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Rafa Upbeat – Looks Forward To Creating A More Attacking Side

If we had managed a 0-0 draw yesterday at Wembley, we would be over the moon today.

But a late blunder by Dubravka meant we lost our 13th league game of the season.

Hopefully, there will not be too many more defeats in our final 13 games.

But fans still feel positive today.

Getting Almiron and Barreca in on Thursday has further raised the spirits on Tyneside, and we should be a better team because of the two new lads.

Both have pace and skill and can help Newcastle become a more attacking side in the future.

Even though we lost the game yesterday at Wembley the lads played really well, and they are so committed to Newcastle – it’s just great to see that from all our players.

Jamaal Lascelles – distraught after Spurs’ late goal yesterday

Rafa demands that fighting spirit which is one reason he’s the perfect manager for Newcastle.

Rafa was upbeat after the game, even though we lost and he is looking forward to working with Barreca and Almiron next week.

Here’s some of what Rafa said after the game yesterday:

“It will be good next week with these new players to have time to know their teammates and to train.”

“And to talk – because you have two foreign players who don’t speak much English, so, sometimes to stay around and see what the other players do is helpful.”

“Almiron can help. Barreca too.”

“We now have different kinds of players with pace and when you have competition it is always good for the team.”

I think it has been a good week for the club. To bring in new players, it will be positive for the future.”

“We needed that and hopefully we will see it in the next few games.”

Miguel Almiron will travel to Paris tomorrow and try to sort out all the paperwork for his visa.

He should then be available to concentrate on training ready for our next big test – at Molineux next Monday night.

With Shelvey, Diame, Ki and Dummett all expected to be fit for that game, Newcastle should be able to field a strong team.

And also have a talented bench for the game so that Rafa has some options depending on how the game goes.

This set of players is now what we have for the future, and the manager will be trying to make the team more free-flowing before the end of the season.

And of course, we have another five wins to get to 39 points and potential safety.

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80 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 3, 2019 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #1

    toon 22 “He only spent as he was forced too”

    How do you work that out? Nickson was sent to Atlanta at the end of November to start negotiating with Almiron. That smacks of long-term planning and a long desired attempt to back the manager by bringing in his identified top targets.

    It’s too little too late, but at least on this occasion Ashley has done the right thing.

  • Jib

    Feb 3, 2019 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #2

    It was a bad blunder by Dubravka
    In the first half he made a brilliant
    save from Sissoko.If that had gone
    in nobody would have criticised him.

    Swings and Roundabouts I guess

  • Jib

    Feb 3, 2019 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Hiya Justin

  • toon22

    Feb 3, 2019 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Have you noticed how JIB always responds to anything financial/accounts etc ?

    Undisclosed Payments JIB


  • toon22

    Feb 3, 2019 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #5

    He hasn’t published those accounts as there’s something there he would rather not show people

    JIB thinks it’s due to this years fakeover

    Hiya KBA

  • DaveD1000

    Feb 3, 2019 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #6

    the Frog and his faith in the HMRC god….financial imbecile

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 3, 2019 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #7


    In regard to the owner, despite the amount of supposed evidence you may report, there is no reason why my opinion is more or less valuable than your own. Especially when predicated by his previous actions.

  • geordietom

    Feb 3, 2019 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #8

    i have to have my tanners worth about Dubraka…

    ok he made a mistake yesterday which cost us a point .but how many times has he made important saves many times …

    about TOON22 cant agree that Ashley pent money because he was forced to…

    going on about Ashley getting a bank loan to fund Almiron is it a precursor to selling up all the times in the past he has ( supposedly ) paid the money out of his own pocket …

    all we need now is more points on board . and the most important thing is to get RAFA sign a new contract to make us more attractive to any new buyers …

  • toon22

    Feb 3, 2019 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #9

    Can’t have anything anti MA can we ?

    MA seems to have had bother with his accounts for a few years now,with a few companies

    HMRC are investigating thin and he’s being forced by a court to turn over documents

    But there’s nothing too see ?

    Hiya KBA

  • geordietom

    Feb 3, 2019 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #10

    spent #8

  • Jib

    Feb 3, 2019 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #11

    It would help if you stopped calling Ashley
    names like turdboat like a spiteful kid.
    Like Hibbit ,if the Chronicle says something
    you agree with it’s a fine organ of the press
    if it says something you disagree with it’s full
    of shit.
    Not very mature

  • geordietom

    Feb 3, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #12

    toon22 i hate Ashley as much as the next person …

    so no i am not pro Ashley i hate the man wish he would f..k off never to raise his ugly head again…

  • toon22

    Feb 3, 2019 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #13


    You defend MA you don’t meet many people who love him


  • toon22

    Feb 3, 2019 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #14

    Undisclosed Payments JIB

  • Jib

    Feb 3, 2019 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #15

    toon 22
    Ashley turned over his accounts
    (as ordered by the courts) in an
    investigation into corporate accounting
    months ago.
    It had nothing to do with HMRC.

  • DaveD1000

    Feb 3, 2019 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #16

    Frog I’ll be dancing in the streets when Ashley goes.

    Your constant “undisclosed payments” is nothing he will get a bill loaded with a premium is all. Same with the courts
    which will all be lost in the HoF Evans Sofa.com etc deals get a grip

    HMRC is a revenue gathering arm with surprisingly helpful guys working there they are not interested in bringing anyone “down” or “away”

  • geordietom

    Feb 3, 2019 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #18

    HRMC wont even go after Ashley …

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 3, 2019 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #20

    Jib I appreciated those stats on Longstaff. Bit of an eye opener. This is what happens when you get native Geordies brought through the academy and given the chance to wear the shirt of their heroes.

  • geordietom

    Feb 3, 2019 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #21

    jib …

    when you off on your holiday mate make sure you get good WIFI mate …

    jib … you ever had tinto des verano ? is it any good saw it on the tv gonna have a few when i go to golf del sur if its any good that is …

  • toon22

    Feb 3, 2019 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #22

    Yes because everything MA does is above board and transparent financially


    You only find that opinion on blogs like this


  • Jib

    Feb 3, 2019 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #23

    It’s basically just red wine shandy

  • hibbit

    Feb 3, 2019 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #24


    Feb 1, 2019 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #24
    I guess if your footy knowledge can
    be written on a postage stamp
    Having a pop at fellow bloggers is the way to go.

    says it all about jib, lashes out at every opportunity sad git

    sad git …… A completely ignorant, childish person with no manners. 2. A person who feels justified in their callow behaviour. 3. A pubescent kid who thinks it’s totally cool .

  • toon22

    Feb 3, 2019 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #25

    You missed his love of MA and his keen sense of keeping everyone the right side of PR with anything financial

    Obviously just your average toon fan


  • Jib

    Feb 3, 2019 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #26

    I’ve a feeling that OGS could face his first
    defeat vs Leicester thisafter

  • Jib

    Feb 3, 2019 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #27

    We now have real midfield and
    forward variety
    which means Rafa can mix up his

  • geordietom

    Feb 3, 2019 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #28

    jib …

    fizzy sangria then ?

  • Jib

    Feb 3, 2019 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #29

    Pretty much
    except Sangria has brandy or rum in it
    and loadsa fruit

  • Jib

    Feb 3, 2019 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #30

    Vino de Verano is great with loads of ice on a hot day

  • toon22

    Feb 3, 2019 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #31

    It’s never MAs fault

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 3, 2019 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #32

    Toon 22
    I dont get why you feel the need to repeat yourself ad nauseum.
    Essentially most people agree with you and dont believe a word el gordo says either.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 3, 2019 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #33

    Jib rafa still needs at least 3 players. We can’t become over reliant on almiron and need more speed on flanks and a striker with pace and power to cover for Rondon.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 3, 2019 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #34

    It’s a shame Toon22 is back. The fact of the matter is that we broke our club record and seem to have signed a gem. Credit to All involved, rafa, nickson, even Fats. We just need to buy guys quicker and develop the club youth system etc.

  • Pain in the Blog

    Feb 3, 2019 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #35


    Can I add my sincere gratitude to that of others expressed on here for your very kind decision to be absent from the blog for what amounted to to several blissful days. What would be really appreciated would be if you left the blog permanently. Thanks in advance.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 3, 2019 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #36

    Credit to Mike Ashley for buying a player!!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #37

    Not just any player though, one that the manager actually wanted, can you imagine if all the other clubs start buying the players their managers want, the game might change forever 😮

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 3, 2019 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #38

    Although still very early in the year the award so far for the pot, kettle and black award has to go to the clinically obsessive toonbotherer on his Mike Ashley statement. Wow!!!

  • lesh

    Feb 3, 2019 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #39


    If you’re hoping to get sound advice about Spain and it’s comestibles, forget it – the nearest he’s been to it’s Whitley Bay!

    Mind if you’re looking for guidance on interrogating Google, Jib’s your man but while it’s clear he can copy, his pasting leaves a lot to be desired where spacing needs more care!

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 3, 2019 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #40


    So I should not call people childish names?
    I have been telling you that for years.
    The owner is the only person that I bring myself down to your level with.


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