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Press Conference – Rafa Disappointed About Longstaff – But He’s Mentally Strong

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has just given his press conference for the game at home to an in-form Everton side tomorrow afternoon.

The kick-off is an unusual one – at 3:00pm.

Rafa talked about the injury to Sean Longstaff and says he’s disappointed for the youngster, but that Sean is positive and mentally strong and determined to come back as soon as possible.

The manager was asked about the news on Peter Beardsley and immediately cut that discussion short:

“Sorry, I cannot comment about that.”

Rafa Benitez – at a press conference

This is some of what Rafa has said in his press conference:

“When you have an injury it’s always bad news. For a young player it’s worse.”

“But talking with him he’s mentally strong, he knows he needs to start working to get fit as soon as possible.”

“He is really positive and we are disappointed, but he is fine.”

“We have four midfielders so we have to make a decision. It is bad news for Longstaff, but it could be good news for somebody else.”

“At the beginning, we played top sides, but now we have gained (some) confidence we didn’t have before.”

“The team is playing well, the fans are supporting the players and the atmosphere has been positive.”

“The passion is also helping us.”

Let’s hope we can get a win but fans are split on the potential result.

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24 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 8, 2019 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Did Rafa take responsibility for Longstaffs injury?!
    After all , he played the youngster in too many matches – according to some

  • Posh_Geordie

    Mar 8, 2019 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #2

    It wasn’t a fatigue injury so why should he.

    The same people would blame Rafa if he rested him and we lost.

  • lesh

    Mar 8, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Jib/ Jane/ Just a Fan…….

    Hyacinth Bucket!

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Mar 8, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Sorry, this playing Sean in to many matches bullshit, he’s 21, fit enough and without the tackle that got him injured that would never ever come up.

    There were also others that played in all three matches, if he was dropped Rafa would have been hauled over the coals.

    Anyway, knowing Everton are no fools I am going with 2-1 for us, Howay the Toon!!!

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 8, 2019 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Nostro, I’m also of the mindset of a 2-1 victory. We’ll go behind, draw level through a scruffy Rondon toe-poke and Almiron will get the winner in the 90th minute with a crisp finish from the penalty spot, wheel away in delight, get rugby tackled by Matt Ritchie by the corner flag and buried by the entire team while the Geordie hordes go wild in acclaiming their new hero.

    You heard it here first!

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 8, 2019 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #6

    Rafa Benitez:
    “We have to make a decision – we had five midfielders the other day, and now we have four.”
    “I think the atmosphere has been really positive (at St. James’ Park) – the players have been playing with confidence, intensity.”
    “For us, every game is like a final. They (Everton) have the same feeling.”
    “They are quite confident after the derby – they were working so hard and they did well against one of the best teams in the league.”

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 8, 2019 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Nice one Rob 🙂

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 8, 2019 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Lee Ryder@lee_ryder

    #nufc to look at a new coach for the U18s after Dave Watson decided to leave the club at the end of the season .

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 8, 2019 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Have to say, I hate Everton. Every single Everton fan, bar 1, that I knew, Irish and scouse, were total tools. I fancy us for a win.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 8, 2019 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #10

    Rafa Benitez:
    “I am happy. The first few months we did not do as well as we wanted. But then we promoted at the first attempt was good, we enjoyed it, then to finish 10th was a great achievement. Hopefully it is the same this year.”
    “I was probably the most disappointed after the West Ham game because of the way we conceded the goals. The mood of the players is fine. If you make mistakes, you have to analyse why, but we still need to have confidence.”
    “We have four midfielders so we have to make a decision. It is bad news for Longstaff, but it could be good news for somebody else.”
    “When you have an injury it’s always bad news. For a young player it’s worse. But talking with him he’s mentally strong, he knows he needs to start working to get fit as soon as possible. He is really positive & we are disappointed, but he is fine.”

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 8, 2019 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #11

    I don’t like Everton either. The only reason they’re even relevant imo is because they’re in Liverpool’s shadow. Similar to mackems, only reason anyone knows about them is because of us. That last comment may hurt a few on here 😉 but as you know, they say the truth hurts!

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 8, 2019 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #12

    I’d rather Rafa said this game is like a regular league match rather than a cup final. We don’t do too well in cups lol

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 8, 2019 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #13

    Haven’t won five in a row at home since SBR either 😮

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 8, 2019 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #14

    Jail, that’s an astonishing fact if true. I have no reason to doubt you, by the way, other than it just sounds crazy.

    What a time to change the fact also, considering we couldn’t buy a win at home for the first half of the season.

  • G

    Mar 8, 2019 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Jfa and Rob, the way I see it records and stats like that are just waiting to be broken. I can feel a Toon win coming on.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 8, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Munster, if we all visualise it, it could happen.

    Obviously, there’s a certain attraction in a nice, comfy 3-0 win, too, but less of the drama and raw passion. A good season has plenty of both.

    I think my favourite game in the Champo season (maybe in Rafa’s entire reign) was the 4-3 win vs Norwich. A distinctly un-Rafa-like performance, defensively poor, scoring freely with two up top. A crazy night.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 8, 2019 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #17

    Did you have to bring that bloody game up, those twenty minutes when Mitro came on caused Moanster to harp on about it ever since 🙁

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 8, 2019 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #18

    From the ever reliable NUFC.com
    Following an awful start to the season, United are attempting to win a fifth successive home game in the Premier League for the first time since 2004.

    Beginning with victory over Leeds in early January, Bobby Robson’s side then triumphed over Fulham, Leicester City, Boro, Charlton and Everton before being held by Arsenal in the April.

    Since that run, the black and whites have racked up runs of four successive home wins seven times without managing a fifth – the most recent last season between February and April 2018.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 8, 2019 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #19

    I don’t think our recent record v Everton is too good is it? I’m not confident about tomorrow. They were lucky in the reverse fixture in that it was a soft goal to concede. They dominated the ball like and put a lot of pressure on but at the end I remember Perez creating a couple great chances which weren’t taken. Atsu with the clearest one through on goal.

  • Just a fan

    Mar 8, 2019 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #20

    Sorry lesh
    Hyacinth bouquet.
    Wor lass has claimed that one.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 8, 2019 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #21

    Lol, sorry Jail.

    It was a cracking game, though….

  • JohnJ

    Mar 8, 2019 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #22

    I’ll tell you what…….

    I’d love to see Rondon or Almiron put three past that mackem goalie they have…..

    I’d just love it!!!!!!

    Almiron is due a goal or two!!!

  • JohnJ

    Mar 8, 2019 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #23

    Oh and I should had said I will be there to enjoy another three points.

    Sadly due to health issues I don’t get to many games nowadays but watch the TV games and listen in when that’s the last thing available.

    Haway the Lads!
    🙂 🙂

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 8, 2019 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #24

    Ha jail you twat. We would have won the league by more if rafa had let the shackles off instead of Brighton taking eye off ball and villa getting handy goal for us. We had by far the best players in that league and the best fans and manager. 442 would got us more goals imo


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