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Newcastle Players Full Of Confidence After Spain Trip

We don’t know if Rafa will have another warm weather training session next winter becasue we are hoping for two things.

One is that Rafa stays on at Newcastle and the other is that we can make progress in the FA Cup and the League Cup and specifically get past the 4th round of the FA Cup which we have never done under Mike Ashley.

Rafa has worked his magic in those five days and as well as having almost a fully fit squad the team probably created more chances on Saturday in the 2-0 win over the Terriers than during any other Premier League game this season.

It was only 2-0, but we hit the woodwork four times, and there were other chances well saved by the Huddersfield goalkeeper.

The major player responsible for that was new signing Miguel Almiron who showed just how good he can become in a Newcastle shirt under the expert guidance of Rafa Benitez.

Martin Dubravka – in action against Huddersfield

This is what goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has said in the Chronicle about the training in Spain and how the lads are full of confidence at the moment:

“I don’t know how many chances we created out there but Jonas Lossl did an amazing job at the other end.”

“He kept his team in the game.” “I didn’t have to deal with any shots in the game because our players were amazing too.”

“We felt really hungry before the game and wanted to take three points especially at home.”

“The guys showed a great attitude.” “Unfortunately we didn’t score more goals but we created chances.”

“Hopefully we can do the same against Burnley. It is a crucial game.”

“We have to keep this feeling. We worked hard in Spain and we took a lot from that trip and built confidence in training.”

“It was also good for the new players.”

Maybe we can get a few goals tomorrow night against Burnley?

It would be terrific if we can win the game – it would be our fourth successive win at St. James’ Park.

But it will be a lot more difficult than Saturday’s game.

Howay The Lads!!

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4 comments so far

  • martoon

    Feb 25, 2019 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #1

    I have to say we’ve played some poor teams over the years but I can’t ever remember our goalkeeper not having to make a save – he had to catch a few crosses, deal with a few back passes and that was about it!

  • jayphoto

    Feb 25, 2019 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #2

    I think regarding Shelvey… if we continue with this system (and its working) then Shelvey is going to struggle, because one of the CMS is going to be either Hayden or Diame! The system calls for that ball winner. Which means Shelvey is up against Longstaff and Ki for the other central midfield spot. Now he doesn’t get around half as much as either of them and arguably earlier on in the season was losing a battle with Ki to play games, and with the emergence of Longstaff is probably 3rd choice if we stay with this set up. Its a very similar set up to Southgates england, who also didn’t think shelvey suited it. In my opinion Shelvey suits a 4-3-3 in a quarter back role with the team built around him, probably behind Longstaff and Diame but that weakens the rest of the team as Yedlin is a better RWB than a RB, Almiron doesn’t suit a 4-3-3, neither does Ritchie or Perez and it means we drop one of the very consistant CBs. The other option is Benitez 4-2-3-1, which suits Shelvey but see’s Benitez having to drop one of Perez or Almiron aswell as again a CB. Kenedy comes into play here, because had he been the Kenedy of last year I could see us going with the 4-2-3-1 and Kenedy wide left with Benitez being forced to play that system to get the best players on the pitch,
    Ultimately, 3-4-2-1 is working wonderfully, and if we’re all honest, does Shelvey deserve to come in ahead of Longstaff? im not so sure.

  • geordietom

    Feb 25, 2019 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #3

    jib …

    yep on the haddock shop … Stag line building where the stairs are look down its ( was ) just there … are we
    on the same page JIB???

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 25, 2019 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Shelvey for Longstaffe – no chance at the moment
    Longstaffe gets up and down the pitch passes long and short can shoot and cross and tackle
    Shelvey can pass but does little else – tends to sit to deep in front of the back for and takes the ball of the defenders.
    With Schar Lejuene on the team Shelvey would be wasted as Schar and Shelvey can bring the ball out of defence pass short and long.
    Took a long time but I love the set up at the moment 3 at the back with Yedlin and Ritchie playing as wing backs – much more movement on both flanks and Dubravka a lot happier having someone to pass to instead of hoofing


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