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Rafa Wary Of An Improving Burnley Side

Rafa Benitez is well aware that Burnley were 7th in the Premier League last season.

But they had a poor start to the season but now seem to be pulling away from the relegation zone.

Hopefully, that’s what Newcastle will continue to do in our final 11 games.

The Clarets are well managed by Sean Dyche, and they are now two points above us in the league, and this game promises to be very close tonight.

But Rafa will try to win the game, and that’s true for all of the remaining games of the season.

Sean Dyche and Rafa Benitez met earlier this season

It would seem that a point would be decent for us tonight and Rafa was asked in the Chronicle if he would take the point tonight:

“To be fair we approach the game to get three points.”

“We know there is not much time between the games but it is more or less the same for them.”

“We have to cope with that.” “We have to be sure we approach the game with confidence rather than overconfidence.”

“Remember they are doing well and they are eight games unbeaten.”

“They are a strong and physical team that are doing well.”

“Away from home they have a good record so I think it is a very important game for both teams because we are very close together in the table.”

“And we have to be sure we have the confidence approaching the game thinking we can do well but we have to be aware they are a dangerous side.”

“He’s (Chris Wood) a good player who is strong and both the strikers are in form and scoring goals.”

“They are competing against the centre-backs.”

“We have our game plan but not just for him because they have so many strong players that we have to deal with.”

Two in three fans think we can get all 3 points tonight and if we can do that we’ll be flying with four wins in our last six league games.

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60 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 26, 2019 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #41

    I think Rogers will do well at Leicester. I have a bit of a soft spot for them having been to watch them a couple of times as a kid with a mate who was a Leicester fan (them and Forest being the local-ish clubs). They’ve had a number of pretty successful managers over the years without anyone really making it to ‘legend’ status. O’Neill, Pearson and Ranieri spring to mind – how mental that he won the league then got sacked the following season, I still can’t get over that.

    Rogers could be that guy who sticks around for years and transforms them. They’re a one-club city also, big potential there and an owner who wants to realise it.

  • Spoof

    Feb 26, 2019 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #42


    I get what your saying, why would Rodgers work for Ashley with the knowledge of how Ashley operates, well Rafa did, and with all due respect to Rodgers I’d say that Rafa is a bigger name and more highly thought of manager than what Rodgers is, Rafa probably believed that he could get more out of Ashley than what previous managers could ( he may still do that ) and was sold on our potential rather than what we actually are, what’s to say that Rodgers wouldn’t have the same view, most top managers will have a strong self belief in themselves as they should.

  • martoon

    Feb 26, 2019 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #43

    RobLeenio – I agree I think Rodgers can do well at Leicester. He is a strong enough personality to sort out the player power there and although it ended badly he did have that Liverpool team playing attractive football. Of course now he’s a bit older, wiser and more experienced than he was at Liverpool so I think he’ll do OK.

    Also we can all breath easier as Neil Lennon is tipped to be his replacement at Celtic :mrgreen:

  • Spoof

    Feb 26, 2019 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #44

    So Celtic lose their manager to Leicester and replace him with a former Leicester man !!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 26, 2019 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #46

    Rafa will be gutted, that doesn’t leave many options for him if Ashley doesn’t play ball. He might have to go cap in hand to Preston or the Boro.

  • Jib

    Feb 26, 2019 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #47

    Neil Lennon’s son is called
    Gallagher Lennon.
    guess what Liam Gallagher’s son is called ?

  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 26, 2019 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #48

    Joselu Gallagher has a good ring to it.

  • Jib

    Feb 26, 2019 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #49

    Ha ha ha
    Lennon Gallagher

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 26, 2019 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #50

    Oooh goody blog competition.

    Is it Ken Lin Gallagher.

    Hahaha – get in!

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Feb 26, 2019 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #51

    With some historic thinking here, I feel that Rafa may be a history buff.
    He see’s Ashley and Charnley as Lord Charles Howard and Sir Francis Drake.
    He may feel that he can beat them and win this time and not go down like the Armada.

    Many see Rafa as a man that is calm, relaxed but being married to someone from Madrid I can tell you personally that once the Spanish get pissed off they will fight like a crazed bull for what they want.

    I do hope this is the case and would love to be a fly on the wall in some of the meetings between those three.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Feb 26, 2019 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #52

    Ok, Jack Colback then or Achraf Lazaar. 🙂 You’ve still got to be a very talented player to be in the stiffs at Newcastle Utd of course. Jesus, you’re going well if you’re the best player in your street in Newcastle.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 26, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #53

    Can any one of our many French mags who contribute on here regularly (!) please email l’Equipe and let them know that NUFC is not based in Newcastle, Shropshire, population 319?


  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 26, 2019 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #54

    So Neil lennon to Celtic after Rodgers move to Leicester. Talk about a manager-go-round, so who’s going to Hibs?

  • martoon

    Feb 26, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #55

    RobLeenio @53 – Lol – Classic Google error – they do have a football team nafc which is, possibly, where the mistake has crept in.

  • ashleysmate

    Feb 26, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #56

    Does this all mean Rafa’s going to celtic?…. Haaaaaaa

  • martoon

    Feb 26, 2019 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #57

    DubaiMicky @54 – King Pardew is available 😀

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 26, 2019 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #58

    Lol martoon – maybe this is actually Rafa’s next destination. A massive ‘proyecto’ to say the least.

  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 26, 2019 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #59

    Haha martoon, sadly Scottish clubs seem to prefer their ilk as their managers, can’t see a Londoner being welcomed there, and I don’t think he deserves another manager role ever, how he took us to fifth is nothing short of mystifying (well other than he had some great players, but still).

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Feb 26, 2019 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #60

    Martoon at Dubai Micky@54.

    King Pardew is available, should that not read.
    Fu King Pardew is available?


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