The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Banner created by Reilly - one of our readers
Howay The Lads!!

No Chance Of Newcastle Doing This Under Benitez

9:42 pm, Monday, April 25th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 53 Comments

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has said that Newcastle shouldn’t get too carried away with their recent results, which has put us one point from safety – two if you consider goal difference.

Redknapp also thinks the challenge to keep Newcastle in the Premier League is one of the biggest challenges in Rafa Benitez’  career, and we agree with that.

jamie redknapp

Jamie Redknapp – Sky Sports pundit

This is what Jamie has said in the Daily Mail today:

“Coming from two goals down to draw at Anfield suggests Rafa Benitez has instilled belief at Newcastle but they mustn’t get too carried away,”

“When he took over they were second bottom and one point adrift of safety and that’s where they remain.”

“It’s now a case of who wants to win at the bottom. Draws for Newcastle and Sunderland were good on paper but Norwich will be delighted neither side won this weekend.”

“Rafa’s reputation is on the line and keeping Newcastle up will be one of the biggest challenges of his career.”

When Rafa first arrived and before the game at Leicester City on March 14th, we were second bottom and one point from safety – two if you consider  goal difference – with a game in hand.

17	Sunderland	29   -19    25
18	Norwich City	29   -23    24
19	Newcastle       28   -25    24
20	Aston Villa     29   -33    16

Seven games later and we have six points more on the board – 30 points –  but are still two points from safety if you consider goal difference – and we have now played one more game than Sunderland and Norwich.

This is how we are now.

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

So looking at it that way, we are worse off then when Rafa first arrived – at least compared to Norwich and Sunderland..

But we have also come on well in the last three games after taking just one point from the first four games under Benitez – and we hope we can surge to get three wins in a row to finish off the season.

Only time will tell whether we can do that, but we must have a good chance of beating Crystal Palace at home and Aston Villa away on the next two games?

Notice that Aston Villa have lost all their games since Rafa arrived at Newcastle, so hopefully we can continue that trend the game after next.

We’ll just have to wait and see – but our players will not get carried away with 5 points from the last three games and some good performances in there.

Not with Rafa Benitez as the manager.

It’s a very good time for Newcastle to be coming into some really good form with two very winnable games next up.

We are hoping Rafa can increase his win percentage at Newcastle appreciably before the end of the season.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Other News · Prayer · Premier League · Press · Press Conference · Pundit

53 responses so far ↓

  • 1 GeordieTwo // Apr 25, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Of course bettys mate and Ibiza. Give him our full assurances. And errrm we can have that contract drawn up any time now. Possibly shall we say a minimum of a dozen posts a day? Nothing too difficult mind. Some footy commentary, some Danish humour, a bit of banter. That sort of thing. Run it up the flagpole and see if jesper salutes it Ibiza mate.

  • 2 GeordieTwo // Apr 25, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    There goes the title Spurs…… Hee hee.

  • 3 Jib // Apr 25, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    If you cannot beat WBA at home you don’t deserve the PL title.

  • 4 GeordieTwo // Apr 25, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    Sometimes West Brom can really mess up your day. Isn’t that right Pochettino?

  • 5 Jib // Apr 25, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    Hee hee is hardly Sage – like.

  • 6 jimmysmith // Apr 25, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    Quite like this Spurs side, and Potchettino, but you know what, f@ck it, that has to be a good result for us. Hopefully Leicester win it at Old Trafford this weekend, and Spurs are on the beach by the time they come to visit on the last day. HWTL!

  • 7 MassiveG // Apr 25, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    Right now we need Leicester to seal the deal and then Spurs to seal the 2nd place deal so that they can’t move when they play us

  • 8 GeordieTwo // Apr 25, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Nay Jib. There is great wisdom in the occasional hee hee. It has been uttered by some of our greatest Sages. Socrates used to say hee hee after watching the Greek national team all the time. If it’s good enough for him it’s good enough for me. Harrumph.

  • 9 martoon // Apr 25, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    WBA are more inconsistent than us – when we played them at SJP they were the worst team I’d seen this season yet they looked like a pretty good team tonight!

  • 10 Yo-yo // Apr 25, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    If you have a GD of more than -20 ……… then you don’t deserve to stay up. It cuts both ways JIB.

    Who’d ha thunk that the Spuds would trip over the first hurdle ?

    As truth is stranger than fiction I reckon we have a bigger chance of staying up as every match day passes.

  • 11 Jib // Apr 25, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Villa stayed up last seaso with a GD of -26

  • 12 Jib // Apr 25, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    season even

  • 13 GeordieTwo // Apr 25, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    Goal difference mole difference I say! We deserve to stay up! We have Rafa! Others do not! The Official Blog Sage has spoken!!!

  • 14 Jib // Apr 25, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    Leicester’s gd last April was -20 and look at them now !
    Well done Mauricio Pochettino – he didn’t hide and fronted up for his post match interview.

  • 15 Jib // Apr 25, 2016 at 10:23 PM

    It would have been more sagely to say.
    “Goal difference Sscchmoal difference”

  • 16 Lindisfarne // Apr 25, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    Jack Payback:

  • 17 bettyswallocks // Apr 25, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    Welshies gone , he must be attending to his flock.

  • 18 Munster Mag // Apr 25, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    Our biggest problem was that we didnt beat sunderland. Rafa was too conservative and we almost relegated until mitro saved us. The mackems will be delirious if they send us down.that said i can live with it, if rafa stays. Shameful but this is what ashley has done.

  • 19 jimmysmith // Apr 25, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    “I have to tell you, madam, that your son is suffering from an Oedipus complex.”

    “Oedipus, Schmoedipus! What does it matter, so long as he loves his mother?”

  • 20 reilly // Apr 25, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    our biggest problem wasnt beating the scum.
    it was not binning mcclaren months ago.everyone could see where it was heading.

  • 21 jimmysmith // Apr 25, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    Could we have gotten Rafa earlier than we did though? Maybe no, and there was no one there to fill the breach, had we let McC go in the interim. Even so, every day after the Chelsea game, with McC at the helm you’d think did more and more harm.

  • 22 welshgeordie9 // Apr 25, 2016 at 10:45 PM


    Why don’t you flock off.

  • 23 beermonkey // Apr 25, 2016 at 10:51 PM


    they could have bought any1 in all they have to do is pay

    they let it go so long to try and save themselves
    if they sacked mclaren they looked bad and spunked 80mill
    keep him and we survive its just another poor season but they were right in there appointment

  • 24 bettyswallocks // Apr 25, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    Ewe don’t need to be like that you baaaaaaad boy.

  • 25 reilly // Apr 25, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    the way mcclaren was sacked tells you all you need to know about the idiots running the club.

  • 26 beermonkey // Apr 25, 2016 at 11:02 PM


    from mclaren to rafa in one season when some1 in the middle would have a good appointment
    and we wouldnt be in this mess

    mclaren was all about them keeping control and saving a few quid on wages

  • 27 reilly // Apr 25, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    bang on. under ashley we have never went for a manager that was in a job.he always goes for out of work manager.its a cheap option.

  • 28 welshgeordie9 // Apr 25, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    What the hell would redknapp know anyway, what has he won, and why are there so many ex Liverpool players with sky and bt.

  • 29 reilly // Apr 25, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    the way this club has been run since ashley took over,we are lucky we arnt in the fkin northern league playing jarra roofing

  • 30 Harley // Apr 25, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    Next 2 games we have palace and villa.
    Sunderland have Stoke and Chelsea.
    Norwich have Arsenal and Man U.

    The optimist in me says it’s very conceivable that we get 6 points and they get none.

    If that happens, it will blow my mind!

  • 31 beermonkey // Apr 25, 2016 at 11:12 PM


    he has won
    A Cup winners: 1992
    League Cup winners: 1995
    FA Charity Shield winners: 2001
    UEFA Super Cup winners: 2001

  • 32 welshgeordie9 // Apr 25, 2016 at 11:19 PM


    That’s good but not as good as Jamie carraghers record, should be only him giving advice.

  • 33 jimmysmith // Apr 25, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    Jamie Redknapp once had the perfect face and pedigree for television punditry, but those days are fast fading. Meat face mark 2 within 5 years, a chip off the old block and it’s a frightening prospect for all concerned.

  • 34 welshgeordie9 // Apr 25, 2016 at 11:23 PM


    We will survive, Norwich have got the hardest fixtures and i can’t see Sunderland beating those two teams, problem with Sunderland they have so many chances in games they don’t put them away apart from when they beat Norwich, they rely on Defoe to much, if he gets injured then they will screwed.

  • 35 jane // Apr 25, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    we have to stay up…end of 🙂

  • 36 Bobbybee // Apr 25, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    Welsh g9. Or we can just rely on defoe to keep bottling it. He’s been giving it large over this run in, but the truth is, he does take a lot of chances for each goal. Maybe on of the seven sins having a nibble at him. 🙂 To keep telling the tv cameras how good he is he’s asking for shit to happen. Serve him right if he didn’t score another goal. Serve us canny as well!
    I can feel the barrels of the lock clicking into place one by one. Rafa believes, click. Sunlun form takes a stumble and defoe drys up. Click. We settle with a good win and two very very difficult draws. Click. Palace get to the final and have their heads in the clouds. Click. Villa. Click. Spurs out of the title race. Click. Be one helluva seasons climax at both ends. I believe. Howay the lads!!! 🙂

  • 37 Novocastrian66 // Apr 26, 2016 at 12:20 AM

    I hope turn up. They’ve been a disgrace in recent weeks. Unfortunately I can see Sunderland beating Watford and Everton. We need three wins to have a chance.

  • 38 Novocastrian66 // Apr 26, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    That should be I hope Stoke turn up.

  • 39 lesh // Apr 26, 2016 at 12:39 AM


  • 40 lesh // Apr 26, 2016 at 12:42 AM

    Freeking phone!!!!

    Harley (sorry about the above – it’s my super-tec phone I bought at Sports Direct, playing up)

    The way you present the fixtures gives hope. Your glass’s more than 3/4 full.


  • 41 MassiveG // Apr 26, 2016 at 12:52 AM

    Norwich yes Harley but Mackems playing to well to lose to Stoke who are getting thumped weekly….

  • 42 The Newcastle Armchair // Apr 26, 2016 at 1:04 AM


    You can get phones from there now?

    Mikes broadening the horizon I see

  • 43 Magpie Season // Apr 26, 2016 at 1:21 AM

    Leicester have won the title. Spurs already have 2nd place. Nearly all their players will be in Euros & want to stay injury free.

    9pts from last 3 games definetly possible now.

  • 44 Magpie Season // Apr 26, 2016 at 1:27 AM

    All these people saying Sunderland are favourites to stay up because they have the easier games as their opponents have nothing to play for.

    That’s not always true. Look at West Brom last night against Tottenham. They had nothing to play for but still managed to get a draw.

    Stoke lost 4-0 three times in a row now. I’m sure their fans & most certainly Hughes will not want a loss.

  • 45 lesh // Apr 26, 2016 at 2:20 AM


    You’re dead right.

    Some say the likes of Stoke have nothing to play for. Would they agree that to a relatively small club that about £2m a league placing’s worth playing for – especially when the chairmen are leaning on their managers to deliver?

  • 46 U.S Magpie // Apr 26, 2016 at 2:24 AM

    Yes thanks Jamie for stating the obvious. Its amazing that they actually pay you for your insight, when they could come here for free and get exactly the same comments.
    You think we are getting carried away might be the dumbest thing you have ever said. There is no Newcastle fan here on this site or actually anywhere in the world that does not realize that we still need some miracle to stay up in the prem. We as fans only want one thing Rafa to stay on as the boss, if we are relegated. He could do some amazing things at our club if he does. If we stay up you will see this next year. Hopefully siting in the studio is as close as you get to managing a club, wow what a complete numpty.

  • 47 Magpie Season // Apr 26, 2016 at 2:43 AM


    Don’t think league placing will matter to them. I don’t know but I think Hughes will be very angry with his players. He will have to motivate them somehow.

    I remember our first season back up. On the final day we could have finished 9th if we beat West Brom & Ashley even provided the staff a bonus if we did. We were winning 3-0 & they came from 3 goals down to level 3-3. We ended up finishing 13th or something.

    Anyways, my point is I just think it was good they lost 4-0 three times in a row. That will be their motivation I think, plus the supporters at the Britannia should provide some too.

    I don’t think Norwich will beat Arsenal as well. They need to finish 4th with Man Utd breathing down their necks. A win would most certainly guarantee that.

  • 48 Magpie Season // Apr 26, 2016 at 2:44 AM

    Just noticed we are favourites against Palace among most bookies for the win.

  • 49 Carr Toon // Apr 26, 2016 at 5:49 AM

    Magpie Season :
    exactly mate……2 weeks back they were the favs…..but now we have the form, we have the manager and most importantly the momentum…..pressure might get better of makems…

  • 50 G // Apr 26, 2016 at 6:38 AM

    Fella I used to work with sumarised things nicely, when he suggested it would be just like Newcastle to blow it and lose against Palace and Villa, then win against Spurs, I laughed, but found I was also nodding my head!

  • 51 Carr Toon // Apr 26, 2016 at 6:46 AM

    Novocastrian66 :
    if it was that easy for sunderland to get wins over watford, everton and stoke they would have never got into this relegation fight…..they are no way better than us… far as last 3 games of the season are concerned, relegation battle is all about momentum, belief and form…and fortunately we that just at a right time….i can see us beating sunderland by 1 or 2 point at the end…
    Howay the Lads!!!!!!!!!

  • 52 Carr Toon // Apr 26, 2016 at 6:52 AM

    I can’t believe people in this blog think our fellow relegation strugglers Sunderland are going to route everton, watford and stoke as if they are Barca or Real……REMEMBER IF MACKEMS WERE THAT GOOD THEY WOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN IN THIS RELEGATION TUSSLE……all of us have equal chance and i’m backing us because of our recent performances…that’s it

  • 53 martoon // Apr 26, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    Carr Toon @49 – Isn’t that Louise’s job? 🙂 🙂

previous post: Why Rafa Benitez Must Be Newcastle’s Future

next post: This Club´s Success Shows Newcastle´s Excuses Pure Nonsense