Newcastle 0 Brighton 0 – Saturday 30 December 2017 3pm

We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.

A draw and a point that isn’t quite what Newcastle were looking for…

Jamie Swan:

“Mike Ashley should be forced to watch this on repeat for 72 hours with his eyes clamped ajar with ocular speculums, strapped to a chair with hands and ankles restrained.

“In the aftermath of the Man City game where every rock-dwelling, gibbering creature with access to Wi-Fi and a keyboard stuck the boot in to Rafa and all things NUFC, so one thing was for sure – today we needed to ‘win’.

“This result was written after about five minutes. The performance was nowhere near what is required. Very ordinary, very sloppy and very frustrating.

“We need to get wins against equally ordinary teams.

“Extremely worried and a sad way to end the year.

“Players need to be BRAVER as this transfer window looks like going the same way as the last few. Up to you boys to save your own backsides.

“However, upwards and onwards, plenty points are still to play for.

“ASHLEY OUT.”

Ben Cooper:

“Another defensive masterclass from Rafa, matched by a solid performance from Brighton.

“It would have been harder to defend if either team had tried to score, but they didn’t, so all we could do was enjoy the organisation on show. If you can call it enjoyment.

“Brighton are no better than us, putting it politely, so having taken 4 points off us to our 1 shows that we have a lot of work to do over the next 5 months.

“Defending like this will help but Rafa needs better forward players to achieve safety comfortably. Gayle, Joselu and Ritchie were ineffective today, Atsu looked knackered from the start.

“The only moment of quality came at the end.

“I have always liked New Order, hearing Temptation on the way out was the best bit of the afternoon.

“Happy New Year everyone, my only hope after watching another poor game is that we will stay up. It’s tough to watch and harder to enjoy.”

Toon Bano:

“That’s a ridiculous result. 0-0 at home with only 2 shots on target and just 45% possession. At home to Brighton!

“People won’t like to hear it but this is a typical Rafa Benitez home performance. Way too negative and not proactive enough.

“We had these results countless times last season and threatened to cost us promotion. He is very well known for these home results throughout his career.

“We should be sat in 12th place right now looking forward to going to Stoke to increase the gap. Instead we head there under big pressure to not lose.

“Can’t stand negativity and over-caution. Completely wasted opportunity.  Pathetic.”

Nat Seaton:

“A shocking game of football by two weary Championship teams.

“The only plus from the game – we got a point, everything else points to alarm bells ringing very loudly.

“The top two teams from the Championship look well short of what is needed to stay in the Premier League…”

Anthony Stafford:

“Can’t beat brighton…Bournemouth and Swansea win..we can’t score to save our lives.

“Strange forces at work – worrying.”

Paul Lyon:

“Just like watching a turgid Championship game that.

“Wish we’d took the game to them a bit more as they looked as rubbish as us, one goal would’ve done it.

“Pretty anonymous in midfield so we resorted to long hopeful balls to Gayle, if we’re gonna play like that might as well have hoyed Chancel up there at the end.

“Point in the bag I suppose, won’t look too bad as long as we do the business in the next two. Here’s hoping…”

David Punton:

“A missed opportunity today.

“New recruits are needed in January or we’re going to be relegated.”

Jamie Smith:

“Just the usual.

“We don’t have a proper striker and our undercooked, underfunded team failed again, a poxy point in view of the results around us.

“We stand at a terrifying impasse as the weaknesses of the current side threaten a relegation that could jeopardise the long term prospects of the club.

“Brighton were set up to frustrate and I thought the crowd were way too antsy and quick to whinge today, didn’t help matters, although despondency is clearly settling in yet again.

“Gayle’s header could have won it, but well saved. Outside of that I’m going to struggle for my match report I’m afraid…..”

Paul Patterson:

“Awful, unadventurous, negative, talentless, boring, tiresome mess.

“And that was Brighton, we were worse..”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0 Brighton 0

Possession was Brighton 55% Newcastle 45%

Total shots were  Brighton 10 Newcastle 11

Shots on target were Brighton 3 Newcastle 2

Corners were  Brighton 6 Newcastle 3

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie (Perez 72), Hayden, Merino (Shelvey 76), Atsu, Joselu (Murphy 84), Gayle

Unused Subs:

Woodman, Manquillo, Mbemba, Diame

Crowd: 52,209 (2,200 Brighton)



  • Clarko

    All Mike Ashley’s fault.

    • Michael Smith

      is it ?

      • Clarko

        What do you think? Of course it is, why wouldn’t it be?

        • Michael Smith

          ok then

        • Dillon Tovak

          These sound like cries for a hug if ever I heard one 💋

          • TheFatController

            Ashley didn’t get him the present he wanted clearly …

    • jack

      The quality of the team is Ashley’s fault , the selections and tactics are managers fault

      • Clarko

        No no, it’s all Ashley’s fault.

    • stevetoontoon

      Nah….nah…… its Mike ashleys fault

    • nufcslf

      Right again

  • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

    any talk of a “Rafa defensive masterclass” at home to Brighton is just deluded.

    i apologise if it was meant to be sarcastic but it didn’t sound like it.

    1 win in 12 and no goals in 5/6 out of last 6 home games is not good enough for any PL side regardless of what’s going on at the club.

    • Clarko

      It’s Ashley’s fault pal.

      • nufcslf

        Oddly enough, yes it is. I certainly hope you show your loyalty to him by going to every match.

    • Michael Smith

      that`ll be sorted by May as we`ll be back in the championship

  • Michael Smith

    the major problem is Rafa is defensive because if we go behind chances are we can`t come back because quite frankly the forwards are useless

    • Clarko

      I think that you’ll find that it’s Ashley’s fault that we are defensive.

      • Michael Smith

        go away Clarko

        • Kneebotherm8

          He’ll only go away when Ashley goes away……I hope…….so,in all probability,we’re stuck with him for a long while yet…….unfortunately….

          • nufcslf

            Very good.

      • Dillon Tovak

        If he ran the club properly for 10 years we’d have better players and would therefore go at it and the end. So yes, you’re correct.
        Have a biscuit.

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        There are those that think because Rafa has a big name in world football that he is beyond criticism which is a very dangerous game to play.
        If that was Sam Allardyce serving up football of that quality everyone would be up in arms.

        • Clarko

          No you’re wrong, it’s Ashley’s fault, it’s always Ashley’s fault, our fans are real smart and loyal, we would support Sam Allardyce all the way to League 2.

        • HarryHype59

          Or Carver, Pardew and Soopa Steve.

  • TheFatController

    The one thing that baffles is is in the 6 winless home games, only against Man City did we really have a go at the end.

    Brighton left one man up with 15 to go yet we got one cross from Murphy in in the last ten minutes.

    If they’ve got nine defenders why not put them under pressure to make a mistake rather than passing around them getting nowhere ?

    • Clarko

      It’s Ashley’s fault that we didn’t have a go at the end.

      • Dillon Tovak

        Getting a bit lonely around the holidays, bit bored?

      • TheFatController

        I know you think that’s Rafa but it’s actually the players’ fault – that’s game management, and the sign of an inexperienced team.

        Why is it inexperienced? Because experiences players cost £15m plus.

        Why do we not have £15m + players?

        Ashley.

        • Clarko

          I agree, like I said it’s all Ashley’s fault, €49.30m isn’t enough to buy a £15m player.

          • TheFatController

            oh my god, you’re so right.

            Words you rarely hear? Get over yourself, you sound like a bitter old [email protected] stuck for people to hate…

          • Clarko

            Yeah, I’m definitely the bitter one…

          • TheFatController

            Whatever…

          • nufcslf

            You really are as laughable as the way Cashley runs his football club. To argue on his behalf is even more disturbing. Thick Americans voted for Donald Trump, but it is a free world after all. A fantastic effort of winding everyone up all the same.

          • Danimal

            Just a hunch…but I bet Clarko thinks Trumpty Numpty is a jolly fine fellow.

          • Danimal

            Leaving aside your strange mixture of currencies, you really believe that Ashley said to Rafa “here’s 49 million euros, spend it how you please”. And rather than use it to buy some Premier League quality in the positions that needed strengthening, to make his own job easier, Rafa decided to test his abilities as a coach by choosing to blow the money on a mixture of unproven and younger players, specialising in different positions from the ones needed, from inferior leagues. Does this seem likely? Or do you think perhaps someone higher up was interfering?

          • Clarko

            Yes, Benitez did “blow the money on a mixture of unproven and younger players”.

          • Danimal

            By choice? He had a completely free hand? No interference?

          • GToon

            Fight fight fight fight! Lol!

          • Danimal

            Sorry I don’t do fighting! Just can’t help replying to this character. I know I shouldn’t. Happy New Year.

          • GToon

            Same to you mate! It’s all good banter as they say. Would be nice if we could talk about a win for a change though.

          • Danimal

            Desperate times. Again. Clutching at straws, I think I’d have taken 4 points from these 3 games. But will need at least another 3 or 4 from the next 2 games now. We got a kind set of results last time out but today a kick in the teeth with Swansea, Bournemouth and Southampton all pulling something from the fire.

          • GToon

            That’s the worry for me. We seem to be the only team incapable of a surprise result apart from the West Ham game.

          • Clarko

            Yes.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Bollox

          • GToon

            Sorry for interrupting your “conversation” but how much has Ashley spent on players since he took over and how much has he made on sales since he took over. I don’t know those figures. I did read that Rafa has made a profit on player sales since he took over. I would suggest that the difficulty lies with where you draw the line. Is it from each managers appointment or the start of each season or what?

          • Clarko

            Do your own research GToon.

            “I did read that Rafa has made a profit on player sales since he took over”. Did the same source mention that the funds raised by those player sales would be paid over the next “3-4” years? Did the same source also mention that Benitez failed to keep Newcastle in the Premier League losing the club a guaranteed £100m TV money deal? Did the same source mention that Ashley had to loan the club £33m in December 2016 to allow the club to keep running? I’m sure it did.

          • GToon

            It was match of the day I think. I wasn’t being funny with you. Just asking as it would be nice to see the figures in and the figures out as that what a lot of the disagreement is about. You seem to know them that’s all. Happy new year.

          • Clarko

            If you look carefully there’s no disagreement, just ignorance.

            Happy New Year.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Bollox,his first choices were deemed unsignable by the real transfer brokers at the club…..

          • Clarko

            And who is that? Santa? Muhammad? Tupac?

      • Megatron1505

        Totally agree mate, if he’d budgeted properly to make the improvements required we would be much better equipped 👍

        • Clarko

          I totally agree with you, €49.30m just isn’t enough to be able to have a go at home to Brighton.

          • Megatron1505

            Definitely not when you consider what real quality costs these days. Glad we’re on the same page buddy.

          • Clarko

            Exactly, just look at all the money other teams have spent, it’s just not fair.

            West Ham €45.40m
            Crystal Palace €37.20m
            Stoke €34.90m
            West Brom €45.70m
            Bournemouth €34.30m
            Brighton €47.60m
            Burnley €34.04m
            Huddersfield €44.40m

            How can we be expected to compete with that? We can’t, impossible.

          • Megatron1505

            Definitely, especially as those clubs are exactly where the 5th biggest supported club in the country should be pitching its ambitions. And absolutely because we definitely haven’t systematically lowered the quality of the playing staff over the last several years at a profit unlike the others who haven’t improved their quality at all…..or did I get that the wrong way round? Never mind, glad we’re together on this pal 👍🍻

          • Clarko

            Absolutley, the size of stadium directly relates to the quality of football that should be played. On a side note, we have the 7th largest home attendance in the league, you were close though and I totally agree.

            Yeah, we have definitely made profit, spending €221.31m over the last three seasons and bringing in €124.88m…. Oh wait. Never mind, it doesn’t matter, that’s not important.

            Ashley though am I right? Definitely right.

          • Megatron1505

            Your figures are wrong by about £75m in profit if you go back 5 years and use actual values rather than some dodgy website, but framing the point makes it right mate. Good on you for being on board 👍

          • Clarko

            No, the figures are right, they are corroborated by the official accounts. Maybe you are getting your figures from the same site where you got the attendances from?

            Ashley though…

          • Megatron1505

            No they aren’t mate, honestly.

          • Clarko

            Honestly, they are, feel free to share some of your numbers.

          • Megatron1505

            The accounts don’t corroborate your figures though bud 😲

          • Clarko

            Newcastle United accounts:
            “The total net cash spend on players in the financial year to June 2016 was £70.7m”

            Transfermarket:
            Newcastle net spend for 15/16: £73.68m (Using € to £ exchange rate average from June 2015)

            They corroborate.

          • Megatron1505

            Transfermarket eh? Didn’t realise you’d gone to so much effort 🙈😂

          • Clarko

            And nothing to say…

            Facts to not cease to exist because they are ignored.

          • Megatron1505

            I did just say something though bud, not got your reading glasses on?

            The accounts don’t say what you claim, and that dodgy website you keep quoting is well……dodgy.

            Still, keep on truckin’ bud 👍

          • Clarko

            Facts, ignorance, you know the drill.

          • Megatron1505

            Lies etc…. yeh I get you 👍

          • Clarko

            👍🏿

          • Megatron1505

            Also, can’t find where I mentioned attendance mate. Could you point it out?

          • Clarko

            You referred to Newcastle as being the “5th biggest supported club in the country”, we’re not, we’re the 7th biggest supported club in the country, behind Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal, West Ham, Liverpool and Manchester City.

            You were close though.

          • Megatron1505

            Ah right, so support is only counted by those through the door in your world. Thanks for clarification 👍

          • Clarko

            I think you should clarify where you got the impression that Newcastle are the “5th biggest supported club in the country” mate?

          • Megatron1505

            Will do pal. As soon as you show me where you found that West Ham have more worldwide support than Newcastle. I’m out on the lash so no hurry pet 👍

          • Clarko

            I didn’t claim that West Ham had more “worldwide support” than Newcastle. You claimed that Newcastle are “5th biggest supported club in the country”, they are not, they are the 7th best “supported” club in the country.

            How silly.

          • Danimal

            We had the second highest attendances in the country before your wet dream zero hours sweat shop lying scumbag apology for a human being took over and sent us into a decade of stagnation. Happy to clarify that.

          • Clarko

            We had the 3rd highest average attendance before Ashley bought the club, behind Manchester United and Arsenal.

            You’ve made yourself look like a right mug, again.

          • Danimal

            Oh I do apologise, the Arsenal stadium opened one year earlier. How time flies when one is enjoying oneself.

          • Megatron1505

            Where did you find that stat pal, i’ll wait for the link which isn’t just about attendances. Unless you were just wrong again, which is cool with me old buddy 👍

          • Clarko

            Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

          • Megatron1505

            Or because they are made up 🤣

          • Clarko

            Whatever helps you sleep bud 👍🏿

          • Megatron1505

            So…..just attendances yeh? Not at all what I said 🙈

          • Clarko

            Already addressed friend, going back in the conversation isn’t going to help you:

            “You claimed that Newcastle are “5th biggest supported club in the country”, they are not, they are the 7th best “supported” club in the country.”

          • Danimal

            Oh this again. If player sales don’t count, why didn’t we just hang onto them all? I’m sure Anita, Gouffran, Thauvin etc would have come in handy during our recent bad run of form and injuries. We are under funded. It’s a mess.

          • Clarko

            We didn’t sell Gouffran or Antia.

            You’ve made yourself look like a right mug.

          • Danimal

            Do we still have them? They were let go because the manager was led to believe it would clear the decks for quality replacements.

          • Danimal

            Last year in the second division we had two right backs, now in the big league we have one. Progress.

          • nevfur

            Manquillo is a right back

          • Danimal

            True but the poor lad’s been deputising in another position which we inexplicably failed to strengthen.

          • Clarko

            Wrong again, Benitez offered Gouffran a new contract, he declined.

    • Michael Smith

      he`s quaking in his shoes in case we lose, against City it`s acceptable against Brighton it isn`t

    • Mitros gotta start

      Did you expect anything else from Rafa the liar?

      • Chris

        Do you even like Newcastle, or do you just have a hard on for Mitrovic? Between your posts and your choice of name, it seems a little much.

        • Mitros gotta start

          I love newcastle….i just hate the liars that are running the club and picking the team.

  • TheNutJob

    Leazes must be having a rest after that shocker today
    or he noticed the Stargate was open & Clarko`s about
    😂😂

    • GToon

      Hahahaha that’s funny👍🏻

  • Mark Davies

    Well that was dismal. No enjoyment in that at all.

    • Clarko

      All Ashley’s fault mate.

      • robbersdog

        You ok hun?

        • Clarko

          I’m just sick of Ashley pet.

  • robbersdog

    The situation is very clear; if we don’t buy at least two decent attacking players (preferably a No.9 and a No.10) next month, we’ll be scrapping with the likes of Sunderland in the Championship next season. And I dread to think who’ll be our manager, because it won’t be Rafa.

    • Mitros gotta start

      As if…………..sunderland wont be in the championship next season!

      • Danimal

        They’re improving but surely they won’t make the playoffs?

    • Clarko

      The situation is very clear, it’s all down to Ashley.

      • robbersdog

        I blame Amanda Staveley; she’s destabilised the lot of us!

        • Clarko

          Ashley is the one who put the club up for sale.

      • joe mac

        spot on!

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Yet another negative performance where they never had a go against a side who they finished above last season.
    Even John Anderson is joining in with the negative approach to games and there’s some who think it is just “The Sky Monkey’s.” !

    • Clarko

      Ashley is at fault for the negative performance. No one else.

      • TheFatController

        Whatever….

        • Clarko

          You just a quitter
          And you bitter cause I came along

          • TheFatController

            ‘You are*’ or ‘you’re*’

            ‘Are you*’

            ‘?*’

            Full stops implemented at commenter’s discretion clearly.

            Because you don’t use question marks, I don’t know if your first comment is an accusation or a question?

            The second comment looks like a question without the correct grammar. Assuming it is a question, I can’t be bothered answering it. Am I thus treating you like the rest of society does, or am I the only one not in awe of you…?

          • Clarko

            That’s it, I’m done, I promise, I’m sorry, I promise, I’m done, I’m sorry
            I just believe in kicking a man while he’s down

          • TheFatController

            Your brain is all over the place.

            Medication ?

          • Clarko

            Still, in my skull’s a vacant empty void
            Been usin’ it more as a bin for storage
            Take some inventory: in this gourde there’s a Ford engine
            Door hinge, syringe, an orange
            An extension cord, and a Ninja sword
            Not to mention four linchpins, an astringent stored
            Ironin’ board, a bench, a wrench, a ore
            Wench, an attention wh**e
            Everything but a brain
            But dome’s off the f**kin’ chain like an independent store
            Something’s wrong with my head
            Just think if I had a brain in it, thank God that I don’t
            ‘Cause I’d probably be Dahmer, ’cause Momma always said—

            If you had a brain, you’d be dangerous

          • TheFatController

            Who knows what goes on in your head… I just hope you live alone and only inflict its contents on here…

          • Clarko

            Zombie

          • Kneebotherm8

            He ain’t very good at maths either………

      • Albert Stubbins

        So not the eleven players on the pitch representing Newcastle United then?by your reasoning can I assume that should we win anything it’s all down to fat Mike as well. After winning the championship single handedly last season we should have had a statue put up for him at the very least then?

      • Kneebotherm8

        Glad you seen the light💡💡💡💡💡💡………….at long last…………😂😂😂

    • Gandalf Greyhame

      Brighton had a net spend of at least £55,700,000 (three player buys and one player sell undisclosed, so likely MORE than that) during the summer, compared to Newcastle’s net spend of £10,250,000 (two player sells undisclosed, so likely LESS than that).
      Remember the previous year in the Championship there was a surplus of £30,800,000 in net sells of players, so Ashley has so far kept £20,000,000 or so for himself.
      £20,000,000 could buy a pretty decent striker, not named Joselu, obviously.
      It’s become painfully obvious that:
      1. Joselu is too slow and clumsy when under pressure of any sort to hit the ball effectively in the direction of the net
      2. Gayle was pretty fast and pretty good in the Championship, and average to below average in the EPL
      3. Ritchie the same, maybe worse – way too slow for the EPL. so far he has only done well against bottom level teams.
      4. As Rafa said already, the reason that players who can score are so expensive is that they win games for you. Newcastle has bunches of players who can’t score and came in cheap, cheap, cheap.
      5. What about Leicester City you say? If you look at their EPL championship team, it took them 7-8 years of carefully building with ultra cheap to moderately priced players. Their transfer record shows that each year, they bought lots of players, sometimes ten or more, almost all of whom did not stick as starters. They struck it rich with a few rare nuggets of pure gold bought at absolute bargain prices – Vardy, Mahrez, Kante. Kante is now gone. Mahrez will probably leave soon. Vardi is too old to leave.

  • Paul Patterson

    If we had attacked Brighton, Everton, Burnley, Huddersfield and Bournemouth, I’m sure we’d be better off than the one point we actually got.

    • GToon

      Exactly and that is the issue I have with Rafa. Not the Man City game but those games. Don’t forget Watford too in that list of should have …….

    • Big Al 1967

      Totally right Paul and here’s my major issue. Both games against West ham we have gone on the attack with a high press and picked up two wins. We have not done this against any other team. The next two games for me will decide our season. Anything less than 4 points will be a disaster
      They say to stay up you have to beat the teams around you. We just don’t seem capable of doing that

  • Leazes Ender

    When does the Rafalution start?

    • GToon

      Jan 1st hopefully.

    • Mitros gotta start

      After he drops drosselu

    • TheNutJob

      not today Leazes, maybe Monday

      • GToon

        My son and I have a couple of tickets for that game but in with the home fans. In the past I would have gone knowing I would be fine but this time I think I would stand out as the one not smiling and cheering. I think we will get hammered on Monday.

        • nufcslf

          Here’s hoping they surprise the pair of you and put a smile on your faces for the new year. Try and enjoy all the same.

          • GToon

            We aren’t going. Gonna watch a non league game instead. My son has a tendency to shout a lot. He did it at the stoke u21 game a few years ago when we won 2-1. It was hilarious. We got loads of abuse. He’s a really good boxer and wanted to have a go. He’s was eleven at the time! I just sat there laughing. Happy new year. Glyn

    • joe mac

      when your sensible comments start!…..instead of stupid pay ya tax crack!!!…as if tabour goes on this site!! ffs!!

    • HarryHype59

      There is and never was a “Rafalution”.

      It was a meaningless local media sound bite, picked up by the regime. It then became a cynical and misleading marketing ploy, designed to divert the gullible from the disastrous financial implication of a second relegation!

      .

      • Kneebotherm8

        Exactly right……..it took the attention from Ashleys disastrous running of the club to attempt to give the fans some hope,when previously it was a feeling of hopelessness……and has been for most of the last 10 years..

  • GToon

    Anyway I’m delighted that they played temptation by new order. It’s a favorite of mine too. I remember one awful game a few years back and they played in between days by the cure. Made my day. I wonder if they have Attack attack by alien sex fiend, another favorite of mine.

  • Phil

    I have defended Rafa relentlessly….. After watching that he’s on his own. Players have to step up but that was painfully negative

  • fistsofsteel2

    I think we’re relegated anyway with Rafa at the helm; but if that’s the level of fight and passion he inspires in the players/team we’re definitely going down.

    Once again: RAFA OUT.

  • Mirandinha9

    Essentially, the predicament of the club lies with Cashley. There are a vast number of voices being critical of Rafa, but, in all honestly, which other quality Manager would tolerate working under this regime. Rafa, is to a degree, coming across as negative, but, he plainly iilustrated to Cashley and Charnley what was required at the start of the season (most importantly a keeper and centre forward), but, sadly those 2 know best. Only dross like Pardew, McClaren or Carver would be Manager without Rafa – simply any manager with principles and ambition wouldn’t be anywhere near this place. Under Cashley, this club is devoid of any ambition, other than finishing in 17th place and only, if Cashley feels 17th cannot be achieved with current resources, will he pull any money out in the January transfer window.

    • Megatron1505

      There isn’t a vast number of voices against Rafa, don’t let the echo chamber of the internet fool you.

    • steve

      Pardew would be getting more out of these players, we might have shipped 4 or 5 against City but we would have won today.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Yes,he will pull money out in the January transfer window,as he’s done in the past,when he feels his investment is looking like it will be severely devalued by demotion from the Premier league gravy train.

  • 5floorshigh

    and they get paid ?

    • nufcslf

      Yes and very well. You would have thought the manger and player’s might have been up for a home win with a Happy New Year performance and feel to it. Not sure what the hell that was today, but it doesn’t fill you with confidence for Monday and hideous feeling of more of the same.

  • Danimal

    Jamie Swan, this chair you mention – is it within easy reach of the mains?

  • ghostrider

    Most still defending Rafa?
    How anyone can defend a manager that constantly messes with players heads and constantly plays players who should be nowhere near the team.

    The man is a nutcase.
    Blame Ashley all you want for being greedy but Rafa bought the players and Rafa on 5 million a year should be capable of getting the best out of them.

    People begged for Atsu to sign.
    People begged for Merino to sign.
    People were over the moon to get Ritchie.
    People were over the moon with Shelvey at one point.
    Fans were more than happy with Gayle and Mitro.
    Fans begged for Aarons to start.
    Mbemba was classed as very decent.
    Lascelles as England material along with Shelvey.
    Yedlin a very decent full back.
    Dummett was garbage then mediocre and then begged to be let loose after injury as a decent left back.

    Rafa then decided Lejeune and Murphy and Sels and Joselu were much needed instead of buying in a decent striker and yet none of us realised he was going to mess with squad players by banishing them to the bin until such a time where desperation dictated bringing them back into the limelight for a quick game and another banishment to the bin.

    And yet it’s Ashley’s fault.

    Rafa Benitez is a clown of a manager and he needs sacking right now. He should have been sacked ages ago.

    • Natturner26

      I think he is nuts too.

  • luciano26

    Rafa should of been thanked and sacked as soon as NC were promoted. He aint built for this type of campaign, first season back in top flight after relegation destined to bottom 10 of table. Waste of money. Rafa doesn’t change his approach either which is telling.

  • mentalman

    The way i saw yesterdays game was two very similar teams but one had a manager who is trying to make the most of the squad he has got and one trying to make a point at the cost of the results.

    We started the game with pointless tactics had a 5min spell where we actually played football and totally outplayed Brighton and then went back to the pointless tactics again

    Aiming to not lose games instead of trying to win them will get us relegated

  • Gandalf Greyhame

    Brighton had a net spend of at least £55,700,000 (three player buys and one player sell undisclosed, so likely MORE than that) during the summer, compared to Newcastle’s net spend of £10,250,000 (two player sells undisclosed, so likely LESS than that).

    That’s why they got better than Newcastle this year.

    Remember the previous year in the Championship there was a surplus of £30,800,000 in net sells of players, so Ashley has so far kept £20,000,000 or so for himself.
    £20,000,000 could buy a pretty decent striker, not named Joselu, obviously.

    It’s become painfully obvious that:
    1. Joselu is too slow and clumsy when under pressure of any sort to hit the ball effectively in the direction of the net
    2. Gayle was pretty fast and pretty good in the Championship, and average to below average in the EPL
    3. Ritchie the same, maybe worse – way too slow for the EPL. so far he has only done well against bottom level teams.
    4. As Rafa said already, the reason that players who can score are so expensive is that they win games for you. Newcastle has bunches of players who can’t score and came in cheap, cheap, cheap.
    5. What about Leicester City you say? If you look at their EPL championship team, it took them 7-8 years of carefully building with ultra cheap to moderately priced players. These types of players are unknowns, you are looking at potential talent, not established known qualities, and so many will NOT turn out to be any good. And so their transfer record shows that each year, they bought lots of players, sometimes ten or more, almost all of whom did not stick as starters. They struck it rich with a few rare nuggets of pure gold bought at bargain prices – Vardy, Mahrez, Kante. Kante is now gone. Mahrez will probably leave soon. Vardy is too old to leave.
    6. Atsu, Lascelles, Yedlin, and Merino have potential to continue to get better and form the nucleus of a cheaply built but very good EPL team like Leicester. But at this rate, it will take a few more years of transfers of additional discounted players bought at a discount and at least some money, certainly more than £10,250,000 a year

    Speed and quality of execution is what separates out the different levels of talent, you can see the difference when Newcastle plays a team like Arsenal or Man City that the other team is just quicker to the ball and know what to do with it when they get it. Their passing to each other is more accurate. Right now, talent-wise, Newcastle is only competitive with the bottom third of the EPL.