Just Exactly What Rafa Benitez Told His Players At Half Time


Papiss Cisse scored a rare goal for the side yesterday and it came at a great time – just three minutes into the second half – with a good header to bring Newcastle back to 2-1 after Liverpool had mainly bossed the game in the first half with goals from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana.

It was Cisse’s first goal since he scored at crystal Palace way back in November, although Papiss has been out injured a lot of that time.

And another goal from Jack Colback leveled the scores so that Newcastle came away with a vital point from Anfield.

The 30 year-old has started the last three games for Newcastle in preference to Alexandar Mitrovic – and the Serbian has come on as an impact sub in each of the games in which we have secured a decent 5 points.

papiss cisse heads home

Papiss Cisse beats Simon Mignolet to the ball to head home

This is what Papiss said on the Newcastle web-site after the game:

“Liverpool are doing very well at this moment, so in the first 15 minutes I think we were waiting and it was very quick from the other side.”

“Everyone knew that we needed a point now, and we started very, very badly. But the reaction in the second half was very, very good – amazing – for the team and all the players.”

“The message was ‘you don’t have anything to lose now – you have 45 minutes to give everything you have’. All the players knew that, and they came back and gave everything. In the end, to have one point is an amazing point.”

“It’s been a long time since I scored a goal, and it’s very, very important for me to get it and some confidence.”ย “My objective is to try and keep this team in the Premier League, and that’s my only objective.

“Every game I try to do my best to help the team, to help the fans, so today I’m happy to score.”

The lads came back well in that second half but we cannot start these games half a sleep although both Liverpool goals were brilliant individual efforts.

It was an excellent point for us and now we’ll see how Sunderland do this afternoon at home to Arsenal.

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46 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 24, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #1

    NUFC MOTD2 Extra now!!!

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  • voodoo85

    Apr 24, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Good point yesterday, 2 points against M.City and Liverpool that i didnt expect us to get. Now we need to beat Palace and Villa and i think we will be safe with 36 pts

    Don’t see Sunderland getting another win – maybe 3 draws vs Stoke (a), Everton (h), Watford (a)

    Norwich maybe a point against Watford (h) and Everton (a)

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 24, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Betty, I’ll keep the faith until the maths tell me to stop. ๐Ÿ™‚ Personally I can’t wait until Saturday and might have to take up my seat on Friday night! For me, this is what being a fan is all about – the ups and downs, the belief and disappointments etc. Saturday will be rocking again and this is what I live for. There’s nothing like being in SJP when the belief is high – and nobody can accuse the match going faithful of ever giving up. That guy coming up from darn sarf with his bairn for the first time couldn’t have picked a better game. An early goal will lift the roof, but any goal will do the same. Can’t wait for it myself and I know I’m far from being alone. A full house i reckon and electric from the off. Bring it on. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • scout

    Apr 24, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #4

    Strolla for prime minister

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  • toonincheek

    Apr 24, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Repost:

    Wish I could be as confident about the next two games.
    Weaker opposition, for sure, but my long-standing memory
    of NUFC is that we play well against the good teams but
    screw it up when we ought to win against a weaker team.

    Hoping hoping hoping Rafa can sort that out.
    Lose against eitehr Palace or Villa and the players know
    where they will be playing next season.

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  • hibbitt

    Apr 24, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Bobbybee

    a lot on here don’t realise the importance of the crowd
    like you and a few others on here i will believe till the bitter end i think its about 50/50 now those 2 draws/point have been a massive lift and i hope we can kick on from here

    i know the fans in the ground will back the lads and rafa for all there worth and not just give up like a lot on here

    good luck toon army

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 24, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Beliief and faith are fine things -however our belief and faith has also got to spread to the belief and faith that Norwich and Sunderland are going to slip up – big style – otherwise we are goosed.

    I hope that behind the scenes there is some work being done by various fan groups to demand the resignation of the board at the end of the season – by public interviews/open letters. Purpose being that would be widely understood that the supporters have no faith in those running the club – both now and in the future.

    Come on ye Gooners – they should wallop Sunderland today.

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 24, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Toonincheek. Keep believing mate, this is the same team but with a different quality of leader who won’t allow that to happen. You’re right, if we do lose we will go down – or likely to, unless the mackems totally implode and get nothing from here on in, which is unlikely. That’s why we can’t afford to lose. Palace and Villa are no better than Swansea, who came here craving to beat us because they dislike jonjo so much. Pardew might want to beat us, but nowhere near as much as we want to beat him! Being alive and kicking going into the Spurs game will do for me. Howay the lads!!!!

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  • giimps

    Apr 24, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #9

    I think we should show Gini, Sissoko and Cisse what the schedule in the championship and what some of the grounds are like….if that and Rafa don’t motivate them vs Palace and Villa they deserve to have places like Rochdale on a Tuesday night in December ( no disrespect to Rochdale they’re safe now thanks to getting a decent manager in time, I just hope we’ve not left it too late…..Come on Arsenal……..7 or 8 goals will help your goal differe immensly

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  • hibbitt

    Apr 24, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #10

    we’ve come a long way to get to this point why give up with 3 games to go

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 24, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Hibbitt, amen to that my friend. To the bitter end – it’s what we’ve always done. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE

    Apr 24, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #12

    giimps at 9 surely you mean rotherham as rochdale are not in championship.

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 24, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #13

    Giimps, was that Rochdale or Rotherham? Amazing turnaround by Rotherham in the Championship for sure, under Warnock. Not much point showing those mentioned though marra, they’ll bail out immediately! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 24, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #14

    Hibbitt, the difference will be made by those loyal match attending fans screaming the lads on. The persistent whiners who never go, but constantly criticise those who do, can have, and will have, no effect on anything. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 24, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #15

    C’mon the gooners

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 24, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #16

    Shirebrook, we’re all gooners today marra! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 24, 2016 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #17

    Yes we are Bobby be nice to see the scum get hammered

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 24, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #18

    Let’s be honest, the mackems are the new wigan – they pull off a last minute miracle season after season – but even wigan eventually messed it up and dropped two divisions rapidly. They’ll eventually emulate wigan, whether it’s this season or next, so it may as well be this. Anything else is just delaying the inevitable.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 24, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #19

    All hope is not lost yet Bobby, about time we had some luck on our side ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 24, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #20

    Wow, they’ve almost filled the ground for once – wonder how many tickets they had to give away lmao! See how full it stays as the game progresses though. Let’s hope for a full on evacuation as they get twatted. Fingers crossed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 24, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Giroud to score the first ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 24, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #22

    Shirebrook, we can still do it mate. Keep the faith. Right, time to enjoy i hope so more later.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 24, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #23

    Yes we can Bobby mate, we have the better fixture run in to season end C’MON!!!!!!!!! :-p

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  • jane

    Apr 24, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #24

    Arsenal looking good.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Apr 24, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #25

    If Sunderland lose today, we have a chance. Good start from Arsenal.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Apr 24, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #26

    The only players I’d take from Sunderland would be the new centre back, Van Aanholt has impressed me and M’Vila.

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 24, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #27

    Yeeeesss! Get in you beauty. Had this written since ko and just been waiting to press submit ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • Jib

    Apr 24, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #28

    Allardyce has won just four games against Arsenal, having faced the Gunners 29 times. Seven games ended in a draw, whilst Wenger was triumphant on 18 occasions.

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 24, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #29

    Whoops, careless fingers lmao,

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Apr 24, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Has Giroud dyed his hair black? Seems darker.

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  • martoon

    Apr 24, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #31

    Bobbybee – surely you’re not suggesting that us ‘sheep’ in the ground supporting our team can make a difference. I thought it was the intellectuals watching on streams that would do it! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 24, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #32

    Arsenal looking very ordinary.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Apr 24, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #33

    We should’ve signed Raphael Guerriero and someone like Kone is January.

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  • beefman13

    Apr 24, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #34

    Our first half was awful yesterday, we obviously had nothing to loose second half, we played with more positivity; we are still clueless away from home, we are were we deserve to be.

    If these gooners decide to hit the bloody ball instead of trying to walk it in they could away by now, not surprised their fans are frustrated.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 24, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Looks like big sam has the measure of Arsenal.

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 24, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Martoon, yes, sorry marra, it was a ridiculous suggestion and I hang my head in shame ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 24, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #37

    Right about Arsenal being frustrating. Good God do they overplay.

    Phew, big handball appeal for Mackems

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Apr 24, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #38

    Can see Sunderland winning this. Shouldve been a penalty.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 24, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #39

    Don’t know how anybody can be confident when our fate is reliant on moments like that.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 24, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #40

    Sanchez shite aside from his freekick.

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