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Rafa On The Tough Crystal Palace Game – It’s Another Cup Final For Us

At least in the first half last night, it seems Rafa was happy enough the way the team was playing when we were 1-0 down, but we were still a bit of a threat up front.

Bu Arsenal were much better in the second half, and we conceded a poor goal on 83 minutes and Arsenal had won the game 2-0.

They are very fine margins in the Premier League and what worries us is that’s the fourth game in a row we have conceded two goals.

We have conceded 42 goals in our 32 league games, so our average per game is about 1.3.

Rafa will want to see a tightening up of our defense starting on Saturday when we have a tough game against Crystal Palace, and that game will be difficult to win.

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager showing off his ball skills

This is what Rafa said after the game at his press conference last night:

“You can compete, but you have to do everything right.” “We beat Manchester City doing everything right.”

“In some cases, even doing everything right, the other team can make the difference.”

“You play against a team in the top four in the Premier League, they (Arsenal) are doing well and they play at home with a lot of confidence.

“Now we are focused on Crystal Palace and as I say every game is like a final for us.”

We expect to see Fabian Scar back in the back line on Saturday – maybe even in place of Jamaal Lascelles who had a poor game last night.

But that’s usually the case with the captain when he returns from injury – he needs a game or two to get back into the groove.

But it will be strange if Schar doesn’t start the game because as well as being an excellent defender for us he’s a threat up front too – with 3 excellent goals this season.

The Newcastle medics have already passed him fit to play following his concussion while playing for Switzerland during the International break.

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26 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Apr 2, 2019 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #1

    I hardly agree with any of that comment IrishRob.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 2, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Except the bit about Ritchie not seeing the pass for Almirons run forward. Hopefully it’s a temporary wavelength glitch and not a man trying to get who he thinks is his replacement canned.

  • Toonces

    Apr 2, 2019 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #3

    The thing with Ritchie not passing to Almiron is that it wasn’t just last night. It has been multiple games and a recurring theme. It could be all coincidence instead of conspiracy but there is something that is preventing Ritchie from passing the ball to Almiron.

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 2, 2019 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #4

    According to the Chronic:

    “Newcastle United insiders have dismissed talk that there is a problem between Miguel Almiron and Matt Ritchie.

    “Observers who watched the dire 2-0 defeat against Arsenal felt that the duo were not passing to each other in the clash at the Emirates Stadium.

    “But those behind the scenes insist there is no issues between the pair.”

  • kimbo

    Apr 2, 2019 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #5

    Well watching last nights game there was no Newcastle player passing to anyone!!!!

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 2, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Tsunki the lack of interaction between the two players looks fairly obvious to me, have to say. I don’t think rafa covered himself in tactical glory last night, allowing for their obvious ability. I’ve no idea why shelvey couldn’t get a gig. As for Miggy, I should be proven wrong but he looks a bit harebrained to me but he may need better players beside him. There again, that could be said of almost any player.

  • cyprus

    Apr 2, 2019 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #7

    I’ve seen the comments on Ritchie Almiron and I’ll agree that they aren’t combining well.

    Though, I think, there’s no intent or conspiracy.

    Many of those passes are just not on. Almiron oftentimes runs into blind alleys. He’s a work in progress and will need time.

    I agree that if it doesn’t work out then he’ll need to change sides.

    TBH, originally thought he was like a 10, not a winger.

  • cyprus

    Apr 2, 2019 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #8

    Spot on kimbo!

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 2, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #9

    If Hayden and Lascalles were carrying knocks was it worth risking them against Arsenal ?

    Rafa usually doesn’t take risks with players fitness so seems a bit daft when we had Fernandez , Shelvey and KI all desperate for game time

    Palace main strengths are the wingers Zaha and Townsend with Bissaka and Van aarnholt overlapping so 532 is probably not the formation to be playing as our wing backs are going to be under the cosh

    Move Almiron into the no 10 role just behind Rondon and have two wingers either side to match them up

  • DaveD1000

    Apr 2, 2019 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Have noticed Little Miggy (5′ 9.5″) getting physical with defenders and putting in some hurt for a few matches now.
    I also noticed 3 red shirts around him a couple of times last night. He pulls them out left Ritchie swings in to Ron and Ayoze in space? Just a thought.

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 2, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #11

    Posted at half time on here during Almirons debut that Ritchie was not passing to Almiron. There is something going on.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 2, 2019 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #12

    If Shelvey doesn’t start against Palace then I guess the writing is on the wall for him…..

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 2, 2019 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #13

    Another point. Throw ins.
    That Arsenal lad with the double barrel surname was doing foul throws repeatedly. Not having both feet on the ground.

    Ref gave us one foul throw.
    People seem to have forgot the rules of how to take a throw in.

    (Jib – hope this has not confused you – in your game bit like a line out).

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 2, 2019 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #14

    The foul throw we were awarded was for not throwing the ball from behind the head!

  • Tsunki

    Apr 2, 2019 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #15

    This foul throw lark is an epidemic i notice one or two every game. I blame it on short arms and impatience.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 2, 2019 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #16

    I really don’t think shelvey would have fared well yesterday. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets on the pitch against palace though.

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 2, 2019 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #17

    tsunki – it mounts up to us getting possession back. Nobody hardly ever appeals now for a foul throw.

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 2, 2019 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #18

    Maybe the delay at throwins could be alleviated by introducing a new innovation whereby the player is allowed to carry the ball onto the pitch and hop with it for a few strides. This would allow the man with the ball to pick out one of his team mates and keep the game flowing without such an unfair advantage as running with the ball would give him.

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 2, 2019 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #19

    A game of missed passes all over the pitch. We need some passing practice and definitely work on wor scrambly bits! Harrumph!!!

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 2, 2019 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #20

    We just weren’t in there enough fighting for the 50/50 balls. It was not good. Everybody looked a bit off. Disappointing…

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 2, 2019 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #21

    Did the lads get a hold of a bad Vindaloo takeaway? They looked uninterested…

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 2, 2019 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #22

    I was developing some nausea at the end of the second half as well…

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 2, 2019 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #23

    When the match turns sour it’s time to send oot the midget strikers Rafa!

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 2, 2019 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #24

    Terrific avatar Tsunki!

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 2, 2019 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #25

    And your’s is excellent as well Bettys.

  • Bambams

    Apr 2, 2019 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #26


    We are not going to get relegated, yes last night did show a huge gulf in class but just look at the league table and it shows that.

    The top 6 are getting stronger and stronger every season and for all we are a huge club unless our owner starts to spend some money we ain’t breaking into it , ever.

    I still have the hope someone let’s ash have his pl money this season (all he is interested in) and they buy the club.

    I am still on tablets for my knee and having a pint – maybe its affecting my judgement



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