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Rafa Wants Players To Forget What Happened On December 9th

Newcastle lost 2-1 at home to Wolves when we played the newly promoted side on December 9th.

In that game, it was a stoppage-time header from Matt Doherty beat a 10 man Newcastle.

The winning goal was scored as Ayoze Perez seemed to have been fouled (elbowed) by Willie Boly in the Wolves penalty area but the referee simply waved play on.

We haven’t had much help from referees this season.

DeAndre Yedlin had been sent off after 52 minutes for what is termed a professional foul and that didn’t help our cause.

Rafa Benitez welcomes Nuno Espírito Santo on December 9th

Rafa thought at the time it was a really harsh sending off and was livid at the end of the game.

The manager had this to say in the Shield’s Gazette about tomorrow night’s game at Molineux: he wants players to forget what happened back on December 9th:

“We knew after the game watching the replays that everything was wrong and we didn’t deserve to lose the game, but we cannot change that.” 

“We have to concentrate now on this one. “It’s an opportunity for us because every game for us is a final.”

“So this is the first one and we have to play all the finals with everybody concentrated and focused on that.”

“They are doing well. They have a good manager, they have very good players.”

“We talk about the newly-promoted teams, but they have spent more than £100M, some of them.”

“So it’s not the same as when you have another promoted team, for example like Huddersfield, who spent some money, but still there’s a big difference.”

“If you see the players that they have, they have champions of Europe, they have players who play at international level.”

“They are a good team doing really well.”

After both Cardiff and Burnley won their games yesterday they jumped above Newcastle in the league.

We are now in 17th position and the squad flies off to Murcia, Spain immediately after the match.

10West Ham38-352
12Crystal Palace38-249

So it would be excellent if we can win this game and haul ourselves up the table and back to 15th place

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109 comments so far

  • Online Guy

    Feb 10, 2019 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #41


    Piddling little land deal ?

    If Ashley has gained personal millions from said land deal it’s far from piddling.

    There’s also the possibility that it has stopped Newcastle United from extending the historical cathedral on the hill StJames’ Park.

    To its demise.

    Piddling ?

  • jane

    Feb 10, 2019 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #42

    “Newcastle City council had better have some answers as to why there was no public enquiry into land that was and should be classed as amenity and for the people.”

    Online Guy do you have any sources in the council that could give you good inside information?

  • Online Guy

    Feb 10, 2019 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #43

    Jane , Jib ,

    Only info that can be released to the public domain at moment .

    Official channels ..There’s no whistle-blower I know of .

    I do know the lawyer that was handling the sale …I asked him some leading questions 2 years back almost, and he gave me the impression he was walking on eggshells in trying not to deliver answers . It was hard for him and he spoke as though the gestapo were tapping his phone. Loyal to his client.

    I learnt a few things and the figure it was going for then ..around £6.5 million, this is not accurate as Iv been told a differing figure as of recently so don’t know what to believe .

    I will be digging in the week.

  • Online Guy

    Feb 10, 2019 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #44

    Jib ,

    Did you ever give Charnley a ride in yer Taxi ?

  • toon22

    Feb 10, 2019 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #45


    You never fail to defend MA especially when its anything financial

    Funny that lol

    Undisclosed Payments

  • c-dog

    Feb 10, 2019 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #46

    The ledge

    We did lay the foundations for the civilization you have today.

  • toon22

    Feb 10, 2019 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #47

    Have we been sold yet?

  • toon22

    Feb 10, 2019 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #48

    The Daily Telegraph understands that Barnes has taken a keen interest in the business over the past few months and managing director Lee Charnley has been forced to run most large financial decisions past him before he has been allowed to act by Ashley.


    Hiya JIB

  • toon22

    Feb 10, 2019 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #49

    How long do you think they can leave the obvious end to the sale lie before they make some kind of statement ?

  • toon22

    Feb 10, 2019 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #50

    Who do you think MA will pretend to sell too next year ?

    You think Donald Trump could be persuaded ?

  • toon22

    Feb 10, 2019 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #51

    You think everyone is just going to forget all of the lies and deceit
    All of those times he was going to sell us ?

    Really ?

  • the ledge

    Feb 10, 2019 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #52

    Cdog stay off the spice chap

  • Online Guy

    Feb 10, 2019 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #53

    Imagine this …

    Ashley has about 30 businesses networked around Newcastle United ..all money streams ..I want to know where each pound is going and how much Ashley is taking and sticking in his own personal bank account.

    Anything offshore .. Cayman?

    Is he bleeding the club dry ?

    I’m sure it’s all legal loopholes and creative accountancy …

    We are complicit in helping him to get richer by attending each home game.

    Wetting yerselves over one signing . Remember the V sign ? That’s what he thinks of Newcastle Supporters.

    V sign . V two fingers V sign .

    Where’s the money gone. Where’s it going ?

  • toon22

    Feb 10, 2019 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #54

    Once Rafa leaves in the summer
    And the new boss struggles under the same lack of investment

    What lie will he use next Winter >?

    Another sale lie ?


  • toon22

    Feb 10, 2019 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #55

    Lets have another look at those two small roundabouts right outside of Shirebrook

    And imagine just how few cars it would take to just about block them 24/7

  • Jib

    Feb 10, 2019 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #56

    Online why don’t you ask your contact who
    was feeding you info re the sale about it.


    have you ever had treatment for schizoid tendencies ?

  • Jib

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #57

    The sale of the land was £2.4 M
    I’m afraid those who accused you of making up stuff
    were in the right

  • lesh

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #58


    Who paid £2.4m to whom?

    Could it’ve been MASH Holdings paid that to the Club before the land was sold on for god knows how much? I don’t know, perhaps you could provide chapter and verse?


    You asked Online whether he’s ever had treatment for schizoid tendencies? That’s priceless coming from you.

  • Jib

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #59
  • Online Guy

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #60

    No Jib

    It was the figure I was given at the time . 6.5 million .

    Anyway where did you get your figure from ?

    I did state that I deemed it not to be accurate as I heard a conflicting figure. Its possibly much more for prime land .

    It’s not piddling as you say . And certainly not a piddling bit of tarmac as you stated ..

    I’m writing in a freindly manner and your levelling schizophrenia at me. Bugger lugs !

    I like you as a Gadgee Jib but seems like your in the Ashley camp now .

    You have made it clear over this land sale that you are in the Ashley camp.

    Jib loves Ashley ties in with the Mills and Boon theme that has been running through the blog this evening .

  • Online Guy

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #61

    There’s a Barnes working for Marrico.

  • Jib

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #62

    Don’t call me Jib/Jane like the usual pricks
    and you might get more respect

  • toon22

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #63

    Cant leave anything financial alone can you JIB

    Its typical toon fan behavior

    Hiya JIB

    Are we still being sold ?
    Or is this years lie over now ?

  • toon22

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #64

    You think the entire fan base just cant wait till Rafa is shoved out the door and MA does his usual rinse and repeat ?

    Over and over again

  • toon22

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #65

    You think buying one player for less than you sold one player will end any protest ?

    And all is forgiven


  • Online Guy

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #66


    Let’s go with what your saying …the sale of land was 2.4 million… was that the initial figure that Ashley sold it for to one of his own companies that his Brother is part owner of ?

    Ashley buys it back at a slightly higher figure and he buys it off himself and a company the brother has a percentage of, then he sells it to a company that his brother also has a few fingers in and a Barnes is involved with for an astronomical sum of millions ..

    I’m just putting that out there in order that it can be discussed and refuted ..it gets it all scrutinised and some truth should come out of it.

    Any inaccuracies about who knows who and figures are all to create the debate.

  • toon22

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #67

    Its the reason the PR has been trying to blame Rafa for everything

    Isnt it

  • toon22

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #68

    So next years lie might stick

    Hiya KBA

  • toon22

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #69

    The PR will have you believe that once Rafa leaves everything will be hunky dory

    As he is to blame for everything

    Until the next guy is dragged in,and you rinse and repeat the exact same process for the next 11 years

  • toon22

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #70

    Its why posters like Catchy exsist

    Isnt it

  • Online Guy

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #71

    Anyway Jib

    Who telt you 2.4million ?

  • Online Guy

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #72

    I think Ash sold the land to himself via mash holdings, thus taking it away from Newcastle United ..then sold it on at a lowish price to a company he has connections with and in order to look ethically responsible and not making too much personal profit ..BUT …. he already has a deal in place to buy it back on the cheap ..thus moving it around various companies ..he waits his time until questions cool . He then sells it on for vast personal profit .

    All Legal ?

    Morally bankrupt.

  • Online Guy

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #73


    You told me categorically that you are Jane . Bout 6 months back .

    What do I do ?

    Anyway I think you dropped yerself in it as you answered a Jib question with Jane giving the answer ..you forget to change your log in name.

    Caught .

  • Jib

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #74

    Mark Wood did Ashington proud in the West Indies

  • Online Guy

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #75

    Way for a pint.

  • Online Guy

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #76

    Evening Lesh

    Hope yer well mate.

  • Jib

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #77

    Be sure to take Lesh’s nose out yer arse
    before walking into the bar

  • Jib

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #78

    is schizo
    he’s good people

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Feb 10, 2019 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #79

    Longstaff and Hayden have played together in tandem pretty much as two central Defensive Mids. Nothing at all elaborate about what they did. Got goalside and tight, got challenges in, laid the ball off to a black and white shirt, moved into space to support. This is great against the senior sides and worked wonderfully v City, where they were instrumental in what may well prove to be the pivotal game of our season, the one that keeps us up. Against lesser sides that don’t come on quite so much, we need a bit more on the ball. Hayden, as impressive as Longstaff, wants away and maybe doesn’t have quite the same engine and physicality nor scoring potential particularly from range, so I hope to see Longstaff start alongside Ki in midfield v Wolves, and continuing to keep it simple, while Ki knocks it about in his own remarkably metronomic way.

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 10, 2019 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #80

    Although I think Rafa is most likely to keep the same starting line up, I wonder if he will try to fool expectations and revert back to 4231 with Diame possibly as #10 or push Longstaff forward. It just depends on how he believes the wide men of Wolves are best counteracted, as they have been more succesful against open teams above than below. Keeping things tight with a rigid and organised defense has got to be the most likely option prior to working on alternatives over the ‘break’. With particularly the experience of the last two matches, the squad should remain the same whilst being more ready to use substitutes and would seem to be the perfect antithesis to the free flowing offensive movement of Wolves. I am cautiously optimistic of a positive result whilst knowing from previous experience that such a feeling is usually fatal.


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