Benitez – Players Showed A Fantastic Reaction

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez at half time made one or two changes to the way Newcastle were playing and our lads came storming  back today at Anfield get level at 2-2 after Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana had put Liverpool two goals up in the first half.

Two second half goals by Papiss Cisse (48) and Jack Colback (66) were enough to get the point and Cisse had another terrific chance after his goal but delayed his shot – and it was cleared.

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Jack Colback after scoring Newcastle’s second goal

But overall this was a very good display yet again from a compact and very hard-working and organized Newcastle United side and another excellent result.

This is some of what Rafa said after the game:

“We had to fight and show more character and I think the players had a fantastic reaction.” “I am pleased with the point against a very good team and hopefully Liverpool can do well in the Europa League.”

“We have to do our job and see what happens with the other games, but at least we showed character and the belief is still there, which is crucial for us.”

“We changed two or three little things but we were still working hard and believed we could do it. A draw is fine for us at the moment.”

“When you are bottom of the table and can still see this spirit and fight you have to be pleased. It’s a bigger step for us because we can keep believing.”

“My relationship with Liverpool fans and club and city is good.” “It was very emotional at the beginning.”

“Hopefully Liverpool can win the Europa League. Jurgen is doing a great job.”

Maybe two wins in our last three games could be enough to see us safe – but we cannot take anything for granted and it’s up to how Sunderland and Norwich do in their final games of the season.

It’s an advantage that Rafa will have a full week to prepare the side for our last three games – at home to Crystal Palace – away to Aston Villa and our last game – at home to Tottenham.

Howay The Lads!!

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5 comments so far

  • Dennis Twice

    Apr 23, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

  • cornishman

    Apr 23, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Just goes to show what a quality coach can do…..

  • ZIPPIE57

    Apr 23, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #3

    I still think Benitez appointment was 6 games to late , thanks Mr Charnley, imagine what would have happened if we had beat Bournemouth , Captain Chaotic still in charge !!!!!


    Apr 23, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #4

    The first half performance was a disgrace cant belive it w the same eleven plays at played against MC totally opposite of that performance no spirit, no fight, no organisation, both Liverpool goals were a shambles. First 21 minutes of second half was totally different same as Tuesday night then when equaliser went in fell apart again. Game was there for the taking at that point but we sat back and hung on to what we had rather than go for the win, two points lost IMO but would have taken a point before kick off, could prove very costly at the end of season. Mackems have 2 games in hand and easier run in than us, gutted we did not take the chance we had today.

  • NoahJ

    Apr 24, 2016 at 3:53 AM

    Comment #5


    I will never, ever, forgive Charnley for not having the bottle to sack mclaren after the chelsea game. it was the perfect time to hire benitez- two and a half weeks off (where he could have assessed the squad and implemented his regime), and two very winnable games against bournemouth and stoke


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