Huddersfield fans have been taking about Sunday’s match against Newcastle.
After an impressive win at Crystal Palace, no surprise that they are quite happy…
There is also talk of revenge in the air, after Newcastle won 3-1 down there on the way to the title.
Whilst some are exercising caution, many other Huddersfield fans see Newcastle already falling behind the club that came up through the play-offs.
Huddersfield fans comment on Newcastle match via their top Down At The Mac message board:
‘Things will change when facing the top teams but there is absolutely no fear going into this game.
If man city etc play really well against us it will be down to hard work to stay in games, if Newcastle play well, we can still play better than them.’
‘Shelvey definitely is an animal.’
‘They’ll park the bus. Benitez doesn’t know any other way.’
‘I hope we muller Newcastle, but let’s face it anything could happen.’
‘The danger is the wounded animal syndrome of course, us thinking we are top of the world, and them coming out fighting with everything they got type situation
But if mr wagner can keep the players heads on straight, we could be hopeful of getting something from this match.’
‘Assuming they don’t sign anyone new in time, reckon big Rafa will follow the same game plan as last season, banking on Ritchie, Gayle and Atsu to break quickly on the counter
As long as we stay patient and keep our structure i fancy a different outcome this time around.’
‘Remember that their ‘game plan’ last time was massively helped by the terrible penalty decision and the mess up for their second. Without that then they would have arguably had to come out more and we’d have had more space.
Regardless, with Ince, Mounié, Palmer back etc.. we’ve got a lot more going forwards this time round. If they rock up with the same game plan excepting the same result then I think they might be in for a surprise.
I can’t wait!’
‘Although Newcastle did park the bus last season, the Referee & Officials had a shocking game.
Allowing Murphy to foul Danny Ward, Shelvey should have been red carded, as should Jack Colback.
Fancy our chances, as long as long as the Ref & Officials, ref fairly, not like last year.’
‘Benitez will come under a lot of pressure if they are not out of the bottom 3 after 10 games. It could easily happen, especially after we stuff them.’
‘Getting too excited over a team losing players through injury or suspension falls flat when their replacements take the opportunity to impress.
Hopefully Newcastle don’t have the depth to replace Shelvey or the two defenders with better players.’
‘Newcastle will be another hard game. It will be a different challenge as they will probably sit deep, play narrow and ask us to play through them.
We will need to be patient, particularly if we don’t get an early goal.
I expect Newcastle to set up not to lose so it’ll be up to us to break them down. Luckily this season we have more variety to our attack. We have a threat in the air which we didn’t have last season, so Newcastle won’t be able to just force us backwards and sideways. We also look much potent from set pieces, and these will be vital in what is bound to be a tough, tight game.
We need to be every bit as patient as the team will have to be. Newcastle may be struggling, but they will be no pushover, and their manager is a wiley old fox. Let’s enjoy the positive result at Palace and then prepare properly for the next game. I can’t wait.’
‘In the absense of Shelvy they might struggle to get any decent long ball out. Shelvy controlled their game against us from deep last season.’
‘Lets not forget Newcastle did a job on us last season at our place. Their tactics were spot and we struggle to create any chances at all.
I expect a similar game where we have all the ball bit little in the way of chances. We need to move it quickly stretch them as much as possible.’
‘The more I’ve seen Newcastle lately, the more they seem reliant on hatchet men nobbling the opposition’s attacking threat rather than playing football for themselves.
The job they did on Brown last season was poor. The job they tried to do on Alli was downright thuggery. I’m fine with a hard but fair challenge to remind the opponent that you’re there, but they were just kicking him up in the air when the ball was gone. The Ritchie tackle was premeditated revenge for being trodden on by the idiot in the midfield.’
‘If they sit back we will break them down, we’ve improved since last season and even without injuries and the sending off I’m not sure Newcastle have.’
‘Alli deserves all he gets. Wouldn’t have a problem with us roughing him up a bit to get a reaction which might just get him sent off. He’s arrogant and hasn’t the intelligence to realise that he might just be able to do something good for club and country if he could just keep his ego under control.’
‘They did a really good job keeping spurs at bay until the red card.
It’s going to be a hard frustrating game but if we get an early goal….’
‘Yeah, great club, great owner, great manager, great Shelvey.’
‘I understand why Rafa played not to get beat against Spurs, but at some point this season he’ll have to allow his team to open up and attack the opposition.
Sitting deep, defending in numbers and relying on long balls up the pitch will not be good enough to keep them up on its own. You have to play some football at some point.’
‘What’s Newcastle fans’ genuine thoughts on Rafa? I ask because all I ever see from the outside looking in from Newcastle fans is massive praise and adoration, which to me seems wholly based on the calibre of clubs he’s managed and winning the CL 12 years ago, rather than what actually happens on the pitch with Newcastle.
I speak as a football ‘purist’ (I’d much rather we went down playing football and attacking than turning into Burnley/WBA) but every time I watch Newcastle I’m left disappointed by the style.
Yes I realise he’s hamstrung by Ashley, and yes they were playing Spurs with 10 men so discount that, but even last season it always seems very % based, attritional and imo dull – just as Benitez has everywhere else for about 10 years.
Always thought Newcastle fans liked a maverick, so does the end really justify the means?’
‘Pochettino was very complimentary about how difficult Newcastle were to play and how sitting deep ended up making them play a lot slower than he would have liked. My fear is that we’ll end up doing the same and it will be a game in to same ilk to last season where we had all the ball but Newcastle countered well and created all the chances.
The difference this year could be that we have strikers with presence who will occupy your defence. Last season Nahki worked his balls off for us but against teams that sat deep he didn’t cause problems and ended up dropping into midfield giving defenders a free ride. I can’t see that happening with Mounie and Depoitre.
Rafa will make it into a game of chess. As long as we keep it tight at the back and don’t make silly mistakes I would hope we’ll have enough going forward to break Newcastle down more often than we did last season.’
‘On Sunday’s performance against us i cant see anything but a comfortable Huddersfield win.’
‘No one will be parking the bus against us this year, Newcastle will be desperate for the win. We’re a three pointer for every team.’
‘This will be far from a push over! They’re a good side (as proved last season when the won the championship!) and we’ll need to be at our best to beat them. We need those 3 points though, on paper right now they look for more attainable than they do in the majority of our fixtures.’
‘Benitez is one of the few managers who will have an idea of what we’re about from last season, and just like last season they’ll show us some respect and park the bus away from home.’
‘With or without Shelvey I think we have enough to beat them, an early goal & their heads will drop.. The atmosphere will be electric on Sunday.’
‘There is no way in hell Benitez will set up to attack us. He’s just not that type of manager. He hardly ever did it at liverpool so doubt he will do it with a rubbish Newcastle team.
He will do exactly what he did last year, set up to frustrate us, allow us possession, soak it up and hit us on the counter or set piece. Let’s hope we just have a little bit more luck than last year against them and get the win!’
‘This game is a target for 3 points though, they will be one of our lower table/relegation rivals so 3 points. I’m looking forward to it already.’
‘One thing for sure, Newcastle will be more aggressive than those wimps at Palace were…Might be our turn to face a bit of rough stuff…again.’
‘Shelvey isn’t in the same class as Mooy as a player or as a man. After billings coming of age performance and Williams adroit cameo all of a sudden we look strong in midfield. Zanka looks a hell of a centre half and mounie well it just sticks when it goes near him…long long time since that happened.
We are the clear favourites to stay up out of the promotion winning teams. Better squad, better owners, better manager, momentum, unity and belief.’
‘What’s different now to Newcastle’s last stay in the prem though?
A workmanlike squad that doesn’t score enough goals, have enough possesion or create enough chances. Ashley won’t invest nor sell the club on.
He said last week Rafa can have whatever revenue the club has- well that’s £170M just in Prem bonus cash never mind shirt sales of 50k crazy loyal Geordies. We got the same and spent £40M+ Straight away.
No need for slug to sell any of his slave labour shares is there? Spend the £170 and give a quality manager (which he doesn’t deserve) a fighting chance of staying up.
I don’t see Newcastle developing as a club until that hideous fat slug of a man has sold it, Newcastle will be filling one of those 3 dreaded promotion spots so I’m ok with it for now. I hope they get a change next year though.’
‘I wonder if it is just me but I feel like we have some unfinished business with Newcastle after the game at home last season. We started the better side and feel the game changed when they got given a very soft penalty.
Credit to Rafa he set Newcastle up to defend deep and hit us on the counter. However I think we could have over come this and scored, forcing them to play more expansively. As it was the penalty meant they could continue to sit back, absorb our attacks and hit us as we became more exposed at the back as the game went on.
I’d like to see us take revenge for that game.’