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Newcastle Didn’t Get Going On Saturday – Couldn’t Handle West Ham’s Quality

Maybe fans shouldn’t get too down about the 2-0 defeat at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

West Ham have spent a lot of money on some of their players and their extra class and quality was there to see in the first half.

We did better in the second half but at 2-0 down and without Sean Longstaff because of injury, it was always going to be a tough ask to come back in the final 45 minutes.

But hopefully Newcastle will learn from this game and our concentration and commitment was not good enough in that first half and Rafa Benitez was hardly pleased about that.

Number 9 Salomon Rondon played well and he has been interviewed on the Newcastle website and he talked about the game:

“Today was a difficult game. They are a good team, they play at home and we did not start well,”

“We conceded many fouls and we conceded corners and free kicks, and that is something we have to be aware of.”

“We’re disappointed because the last two weeks we’ve played really well – in big games – and got some points. Today we didn’t but we have to carry on.

“When you concede in the first few minutes it is difficult – we were waiting to play our game-plan but we weren’t able to.”

“When you concede early on it is hard to score because they are compact out of possession and they keep the ball.”

“After that, we conceded a penalty and we went into half time losing 2-0. We knew today would be a difficult game but we have to realize what we did wrong and approach the next game.”

“Of course, it has been a good week for us but when you are a winner you want to win any game – at home or away,”

“Our performances away have been good – we’ve won some games away and we wanted to carry on.”

“But I always say if you want to stay up, the main thing is to win at home.”

“We have to play against a difficult team – Everton are playing normally – but we know when we’re at home we have to win.”

In the previous six games we picked up 13 points and now against Everton at home we will be going all out for our fifth successive win at St. James’ Park.

That in itself is an incentive for our players to turn up on Saturday and go all out for the win.

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9 comments so far

  • L Toon

    Mar 4, 2019 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #1

    The nine questions Rafa will ask of the NUFC hierarchy in contract talks

    Newcastle United bosses will get around the table with Rafa Benitez to talk about a contract once safety is assured, here’s the questions he’ll ask


  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 4, 2019 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #2

    We concede a lot of goals from corners but hardly any from open play ?

    It got me wondering is it actually because we have too many players back for corners? We have the whole team in the box which encourages the opposition to load the box making it difficult to pick up every runner and inevitably someone doesn’t get picked up in time!

    Maybe be better to have say Almiron and Perez further up so the opposition would have to leave 3 or 4 players back for the counter attack?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 4, 2019 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #3

    L Toon,
    Btw, very good post yesterday, as always that deserved a lot more hearts that the one I gave, another reason why they should do away with the bloody things.
    There you have it in a nutshell, nine very good reasons why we’re not doing ok and that you should really have many significant complaints with the way we conduct our transfer policy. Unless there are very significant changes the manager will be off.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Mar 4, 2019 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Yeah, good article, but to me, if he’s gonna convince Rafa to sign on again, and best use his strengths as a coach and a developer of players, and build for a better present and future, then he has to commit to spend on infrastructure more so than a significantly fatter or faster transfer policy. Rafa won’t get both.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 4, 2019 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Well Nicky, for want of repeating myself the gaffa knows we can afford both so if he doesn’t get them he’ll be off, so brace yourself.
    Nicky previous
    ”Yeah, we’ve taken too long to get here and we took too big a risk, but we have come a long way”
    Where exactly are we? come a long way from where, we haven’t been languishing in the Championship for twenty years like Watford or Burnley or a league two club like Bournemouth, we’re the eighth richest club in the league and we’re in our seventh relegation battle in eleven years, what have we actually achieved Nicky.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Mar 4, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Rafa’s managed to build a much better squad over the last four windows. That’s all I’m saying. We are a squad looking up the table now. I’d say the tenth best side in the league. He clearly needs to be given a lot more support to convince him to sign. I’m just talking about how I hope he gets it out of this owner.

  • L Toon

    Mar 4, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Cheers, in the context of the article, do you think rafa will stay? Rafa will lay the law down once safety is guaranteed and say this is what i want to stay. So ill love to see lardy and penfold explain it away that they cant offer rafa the bear minimum to stay. As lets face it, what rafa is asking for is simply to be able to compete.

    Rafa wont let sentiment cloud his judgement this time, it will be a pure cold hearted decision and if lardy doesn’t come close to offering what he wants then hes off. I agree that over time investment in the academy is going to be more important but investment is paramount to build the team and squad to a position where it is strong enough to carry and integrate the youngsters. Rafa simply wont execpt nothing less than a speedier approach in the transfer market.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Mar 4, 2019 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #8

    Well yeah, we still need to buy well, faster great, but convincing Ashley to significantly change something that to his mind works is gonna be a tough ask, especially something so fundamental to how he operates. But to change other aspects of the way we do things, in ways that would work well in unison with the transfer policy we have, which essentially looks for good young players at more affordable prices, and would still offer a long term project for Rafa, that I think could hold water, but we’ll see.

  • neverwin

    Mar 4, 2019 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #9

    Ashley will never change – so why keep harping on about it.
    He will look at money that has been spent and query it_
    Murphy,Muto.Atsu,,Sels,30 million there alone.He will think that has just been a waste.
    Benitez is never going to win a pissing contest with Ashley.
    Best to just leave with his head held high – not good for us but neither is the current situation.
    Only way is to stop going but I for one am not prepared to do that-I have always supported and always will no matter what.


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