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Massive Praise For Newcastle – Now Look Like A Benitez Team

8:54 am, Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

Sky Sports pundit Thierry Henry was speaking about the Newcastle – Manchester City game last night in which we got a 1-1 draw – but in truth we really needed the win – given we are still second bottom of the league with just four games to play.

But Newcastle were simply terrific and Henry is clear that Newcastle now look like a team that is managed by Rafa Benitez.

Newcastle closed down the City players from the very first whistle and it’s a long time since we saw a Newcastle team look so united together – as the players worked their socks off for the cause.

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Rafa Benitez on touchline last night

It was disappointing we couldn’t get the win but our lads were also magnificent on the night.

This is what Thierry Henry said after the game:

“They won a game and suddenly there is belief.” “They can build from the victory over Swansea and even more from the point against City.”

“We know how hard it is going to be for them at Anfield but once you have that belief you can do anything you want.” “Newcastle are starting to look like a team managed by Rafa Benitez.”

Niall Quinn, the former Sunderland player and Chairman was also an analyst at the game and this is what he had to say about the impressive Magpies:

“Momentum for Newcastle is huge, that’s the point, the dressing room will be buzzing again.”

“If Manchester City had nicked the win at the end it would have been so flat, so the importance of the result cannot be underestimated.”

“Now they have got to build up again, get their bodies right, train for a few days and go again.”

“They can’t look further than the next game, though we can, they will be trying to keep the whole thing going and hope they get something at Liverpool.”

Newcastle need some wins in these final four games of what has been another catastrophic season for the club and we must go all out for all 3 points in every single game.

We’re also sure that Rafa will do exactly that.

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  • 1 hibbitt // Apr 20, 2016 at 9:05 AM


    we will only know how important that point / not getting was at the end of the season but as long as we don’t get beat we are in with a chance ……our players were buzzing at the end of the game last night and we haven’t seen much of that this season

  • 2 nut meg // Apr 20, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    1.45am kick over here but worth getting out of bed for.Lots of commitment, desire etc also confidence and belief returning.The game would have been all over if it was played a few weeks previous when that city goal was allowed to stand. The players just got on with it,no heads dropped and thoroughly deserved the equalizer.I was astonished when no flag was put up as it’s one of the very worst off side decisions I’ve seen for I don’t know how long. The lineman involved should be demoted for incompetence,if he couldn’t see a player at least a yard off side inside the box when he has a full view across the pitch then he’s not up to the job.Overall a very encouraging performance which continues to give me hope and as long as the players leave everything on the pitch we have a chance to escape the drop.

  • 3 hibbitt // Apr 20, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    not getting beat

  • 4 WWSBRD // Apr 20, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    U think we need to win all our remaining games?

  • 5 lochinvar // Apr 20, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    The FA demote refs who have had bad games to lower league games.
    Can we be assured that the Linesman who forgot the rules of football will be sent on a refresher course.

    The Refs clearly want the introduction of TMO’s as this will put them in the spotlight and they can become celebrities in their own right waving their hands in the air, running to see the big screen and asking the upstairs officials if they are looking good on screen.

    I’ll take that distraction if it means that the right decisions are taken and results are not affected by decisions which based on recent events leads us to question the integrity of many of the officials ability and judgement .

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Apr 20, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    I know, there’s been no one on here more positive about Rafa’s coming here than me and you but we needed to beat the mackems and Norwich but unfortunately the fixture list hasn’t been kind to Rafa’s arrival. Of course there’s still hope but I’m bracing myself and hopi g he stays regardless.

  • 7 NezzaNUFC // Apr 20, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    As I said yesterday it will be tough against 12 men and again we were robbed!

    But we all seen the team work integrated by Rafa and it’s looking superb and I hope it carries to the Liverpool game.

    In Rafa we now can trust.

  • 8 hibbitt // Apr 20, 2016 at 9:26 AM


    moncur was saying last night and on saturday that he thinks rafa will stay he seemed very sure about it which was surprising ……….i hope he does because you can see the change in the players and the way we are playing its a massive change in such a short time
    just makes me think what rafa could do long term

  • 9 Slank // Apr 20, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    It’s taken awhile but Rafa’s impact is clear for all to see.

    Not only in the tactics and the choice of starting eleven but more importantly in the attitude of the players. Special praise should also go to the crowd who for once backed the lads from the kick off.

    The pairing of Colback and Tiote has made all the difference. Not elegant or flashy but solid no nonsense determination to be first to the ball and win it.

    Whether it’s his new central position or /and captaincy but Sissoko looks a different class of player.

    Whilst Colback, Tiote and Sissoko operate in the midfield I cannot see Shelvey making a return anytime soon.

    Townsend looks like a very astute buy. He always looked threatening and never stinted on his defensive duties.

    I’m really pleased with Lascelles. He looks and acts like a permanent fixture at centre half and quite possibly a future captain.

    It was nice and I thought quite brave of Rafa to bring on Aarons. It will have given Aarons a lot of confidence.

    I thought the timing of when Mitrovic was brought on was right as he can really bully tiring defenders and also hold up play when team mates around him are tiring.

    Can we win at Liverpool ? On that performance it’s possible.

  • 10 c-dog // Apr 20, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Tiote, Anita, Lascelles, Sissoko & Townsend are standing up and leading by example. Credit where credit is due, they are giving us a chance with their spirit. But I still fear it’s too little too late.

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