Another Rafa Benitez Plea To Newcastle Fans

Rafa really does believe that is the fans can keep supporting the players and the players play with the desire and intensity they showed against Swansea last Saturday we have a good chance of avoiding relegation.

To be fair Rafa  has said that ever since he arrived at Newcastle on March 11th and in his press conference today he was very upbeat again, but also down to earth and he is very clear about what his players have to do in every one of the five games remaining to get the wins to avoid the drop.


Rafa Benitez – Newcastle United manager

Rafa has been really impressed with the players in training, but he hasn’t always seen that in the games since he arrived and he said now is the time for the players to show their talent and skill in the remaining games, which are vital for Newcastle’s survival.

This is some of what Rafa has said:

“Obviously it was good for everyone – everyone was expecting a good game – 3 points – but the way that we won with the passion, the intensity the character that the players showed on the pitch on the pitch that the fans were expecting.”

“I said after the game credit to our players and credit to our fans because together they can make a massive difference.”

Thank you to the fans. If we stick together then it’s easier for us to approach the game and gives us the chance to win.” “The players that started were really good.”

“And the other players who came on helped the team.” “We saw what we expect from this team – we have to show the same in the other games.”

It would really be a massive win if we are able to get 3 points tomorrow – that’s what the lads will go for and they will be cheered on by a sell-out crowd at St. James’ Park.

Howay The Lads!!

41 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Apr 18, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out!

  • job

    Apr 18, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #2

    tell em its the wifes birthday tomorra and win again

  • Thump

    Apr 18, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Whatever happens, I hope Rafa does manage to keep us up – not just because it’s the club I love, but because it makes for one hell of a story at both ends of the table.

    Let’s do a job, Rafa.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 18, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #4

    If we lose, but the players put in a massive effort, the fans will appreciate that. If we win, the roof comes off. City cost a fortune. The reality is that on any given day, City should beat us easily. The fans know that and don’t expect miracles. Give us 100% and we’ll have to settle for that. Anything more is a massive bonus we will gratefully accept. Rafa shouldn’t worry about the fans. Get the players playing to their maximum ability and giving 100% and the fans will be onside guaranteed.


    Apr 18, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #5

    i think not conseeding an early goal will do wonders for there confidence,but if score it could have the opposite effect…i’d like to think have a bit more mental strength after the swansea game and the fact we are at home….i can take loosing the game…but getting a hammering coz there heads drop would’nt be acceptable….goals could be very important at the end of the season.


    Apr 18, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #6


  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Apr 18, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #7

    At last everyone pushing in the same direction!!

    GL tomoz 5-1 on FIFA if its any help


    Apr 18, 2016 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #8

    losing#…..clangers everywhere in that last comment….sorry

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 18, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Springy, look what that six goal swing did to our gd over Norwhich’s. The real test will come if, as you say, city score first, or worse get two quick goals. There’s always a way back and it happens more than people realise – turning over a two goal lead – but you need to keep your head. Let’s hope that doesn’t get put to the test and city play really badly – because if we do win, you know they’ll say it was only because city were crap – and we play to our max. This one really is a cup final and we’re massive underdogs. Not all cup finals are won by the favourite.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 18, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #10

    Norwhich? 😉

  • Tsunki

    Apr 18, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Sprongy – if yew can’t be bothurd too speel rite then you shuddernt bothur at orl, IMUI.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 18, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m going to lanzarote in a few weeks. Could (an omen. It’s Spanish you know.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 18, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #13

    Tsunki lmao! 😉

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 18, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #14

    The first one was funny. Second one let ya down badly marra. 🙂


    Apr 18, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #15

    its more the timing of the goals i think could be more damaging….if were in the game for half hour then they score…at least they could think,we’ve been in it and competing for a half hour lets get stuck in…..if they score in 1st 5 mins doubts will creep in and will make them nervous…probably thinkin here we go again….did’nt even notice norwhich mate till you pointed it out….my spelling heed not working tonight!!


    Apr 18, 2016 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #16

    haha cheers tsunki…was expecting some sort of arse kicking off someone for them spelling bollicks!lol

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 18, 2016 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Springy, like i said, let’s hope that isn’t put to the test mate. Take em by surprise and fly into them. Never give them a second to work their magic by staying tight on them. Let’s hope their heads are elsewhere.


    Apr 18, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #18

    roll on the morra mate

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 18, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #19

    Oh well, time to lie down, lest i mess my back up even more. Need to be at my best for tomorrow. Be nice to each other.

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 18, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #20

    City did cost a fortune, but the gulf in cost doesn’t reflect the same gulf in quality. Just look at the table and the sides in the top two places, as well as the performances of West Ham and Southampton. Newcastle have woefully underperformed, but on song and committed, and with the crowd urging them on, we are more than capable of getting something.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 18, 2016 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #21

    @14 I know I have no idea where that bracket came from. Anyway I will be in Spanish territory for the last couple of games.

  • stuart no9

    Apr 18, 2016 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #22

    stuart no9 // Apr 18, 2016 at 11:50 PM

    cisse must be no where near the ground tomorrow , we cant affoed to carry anyone, Everyone has a job to do, cisse wasnt doing his on saturday – colback done it for him and it nearly cost us coz colback was out of position on the counter , but someone had to show cisse how to do it. … No place on the bench either

  • mindshaft

    Apr 19, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #23

    I’m in NYC for the week working in lower Manhattan- anyone know any bars close by that will be showing the game tomorrow – will have to sneak out of work so closer to world trade centre monument the better

  • VanToonMan

    Apr 19, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #24


    Trust our luck for Kompany and Sterling to be returning for our match?!

    In all honesty I am expecting a loss tomorrow (and at Anfield) because City have such a strong squad – IF – we do get a point or 3 – then it’s a bonus.






    Town/Siss/Wijn to interchange during the game

    1 point from next two games is a bonus – 2 points or more would be a miracle

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 19, 2016 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #25

    I think one point, two and even four are as likely as none, under the circumstances. Six might be entering the realm of miracles, but the side has finally responded to a very fine manager, and has sufficient quality, the fans, and the urgency of the situation in it’s favour

  • Derek

    Apr 19, 2016 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #26

    I’m starting to think that somewhere in Rafa’s contract it says something along the lines of “Before every game you must make a statement to encourage the fans and highlight the importance of how their support helps the team to perform”

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 19, 2016 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #27

    We need to be at City from the off – 90mph stuff- chase em down give em no time on the ball. If we allow them to play we’ll get stuffed.
    Nine times out of ten they’ll beat us – with some luck -you never know – it’s going to be difficult though.

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 19, 2016 at 2:59 AM

    Comment #28

    Quiet on here tonight.

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 19, 2016 at 4:45 AM

    Comment #29

    Wow. Just finished my night shift and still nobody’s commented.

    Good morning and ashley out!

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 19, 2016 at 6:04 AM

    Comment #30

    The quiet before the storm.

  • Santon03

    Apr 19, 2016 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #31

    I can understand how the fans behaved last match, even 1-0 up we were still cautious bracing for another defeat, but we managed to win 3-0 the fans were more relieved than jumping for joy because it’s how I felt atm.

    Now everyone has grow in confidence especially the players, it’s possible to win against city even though it’s difficult but it’s possible. They have proven that they can win a game, I was at some point thinking that we won’t be able to win a single game whoever in charge, it was that bad.
    It’s like a curse have been broken rather than turning point.

    bring out the scarf for next game?

  • Veltman

    Apr 19, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #32

    The worry is that City gained a bit of momentum lately.A bit of bad news for today’s game.And heard Kompany is back.Couple that with Agueros stunning goal scoring form.Of course it’s possible to win,especially if we managed to score first but lt will be a hell of a task.Im confident we will stay up if we win tonight. Benitez should make couple of changes though.
    Mitrovic in for Cisse and Shelvey for Colback.
    I will be jumping the whole night if we do it.Will be one of those unforgettable nights..

  • HarrogateMag

    Apr 19, 2016 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #33

    Citeh central defence is slow so Mito will play into their hands, Cisse is a better option if he goes down the channels and Shelvey hits him with good ball = Maybe crossing for Mito?

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 19, 2016 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #34

    Sissoko is a ‘believer’:

    Benítez believes City will have one eye on their Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid next Tuesday. “In the back of your head you’re thinking about the semi-final,” he said. “You don’t want to pick up an injury. I think their players will be thinking about that – hopefully a lot of them. In the back of their heads, for sure, will be the fear that they pick up an injury and cannot play in the semi-final. But the main thing is that, if we believe, we can beat anyone.”

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 19, 2016 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #35

    IMO Mitro should start with Cisse coming on later against tired legs, also Townsend and Another winger will have more capacity to make runs beyond the front man. The opposite flanker with quick feet could be anyone of Aarons / Perez / Obertan, but Rafa may either stick with Wijnaldum or go with Shelvey from the start. Both the midfielders do not make runs beyond the ball but strengthen the midfield and have good technique. IMO Shelvey would initially work well from the right flank providing pin-point crosses from the right and would benefit from being further up the pitch, plus he offers a physical threat that may play on the mind of the City players.

  • martoon

    Apr 19, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #36

    I think our best chance is to try and tire them – it is their third game within a week and they’ve had to travel twice in 3 days. If we can stay in the game then we might have chances towards the end – you do get strange results at the end of the season – so maybe….

  • hibbitt

    Apr 19, 2016 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #37

    big day for us another step in deciding our future
    good luck toon army

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 19, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #38

    Haven’t been on since pre match Saturday, missed most of it due to the Superleague restarting last weekend and that being televised. If you think watching Newcastle play is bad, then you should just watch a bit of the Malawi Superleague….

    Anyway, great result, and it sounds like it was a decent performance as well. Good to see Moussa finally get a goal. We need goals from him, Gini, Townsend, Perez, Mitro, etc if we are to stay up, not be reliant on just 1 man. More impressive words from Lascelles, as long as he keeps backing it up with committed performances he could be a future captain and become a bit of a toon hero.

    Anyway, tonight is going to be far tougher. We need to keep it tight, so I’d stick with the same back 4 unless we have someone back from injury, but I think that Colo and Mbabu are still out. Having seen a few reports we looked more assured at the back, but still gave away a few good chances that Swansea spurned, we will be lucky to be afforded the same goodwill from City tonight.

    Midfield is probably the toughest call, can we rely on Colback and Tiote to limit the number of fouls around our area? On the other hand, can we afford not to have their defensive nature and work rate in there? I think I’d probably on balance play those two again, with either De Jong or Shelvey in there.

    Then it has to be Townsend and either Gini or Sissoko on the flank. It will require lots of work rate, but they are the ones who will have to work back and break forward in support of a striker – probably Mitro to enable us to break the defensive line from deep with runners.

    We can win tonight, but it will require every single selected player giving their all and playing to the upper end of their abilities. Let’s hope so, we need to pick up some points somewhere along the line in one of the more unlikely games after dropping 5 against Norwich and Sunderland.

  • Blofal

    Apr 19, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #39

    Obertan is risky defensively but if we are going to counter attack and get quick balls into Mitrovic then I think this is our best side…

    Anita – Mbemba – Lascelles – Dummett
    ————-Tiote – Colback

    Subs: Woodman, Cisse, Perez, Wijnaldum, De Jong, Shelvey, Saivet

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 19, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #40

    I’d prefer to have De Jong in the central attacking midfield role I think as he is more intelligent when on the ball. A key part of the game is going to be being able to win the ball and actually retain it. De Jong is probably our best bet for that in the midfield area. We need Sissoko and Townsend to drive us forwards tonight, I think that is best served wide. If Mitro wins the first ball, and has the option of laying back to De Jong to keep possession or to flick through to Sissoko and Townsend bursting forward we have better options and are less predictable in our approach.


You must log in to post a comment.