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Benitez Pleads With Fans To Do This Against Palace Tomorrow

12:19 am, Saturday, April 30th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 19 Comments

Rafa Benitez doesn´t really approve of fans booing Alan Pardew tomorrow at St. James’ Park, when the former Newcastle manager brings his Crystal Palace side to Tyneside for the first time since leaving Newcastle suddenly early last year.

There have been lots of local press reports about Pardew this week and it´s safe to say they have not been very positive towards the former manager.

Since Pardew left Newcastle, the fragility of the club has been exposed and in the last 54 league games played since Alan left, we have won 10 and lost 31 –  due mainly to the appointment by Lee Charnley of two fairly inept coaches in John Carver and Steve McClaren.

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Rafa Benitez – wants fans to support team – forget about Pardew

Rafa isn´t interested in this stuff at all as he is once again all business – and the manager would prefer the fans to support the team and not bother too much with Alan Pardew during the game.

This is what Rafa Benitez had to say today:

“Everyone will have their own opinion. But for me the main thing is once we start, they have to support the team like they have been doing in the past because that makes a difference.”

“It is one when they may have the feelings before but during the game, if everybody is just behind the players and focus on that and helping them, then I think that will be much better.”

“Players feel the atmosphere and it is a massive thing to have the fans behind you. When you play at home, you always have that extra mile in your legs.”

“I do not think the reaction of some Palace players will be different. They are used to playing away and they will just approach the game as they always do.”

“Our fans are quite clever and they know how good they are, so they know that we don’t need to put more anxiety into the players.”

Asked if the fans booing Pardew tomorrow would inspire the Palace players , this is how Benitez responded to that question:

“I will not waste too much time with these things.”

So there you have it – although it´s not surprising that Rafa thinks any booing or chants towards Pardew is simply a waste of time and effort – and will do nothing to help our players.

Helping and supporting our players win tomorrow and in all of our last three games of the season is all that matters at the moment.

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19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Apr 30, 2016 at 12:20 AM

    Click bait, night everyone.

  • 2 GeordieTwo // Apr 30, 2016 at 12:24 AM

    Not that I hold it against the Germans for getting 30% of their power from black magic. And 70% from solar energy…. but how do they get 70% when the sun is only on their side of the earth 50% of the time? Another question for beermonkey….. Tomorrow then mates. Another big day. HWTL

  • 3 Mister Tuff // Apr 30, 2016 at 12:38 AM

    BandB -got it now -Dealey Plaza/Grassy.
    Was at the pictures at Bedlington Station – the Wallaw – they stopped the film – and projected a hand written note on the screen – President Kennedy assasinated.

  • 4 Mister Tuff // Apr 30, 2016 at 12:45 AM


  • 5 Mister Tuff // Apr 30, 2016 at 12:51 AM

    Tsunki – should be bonne nuit. Nuit is a feminine noun – so all qualifiers such as articles and adjectives have to match (bon is the male version of the adjective).

    Purely an informative post sumitted for accuracy and nothing else – no insults intended and no rucks requested.

  • 6 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 30, 2016 at 2:10 AM

    I m currently too pissed toa arguue with anyone so good night all.

    tommorrow is crunch day.

  • 7 manxpie // Apr 30, 2016 at 4:33 AM

    well fuskin hell he’s given us more!!!
    wat a tosser! simple as! and with such a brass neck he must have wrist problems!
    i’m actualy thinking the main stress head recently is someone else but surely not as its taken quite a while for them both to be on at the same time
    especially with the terrible injuries that they thought of once, i mean meant!
    psycho talk of the highest order but hey dont let that get to ya fella(as)

  • 8 manxpie // Apr 30, 2016 at 4:36 AM

    oh yeah boo hoo hoo tuffty about being on b&b’s list 🙂
    the other night!!!!!

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Apr 30, 2016 at 7:05 AM

    Big game today like. HWTL and come on Stoke.

  • 10 catchy in norway // Apr 30, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    really exited about today’s game. and to be fair sunderlands too.

    is to win and them to lose , they drop in and we jump out. it will be a massive boost with 2 games left

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Apr 30, 2016 at 7:11 AM

    If we could hump Palace 6-0 with the mackems losing 2-0 it would be fcuking brilliant.

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Apr 30, 2016 at 7:12 AM

    You can say fcuking but not f00king

  • 13 hibbitt // Apr 30, 2016 at 7:27 AM

    as long as we win i don’t give 2 hoots how

    good luck toon army

  • 14 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 30, 2016 at 7:39 AM

    If your scores came to fruition – like to see the face on Sam ‘Hippo Heed’ Allerdyce.

  • 15 Mag52 // Apr 30, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    Same back four Rafa.
    Townsend, Tiote, Colback, Aarons.
    Sissoko and Cisse up front in a 4-4-1-1.
    If we concede early on we’re in big trouble. They’ll be looking to hit us on the break as we try to get back in to the game, and this is their strength.
    Fingers and everything else crossed. For me, this is the toughest of our last three must win games.

  • 16 sing in the corner // Apr 30, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    I’ve just got a feeling that if we can apply the correct pressure in today’s monumental game the mackems will crack. Big Sam has reverted to his never-been-relegated ‘tried and tested’ MO. (Hoof it up) It’s very reliant on Defoe producing the goods each and every game. For me they have nowhere to go if their only way of playing falters.
    It’s just that pesky game in hand that continues to nag us.
    Dream scenario is a mackem loss / draw, and Defoe to pick up a knock.
    Off up to the game in a few hours. Can hardly sit still already.

  • 17 jimmysmith // Apr 30, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    I think Rafa took the job because he recognised how outrageously significant these ten games are to one of England’s truly great clubs. Almost an act of mercy, although he has little to lose in truth. We, well, everything.

  • 18 catchy in norway // Apr 30, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    palace players unhappy with the boss, sound familiar?

  • 19 sing in the corner // Apr 30, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    Agree with your earlier post about the 2 centre midfielders.
    For me the balance / solidity we now have has been pivotal in our little resurgence. In a team that’s pulling its weight the two more defensive players work well. The clamour to get either or both of them out earlier in the season was more because their team mates were giving the ball away cheaply and not creating anything much.
    Rafa has made the best of what he has, no doubt IMO.

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