What Rafa Told Newcastle Players At Half Time

We really wanted to get a win against Sunderland in Rafa Benitez’ debut at St. James’ Park on Sunday, but given the way the game went in that first half when Sunderland were the better side and went ahead just before the break with a Jermain Defoe goal,  we were happy enough at the end to get a point and stop the Black Cats gaining 3 points on us.

And it was an excellent late goal from Mitrovic brilliantly set up by Gini Wijnaldum which gives us some hope that we can still survive this season – but it´s going to be touch and go whether we can do that.

We suppose it was good that we came back in such an important game and certainly our lads again gave it all they had, urged on by a fantastic sell-out crowd.


Jack Colback´s yellow card – 10th of the season

Jack Colback had a poor game at left-back on Sunday and picked up his 10th yellow card of the season in the first half and so he has managed to get himself banned for the next two games.

This is what Jack has told the press today about what the new manager said at half time:

“Benitez just said we had to be positive and keep going,” “Everybody knows our biggest weakness this season is going behind and struggling to get back into games, but we’ve done that.”

“Obviously, we’re not happy with a point by any means.” “But when you go 1-0 down, you’re satisfied at the end to get a draw.”

“That’s probably Mitro´s biggest strength – his aerial ability.” “It was a great header – it was a great play by Gini to get it in there and get the cross in – and I think we probably deserved it in the end.”

“It would have been harsh to lose it in the end.”

“I was going to come at some point.” “I think I did well to get to this game without one.”

“It felt like I won the ball, to be honest, but the referee thought otherwise.”“It’ll be disappointing to miss the two games, but that’s just the way it is. I’ve got to deal with it.”

Newcastle are in a precarious position in second bottom place effectively 4 points behind Norwich  if you consider goal difference.

Crystal Palace38-1242
19 Norwich38-2834
20Aston Villa38-4917

We play Norwich a week on Saturday at Carrow Road, so that´s going to be another very tough and very important game in our attempt to survive as a Premier League club.

A win by more than two goals would take us above Norwich in the league.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 23, 2016 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #1

    It was a daft challenge for the yellow card. Borini made as much of it as he could, but Colback diving in from that angle was always going to be a yellow unless he timed it perfectly. I didn’t think he got the ball, if he did it was by going through the ankle. It was rash and a bit senseless, but then, what’s new.

  • Jib

    Mar 23, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #2

    Rash and senseless tackles in a derby match !
    Whatever next ?
    I thought Martin Atkinson made no allowances for the occasion , unusually for him .

  • Tsunki

    Mar 23, 2016 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #3

    Jib at 39 previous, exactly my point you contextually incapable buffoon, no offence. Pardew’s use of a covering winger knacked him, then gouffran. You are useless. Really, you are. Who were you on. Co.uk then?

  • Tsunki

    Mar 23, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Blackley – I think your problem is thinking that Ashley the owner, the private individual and potentially director, and the company are one and the same entity.


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