The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Howay The Lads!!

Benitez Hints At His Successful Philosophy

11:41 am, Monday, March 21st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

I’ve never known a person who has been successful in life – be it a man or woman – who is not naturally a positive person looking on the bright side of things.

And it is no surprise the way Benitez has gone about the rather difficult job he has at Newcastle to save us from relegation – and we now know it is indeed a difficult job.

He has blown into Newcastle and told everybody who will listen to him that he believes Newcastle will avoid relegation this season – and that we have got some very good players and he’s kept to that – even though our first two results aren’t what we all had hoped for.

But the team is playing a lot better, there’s room for improvement and certainly there’s no reason why we cannot go on a run of wins and end up safe this season.

rafa benitez 321

Rafa Benitez – on the touchline on Sunday

We dodged a huge bullet yesterday – because if we had lost a 7th straight game to Sunderland that would have been too hard to take – but Mitrovic scored a great equalizer late in the game,  brilliantly set up by Gini Wijnaldum.

And we need to use Georginio further up the field, because he can create chances and he can score goals for us too – he’s still our top goalscorer with 9 goals.

We did not play well in the first half and Sunderland did and after the game Rafa was asked what he did at half time to change things around which led to an improved performance in that second half:

“It was more about to manage the situation.” “We didn’t have the best first half. We created some chances, they created some, and then we conceded at the end.”

“For a team at the bottom of the table maybe it would be a disaster, so I had to give them confidence and an idea how to play in the second half. They did really well.”

“Full-time, it was much better – the mood.” “There was a little bit of frustration because we could have done better and were pushing and pushing to win the game.”

“I tried to take the positives. You cannot be talking about the negatives all of the time because you will change nothing.”

“Yes I think we could have done better, but we made two or three fouls that we didn’t have to do.”  “That was the main thing, it allowed them to put the balls in the box and win the second balls.”

“That was something we have to improve for the future. We have an idea and know how they play, we did it in the second half and that is how I want to see the team play in future.”

“I like this type of games with a stadium full of passionate fans,” “It is good for the game.”

We like that statement from Rafa – I tried to take the positives. You cannot be talking about the negatives all of the time because you will change nothing.”

We can all moan and groan about things – and do – but it doesn’t change anything – it just makes you feel a little better when things are not going well.


The Newcastle crowd were just fantastic yesterday and Rafa mentions that – and that it’s good for the game.

We haven’t seen too many sell-outs at Newcastle over the last couple of seasons when our results have been really poor.

And we need four more sell-outs in our final four home games of the season – then we stand a decent chance of winning some of those games and saving ourselves.

They are against Swansea, Manchester City, Crystal Palace and Tottenham.

How many points do you think we can get from those four games?

Let’s keep the faith – we can do it.

Howay The Lads!!

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player Against Sunderland?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Poll · Prayer · Premier League

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jayphoto // Mar 21, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    Interestingly under Benitez I think we’ll get more away points than we do at home from here on in. I’m fairly confident we’ll beat Norwich and Villa away. Think its going to go down to the wire though.
    Interesting that we were offered Kone in January, looked decent.
    I’ve been banging on about Kirchoff here for a year. The guys made of glass and ribbons but when he’s on the field hes a classy player and I think he helped them dominate the midfield battle for first 60 minutes yesterday. They paid 750k for him and 5m for Kone.
    Gini looked better wide too yesterday! Hes got decent delivery and is tricky running with the ball.
    Reckon shelvey needs a wrecking ball alongside him in the middle. Maybe saivet if he plays how he did in france??

  • 2 Jib // Mar 21, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    When Rafa arrived his average for the PL was 1.7 points per game which would have us ending on 41 points.
    At the moment for NUFC he is at 0.5 points per game he meeds a win at Norwich to get back on track

  • 3 SPRINGY // Mar 21, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    morning all
    poor display yesterday,once again very little threat from us,in a word…. toothless.
    that has to change next game or it will be what takes this club down,yesterdays game and so many other games this season have lacked so much going forward,someone earlier mentioned we only had 1 penalty this season the reason is we are not the the oppositions box enough to get them,its just law of averages,if your in the area more,theres more tackles,more tackles, theres more chance of mistiming them and getting a penalty… not knocking rafa…good luck to him we all are going to need it i feel.
    on another note…does anyone know with mitro being taken off with a head injury, does that mean he has to miss the next game…is there some ruling on this?

  • 4 jayphoto // Mar 21, 2016 at 11:48 AM

    Doumbias form isn’t a surprise. He was woeful for Roma. Lot of rumours previously about his age and it’s possible his fitness readings are miles behind the other players? True he’s not played since November but how long can it take to get fitness? and hes not playing in the u21’s either. The fact that both McClaren AND Benitez obviously didn’t fancy him is very telling. I was apprehensive when McClaren didn’t choose him, but Benitez dropping him from the squad is telling!
    Nice to see Carver and R Taylor at the game together! Obviously get on. Carver seems a good guy, comes across well on Bein, think that phoning taylor and Jonas business was blown out the water, taylor obviously has no bad thoughts towards him. Carver obviously loves the toon, was just thrust into a situation he should never have been put in! Hope he goes on to achieve some success. (elsewhere mind)

  • 5 jayphoto // Mar 21, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    @Springy – no, think it means he can’t play/train for 48 hours?? Or has to be signed on by a doctor first after an evaluation!
    Need more support around mitro! De jong or cisse might play better with him. Was surprised how good he was and how hard he works when I’ve seen them live this year! TV coverage doesn’t do him justice!
    Also, for all this talk by commentators that he needs to calm down, hes only had 4 yellow cards all season and 2 of them were for taking his shirt off…. hes hardly big dunc now is he

  • 6 John Akomfrah // Mar 21, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    he needs more than a win there cant see us beating anyone

  • 7 Jib // Mar 21, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    “jayphoto – think that phoning taylor and Jonas business was blown out the water, taylor obviously has no bad thoughts towards him. ”

    But Jay that would mean people professing to love the Toon actually make up shyte – OH NO – tell me it’s not true !!!!!

  • 8 Tsunki // Mar 21, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    4 maybe 5 points tops from those games.

  • 9 nightfa11 // Mar 21, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    its funny..we’ve spent 9 mio on cabella, 13 on thauvin, 12 on townsend…34 mio (+ signings on close to 40 mio) and we still dont have a 1 good winger..

previous post: Rafa Benitez Must Fix This Problem Position

next post: Shearer’s Surprising View On Newcastle’s Survival Chances