The Newcastle squad spent five days in Spain, and it seems it was a very successful trip and the lads got through a lot of training under Rafa and his coaching team.
We hope we don’t have one of these next year at this time, because it would mean we were in the 5th round of the FA Cup.
Watford beat QPR 1-0 away yesterday to get through to the quarter-finals.
Watford beat us 2-0 at home with their second team in the 4th round – the furthest we have reached with Mike Ashley as the owner.
There mustn’t be much money to be made in the FA Cup – or at least that’s what Ashley thinks.
It was a positive trip to Spain this last week during which the team spirit and camaraderie has only increased in the squad.
Martin Dubravka – “Suddenly, I was blind
And Jamaal Lascelles had this to say in today’s Sunday Sun – in an exclusive – and he starts off by talking about the late soul-destroying goal in the 1-1 draw at Wolves:
“I spoke to Martin and I apologized for my reaction at the time.”
“At the time I just thought he’d headed it in but look back and the camera shows as clear as anything it was a foul.”
“He (Willy Boly) had both of his arms around his neck and pulled him back.” (very true)
“In Spain that would be a foul straight away, in England you don’t get it. Maybe VAR needs to be introduced.” (it will be – next season in the PL)
“It was a bad decision from the ref and that sort of thing should not determine us losing two points. Ultimately those points are crucial.”
“Those two points could be the difference for us this season and the only problem has been, not from us, from a bad decision.”
“We’re all disappointed but as sportsmen you have to take it on the chin.”
“Maybe we need to block the runners in a situation like that next time and help Martin out more.”
We have had very little luck with the referee this season or last season.
But maybe in the 12 game run-in to the season, we will have more luck.
We’re sure Rafa wants to beat the 44 points we achieved last season.
That will be his initial goal and to do that we need seven wins in the final 12 games and we can lose the other five.
We can do it!