Benitez – We Will Fight To The Last Game And The Last Minute

We like Rafa Benitez a lot, not just because he talks a whole load of sense and seems to know coaching inside out, but that he has come to Newcastle of his own accord, because he wanted to come and seems willing to work around the clock to awaken the sleeping giant and save Newcastle from relegation.

Yes, it helps that he’s on a £2M bonus to save us from relegation, but guys as successful as Benitez are driven by accomplishment and the challenge of it all.

Money is not their driving force – they usually have plenty of money – and don’t forget he had over two years to run on his Real Madrid contract, so he would have probably received at least £5M from Real in compensation when he was fired.

Rafa is not short of money.

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Rafa Benitez in a lighter moment yesterday

It was a really disappointing result yesterday when we only drew 1-1 with rivals Sunderland, in maybe the most important Tyne-Wear derby game ever – but after being 1-0 down with only 7 minutes to play we were really happy at getting the point.

This is some of what Rafa has said today:

“Now we have an international break to keep working with the rest of the players that will be here.”

“We have eight games to play, and we know it will be difficult. It will be difficult, for sure. What we have to do is prepare the next game, try and analyse what was bad and try and change things.”

“We are creating chances and attacking and we can be there. We have to improve this part of the game.”

“If we have to fight until the last game and the last minute then we have to do it.”

Well there’s the rallying cry from the manager right there – in that last line – they will fight on and do whatever is necessary so we can survive a relegation this season.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Mar 21, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #1

    …Unless of course we were already down with two games to spare. But we will still fight. If that ok.

  • BeeGuy

    Mar 21, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #2

    This whole situation reminds me of the challenge of establishing communication with Helen Keller.
    I’m hoping some bodies get healthy and Rafa finds a way to unlock the potential of those who have lost the thread, or are not yet there, to excel. Norwich in the drivers seat, and Fat Sam has his bastards organized. Newcastle need to find some answers!

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 21, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Firebug, I totally agree re 442. But apparently Rafa invented 4231 so he may stick with it. As you can see from my commenst last night, I’m eally disappointed that he and the team could not produce more chances given what was at stake and that a win was needed. We were 6 mins away from relegation essentially. Did Sissoko produce one cross of note from the left? If Towmsend is good off either foot, why not get Sissoko on the right, at least now and again?Our build up play is too slow too, but move will often slow down with Mitro who needs someone beside him. Goodness knows what condition Doumbia must be in. He looks about 40 though. Still not fit . WTF ??

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Mar 21, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #4

    1 point is better than none, and three would’ve been best… some improvement but can rafa get the most out of these players… I sure hope so…

    to quote a great movie..

    “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best thing, and no good thing ever dies”…

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 21, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #5

    We are in a mess. McClaren should have been sent packing by Christmas at the mot and now I strongly believe it is too late to save ourselves from the drop.

    Benitez is doing the right things but he is no magician and I don’t think he can work any magic on this sorry bunch in such a short space of time.

  • hibbitt

    Mar 21, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #6


    Rafa’s biggest problem is the squad a lot of which is just not good enough but he has no choice he has to go with what he has lets hope he can squeeze that extra ounce out of them this 2 week brake should help

  • jimiley

    Mar 21, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #7

    I have no sympathy for Rafa. He is earning a fortune. £ million for a few months work. It might not even be that long if we get relegated with a few games to go. Who would turn down that sort of easy money?. Mashers is desperate and will pay.

  • jimiley

    Mar 21, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #8

    Too many wasters in the team. The pope could not get them to perform. Its not Rafas fault.

  • brklyngeordie

    Mar 21, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #9

    Hoping Rafa can really use this break to to sort somethings but one of our main problems that he can’t fix is some individuals speed i feel that as a whole we are pretty slow as a team.

    The only players i would consider fast are Townsend and Sissoko while Gini and Ayoze are shifty not really fast and guys like Shelvey and Mitro are slow. In the back Mbemba by far is the fastest and has very good CB Lascelles is average and the likes of Colback and Jannmatt are below avg imo.

    If we come back from break and Dummett or Haidara are not available and Colback is suspended who should we go with Mbabu or Aaronns at LB? And am really frustrated at Jannmatts play he is very slow and obvious and puts in some very weak crosses IDK if it has to due with injury but he has not taken a step forward this season.

  • stuart no9

    Mar 21, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #10

    8 games left , 24 points to play for, only 3 behind 4th bottom , doomed ????? never , scum have had their chance over the past few weeks and have blown it by conceding late on . Big sam knows this and that is why he is none to happy . watch the slide ,

  • Average_Contents

    Mar 21, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #11

    Regarding what fatty said.

    Basically we’re stuck together (sounds great that) so if we do go down there’s no point protesting.

    Fat fcuk.

  • giimps

    Mar 21, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #12

    Scumberland will be caking it now, thy have relied on us giving them 6 points every season for the last 3 seasons to stay up, mitrovic has robbed them of 2 points, all it takes is for Defoe to get injured for a few weeks and they’re doomed.
    We don’t have anyone prolific and have nearly the same points as them, if (and it’s a big if)Rafa can get us crosses into the box and hopefully mitrovic, Siem or cisse can get on the end of a few vs the poorer teams we have left to play and we can get above and stay above the 2 or 3 around us….it all hangs on keeping clean sheets….over to you Rafa

  • Average_Contents

    Mar 21, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #13

    The man’s doing damage limitation already.

    Well done bishop.

    Scumbags the lot of them.

  • Jib

    Mar 21, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #14

    firebug666 // Mar 21, 2016 at 3:14 PM
    lesh @26
    You may have something their mate, an auto monitor that gobbles up post not worthy or suitable for public consumption.


    If that were the case we would never have heard of Mr Tuff
    😀 😀 😀

  • cyprus

    Mar 21, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #15

    Rafa still needs to prove himself. In truth we were sxxxe yesterday, till the last 20 minutes or so when Sunderland sat back, defending their lead.
    We should’ve brought in someone else in January, it’s a bit unfair; but, we still had 30 points to play for. 6 gone, we picked up – 1.
    He needs to figure out how to use our two best players: Gini and Sissoko.
    He needs to sort out Shelvey, unless he’s really crap anyway.
    He needs to see where the real Perez went to.
    He needs to get someone scoring. Is that Doumbia really so behind? If so, Carr, what you doing man? Did you buy him for the future? What future?

  • cyprus

    Mar 21, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #16

    By the way, in fairness, do start that little table for Rafa. I really really hope it looks good in a few weeks. I’ll be the first to congratulate him. And deify him.

  • toonking

    Mar 21, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #17

    If we went down then next season should be cashley’s last season.

    His targets were top4 finish or win a cup. He did not say which league we had to finish top4 and he did not say which cups will count as a cup victory therefore automatic promotion should count as top 4 finish and if we win then we’ve won a cup called the championship cup.

    Rafa can say he’ll fight to the last minute but that will only work if we get victory to norwich otherwise they’ll move 4 points clear and have a great chance of going 7-10 points clear by the end of next month.

  • Jib

    Mar 21, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #18

    The muppet movies were great weren’t they ?

  • lesh

    Mar 21, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #19


  • lesh

    Mar 21, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #20


    Naughty naughty naughty Jib.

    Mr Tuff’ll be after you and then you’ll be in deep trouble MIT der Blog Polizei

  • Jib

    Mar 21, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #21

    On a point of order
    Seydou Doumbia is only on loan
    Until June 2016

  • hibbitt

    Mar 21, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #22


    i am not asking for sympathy just saying 10 days is not long enough to judge him on we must give the man a chance


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