Results Of Our Man Of The Match Poll

Two Newcastle players gave outstanding performances for Newcastle in our fabulous 1-0 home win against Crystal Palace yesterday and that win should give our lads confidence as they visit Aston Villa next Saturday to try to collect another 3 points.

Karl Darlow was the hero yesterday with a terrific penalty save from former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye and he hurled himself to his left to block the ball and it was quickly cleared for a corner.

But Karl had also kept Newcastle in the game in the first half with at least three fine saves as Palace pushed for the first goal.

Karl has 42% of the vote and had his best game for Newcastle yesterday, although since he came in for the injured Rob Elliot he has played very well for us and stamped himself as a top goalkeeper in the making.

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Karl Darlow congratulated by Aleksandar Mitrovic after the game

Newcastle’s second half performance was much improved and after 59 minutes another fabulous goal from Andros Townsend from a free kick was enough to give us what was a vital 3 points that saw Newcastle gain 2 points on Sunderland and 3 points on Norwich.

And Andros is again being mentioned for a possible place in the England squad for the Euro 2016 Championships in the summer in France.

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Rafa Benitez congratulates Andros Townsend yesterday

Townsend has been an excellent buy for us from Tottenham in January for around £11M and it looks cheap at the price given his four goals and two assists in just 11 games.

Now we need to get another win against at Villa Park next Saturday if we are to avoid the drop on May 15th.

Other players who put in excellent performances yesterday for Newcastle included Jamaal Lascelles who continues to look impressive at the back for the Magpies and also local lad Jack Colback, who played his heart out for his home town club.

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14 comments so far

  • Bambams

    May 1, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Lascelles for me has been brilliant. Certainly with Mbemba they can become our CB pairing for years. Both young and will greatly improve under Rafa.

    How do you lot think Perez has been lately ?

    I was hoping he of all players would have improved under Rafa. Just not seeing it at the minute. Again though he is a young lad and hopefully he will get better.

  • Tsunki

    May 1, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Spoof I’ve no idea who appointed Rafa. I’m not sure about the idea that he approached the club with CV in hand, whether Ashley stepped over Charnley to break the curse, or whether Charnley hired Rafa in desperation.

    Maybe it was a bit of the first and last. In any case, Charnley could and should have changed the record round about the Xmas period, it would have been the responsible thing to do. All the evidence points to Charnley doggedly sticking to his remit from Ashley to make the numbers work, and not knowing how to throw it back to Ashley that the formula doesn’t actually function like he thinks it should.

    I expect Charnley at season end to remain only in a lesser administrative role, play to his pen Pushing strengths, and the football admin will hopefully be overseen by Rafa and his team. If Rafa leaves, and Charnley remains the “decision Maker” we will continue in the prior vein for another decade

  • Spoof

    May 1, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Darlow, vital save, without we would almost certainly be relegated, Townsend, fantastic free kick which gave us the points which give us hope, as important as the Darlow save, motm, has to be Lascellas, yes two vital contributions fom others but throughout the entire match this kid was the man who carried the team home.

  • magscar

    May 1, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #4

    131 magscar // May 1, 2016 at 12:59 PM


    whilst I know who Mascara is do others? 🙂

    x (if that is not too forward as a made up sign!)


    May 1, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #5

    townsend <3 Always Wanted Him Hea, Just He Keeps Scoreing, He Could Be Top Player Nxt Season If We Stay Up

  • wolfshead@toon

    May 1, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #6


    its a bank holiday weekend i have time on my hands and its not an insult you have been outed by several other posters as an admirer of the portly one

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 1, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #7

    I noticed someone earlier was calling for Cisse to be dropped for Perez. It appears Rafa recognises Cisse as our best option as a striker (even if he’s not playing well at the moment and hasn’t for a long time). Perez is just not natural striker material. He needs to up his game considerably and identify for himself where he believes his skill set is best deployed. He then needs to compete for that position and make himself worthy of a start. I’m at a loss to see where he fits. But I can see he’s not a striker even if he chips in with a few goals.

  • Mister Tuff

    May 1, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #8

    BandB – I think the lack of widespread comment about Obertron and Marveaux is purely because fans have “other fish to fry” at the moment -in that they are MORE concerned about the relegation battle.
    Someone pointed out earlier they were surprised that the story has been leaked now. Me too as clubs normally wait till the season ends.
    Rafa – has only seen them play in training and was complimentary about them.
    I suspect the decision probably has more to do with money as opposed to playing considerations – my opinion.
    Rafa is now only a temporary employee. I would be surprised if the hierarchy involved him in a business decision which is beyond his current employment period.
    Whoever made the decision – not before time – Obertron very poor player/had injuries – Marveaux – never convincingly proved his worth and crocked most of the time.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 1, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #9

    I was out last night and didn’t see MOTD till gone 3am.

    Thought it was a cliffhanger and Lascelles was majestic, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone made a really big bid for him during the Summer and we all know what MA’s reaction to that would be.

    I agree with whoever it was that said GD could be the decider, there’s been far to many games where we have bee hammered. It’s improved under Rafa but could be too late.
    The Sundaland and Norwich games were the possible killers for us, my worst memory was seeing one of ours standing like a statue as players ran past him.

    Still we are in with a real chance especially if the other two slip up, I reckon Norwich are down we just have to do better than Sundaland.

  • Spoof

    May 1, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #10


    of course he should have changed it earlier, I did say that earlier, but what has been a major angst for us, we never learn, well hang on, he had Pardew, then a sort of thinking time with Carver which nearly ended in disaster, got the wrong man with McClaren who only got the job due to being Carr’s preferred choice, but now Carr is a scout, nothing more who will likely resign if Rafa stays, and Rafa will have total control, he wouldn’t come otherwise, and like it or not, join the populus and refuse to see reason, but that man has served us well, he has got us a not notch manager and got the owner to spend money, what more can we ask from him, seriously I don’t know what else we could ask from him, some will sarcastically say his resignation, but where would we go and who with !

  • magscar

    May 1, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Spoof @101 last thread
    Sorry for delayed response other things called.

    I have no real axe to grind with Charnley other than he has been promoted beyond his competency ( not his fault?) without adequate support where it mattered on Board.

    I am inclined to the notion that Rafa’s people made first move and if so suspect any deal then driven by them with Charnley in a very difficult situation with little room for posturing. If he dropped the ball then all hell may have broken loose. Ashley was possibly also giving green light to deal from afar.

    I believe club had already sold itself to Rafa as a sleeping giant PL club with massive potential that he felt able to realise if he got right backing.

    If we stay up there could still be difficulties if the completed negotiations then require more tweaking for next season.

    I suspect Charnley will still be around albeit with reduced influence (if only because complete change would cause a vacuum not easily and quickly filled with massive change clearly needed throughout but not at once)..

    We wait with baited breath 🙂

  • BandB

    May 1, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #12


    Yeah, I think we all have other fish to fry and some of us have Sunday dinners to make.
    I can’t disagree with any of that, and there’s been no rush to follow it up anywhere much beyond the Chron.
    Nor has there been an official statement, though I think it’s true.
    Courtney and co were flagging it up on the car radio as part of the “Rafa Revolution” before the match.
    All I was suggesting is that it might have been bigger news at another time, given how often it has been discussed in the past.
    Odd that it should be me highlighting a probably welcome and probably popular decision by the club.

  • magscar

    May 1, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #13

    I think Marveuax and Obertran is a non-story – contracts up, not able to help on field and not getting a new contract so no need to delay their departure, If contracts paid up in full couple of months earlier so what?

    Overall surely a win win for all concerned – a (possibly disruptive?) Gallic influence removed from dressing room and they and their agents can start selling their abilities to other clubs soonest.

    The real mystery is that there was no similar announcement about Taylor who is contractually similar as far as I m aware?

  • Spoof

    May 1, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #14


    thats where history as you used it doesn’t really add up, you view that Rafa came to us so Charnley/Ashley or whoever had no choice due to the reaction that would come, I assume that is what you meant when suggesting that Charnley had no room for posturing, seriously mag, have a short look at recent history, never in a million year would they be bullied into employing Rafa, something has changed, it may be Ashley who has changed, but it has happened under Charnleys charge so how can we dismiss hi as being the one to be credited for the change, he may bwell be a puppet on a string, but then agaoin he may be the quite assassin who gets the job done in the back ground, we can’t in all honesty claim nor dismiss either can we, all we have is our own personnel perception which is limited.


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