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Rafa Wants All 3 Points Today – Players Must Have Belief Without Being Complacent

In last season’s game at the Vitality Stadium, it looked like Newcastle would get an easy victory after going 2-0 up with a brace from Dwight Gayle in the first half.

But Bournemouth scored two goals in the last 10 minutes to get an unlikely 2-2 draw.

And when we were 2-0 up, Jonjo Shelvey hit the ball way off target after he had been nicely set up by Atsu – it was a terrible miss by the midfielder.

That would have been 3-0 and no way back for the Cherries.

Hopefully, that experience will put us in good stead today, and if we do go 2-0 up, we have to keep pushing for the 3 points.

Rafa Benitez – wants all 3 points today

This is what Rafa said about last season’s fixture in the Chronicle today:

“I remember that day – we had that chance to seal it.”

“We suffered for it in the last few minutes because they kept on pushing.” “If we have a situation like that again, hopefully, we will manage in a better way.

“I think it will be different and quite difficult.”

“It’s true. They are a team that need to be more consistent because they can create but they also concede.”

“If they play like they did at Huddersfield they can be quite dangerous.”

“It’s really important for us to go there with belief but at the same time have a lot of respect.”

“I think that we have to be sure we go there with the belief we can win.” “But at the same time without that complacency.”

This is an important game today for multiple reasons.

It’s the final game before the two-week International break so a win would be great.

And if we do beat Bournemouth, we will go above them in the league, and hopefully, we’ll put more points between us and the relegation zone.

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2 comments so far

  • BirtleyMag

    Mar 16, 2019 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #1

    I’ve only posted on here once before but am an avid reader.

    Just to chip in on the earlier thread regarding Davie McCreery….

    Personally I thought he was a superb player at the time when we had a pretty poor defence of John Anderson, Steve Carney, Glenn Roeder and John Ryan but an absolutely fantastic forward line of Keegan, Beardsley and Waddle.

    I believe that McCreery was extremely underestimated for his work in breaking up the midfield, very similar to Barry Venison in later years.

  • Jib

    Mar 16, 2019 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #2

    The lads I sat with said McCreery’s Man U pedigree
    shone through.


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