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Rafa Benitez Keeps It Very Simple At Newcastle

Whether we like it or not the game last night in north London is behind us, and we have to look forward.

The next game is a more winnable game at home to Crystal Place on Saturday afternoon.

Palace have been coming into some form and beat Huddersfield Town last Saturday to officially see the Terriers relegated after two seasons in England’s top division.

But Rafa, as always, is only looking forward to the next game and will prepare his players for what is likely to be a close game at St. James’ on Saturday afternoon.

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This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Shields Gazette today:

“You can talk about lots of things, but I would prefer to be where we are and have the points on the table. “

“After that, we have to try to get three points in the next game, and that’s it.”

“For us, every game is a final. I said that before. For us, the next game is the most important – it’s one game at a time.”

“We have to be sure we’re focused. We have to be confident when we approach the game and try to win. After, we’ll see what happens with the other teams.”

“Every game will be difficult. I have always said that maybe the last game against Fulham could be the one that makes the difference.”

“Hopefully not, but we have to keep going with that in our mind. “We just have to believe we can get the points, that’s it.”

The only thing that matters now is the game at home against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon at 3:00pm.

We need to win this game.

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50 comments so far

  • Jib

    Apr 3, 2019 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #41

    De blog it has died on its ass

  • NY Mag

    Apr 3, 2019 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #42


    Welcome to the nightshift 😀

  • TyneMouth

    Apr 3, 2019 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #43

    Always look on the bright side of life…

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 3, 2019 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #44

    Pretty run of the mill stuff at The Emirates, although you do need to credit the quality of the opposition. Even so, wield the scythe through the defense and midfield for Palace Rafa. 4 to fall. Let’s get a bit more quality on the ball into the side for this very winnable home fixture, puhlease.


  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 3, 2019 at 3:22 AM

    Comment #45

    I don’t think Ritchie is refusing to pass to Almiron on purpose. I’d guess he would continue with his safety backwards and sidewards passes no matter who was ahead of him. He puts in some running and shouting and can cross provided he gets some space, but he needs to be upgraded. Same goes for Yedlin (who is decent but no more) and Diame. How many good games has Diame had this season? At the very least he shouldn’t play alongside Hayden especially if only one of our ball playing defenders is on the pitch. For Arsenal we played with one ball playing defender and no ball playing midfielders. It’s no surprise we couldn’t create anything. It was almost as bad as the Colback-Anita days. Bring back Shelvey!

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 3, 2019 at 3:32 AM

    Comment #46

    Beat Palace and we’re safe. They’ve probably got the best front three in the bottom half, and their defenders aren’t bad either. And that Milivojevic must have scored more penalties this season than we have had this century! I think if they upgraded their manager they’d be top half easy.

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Apr 3, 2019 at 5:42 AM

    Comment #47

    Cardiff, I can’t believe I’m looking up Cardiff.
    They have seven games left, they play five away starting with Man City, then two more, Burnley and Brighton, then home against Liverpool and away to Fulham and home to Palace and the last game to Man U.

    We are seven points ahead, with a win against Palace and hopefully Man City turn up tomorrow that would put us 10 points ahead.

    If they lose all three away games and we can pick up two wins within those three games they cannot catch us.

    Puts us 13 ahead and they can only play for twelve. Burnley and Brighton know they have to beat Cardiff at all costs or they could get plunged into the relegation fight.

  • lesh

    Apr 3, 2019 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #48

    The Chronic’s running a piece suggesting that Shola might be in the running for one of the new posts in the youth development set up.

    Barnsley had a reputation for singing Ashley’s praises and possibly being a mole, a spy in Rafa’s camp. Shola’s been known to praise Ashley and one must wonder whether Rafa’d be keen to have Shola in his coaching/ development team?

  • Paully

    Apr 3, 2019 at 6:35 AM

    Comment #49

    As OLG says, it’s never over till it’s over, a win on Saturday should almost guarantee survival though.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 3, 2019 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #50

    Not withstanding the bonus point of goal difference


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