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Rafa Wants To Cut Out The Mistakes At The Vitality Stadium

It’s very important for Rafa Benitez to get a good result at the Vitality Stadium today.

With the two-week International break coming up a win would take us to 37 points and 3 points closer to safety.

And once we are safe Rafa will start up his negotiations again about signing a new contract to stay on Tyneside – hopefully, a  long-term contract.

But he is concerned the way Newcastle sometimes switch off in games, and the way we started at West Ham was very poor, and we had lost that game by half-time.

Ayoze Perez – in top form at the moment

Rafa wants the mistakes cut out, and this is some of what he said yesterday in the lead-up to the game:

“We can’t make the same mistakes as West Ham when we started the game without focus and we conceded goals which it made it hard for ourselves to get a result.”

“I think it is important to remember West Ham and those early games.” “Everton was a bit different because we started OK and we weren’t playing bad.”

“We missed a penalty and it was different to West Ham because then we started the game without too much intensity.”

“If we are focused and do what we have to do, which we used to do, we are difficult to break down.”

“We will have the chance to score more goals because we have more confidence and the offensive players are creating chances.”

“I think it’s a game that if we do well in we can get something.”

“If we start without focus they are a team that can score goals as you saw against Chelsea when they did really well.”

“We have to be sure we don’t underestimate them.”

Newcastle are a much more potent attacking side these days since Almiron came in and Perez and Rondon have developed a great understanding up front.

Perez, in particular, is playing at the top of his game lately.

We have speed and power in attack and are excellent on the counter-attack.

But it’s the defense that has to be steady today and a clean sheet would really help us to get the win.

Here’s hoping.

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7 comments so far

  • BirtleyMag

    Mar 16, 2019 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #1

    I’ve only posted on here once (Twice now as I missed the bus on the last thread) 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.

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 16, 2019 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Jail…….. If Ritchie and Armstrong were in the Barca side then they wouldn’t be anywhere near as effective as an attacking force as their lack of ability would restrict the team .

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 16, 2019 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #3

    1 -3 to the Toon.
    Hoping to see Almiron getting played in more than the last three games.
    A few have noted that Ritchie does not seem to want to pass to Almiron – will be watching that specific point today.

    Almiron to break his duck.

  • Jib

    Mar 16, 2019 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #4

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

  • Jib

    Mar 16, 2019 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Mister Tuff
    – will be watching that specific point today.

    NUFC will be the team in black and white

    Hope this helps

  • Tsunki

    Mar 16, 2019 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #6

    Arma would never make it “in a Rafa team”? Just a Rafa team?

    Which team would be make it in? Just wondering as he hasn’t made “it” in anything so far.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 16, 2019 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #7

    Jib – shut it.
    Please do not try to suggest anything tactical as you obviously haven’t a clue about football.
    Surprised you have the brass neck to still post.



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