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Rafa Looks Forward To Burnley – The Next Big Test


The 2-0 win yesterday against Huddersfield was the 3rd win in our last five league games with successive home wins against Cardiff, Man City, and Huddersfield.

We also had a 1-1 draw at Wolves and a 1-0 defeat at Wembley against Tottenham.

So that’s 10 points from the last five games, and we were unlucky at both Wolves and Tottenham in the games we didn’t win.

Rafa Benitez – applauding fans after the win yesterday

This is what Rafa Benitez said at his press conference after the 2-0 win against Huddersfield yesterday:

“Everybody was expecting that we could win, but maybe they were not expecting that we could play well like today and create so many chances.”

“But the main thing was to get three points – we did it and now it’s just carry on. Always I say the next game is the most important – it’s like a final for us.”

“Burnley are doing quite well, so we have to play with the same intensity as today and try to get three points in the next one and carry on.”

Here are the next five games coming up and Rafa will be trying to win every single one of them.

Tue 26 Feb   Newcastle vs Burnley           8:00pm
Sat 02 Mar   West Ham vs Newcastle          5:30pm
Sat 09 Mar   Newcastle vs Everton           3:00pm
Sat 16 Mar   Bournemouth  vs Newcastle      3:00pm 
Mon 01 Apr   Arsenal vs Newcastle           8:00pm

If we can get 10 points from those games, we will be doing very well.

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59 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 24, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #1

    A very chastening day for Catchy yesterday.

    Lazaar MOM for SW
    Gerrard endorsing and praising Rafa
    Us having, what was it, something like 26 shots at goal!!

    Always said Rafa is not a defensive coach per se, he just puts out systems to reflect the quality at his disposal.
    Look what a difference one player of genuine class can make.

    Good things happening despite the best efforts of the rotund one, with the under 23’s under Dawson, the emergence of Longstaff, the arrival of Almiron etc.

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 24, 2019 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Rafa’s teams always come good in the second half of the season. No team will be wanting to play us right now, once more we’ve come out of a mini winter break looking hungry and determined and we’re going to start eating other teams for breakfast. HWTL

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Feb 24, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Oooo no Leicester sack there manger just been on sky sport better hope rafa loves the fans its the only way he will stay

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 24, 2019 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Runaway no chance Rafa is leaving before the end of the season. What would that say to the players we’ve just signed?

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  • martoon

    Feb 24, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Comedy moment yesterday was when the players have their pre-maych huddle – unfortunately nobody had told Miggy so he was standing on his own in position waiting to kick off and had to quickly come running across – he probably didn’t understand a word of what was being said anyway! :mrgreen:

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  • martoon

    Feb 24, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #6

    *pre-match

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Feb 24, 2019 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Surprised theres not much comment on our first red card for a opponent for 5 yr in the Prem, thought Motd or someone would have mentioned it

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 24, 2019 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #8

    Maroon
    He might of just wanted a few moments on his own to take it all in and saviour the atmosphere

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 24, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #9

    Oops
    Martoon

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  • Genjikai

    Feb 24, 2019 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Its all hush hush op, wasn’t suppose to happen. Was the only 5 year plan that worked at the toon.

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  • c-dog

    Feb 24, 2019 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #11

    We must sign Rondon permanently

    5
  • DJM TOON

    Feb 24, 2019 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #12

    Best news ever about Puel, can’t see them sitting it out with a caretaker manager until end of season waiting for Rafa, hope not anyway.

    Still no guarantee of Rafa staying with us, it’ll be heartbreaking if he’s not given the support he deserves, our heirarchy would be the laughing stock, again

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  • martoon

    Feb 24, 2019 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #13

    Charlie I’ve been called worse by auto corrects! You could be right about Miggy but personally I think nobody thought to mention it!

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  • beermonkey

    Feb 24, 2019 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #14

    panda

    i use nbc gold and they mentioned the first red card in 5 years a few times in their commentary

    puel sacked i think they will wait for rafa

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  • martoon

    Feb 24, 2019 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #15

    On Rafa I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t leave us before the end of the season but if Leicester were prepared to wait I can see how he could be tempted – decent squad, welll run club, decent owner.

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  • cyprus

    Feb 24, 2019 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #16

    “Don’t want to get carried away but I think Almiron might be the greatest player of all time”

    This was the best Twitter post, Ed 🙂

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 24, 2019 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #17

    Martoon they are the perfect club for him. The pace in their team is scary. But might have happened at a good time for us. They might have to appoint before the end of season. Rafa can also use their interest as a bargaining tool with Fats.

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 24, 2019 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #18

    Optimistic Panda it was mentioned on the BBC live text and the radio Newcastle commentary.

    Shearer would have mentioned it I reckon

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 24, 2019 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #19

    The thing with Rafa is he’s not only a coach and a human being he’s also a brand which is as important to his career as his professional ability.

    His brand represents not just him but Mikel Anita and the rest of his coaching team and if he was to damage it, he would be damaging them also.

    Walking away mid season would be damaging to his brand. How many players have said they joined NUFC for the chance to play for Rafa? How would that be affected if his reputation was damaged?

    He’s going nowhere at least not yet

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  • lochinvar

    Feb 24, 2019 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #20

    Apparently Vardy wants to play under Rafa so that’s fine. Ashley sanctions his move to NUFC and Leicester get Wagner as their new coach.

    Everyone’s a winner.
    Just need to get this script out there before the trashy press come up with some other version to suit their little minds.

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 24, 2019 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #21

    Claude Puel sacked by Leicester City as club target Brendan Rodgers, according to The Observer.

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  • c-dog

    Feb 24, 2019 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #22

    Longstaff is the most promising center midfielder this glorious country has produced since Gerard/Lampard

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  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Feb 24, 2019 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Looking forward to our next red card in 2024, by which time the league would have sanctioned the use of two balls on the pitch at the same time, four half hour quarters, extra goalposts being introduced in extra time, a beige card for slightly naughty tackles and a lion being released onto the pitch if things aren’t settled after extra time.

    And it all started because they brought in VAR and ruined the game we love so much.

    I blame the Americans (and I’m married to one and both of my bairns are Yanks too).

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 24, 2019 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #24

    BBC website:

    Rafa for Leicester?

    Some love for Rafael Benitez from Leicester fans…

    AM Peacock: Looks like Rafa Benitez may have his out now.

    Justin Boswick: I hope Rafa gets it. He’ll have them making serious runs in the Europa league in 2/3 years

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  • Oldgit1

    Feb 24, 2019 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #25

    Im intrigued as to how Longstaff has suddenly become the player he is, is it because the Samaras deal didn’t go through, if he did arrive, would that had hindered his progress, Or did Rafa wake up to the fact that he had a player on his hands.

    I have never been more excited since Gassa broke onto the scene. Although he showed his class much earlier.

    People comparing him to Carrick are right, he is that good.

    Also Miggy is our Georgie Best without the problems he had.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 24, 2019 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #26

    I was lucky enough to get the match on the radio yesterday and Miggy sounds brilliant. My mate reckons the hairs on the back of your neck stood up when he got his ovation, he’d never witnessed anything like it before.
    Reading through the match day comments yesterday, how any of those people have the bare faced cheek or nerve to complain about the crowd at SJP when all they could do was moan about hoofball, shite tactics, awful muck, extremely poor, not everyone mind but if those yellow bellied shite houses, you know who you are, were inside the ground it would be like a whining morgue in there.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 24, 2019 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #27

    Oldgit,
    It’s being called managed properly and not just being thrown in at the deep end for the sake of it.

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  • JohnJ

    Feb 24, 2019 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #28

    A great result yesterday but in truth we could have scored more!

    But then again…….

    The three points are what matter the most – I’d settle for the same result on Tuesday

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  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Feb 24, 2019 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #29

    This just proves Rafas point to Ashley, grass roots football isn’t expensive if one out of every 100 kids turns out to be someone like Sean.
    People are already talking England, a little early for first team though but under 21s seems to be on the cards.

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  • Bambams

    Feb 24, 2019 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Oldgit1

    I agree about Longstaff and just hope the hype does not get too much for him.

    He needs time to develop and although it will happen I just hope the call up to England under 21’s comes nearer the end of the season.

    So reminds me of Carrick and he has been the plus point of the season.

    Just hope folk let the lad develop and not expect too much.

    With that I have put £40 on Longstaff to be next England Captain to pick up the World Cup

    Smiley face

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  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Feb 24, 2019 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #31

    With Sean being able to find that carrick type pass I can wait until he ands Migs get on the same wave length.
    I can see the future, commentator, what a pass by Longstaff to put in Almiron and goal number two for Almiron or as the Geordie faithful call him Miggy.
    Honestly though with Longs and Hayden playing so well I can’t see Ki or Shelves getting back in anytime soon.

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  • lesh

    Feb 24, 2019 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #32

    JazzyP

    ‘Joellinton for fifty two million eh. Has Ashley turned the corner or are new owners in place??’

    Are you serious? You’ve seen how Ashley through Bullshit Bishop tries to manipulate opinion.

    Would Rafa like Ellngton?.

    Does Ashley appear to want Rafa to sign up?

    Does Rafa want more signs of ambition, control and support from Ashley?

    Will Ashley show the ambition and give Rafa the money, control and support he wants?

    Answers to questions 1 to 3 – Yes, yes and yes

    Answer to question 4 – Nope.

    The Ellington story’s probably a combination of Ellington’s agent marketing his client and Bishop quietly encouraging the link to NUFC.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 24, 2019 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Nana nana nana nana na na na
    Miggy Almiron
    Almiron
    Miiiggggggyyyy Almiron

    Great atmosphere yesterday, great football played by the lads. Excellent home debut from miggy. Unlucky not to of had a goal.

    Longstaff outstanding again!
    Hayden deserves more credit than he gets. Does a lot of the dirty work that goes unnoticed!

    Onwards to Tuesday night

    HWTL!

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  • Bobbybee

    Feb 24, 2019 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #34

    Recovering from the game. You’d think I played every match I go to, I ache that much the next day! 🙂
    Well, what a home debut from Wor Miggy. Not many people know he was born in the Byker Wall and was kidnapped as a baby and taken to Paraguay. He’s pure Geordie. 🙂
    I bet he’s a bit sore today too after that attempted leg breaker. So reminiscent of Ben Arfa at City. I was at that game too, when he got his leg broken deliberately. I honestly thought he would be carried off at first. Scary moment.
    But he wasn’t. And he had a blinder. Only thing missing was a goal, but we’ll let him off.
    First ten minutes Huddersfield were on top, but once we settled down there was only going to be one winner, even before the red card.
    First one in five years, in which time we’ve had 18 I think. So much for “it all balances itself out over the season”.
    His send off from the fans when Rafa subbed him was not done justice on MOTD. It was loud. Very loud. And fully deserved. Should see another full house on Tuesday night after that. Wait till he gets fully up to the pace with the PL. He’s going to torture defences.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 24, 2019 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #35

    Bobby

    Too right mate about miggy.

    And boy he’s foookin quick

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  • Bobbybee

    Feb 24, 2019 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #36

    Shirebrook, isn’t he just. Looks quicker in real life than on the TV too. Pretty sure their defender tried to pull him back when he broke through, but it didn’t slow him down and he didn’t throw himself to the ground like Salah would do. Instead he just left him there as he vanished into the distance. Great chip but it had a bit of swerve on it, causing it to hit the post. So unlucky.
    I know our midfield has done well, but can you imagine an on form Jonjo feeding him balls? It makes my mouth water.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Feb 24, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #37

    Head said Longstaff for MOM but voted for Miggy as it was a debut @sjp and could have gone pear shaped, whole team were bloody marvellous, and would have preferred to be against 11 All game, think we’d have murdered them on the counter.

    Memo to Mr Ashley,

    Dear Mike,

    (1). Don’t sell NUFC
    (2). Please give Rafa what he wants for 5 year deal.
    (3). Please appoint a FD preferably with football club experience to oversee club finances.
    (4). Please step back and let (2) and (3) above run club within total own resources without interference.
    (5). Please give full control of Academy to a board consisting of NUST and NU Foundation, with oversight by (2) and (3) above. Charitable status will boost financial resources.

    (6). Sit back, enjoy the ride, enjoy the football, and watch as your investment soars in value.

    Simple really!!

    Gonna watch MU/Liverpool now, hope it lives up to hype, these games rarely do.

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  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Feb 24, 2019 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #38

    I wonder who will be the first player sent off between Liverpool and Man U?

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  • cleveleysbob

    Feb 24, 2019 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #39

    Mane’s. add first claim.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Feb 24, 2019 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #40

    Made, not add!

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