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Rafa’s Clear Message To His Players On His Current Situation

When we were safe with five games to go last season, we managed to lose the next four games before we hammered Chelsea 3-0 at home in the final game of last season.

We secured our safety this season last Sunday with three games still to play, and Rafa does not want any drop off in form, attitude or ambition over the next three games.

We play Brighton away today, Liverpool at home next Saturday and Fulham away n our final game of the season on Sunday, 12th May.

It would be great if we can all three games and finish with five wins on the trot after in our first 10 games we went without a win and only 3 points.

Rafa Benitez with his players training at Benton

And each of the remaining games is winnable – even against the Reds who may be a little nervous next weekend with being so close to their first ever Premier League title.

Rafa was asked yesterday any players had asked him about his future and this is what he said as reported in the Chronicle today:

“I told them the other day: ‘It doesn’t matter what happens to me or not,.”

“We are professional; we do our job, we have to be focused, train well and give everything.”

“That’s it. They know that it is a question of time.”

“Because you cannot change what is going on. They cannot influence that. They must just train well and be ready.”

“I gave the message the other day to everyone. I wanted to do it because, at this stage of the season, where we are safe, I want people to carry on.”

“That was the conversation I had with the players the other day.”

“I said: ‘Listen, stay focused, keep working hard, forget about this, or that, and try to be sure that you’re professional and do well.”

“There are a lot of people who care about what we do, so we have to try and do well.”

The majority of fans expect we can win this game today – hope so!

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33 comments so far

  • dekka

    Apr 27, 2019 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m on my way to Brighton-god, it’s a long drive. Luckily there’re 3 of us sharing the driving. Let’s not get negative today. We should win this. We’re safe. Rafa is still here. I’m just looking forward to the game, 3 points and a long drive home.

  • one fine day

    Apr 27, 2019 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Enjoy dekka
    Let hope it’s a glorious drive home .
    I do miss away days even though most of mine were in the old div 2 days

  • one fine day

    Apr 27, 2019 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Been thinking
    Such a shame we can’t play Liverpool with miggy and lobby in full flow .actualy think we could give them a scare with the onus on them to get a win

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 27, 2019 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Looking forward to a good performance today. This is a game we should win but we all know it’s not always that easy. No room for sentiment. If we can finish Brighton off and improve our goal difference we should but a draw wouldn’t be a disaster. Nice to be able to approach a game with no nerves and no need to keep an eye on the teams around us.


  • RobLeenio

    Apr 27, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #5

    One fine day I think Longstaff is probably back to full fitness by now but is being given a chance to work in the background on his technique and physique.

    It’s noticeable how quiet he is and the club have been over his progress.

    I think he’ll come back stronger and better for next season and become a stalwart for the club

  • Jib

    Apr 27, 2019 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #6

    Don’t forget the Mike Dean factor
    The last time we were away on the
    south coast (Bournemouth last month)
    he made some very alarming calls.

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 27, 2019 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #7

    “Newcastle have failed to score in all three Premier League meetings against Brighton, losing 0-1 twice and drawing the other game 0-0.”

    Time to change that, I hope!

  • one fine day

    Apr 27, 2019 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #8

    Ahh mike dean
    It’s always about him
    He is up there just behind Steve Martin and trelford mills in my book

  • one fine day

    Apr 27, 2019 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Dream scenario if that’s the case would be Rafa amounted another three years and lobby on the bench for Liverpool ..now that would have the roof lifting on Saturday night with a some very worried scoucers

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 27, 2019 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #10

    5 Hours 30 Minutes to KO

  • yogz69

    Apr 27, 2019 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Mike Dean is the worst ref in the prem

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 27, 2019 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Bolton apparently have been told they have to play their last two fixtures regardless of who ends up on the pitch, hope they have over 11 spectators for these games.

  • Jib

    Apr 27, 2019 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #14

    I think they have to be 11 FA registered players
    FFS don’t turn up with your boots

  • jane

    Apr 27, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #15

    West Ham are 2 points ahead of us in 11th so we want Spurs to win in the match starting now.

  • jane

    Apr 27, 2019 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #16

    Spurs haven’t conceded a goal in the 4 matches in their new stadium.

  • JohnJ

    Apr 27, 2019 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #17

    Oh Jane, Don’t say that – it’s tempting fate!


  • jane

    Apr 27, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #18

    and West Ham haven’t won away in 2019 🙂

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Apr 27, 2019 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #19

    Today my focus is on who cares about anyone else, let’s give Brighton a beating, plain and simple, no taking the foot of the gas.

    Sorry Chris but I support Newcastle United and beating your team for me is important, no mater the ties to our club. Howay the Toon!!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2019 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #20

    Cheers for that Telegraph link Jibbers!

  • Moonraker15

    Apr 27, 2019 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Any links for the match tonight? I don’t have BT sport!

  • Jib

    Apr 27, 2019 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #22

    my pleasure

  • Moonraker15

    Apr 27, 2019 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #24

    Cheers Jib 🙂

  • Jib

    Apr 27, 2019 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #25


  • Jib

    Apr 27, 2019 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #26

    I think Sperz although they deny it
    have Ajax preying on their minds

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 27, 2019 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #27

    I’m in the novel position of having BT Sport for the first time ever

    Sadly I’m out this evening

    Happily I can record it and watch the full match later

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 27, 2019 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #28

    GOAL – Tottenham 0-1 West Ham
    Michail Antonio

    And an unusual celebration…

  • Jib

    Apr 27, 2019 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #29

    Why is it that CF’s are such good crossers of the ball ?
    Marko Arnautovic’s cross was exquisite
    Shearer was the same – could really put a good cross in.

  • Jib

    Apr 27, 2019 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #30

    Ron is it just me or did that celebration have sexual overtones ?

  • Moonraker15

    Apr 27, 2019 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #31

    Whenever I think of Shearer’s crossing ability I think of that one he crossed from the right for Les Ferdinand’s header in the 5-0 game v Man Utd in ‘96 !
    I think I need to move on; trouble is, I’ve never got over us not winning the league!!

  • Moonraker15

    Apr 27, 2019 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #32

    This Spurs game’s got 1-1 draw all over it with 10 mins to go!

  • Moonraker15

    Apr 27, 2019 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #33

    As I said 0-1 🙂


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