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Another Difficult Game – But Newcastle Must Beat Saints

There was a time in the second half in our last game when Martin Dubravka seemed to be struggling after going for a ball in the penalty area.

And Matt Ritchie walked up to the goalkeeper and then thumped him on the back which seemed to relieve Martin of whatever pain he was having (he was finding it hard to breathe).

And that was likely replaced by a specific pain in the back where Matt had just thumped him – see video below for a good laugh.


We are now 7 points above the drop zone after Cardiff won 2-0 at Brighton last night.

We need another win against Southampton not just to ensure safety but to try to get as many points as possible in our final four games.

We’re quite sure that’s exactly what Rafa wants.

Martin Dubravka – it will be another tough game

Newcastle are even being tipped by some pundits to give title-chasing Liverpool a hard time of it when they visit St. James’ Park on Sunday 5th May – our penultimate Premier League game this season.

Martin Dubravka is back to his top form for Newcastle, and he said this recently on BBC Radio Newcastle:

“It looks like we are safe now, but we were still talking about how the next game is most important for us.”

“So now, we are coming to play against Southampton at home.” “It’s going to be a tough game because they are also playing to stay in the league.”

“So, it will be another tough game.”

“But we are playing at home so we would like to give the reason to the fans to be happy.”

“I told Ritchie I couldn’t breathe (at Leicester) because I went for the cross.”

“I couldn’t breathe and he said ‘are you okay?’ – and then he smashed my back!”

Just in case you haven’t seen the video, here is a tweet Martin sent out on his assault by teammate Matt Ritchie.

Comments welcome.

148 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 18, 2019 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #121

    JfA. totally agree, we’re seen as a piggy bank to ashLIE, who believes in mushroom management – keep them in the dark and feed them on shit.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2019 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #122

    I think he’s going to get a shock if he let’s Rafa go. I think thousands will chuck their tickets and those who don’t have them will most definitely not be paying £40 to watch us get humped off Bournemouth. Because of a serious lack of investment a new manager will have to work with what is largely a championship squad that he hardly knows mixed in with whatever Churnley provides him in the summer, possibly five or six kids from the continent, it has got disaster written all over it. Hopefully once we’re down it’s the beginning of the end for him.

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 18, 2019 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #123

    It does have disaster written all over it, however i still think (naively I suppose), that he will sign a new contract.

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Apr 18, 2019 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #124

    Rafa has stated that nothing will be finalized with his contract until Newcastle are mathematically safe, well we ain’t there yet so all this talk from reporters is just plain old, I need something to write about or my editor will be pissed.

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #125

    Ljeune’s op yesterday was a complete success
    Now begins the rehab

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2019 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #126

    It’s not really a case of him signing a new one, he’s made it clear he wants to, it’s about whether Mikey boy will agree to his conditions.

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #127

    Most Editors are pissed most of the time

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2019 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #128

    Nostradamus the Geordie,
    It’s not that simple, if Ashley had agreed, they could release a statement saying everything is in place as soon as we beat Soton the new deal will be signed. Ashley is calling his bluff, hoping the Lpool game atmosphere will make it impossible for him to leave.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2019 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #129

    Were you an Editor Jib?

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #130

    There’s now talk about changing our home fixture
    vs LPool yet again !

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #131

    Daily Mail
    NUFC are exploring possible swap plus cash deal with Bournemouth involving Matt Ritchie and Ryan Fraser. Ritchie is valued at £15M in such a deal. (Nothing on Fraser’s value)

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #132

    Spanish media yesterday
    Sources close to Rafa Benitez and his representatives claim the 59-year-old remains hopeful a new deal can be agreed before the end of the season, they are also adamant he is ready to move elsewhere if the current uncertainty is not resolved.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2019 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #133

    A half five on a Saturday evening or Friday night would set the Lpool game up for a sizzle.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2019 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #134

    There’s a big story in The Northern Echo about it, basically saying Mikey is trying to call his bluff.

  • hibbit

    Apr 18, 2019 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #135

    Premier League squad values

    1. Manchester City
    Squad value: £1.02bn

    League position: 2nd

    Most valuable player: Kevin de Bruyne – £135m

    2. Liverpool
    Squad value: £855.45m

    League position: 1st

    Most valuable player: Mohamed Salah – £135m

    3. Chelsea
    Squad value: £797.18m

    League position: 5th

    Most valuable player: Eden Hazard – £135m

    4. Tottenham Hotspur
    Squad value: £751.95m

    League position: 3rd

    Most valuable player: Harry Kane – £135m

    5. Manchester United
    Squad value: £716.4m

    League position: 6th

    Most valuable player: Paul Pogba – £81m

    6. Arsenal
    Squad value: £562.95m

    League position: 4th

    Most valuable player: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – £67.5m

    7. Everton
    Squad value: £378m

    League position: 9th

    Most valuable player: Richarlison – £40.5m

    8. Leicester City
    Squad value: £312.3m

    League position: 7th

    Most valuable player: Harry Maguire – £40.5m

    9. West Ham United
    Squad value: £290.7m

    League position: 11th

    Most valuable player: Felipe Anderson – £36m

    10. Crystal Palace
    Squad value: £239.54m

    League position: 13th

    Most valuable player: Wilfried Zaha – £31.5m

    11. AFC Bournemouth
    Squad value: £234.45m

    League position: 12th

    Most valuable player: Nathan Ake – £25.2m

    12. Fulham
    Squad value: £228.6m

    League position: 19th

    Most valuable player: Ryan Sessegnon – £31.5m

    13. Wolverhampton Wanderers
    Squad value: £218.93m

    League position: 8th

    Most valuable player: Ruben Neves – £36m

    14. Southampton
    Squad value: £202.14m

    League position: 16th

    Most valuable player: Jannik Vestergaard – £18m

    15. Newcastle United
    Squad value: £180.45m

    League position: 15th

    Most valuable player: Miguel Almiron – £18m

    16. Watford
    Squad value: £163.44m

    League position: 10th

    Most valuable player: Abdoulaye Doucoure – £22.5m

    17. Brighton & Hove Albion
    Squad value: £156.15m

    League position: 17th

    Most valuable player: Alireza Jahanbakhsh – £16.2m

    18. Burnley
    Squad value: £155.48m

    League position: 14th

    Most valuable player: Chris Wood – £16.2m

    19. Huddersfield Town
    Squad value: £109.35m

    League position: 20th

    Most valuable player: Terence Kongolo – £13.5m

    20. Cardiff City
    Squad value: £87.44m

    League position: 18th

    Most valuable player: Bobby Reid £9m

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #136

    I honestly think the contract prevarication is
    coming from Rafa’s side.
    He’s 60 next birthday and he will not want to
    waste another year in the Championship.
    I think Ashley is desperate to sign him and
    Rafa has him dancing to his tune with us still
    not being mathematically secure being the
    stick he can beat MA with.

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 18, 2019 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #138

    hibbit, shows how Wolves, Watford and Burnley are punching above their weight.

    And Fulham aren’t.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2019 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #139

    If Mikey had agreed to all his conditions what purpose would that serve?

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 18, 2019 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #140




  • ashleysmate

    Apr 18, 2019 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #141

    Congrats to Citeh and spurs for what was probably the best game I’ve witnessed in my 64yrs…even better than the first 4-3 lpool toon game

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #142

    from the Telegraph

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2019 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #143

    I’ll leave myself open to being called thick and a half wit by Jiblets and Munster here but I wasn’t familiar with the word “prevarication” for anyone else that didn’t know, it means when someone tells a lie in a sneaky kind of way or is being vague with the truth. So here we have a man who denies he is an Ashley apologist accusing the manager of being a sneaky liar, despite his public statement saying he has outlined his terms and conditions and is waiting for an answer. All the while, we’ve heard absolutely nothing from the owner who is a renowned sneaky liar despite there being a press brief yesterday. That absolutely beggars belief.

  • hibbit

    Apr 18, 2019 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #144

    to be honest i’m not sure what it proves other than the top 6 are the the top 6 and are going to take some catching !!!

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #145

    Definition of prevaricate – speak or act in an evasive way

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #146

    That’s from the OED
    not google

  • martoon

    Apr 18, 2019 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #147

    Jail @143 – It also means ‘to beat around the bush’ or ‘go round the houses’ which is probably the meaning that Jib was intending!

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #148

    Prevaricate definition: If you prevaricate , you avoid giving a direct answer or making a firm decision


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