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20 Feb 2017 22:03:00
Not convincing but job done, we grew into the game once we went 1-0 up. Villa played very well defensively in first 40 mins sitting back and frustrating us. But overall deserved.

Lansbury scoring an own goal as well, couldn't make it up.
Even though gouffran got the goal, atsu definitely needs to start against bristol at home, that dangerous cross he put into the box was more than gouffran created in the whole time he was on. Wise of rafa to put diame in instead of perez, I don't think he would have got the better of jedinak.

We go again.

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21 Feb 2017 00:39:08
Diane did nothing NO end product
The lack of passion is worrying and the team look at times lathargic and a couple of mistakes by Dummet could have been fatal
Bristol is a must win because the next 3 games away against the chasing pack will be hard and any points critical.

21 Feb 2017 01:30:35
Lack of passion? Sorry but can't agree with that art.

But yes next 3/4 games are massive and could be season defining.

21 Feb 2017 15:32:55
As long as your happy that is all that counts
Personally I am not and the Richie interview after the match seemed to agree

We carry too many players in each game and I for one will be glad to see the backs of Dummet Colback Anita Perez Sells Diame Guffron and Mitro
They have all played a part but there are much better players we could and should have had in January, but having said that if we are promoted it is all water under the bridge.

21 Feb 2017 17:28:55
With Gayle likely to be out for a few games it's mitro's last chance for me. When he came on he looked lively fired up and full of running but didn't have a great deal of opportunities, he needs to show that same sort of hunger in the next few

Against Bristol Perez and Atsu need to come back in but Gouffran and Diame would be more reliable when we play huddersfield Brighton and reading which will all be massive 6 pointers.

21 Feb 2017 20:14:53
These are the only players we have and that is the sadness of it
They need a rocket up their asses and get their heads down and ensure they put a shift in.

22 Feb 2017 05:23:15
Maybe they all know Rafa will be off in the summer as Fatty is up to his old tricks again.

Lets face it the cause of the caustic culture at the club is down to Ashley. Rafa can only work so much magic.

22 Feb 2017 19:38:23
That telescope must reach a long way Des, even you can see it from all those miles away

Like you I never feel safe when Ashley is around.

23 Feb 2017 19:28:09
To be fair to the club they've improved a lot in terms of PR and communication with the club. I don't know how much you read into the toon des being in Australia, but the clubs have got much more involved with the community this season and so has Rafa, also with making NUFCTV free and posting full 90 minutes of games is great. I want to say the club is changing for the better and hopefully will stay that way but what threw me off was the January transfer window. But who knows maybe Ashley just wanted to wait to allow Rafa to spend big in the summer?

Ashley will know that the club will implode if he doesn't give rafa the tools required and the reigns to control this club. He knows that it will be the last straw for many of the fans, it won't just be Rafa who walks away, it will be the fans as well. I just don't know why Ashley would want that. Or maybe he just does like being the bad guy so he can make the headlines of newspapers.

{Ed001's Note - one thing you can never fault Rafa for is his work within the community. He is a genuinely nice guy who will go out of his way to help others when he can. I really hope he is given the tools he needs, as he deserves the chance to build.}

16 Feb 2017 23:42:07
Perez was our best player v norwich, he needs to carry it on the next few games, fed up of his inconsistency. Such potential and attributes to be a good number 10 but he needs to start doing it most weeks not once every month.

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17 Feb 2017 15:49:18
NOW it is push comes to shove and Perez and a few more need know there is no hiding place.

14 Feb 2017 22:52:34
Wolves the defensive performance was good but the attacking one wasn't, tonight it was the other way round

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15 Feb 2017 10:16:39
Woeful defending from the 2 players telling the rest of the team they need concentrate.

07 Feb 2017 17:01:13
90 points have been enough to get promotion for the last 4 seasons ( I know we can't rely on it) on that basis we need 28 points from 17 games that's just over 1.5 points per game we are currently recording over 2 points per game so at the moment we are on course HWTL

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07 Feb 2017 19:58:12
That's OK then and probably exactly what Ashley said to Rafa
Proof is in the pudding and injuries might just take their toll.

04 Feb 2017 10:59:39
Let's try and be positive I know it's hard when we're reading and hearing all the stuff in the media. let's get behind rafa and remind him why he stayed. Is Townsend really that good? Couldn't wait to get away.

Yes I know he had a clause in his contract but could've still stayed, McCarthy £16m. Never in a million years. We all know Ashley will not be held to ransom by anyone. Hopefully this will be resolved and rafa will stay? The players we have are more than good enough £60m worth. To get us promoted then we revalue in the summer and start again.

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05 Feb 2017 08:08:02
Newcastle fans can only ever hope as long as Ashley is the owner and that in itself is a disgrace.

05 Feb 2017 09:10:23
The name Ashley scares anyone in football
He is still making money even after 2 relegations
The 30m from transfers in and out waiting to be spent will partly go to the tax man so any excuse for not buying is feeble and Rafa knows that.

23 Jan 2017 10:58:25
any news or rumours lads

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25 Jan 2017 12:12:28
Yeah 35mil moves for coric, benkovic from dimano zagreb, Wilson from Bournemouth, re signing Townsend and also signing barrow from Swansea

25 Jan 2017 21:18:50
Not until we get Krull, de jong, Rivierre, Thauvin and Saivet off the books is what I've been told.

26 Jan 2017 01:06:56
Wishful thinking as we know IF anyone cones in they will not walk straight into the team
Think Des is right a lot of dead wood still to move on

13 Nov 2016 18:25:16
According to the mirror, we're in talks to have Newcastle brown ale as our sponser again.

That would be class.

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11 Dec 2016 12:24:15
Rafa to West Ham.

22 Oct 2016 18:03:40
3 pts are 3 pts pleased for Perez
At times we looked vunerable
But there you go top of the league and looking good
JToon enjoy your shandy and Deseree your Margarita.

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22 Oct 2016 18:28:20
Some lovely football today. Hopefully a turning point for Perez.

We seem to be so prepared and adaptable under Rafa, the team seem to know when to press, when to sit back, when to keep possession and work opportunities to score, and when to go direct. But we're always disciplined, keep our shape, all the players seem to know their roles. I think we have a very good dressing room with a lot of team spirit and togetherness now. Oh how one man can transform a club.

23 Oct 2016 19:38:56
Ashley did but the wrong way.

21 Oct 2016 04:25:27
Pardew looking for Solace and turning on Ashley now saying what every fan knew
Disgrace he nodded his head and jumped as high as told by Ashley and agreed with everything he ssid and condemned Newcastle to be a 2nd rate club in fear of losing his job
Palace saved his career.

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28 Oct 2016 22:00:38
Art, would you trust Pardew to spend your money wisely?

29 Oct 2016 13:54:42
He trusted a lot worse than Pardew to buy players
It was Ashley's way any manager will ba. lls would have walked.

19 Oct 2016 00:50:02
Quality night lads just got home, almost 6000 fans there amazing support. Fire first half from both teams but we dominated the second, Gayle is on fire.

Don't know what's wrong with Diame, he's good off the ball but with the ball he doesn't know when to run when to pass, had a few chances to score tonight and missed them.

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19 Oct 2016 10:53:32
That's meant to say dire first half.

21 Oct 2016 04:32:14
Diame is poor Dummet Goufran and Anita are just OK and Perez is just wishy washy.
3/ 4 players needed in January including a playmaker for cover for Shelvey.
That is if we are serious about automatic promotion.

21 Oct 2016 11:15:29
At the moment I only see behind the striker as a position that needs strengthening.

24 Oct 2016 18:22:11
Like Perez just did?

13 Sep 2016 10:50:23
Hope to see Lazaar, Atsu and maybe Murphy or Mitro tonight. Another 3 points please.

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31 Aug 2016 23:13:56
So, an overview of our transfer window:

Out:
Wijnaldum, Townsend, Sissoko, Krul, Janmaat, Taylor, Coloccini, Cabella, Cisse, Riviere, De Jong, Thauvin, Saivet, Ameobi, Mbabu, Sterry, Armstrong
for a total of £85million

In:
Sels, Gamez, Yedlin, Clark, Hanley, Lazaar, Hayden, Diame, Ritchie, Atsu, Gayle, Murphy
For a total of £55million

Good business in my opinion. A squad with more experience, hunger and desire.

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31 Aug 2016 23:38:19
August 16: Sammy Ameobi - Bolton Wanderers (loan until January)
August 16: Haris Vuckic - Bradford City (loan until January)
Official Outs
August 31 Sissoko Spurs 30m
16: Alex Gilliead - Luton Town (loan until January)
August 16: Kyle Cameron - Newport County (loan until January)
August 16: Emmanuel Riviere - Osasuna (season-long loan)
August 16: Jamie Sterry - Coventy City (loan until January)
August 16: Adam Armstrong - Barnsley (loan until January)
August 16: Tom Heardman - Hartlepool United (loan until January)
August 16: Gael Bigirimana - Coventry City (undisclosed)
August 16: Daryl Janmaat - Watford (undisclosed)
August 16: Henri Saivet - Saint-Etienne (season-long loan)
August 16: Kevin Mbabu - BSC Young Boys (season-long loan)
August 16: Siem de Jong - PSV Eindhoven (season-long loan)
August 16: Florian Thauvin - Marseille (season-long loan)
August 16: Remy Cabella - Marseille (undisclosed)
July 16: Macaulay Gillesphey - Carlisle United (loan until January)
July 16: Georginio Wijnaldum - Liverpool (undisclosed)
July 16: Liam Smith - Crewe Alexandra (loan until January)
July 16: Papiss Cisse - Shandong Luneng (undisclosed)
July 16: Fabricio Coloccini - San Lorenzo (free)
July 16: Andros Townsend - Crystal Palace (undisclosed)
June 16: Steven Taylor - released
June 16: Jamie Cobain - Kilmarnock (free)
May 16: Gabriel Obertan - released
May 16: Sylvain Marveaux - released

How many JT 26?

01 Sep 2016 00:03:18
Wow bit more thorough there Vida thank you haha.

01 Sep 2016 08:18:48
We have lost some very good players. I will watch witb interest how sissoko, townsend and Wijnaldum fair this season. Was it the club or players at fault.

Raffa will be Mike Ashleys wet dream if we go up and give him a 30m profit on transfers. Will it make him change his approach if we do go up or will he expect Raffa to do a Leicester?
This has been the weirdest 6 months ever in my 34 years supporting the team.

01 Sep 2016 11:20:37
Hi Des, I think in January we may see another Striker and Winger and possibly a play maker, depending on results.
And the wages have been vastly reduced.

Disappointment after all the touted names of proven strikers we eventually got a seasoned older strike, but to be fair he needs a chance.

If we are promoted Rafa will want a war chest and hopefully Ashley will back him because as we have just seen the transfer fees have gone through the ceiling.

Bony and especially Remey (who's girlfriend told him she wants to stay in London and cause all the problems before) have shown their true colors NO Ambition.

01 Sep 2016 11:45:46
Well put art.

We need some experienced and a gritty sort of target man striker in daryl murphy, he will get stuck in.

Keith Downie from ssn reckons there will be a deal in place for alan judge to join in january.

I think its good business from the people from the top and hope they carry on to back rafa like they have, as at the moment we are a club on the up.

01 Sep 2016 14:30:31
JT They have no choice, it is like having a navigator, if you don't follow instructions you get lost, just like we have been for 9 + years.

31 Aug 2016 14:23:39
Would people be content if Atsu is our last signing providing only sissoko leaves? (if he even does)

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31 Aug 2016 15:02:26
We have enough players barring injuries to go up

The Striker names linked are a joke, despite the 3 we now. have we needed a player like Bost etc, time will tell.

30 Aug 2016 14:35:10
Rafael Benitez has no interest in signing former Manchester United and West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison.

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30 Aug 2016 22:12:55
Great news. No more knobs at SJP please Raffa.

30 Aug 2016 00:07:51
Callum McManaman reported to be following Atsu in, a lot of fans generally not happy with this due to the horror tackle on haidara. hasn't really done a lot since that cup final v city for wigan where he was electric.

For me though, if rafa is happy with him, i'm happy with him and I hope if he does come, he'll receive our full support.

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30 Aug 2016 00:49:22
Yes I agree without going over things, the arrogance on the chairman and Martinez over the incident
(which was a horrendous tackle) defending it did not help.

He would be a good addition.

30 Aug 2016 00:50:14
Sorry jtoon I just can't forgive him for that tackle, and the idiot chairman Whelan saying it was a fair challenge. He should never be seen in a black and white shirt, mcmanaman that is.

30 Aug 2016 10:06:32
Plunjar it's a fair point however mitrovic could have broken Walker's leg with that horror tackle against Spurs in May, yet people still love him?

We'll see what happens.

30 Aug 2016 12:55:23
That's true. I think in hindsight it was the way Whelan and Martinez try to play it down and say it was a decent challenge.

29 Aug 2016 19:38:19
Atsu deal agreed on his way.

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29 Aug 2016 19:53:29
Adds more pace on the wings hasn't really established himself in English football yet so hopefully he has a point to prove.

28 Aug 2016 20:19:27
Been watching the Moroccan lad on you tube, looks like he has good shot on him and a trick or two. Let's hope he can defend?!?

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28 Aug 2016 23:37:26
Hope so plunjar. Can also play on the wing I've heard of we need him to.

29 Aug 2016 13:28:39
Cabellas video was sensational. Cisses was rubbish. 6 goals and 4 of them were penalties. let's see how he goes!

29 Aug 2016 19:25:42
Des watch the Toon
Are you happy now with the signings?

30 Aug 2016 07:19:36
Vida after last season I am reserving judgement until May 2017.

27 Aug 2016 13:37:11
We've agreed a fee with Ipswich for 6"3 striker Daryl Murphy. Exactly what we need, a bit of grit, championship experience and height up front, he can do a job for us to help get us promoted. And at last we're addressing the lack of wingers and pace in our squash with the Lazaar, Atsu and Yedlin signings.

Looks like our last bit of business will be Murphy, Atsu, Lazaar and possibly Alan Judge if that deal still goes ahead, then as long as it's only the likes of Sissoko and Riviere that leave and we keep Tiote, I think we're done.

Need to beat Brighton now to show we mean business about promotion.

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27 Aug 2016 14:15:12
Hope so BUT wishful thinking It seems these players aee waiting to see if any PL teams come in for them
We are are a championship team and that's starting to sink in.

27 Aug 2016 14:26:46
Squad not squash.

28 Aug 2016 08:31:13
You can't drink squad.

27 Aug 2016 07:07:35
I'm hearing haller and atsu will be the final 2 in, the haller deal could still fall through. Money seems to be the sticking point, and the judge deal doesn't look like it's going to happen.

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27 Aug 2016 12:59:38
Problem Charnley is the negotiator.

27 Aug 2016 13:37:26
Striker will be Murphy.

26 Aug 2016 14:20:31
Lots more talk about Sissoko going to Palace now. I think this will happen on deadline day. I have a couple of mates who are palace fans. They still think Pardew is great so Sissoko will be like Messi for them. No time to get replacements again. January might have to be a big window for us. If we are in the top two we might stand a chance of signing better players.

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26 Aug 2016 15:49:14
Starved for years Pardew fills a temporary void, but the fans wll wake up ths season.

26 Aug 2016 16:09:12
Starting to see a lot more palace fans turning on pardew now.

26 Aug 2016 23:30:37
McLaren is free.

23 Aug 2016 23:41:21
£7.5million fee agreed for Janmaat to go to Watford. At least he got his head down and played when asked to and didn't always mention wanting to play for Real Madrid unlike someone.

Been a good servant to the club, a bit sad to see him go as I do think he did care, but in terms of us moving forward as a club I don't think he's a massive loss.

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24 Aug 2016 19:32:15
Exactly.

23 Aug 2016 23:18:56
Jamaat going to Watford. YES THAT'S WHAT I SAID WATFORD? what is the matter with these players NEWCASTLE OR WATFORD.? fair enough if it's Arsenal or Liverpool etc. etc. But Watford! The man is a baffoon.

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24 Aug 2016 22:34:03
Pluny we could have said the same about leicester a year ago. The fact is we are not even showing the ambition to get back up.

24 Aug 2016 23:06:28
Think it's been difficult Des 9 players and we are stll 3/ 4 quality players short I think Rafa has concentrated on numbers with a few quality players.

It's been hard as I understand he has told Ashley he will balance the books and I believe that is exactly what he has done so far.

A lot of players because of the damage Ashley has done
even with Rafa are reluctant to come to Newcastle.

We need points now so we depend on Rafa to bring in these pkayers but time is running out.

Lot of business still to be done, just hope we are part if it.

25 Aug 2016 02:40:17
Agree Vida. I am beginning to think it could be two seasons before we get back up. No doubt the squad is weaker. Ashley doesn't seem too bothered either way. The Sissoko situation is a farce and I expect a transfer request on deadline day.
A lot of the players look scared to me. I watched a great documentary on Bein Sports about the famous 4-3 liverpool game. We need players to be that brave. Not suggesting we go crazy but we need to get out of the traps early and impose ourselves on teams. Yedlin will at least give us pace. If Sissoko stays we should unleash him too.

Here is hoping we can get two more quality players in.

25 Aug 2016 10:31:23
Getting relegated meant that our squad was only ever going to get weaker. No way would we be able to replace the likes of wijnaldum with better quality players. Janmaat/ Townsend/ wijnaldum all left for premier league football which is fair enough. But I'm happy with the new signings so far who have replaced the deadwood, as they not only give us championship experience but also feature leadership qualities and fill our squad with players with better work ethic. We still need 2-3 signings though.

23 Aug 2016 22:20:52
Could have been 6 but 2 will do
Injuries nightmare, perhaps they will get a move on for a striker because injuries will continue and we do not have a fiull compliment.

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24 Aug 2016 00:27:39
We were por tonight Lack lustre
Lancelles and one or 2 more OK but they need a rocket up their jacksy
We will struggle on Saturday with this sort of performance
best we will get is a draw!

24 Aug 2016 13:38:06
Anyone starting to think Rafa has the biggest challenge of his career on his hands?

24 Aug 2016 23:07:46
Yes he has for sure, it is a learning curve for him as well.

23 Aug 2016 22:19:32
Few injuries tonight. Let's hope they are nothing serious. Aaron's looked in some discomfort.

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23 Aug 2016 21:41:13
Job done tonight hopefully Perez can play like that in the championship.

Worried about the Gayle/ Mitro injuries hopefully Gayle at least will be fit for brighton.

Aarons could be out for months desperately need a winger now with only ritchie and gouffran available.

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