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Rafa – We Analyzed The Stats – We Should Have Beaten Palace – We Lost


Newcastle go into a tough game tonight at former Premier League Champions Leicester City with our fans still in a little bit of shock that we managed to lose the game at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Palace had one shot on target and won the game with a soft penalty we gifted them after 81 minutes.

That’s after we had been much the better side but had fluffed our chances in front of goal.

That’s been a familiar refrain with Newcastle this season – much like what happened last season.

We don’t score enough goals.

Rafa Benitez – we deserved to beat Palace

This is what Benitez said about the loss last Saturday in the Chronicle today:

“Against Palace we did well – we had 18 attempts and they had one shot on target.”

“So people can analyze the games.” “In the last 10 mins vs Crystal Palace, we were doing well.”

“My frustration and disappointment was because we were talking about the penalties and exactly the same situation that happened.”

“We analyzed clips on that and we knew they’d be dangerous on the counter-attack.”

“In the last 10 minutes plus seven minutes added time we didn’t do well.”

“We played with anxiety and rushed when we had the ball and we didn’t do the right things.”

“It is a pity that we didn’t manage with more experience in the final minutes.”

“It was a game we deserved to win.”

Fans are not too confident about the outcome of tonight’s game – but another defeat is the last thing we need right now.

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89 comments so far

  • geordietom

    Apr 12, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #1

    hope this opens up on here …

    Telegraph Football
    ?
    @TeleFootball
    The owners of Paris St-Germain are investigating the possibility of buying an English clubhttp://ow.ly/DGNG50pTC5l

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  • G

    Apr 12, 2019 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #3

    According to most, it’s either Nottingham Forest or Villa they are looking at. Wanting to pump some cash into them, take them back to the top flight, then sell for a big profit allegedly.

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  • geordietom

    Apr 12, 2019 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #4

    na wont open …

    Newcastle United are currently up for sale with Mike Ashley reportedly looking for £300 million for the club.

    Newcastle United fans are hoping that QSI decide to buy them, rather than a Championship club.

    The Telegraph have reported how PSG’s mega-rich owners are looking to invest in an English football team, and Newcastle are up for sale.

    At the moment QSI are said to be aiming to purchase a club in the Championship.

    But Newcastle supporters are hoping that the potential buyers will widen their search and make a bid to take the club off Mike Ashley.

    1
  • G

    Apr 12, 2019 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #5

    We obviously just read the same rumours.

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  • Jib

    Apr 12, 2019 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #6

    They want to buy a Championship club
    The obvious way to do it I would have though

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  • geordietom

    Apr 12, 2019 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #7

    jib …

    they may get their wish if we dont get at least one more win …

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  • geordietom

    Apr 12, 2019 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #8

    these rumours yeah we read them take them all with a pinch of salt…

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  • geordietom

    Apr 12, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #9

    a lot of us have been going on about new buyers coming in after we are safe …

    could Rafa be stalling to see what league we are playing in next season? just thought i’d throw that in the mix …

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 12, 2019 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #10

    Lol did pique say he’d flatten Diego Costa?

    I’d love to see him try 😀

    2
  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 12, 2019 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #11

    I actually think with Leicester having Morgan and maguire at the back, playing rondon will be like bread and butter for them. Last year they struggled badly with pace and movement, maguire even punched/pushed Gayle in the face. I would be tempted to play muto today. It is what it is though, expect rondon to start.

    2
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 12, 2019 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #12

    Rafa
    Got to play Almiron up top with Rondon to utilise his speed – Not as a fetcher and carrier.
    And for **** sake leave someone up field at their corners for quick break counter attack as Palace did with Saha to utilise his speed and ball control capacity

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 12, 2019 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #13

    We had scouts at benfica again yesterday in their match v Frankfurt.

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  • G

    Apr 12, 2019 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #14

    If I were a foreigner wanting to buy a football club to make money, I would probably take the risk on Bolton. Decent sized fan-base, relatively new stadium, with modern facilities. If you can service the debt, then it should be relatively cheap to shore them up and make cash on. Inject enough cash to get them promoted, then sell at a profit.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 12, 2019 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #15

    geordietom,
    Rafa isn’t stalling, he’s told them what he wants and is waiting for an answer.

    2
  • RobLeenio

    Apr 12, 2019 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #16

    Surely if any club is bought by QSI, they would become a feeder club for PSG. I don’t think I fancy that prospect in the slightest. It might bring stability, but it would not bring success.

    I think the links with Atlanta United are far more interesting as we would be the senior partner in that relationship but realistically it would be a partnership which could bring massive benefit to both clubs.

    2
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 12, 2019 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #17

    @Ronaldo

    Yeah that’s what I fear with Leicester’s defence I would actually prefer us to put Muto , Almiron and Atsu just behind Rondon tonight and look to get on the end of knock downs would mean we had an out ball for the counter attack every time as well with our 3 fastest attackers on the pitch !

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  • posada

    Apr 12, 2019 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #18

    We should know in the next 5 days if we are safe or if it is Squekey Bum Time.
    Bet 365 have us at 50/1 for relegation. Some others though as short as 28/1.
    Cardiff 12 to 1 on for the drop.

    Lets hope that is a fair reflection of the odds. I’m not sure it is.

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  • geordietom

    Apr 12, 2019 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #19

    jail…

    it was just a thought i had is all …

    if we get relegated ( god forbid ) will Rafa want to manage us again in the championship ?

    1
  • posada

    Apr 12, 2019 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #20

    Club finances.
    I take an interest, but it’s like doing a jig saw with just 30% of the pieces.

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  • posada

    Apr 12, 2019 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #21

    I think all will depend on our status next year.
    Rafa to stay or go.
    New owners waiting in the wings with a knock out offer when our prem status is confirmed ?
    That would be nice.l

    2
  • Jib

    Apr 12, 2019 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #22
  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #23

    If the Quatar boys buy an English club it will more than likely be used to produce younger players in a competetive league and scout the globe for unexposed players and give them a chance to prove themselves suitable for the PSG job.
    Just as Robleenio points out, a feeder club. Do we want to be one of those or would we prefer to stick with Fatash for the time being?

    1
  • hibbit

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #24

    They could buy us and make PSG the feeder club, after all we do play in the most profitable/wealthy league in the world 😉

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #25

    I think i would very happily take us as a feeder cub to PSG. We’d still have vastly superior players to the current crop and most importantly be shot of Ashley.

    Was it against Everton or some other team who had a man sent off that we switched to a back 4, as Rafa said we needed to create more chances and suddenly Almiron, Rondon and Perez really gelled. I always liked a sweeper system but more and more lately it feels that 3 at the back leaves you over run in the middle.

    3
  • Moonraker15

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #26

    G
    These Arab states aren’t interested in making a profit they’ve got more money than they can spend.
    They buy up clubs for prestige and status and Newcastle should be the shortest route but Ashley has a reputation and they might avoid him as he’s such an arrogant nob!

    2
  • Moonraker15

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #27

    Rotunda
    I was thinking of PSG being a feeder club to us! They’re in a 2nd rate league like Celtic and the only trophy they can win is the UCL. They’ll never have too status like English, Spanish or German clubs! We could easily be up there!

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  • Moonraker15

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #28

    I think we’ll turn over Leicester tonight if Jonjo plays. He can put Miggy through and beat Leicester’s ageing slow defenders!
    Howay Lads make our weekend !

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 12, 2019 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #29

    Moonraker

    Like your thinking there, it’s just Ashley has lowered our expectations to such a level these days, that instead of being proud of our club and setting the bar high we are almost apologetic about it all. It’s almost as humiliating as May’s continued nonsense with the B word.

    1
  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 12, 2019 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #30

    we are the 13th best supported club in the world. but our fat b*d owner does not support us, so what’s the point?
    rafa will leave and we can look forward to another relegation battle under Ashley.

    nothing will change unless the obedient fans stand up for once rather than being meek sheeps..

    2
  • Tsunki

    Apr 12, 2019 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #31

    Of you lot keep chucking frog food around you know what’ll happen. It’ll be your own fault, just saying.

    😀

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  • sing in the corner

    Apr 12, 2019 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #32

    I’d be shocked if Rafa goes too open tonight. In fact, it’s just not gonna happen. And that is the main argument right there. Some fans want to see us go for Leicester, some recognise that they are at home, in a good run of form, and still are happiest when teams attack them so they can spring fast counter attacks.
    Don’t be surprised if we sit in the game, contain and frustrate as much as possible then see if we can nick a goal.
    Percentages game, and IMO the best chance of us getting something from it.
    I say this in the full knowledge that during the match there will be much gnashing of teeth and cries of ffs Rafa attack them.

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  • geordietom

    Apr 12, 2019 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #33

    Tsunki…

    theres a new movie out its called ENTER THE FROG …

    1
  • geordietom

    Apr 12, 2019 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #34

    NUFC have been sold … frog food lmao…

    cue the green one …

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 12, 2019 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #35

    Like catnip for amphibians. Frognip.

    3
  • geordietom

    Apr 12, 2019 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #36

    frognip …

    lmao again…

    1
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 12, 2019 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #37

    Look at the Pozzo family Udinese used to be their flagship team now they have used Watford as the main team within their structure and they could be in europe this season!

    PSG owners could easily just buy the club in their sisters name or something and still have us competing in europe……?

    2
  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 12, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #38

    Qatar/Arab ownership.

    Yep, the money is academic however why I do not believe an Arab will buy is is because of the disrespect ashLIE has shown them over the years, they’re a proud race, so once an indivisual disses one of the Sheikhs off then it’s taken as an insult to the whole Khaleeji/??r Ban? Y?s tribe (you may need to google that one).

    However, all I will say is that because Qatar is currently persona non grata with the GCC (Gulf Copoeration Countries), then, them being somewhat unpredictable, then who knows. It would be a great “My wad’s bigger than your wad” to Citeh.

    Something else about the similarities between PSG and us, we’re both one of the few cities in Europe who both have only one team.

    It’ll never happen, look west young man.

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  • RobLeenio

    Apr 12, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #39

    I’m amazed that some think it’s ok for us to be a feeder club to anyone. We’d never again play European football, potentially watching in 50 years time as Sunderland win their third Champions League title while we sit on a team of talented development players who are auto-transferred back to PSG when they start to get good.

    No passion, no pride, no hope

    And if you think the relationship would be the other way around, when QSI have already spent Billions on PSG, you’re sadly mistaken.

    1
  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 12, 2019 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #40

    “Sir Bani Yas” tribe btw. The blog didn’t like the arabic bit, and no, not Sir as in the western language.

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