit from this. Hardly covers the Debenhams and HoFF collapses.

    JD Sports says it is confident that its full-year results – for the year to 2 February 2019 – will be at the “upper end” of published market expectations.These range from £325m to £352m.

    “Given the well-publicised challenges within the wider UK retail market, we are pleased with this trading result which further demonstrates the robust foundations of our dynamic multibrand, multichannel proposition across our core market and our capacity for further growth across an expanding geographical reach,” the company said.

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  • geordie157

    Jan 14, 2019 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #262

    Personally i’d take Cabaye back until the end of the season maybe with an option of a further year. He’ll prob end up back in france at Lille where he started his career.

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  • R.I.P Magpie

    Jan 14, 2019 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #263

    If the reports are true that Newcastle are trying to buy Diego Laxalt for 10 million does that mean Rafa is thinking of ending Kenedy’s Loan spell to free up a loan signing for a striker from the premiership. I wonder if true which loan striker in the Prem he could go after.

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jan 14, 2019 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #264

    RIP the speed ChumleyWarner and co act Cabaye will of played the remainder of the season at Palace and on his way to Lille – then we will put in an offer for him

    and as for Laxative – 2 deals at the same time – come on get real………

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  • lochinvar

    Jan 14, 2019 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #265

    Ashley hasn’t got the nuts or the money to play in the big boys league. But then again it appears that Kenyon hasn’t either.
    Stalemate.

    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says the club will not meet the reported £100m valuation for Wolves and Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves, 21. (Mirror)

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  • hibbit

    Jan 14, 2019 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #266

    Bournemouth are willing to sell England striker Callum Wilson to Chelsea for £75m – 25 times the amount they paid for the 26-year-old in 2014. (Star)

    Wolves will rival the Blues for the signature of Wilson, who has scored 10 goals so far this season. (Birmingham Mail)

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  • jimiley

    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #267

    Mr Ashley is a terrible blot on the club. Worst owner ever by far. The Westwoods and McKeags only ripped us off for hundreds of thousands. But they bought some reasonable players. MR Ashley is pocketing hundreds of millions. John Hall has a lot to answer for. He is a bit like David Cameron. Trotters up.

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