Newcastle fans endured yet another frustrating afternoon at St James Park.

Rafa’s players making it five defeats out of five at home, so a gap of six months without a victory at St James Park.

After being gifted a soft goal from a corner, Brighton retreated to protect their undeserved lead.

As the team attacked repeatedly, the tension simply grew for Newcastle fans.

For all the possession and shots, the visiting keeper had very few shots to save. NUFC pretty clueless/toothless when it came to being able to exert any real threat.

Naturally at times like this you think of substitutes to change the game, which is where it all felt really bizarre yesterday inside SJP.

The supporters were desperate for changes to be made but when mentally reminding themselves of exactly who the options were, it was a real grinding of teeth, rather than demanding a particular sub came on.

Put simply, Newcastle fans were desperate for players to come on, just not any of the seven we had sitting there at the side of the picture.

Darlow, Schar and Manquillo were there to cover the back, which left Hayden, Atsu, Murphy and Joselu.

The latter three came on at Manchester United and helped turn the game, in favour of the Mancs, so what should Rafa Benitez do?

Isaac Hayden? A player who has made it clear he doesn’t want to be at Newcastle and who is a defensive midfielder offering little/nothing going forward.

It was Joselu who came on in the end, the decision met by boos from the crowd. To be fair, the boos appeared to be aimed at the choice of taking Muto offer as opposed to Perez, rather than the choice of Joselu coming on. Although saying that, I don’t think anybody wanted Joselu to come on either, I just think the boos weren’t aimed at him.

In a must win game, it is a bit strange that from his admittedly limited resources, Rafa didn’t include one or two more attacking choices on the bench.

I think Atsu and Murphy are a complete waste of time so I’m not surprised they didn’t come on, but why leave bot Ki Sung-yeung and Sean Longstaff completely out of the picture?

Neither Shelvey or Diame like running with the ball, nor are they great at it, whereas Ki does have that as a big part of his game.

Newcastle kept looking to pass and cross it but just maybe Ki could have ran at the Brighton defence and maybe quick one-twos around the box, which we seem incapable of doing, could have produced something. Ki hasn’t even made the Newcastle bench for the past month but played for South Korea this past week, so clearly no injury problems.

As for Sean Longstaff, he was prevented from going out on loan this summer but hasn’t had a single minute on the pitch, he didn’t even make the bench yesterday. What is the point?

He went to League One Blackpool last season and scored nine goals from midfield, almost every one of them a long-range stunner. With the likes of Diame and Shelvey, indeed next to nobody in the team apart from maybe Kenedy, having any kind of real possibility of scoring from distance, why not give somebody such as Longstaff 20 minutes and encourage him to shoot on sight?

Brighton’s strength is a well organised defence and Newcastle very rarely looked like getting any joy, especially with the poor and aimless crosses that went in.

Sean Longstaff turns 21 in nine days time so isn’t exactly a kid, England routinely have given a number of players their chance in recent times who are 21 or less.

To make matters even more depressing, it isn’t exactly as though we have been crippled by numerous injuries of attacking players who we are looking forward to returning. Salomon Rondon is the only one and if our season truly rests on his return, then that sums up how fragile Newcastle’s chances of survival are.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0 Brighton 1

Goals:

Brighton: Kayal 29

Possession was Brighton 32% Newcastle 68%

Total shots were  Brighton 8 Newcastle 27

Shots on target were Brighton 2 Newcastle 6

Corners were  Brighton 2 Newcastle 10

Referee: Andre Marriner

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy, Perez, Muto (Joselu 74)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Atsu, Murphy, Schar, Hayden, Manquillo

Crowd: 50,329 (Brighton approx 1,300)

(Can these statistics from Newcastle 0 Brighton 1 be misleading? Read HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the defeat HERE)

(Match ratings of all NUFC players v Brighton HERE)

(Lee Charnley “We’ll do better when we play the lesser teams” – Read HERE)

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  • Clarko

    ‘The latter three came on at Manchester United and helped turn the game, in favour of the Mancs, so what should Rafa Benitez do?’

    He probably shouldn’t have spent €24.30m on them…

    • 45709

      Here you are yay, banging on about euros again and spending

      I’m sure Rafa got to pick the players he wanted to buy, course he did, like keegan was allowed to… oh

      If you actually support nufc why do you post such rubbish? Is this all you have in your life? Cause that’s pretty sad

      I’ll reply to myself for you: “learn to read dummy and go get an education”

      • Clarko

        From the comment that you failed to respond to last night:

        ‘If you don’t like or agree with what I post why don’t you try and challenge my views, reasoning and logic instead of whinging about the use of euros in my comments?’

        • Gareth Jones

          Are you not a bit bored of this malarkey? Bit silly really isn’t it?

          • Clarko

            Saying something is ‘silly’ doesn’t make it true. What is ‘silly’ about what I have said?

          • Gareth Jones

            Constant contradictions of the obvious, spinning Ashley’s failings, an acceptance of garbage….

          • Clarko

            Do you not get tired of posting racist comments?

          • Gareth Jones

            Can you explain yourself please? I have never, or ever would post a racist comment. So please enlighten me….

          • Clarko

            Can you explain yourself? I have never contradicted myself. So you can enlighten me, I’ll look forward to seeing some quotes/evidence of me contradicting myself, I’ll wait…

          • Gareth Jones

            you’ve changed the dynamic of the conversation. Racist comments? Explain please…

          • Clarko

            No you set the precedent, apparently we don’t need evidence to back up our claims, we don’t need to explain our comments, we can just say whatever we want and it has to be be true because we’ve said it.

            You’re a racist.

          • Gareth Jones

            You’re a plonker and you’ve just presented your own evidence….

          • Clarko

            Well at least I’m not racist like you…

          • Gareth Jones

            Like I said at the start, more than a little silly all this isn’t it?

          • Clarko

            You set the precedent.

          • Gareth Jones

            You proved my point

          • Clarko

            You proved my point.

      • Leazes.

        He posts to get people like you to bite…. he’s a troll….. that’s what they do.

        Have you ever heard the phrase ‘don’t feed the troll’….No!…

        …..well its a psychological game to see how much attention he can draw upon himself….

        ….the more he gets the more points he scores in his head. It has the added bonus of detracting from anything more poignant on the board.

        DON’T FEED THE TROLLS!

        • panther

          hes a sad little man sitting alone, with no friends

  • Brian Standen

    Perez was simply awful yesterday and should have been hooked!
    First time this season we have put a decent number of crosses but 2 midgets up front!
    I love Rafa but he is not above criticism and in my eyes he got it wrong yesterday although as we know his options are limited!
    Ashley has broken this club!

    • Clarko

      Benitez has spent €142.65m on players since he was appointed. Do you not think he should have better options at this point with that amount of money spent? Shouldn’t we have a CAM to compete with Perez after spending €142.65m?

      • 45709

        Dumb
        Dumb
        And
        Dumber
        Dummy

        Or
        €dummy so you understand

        • FatParosite

          Feed the trolls & you’re doing Bishop’s work.

    • Big Al 1967

      Perez hid for 90 minutes yesterday. The moment he missed that one on one (AGAIN!) he took up positions where the ball could not possibly reach him.

      However what really struck me was for 75 minutes we consistently crossed the ball which Duffy and Dunk headed away unchallenged. We then bring on some Arial presence and wouldn’t you know it we stop crossing the ball!

    • Leazes.

      Yes he should definitely have played Wyn Davies, unfortunately he wasn’t available!

      I thought you had been banned alongside your mate from Mongseaton?

      • Brian Standen

        How could I possibly be banned?

        • Leazes.

          You disappeared the same time as the trolls…. I thought maybe when they blocked his IP address it had taken you out as well.

    • FatParosite

      Ahh I see Bishop’s agenda move into phase 2.

      • Leazes.

        The chronicle have moved to phase 2…. defend the regime, attack Rafa.

  • Toon

    I find it embarrassing that a writer for The Mag, despite the daily articles about the state of the club, still attends matches. This site is all about the click bait, empty words

    • Waxi

      Where do you watch the match Toon is it down the pub or at home.

  • killymag

    This site is deteriorating as fast as our beloved club due to the inability of the writers to publish informative information . If someone writes an article in the Timbuctoo Times they publish on here as if we had signed Lionel Messi , total clickbait.

  • Damon Horner

    You described him as a poor player who wasn’t a regular starter for a relegated Swansea side when he signed, now you think he can influence matches for us?

  • Waxi

    We have got no quality to come on simple as but i could not believe it when Muto came off instead of Perez. Sometimes i can’t figure out what Rafa is thinking.

    • Mrkgw

      Along with the rest of us. Hence, personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing change – not only in terms of ownership.

  • Tweed Mag

    How many times are we going to say the same thing?

    • Waxi

      Millions as TFCB don’t give a monkeys what we think.

  • Mike

    where did they get the 50k attendance from……….that had to be the lowest crowd for year

    • Rabid Dog

      Attendance is based on tickets sold not bodies through the turnstile…

  • Ba ba.

    I’d start Longstaff.. .give him a chance can’t be any worse than slo mo

  • Superdooperhooper

    The fact that ki can’t even get on the bench despite being fully fit tells the whole story.
    Rafa is having players he doesn’t want foisted on him just to fill the squad places

    • Waxi

      That is spot on and i know for sure that is the situation with Schar.

      • Clarko

        Benitez on Schär:

        “I’m really pleased to welcome Fabian to Newcastle United. He is an international, did well in the World Cup and has great experience.”

        “He adds competition in this position and that is a positive for the team.”

        • Waxi

          I can tell you now from within the club Rafa knew nothing about it. Rafa is towing the party line.

          • Clarko

            So you’re calling Benitez a liar then? Where is your evidence to back up your claims?

          • Waxi

            Oh yes i’m gonna print on this site aren’t i. I have it that is the case and i believe what i have been told.

          • Clarko

            So you have no evidence then? Makes sense…

          • Waxi

            Clarko you have replied to hooper the same as me but why do you think the two players we mention are no where to be seen. Is it just coincidence or what. You just keep towing the party line like your mates i know who i believe and it ain’t you.

          • Clarko

            Because they’re not good enough… Just like the rest of the dross that Benitez has signed…

            Where’s your evidence?

          • Waxi

            Whatever.

          • Clarko

            And there we go, nothing to say…

          • Rabid Dog

            Well depending upon your point of view you could read exactly the fact that they were not his signings. He was being professional in his quotes.

            He said ‘addition to the squad’, and to ‘provide competition’ are hardly ringing endorsements of their chances of getting in the first 11.

            Given the bargain basement bin dipping is the preferred recruitment method the club is now in the habit employing, it’s pretty much a guarantee the overall squad ability is going downhill.

          • Clarko

            What an absolutely pathetic comment… You’re just misquoting him…

            He didn’t say ‘addition to the squad’, he said:

            “I’m pleased to welcome Ki to the club. He is a player with lots of Premier League and international experience and it was an easy decision to bring him here. He is the captain of his country, a good character and he will be a good addition to the squad.”

            He didn’t say ‘provide competition’, he said:

            “I’m really pleased to welcome Fabian to Newcastle United. He is an international, did well in the World Cup and has great experience. He adds competition in this position and that is a positive for the team.”

          • Rabid Dog

            Like I said, depending upon your point of view…. you share a different one to others therefore you won’t read it that way.

          • Clarko

            You selectively misquoted his words, that isn’t a ‘point of view’, that’s manipulation, that’s lying, it’s pathetic.

          • Rabid Dog

            You might have that point of view. Others don’t.

          • Clarko

            The view that you misquoted and manipulated his words? Because that’s what happened, that’s what you did, not others, you.

          • Wezza

            Just block the troll he is just after a reaction to satisfy his sad, lonely, sex starved life.

          • Rabid Dog

            Yeah, I know he is just trying to get a reaction…. and SO quickly aggressive too. Very childlike really.

          • panther

            it would be an easy decision when its not yours

          • Clarko

            Where’s your evidence?

          • panther

            hes forced to play some of the dross to make an 11, doesnt mean he wants them

          • Clarko

            He’s the one that bought them.

          • panther

            because thats all whats available at the price

          • Clarko

            Again that’s just not true.

          • Billmag

            He gets his information via the Shields Gazette and the Independent, he’s a Cuckoo.

        • Cockneytrev

          Hitler ” I won’t invade Poland”
          I means nothing you Ashley hoop licker👅👅

          • Clarko

            So Benitez is a liar then?

          • Cockneytrev

            even you know who the liar is’,
            you hoop licker👅👅👅

          • Clarko

            You’re implying that Benitez is a liar.

    • Leazes.

      Tells me these were Charnley’s acquisitions to promote S**rts D****t in the far eastern markets.

      Rafa wasn’t even in Newcastle to welcome them for the cameras.

    • Clarko

      Benitez on Ki Sung-yueng:

      “I’m pleased to welcome Ki to the club.”

      “He is a player with lots of Premier League and international experience and it was an easy decision to bring him here.”

      “He is the captain of his country, a good character and he will be a good addition to the squad.”

  • Leazes.

    Isn’t it time for the chronicle to sack Douglas and Ryder?

    • Waxi

      Leazes have you got something against that left wing rag we call our local newspaper.

      • Leazes.

        Its a right wing rag….. as are its backside kissing reporters, who prop up this regime!

        • Waxi

          The new owners are the Mirror group are you sure it’s right wing. The mirror group with that left wing plonker Kevin Maguire is not right wing.

          • Leazes.

            The reporters are the same, the chronicle has a right wing leaning philosophy, elitist, paternalist, and protectionist towards the regime, it always had.

            Heavily dependent on nostalgia and the bigging-up lie to prop up puppet managers.

            Trinity Mirror also own the express, individual reporters may write for papers regardless.

      • Billmag

        He’s correct about our local rag they should be doing what Leazes is suggesting and investigating this awful regime, that’s what proper journalism is all about.

      • Cockneytrev

        The chronicle has been a disgrace in the reporting of Ashley and any of husband dealings,,
        But I’d also add the national media have turned a blind eye as well,,
        I would love to have seen what would have been reported if the owner of Liverpool had put his fingers up to the scousers???

    • Billmag

      Most people would get the sack if they didn’t do there job properly, but these so called journos are keeping there jobs by being on the side of the regime.

      • Mrkgw

        Dare post anything marginally contentious on icnewcastle and they remove it. Awful site and not as it once was.

        • Leazes.

          Yes they removed me, and continue to do so periodically.

          I only went on there in the first pace to confront Ryder who was writing stuff like ‘Its every schoolboy’s dream to play in front of the Gallowgate End’…. this from a Liverpool fan who grew up in the 1980s Shields and totally unaware that the Newcastle Spion kop was the Leazes and had been for a hundred years….thus the name Leazes Ender.

          Spreading the myths that John Halls misadventures into Wynyard developments were really the club in debt so it was okay for the club to be plundered!

          If they are so unaware of the club how can they possibly be guardians of its future….. ‘support the team not the regime and bring back the noise’…..totally unaware of why the noise is missing….

          Ashley couldn’t have done it without the Scouser Ryder or the Bradford fan Douglas!

          • Mrkgw

            I won’t read it any more while that pair are the authors of the drivel spewed upon the faithful. For them to remove perfectly challenging comments (all polite) speaks volumes for me. Well done for challenging and sussing them but, I wouldn’t waste your energy Leazes. They are a complete waste of time.

      • Leazes.

        Example…..’However, Mort was not sat alongside Ashley, and seemingly the lawyer was merely back on Tyneside to take in the game, rather than on any official business’

        Mort was at the Game and he say’s it was to take in a soccer match….. 300 miles, and the first time in 11 years…..

        He’s a Lawyer, and ex Chairman of the club who oversaw the new regime take over…. one thing it wasn’t was to take in a soccer match but here the questioning ends!

        • phildene

          Apparently Chris Mort has clients in Freshfields and one of those is Amanda Staveley

  • Mrkgw

    Ashley, Charnley, Rafa out!

  • Rev

    Rafa given up?

    • panther

      couldnt blame him, he doesnt need to accept this circus

    • mentalman

      He seems like he has run out of ideas

  • Sickandtired

    A ‘striker’ for a ‘striker’. Hardly world changing tactics. I do believe Rafa deserves some of the criticism thrown his way regardless of who he has available. He just ensured we kept on doing what we had been doing (not scoring) – it changed nothing at all.

  • Foggy

    Wrong to say Rafa did not have options. He could’ve played Darlow up front instead of Joselu. Would anybody notice the difference?

  • Themoscow72

    If Rafa had not let Gayle go we would have been mid table. A terrible decision among the worst since Keegan let Andy Cole go.

  • kevin Walsh

    Spot on Jane. Schar in midfield and Sorensen up front also possibilities