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Benitez Two Games From One Of His Greatest Accomplishments

8:55 am, Monday, May 2nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

It´s been another terrible season for Newcastle fans and once again as May comes around we are struggling against relegation.

Last season it was caused by John Carver losing eight games in a row before we finally got he 4 points that saved us over the final three games and that win in the final game at home to West Ham.

This season the incompetent Board who appointed Steve McClaren left him in charge for far too long as he lost game after game and then when he was finally sacked we have just 24 points from 28 games – the worst record ever in the Premier League for Newcastle.

We had also been in the bottom six all season and usually in the bottom three.


Rafa Benitez – Newcastle United manager

To put things in perspective this was Steve´s league record when he was finally sacked.

Premier LeaguePlayed WonDrawnLostGFGAGDPoints

In came Rafa Benitez but things didn´t start too well for the former Liverpool manager and we lost three of the first four games with just one point and it looked like we would be relegated long before the final game of the season.

But fast forward four games and 8 points with wins at home over Swansea and Crystal Palace and draws against two European semi-finalists Manchester City and Liverpool and things suddenly look a lot better.

Here´s Rafa´s record at Newcastle so far.

Premier LeaguePlayedWonDrawnLostGFGAGDPoints

It´s still not completely in our control, but this is what the bottom of the table now looks like.

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

It´s down to only two games now and if Rafa Benitez can save us, make no mistake about it, this will be one of his greatest accomplishments in football and he knows it.

You can see how motivated the Benitez team is when the final whistle was blown on Saturday and we got a  precious 3 points – they were simply delighted.

They know that if they can save Newcastle they will have a new Liverpool and Valencia on their hands and can quickly create a team that will challenge for a top four position in the Premier League.

The Newcastle fans know that too – so it’s not simply about avoiding relegation this season.

It´s about keeping Rafa Benitez at the club so he can start building a top side again and we can all look forward to greatness returning to Newcastle United Football Club.

It´s down to two games – and surely two wins will do it.

But you will not hear Rafa talking about the last game against Tottenham this week – only about his single-minded approach to how he can orchestrate a win at Villa Park.

Get a win in that game and it´s all down to the last game.

As we said we are two wins from safety and then the Rafa Revolution could be in full swing starting in the summer with good players now (suddenly) wanting to join Newcastle.

If that doesn´t happen there´s going to be a lot of uncertainty  surrounding Newcastle this summer.

We don´t want that.

we believe

Howay The Lads!!

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // May 2, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Rafa IN!

  • 2 sing in the corner // May 2, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Ooh we are suckers for a Messiah, us like! 🙂

  • 3 Lindisfarne // May 2, 2016 at 9:03 AM

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // May 2, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    Messiahs IN!

  • 5 sing in the corner // May 2, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Hippo heeded purveyors of second rate mind games – OOT

  • 6 G // May 2, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Fingers crossed

  • 7 Lindisfarne // May 2, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    “”Newcastle fans showed their class and dignity by refraining from abusing him and instead indulging in sustained choruses of “Rafa, Rafa, Benítez.” Those chants will have hurt Palace’s manager far more than any abusive taunt.”” – Louise Taylor

  • 8 Veltman // May 2, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    Lascelles is still pants.Just because he bursted and talked to journos vocally doesn’t make him world beater.I still pick Colo everyday of the week.
    Good on him for showing improvements as he initially looked championship player.But it was the return of Mbemba that made big difference at the back.Mbemba is unsung hero so far,one of the best signing this season.No grudges but people got swayed by couple of his headed goals!
    He is the main culprit when we lost vital games at home to Bournmouth and away to Everton.

  • 9 Ibizatoon // May 2, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    We still have to take it one game at a time, but as each game passes, confidence grows and it becomes more likely we’ll pull this off. Amazing stuff.

    Interestingly, SM had a 28.5% points ratio (not win ratio) and Rafa has a 37.5%. Not a huge difference, but clearly enough to make the difference. If we were to discount his first few games, which doesn’t help, but there has been a clear improvement after his initial period, it’d be closer to a 66% points ratio (8 out of 12).

    Basically, he should have been gotten in earlier and is doing a top job with a squad which looked doomed.

    Thank you Rafa.

  • 10 SA Toon // May 2, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    If we can get three points on Saturday and Chelsea and Man U can do the business against the Mackems and Norwich, the pressure will really be on them. Our destiny would then be in our own hands and a win against Tottenham would see us in the Premier League next season. Interesting that we’re looking to Watford and Everton to create the stumbling blocks for both Norwich and Sunderland. If they can each at least win their home games (one Norwich and one Sunderland) then a win against Aston Villa might be enough to get us home. I fancy though that it’s going to go down to the wire and we’re going to need a win against Tottenham at SJP to stay up. Wish I could be there for the game!

  • 11 Jib // May 2, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Lascelles is still pants.”
    Blogs are all about different shades of opinion.
    But – really !

  • 12 Ibizatoon // May 2, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Veltman…Can’t agree with that assessment. Colo has been woeful. He does have ability, but we hardly ever get to see it.

    Lascalles is young and was and still is going to make mistakes. His commitment and passion though has been huge these past few games.

    He may not have been ready prior, but if he gets dropped for Colo before seasons end it’ll be outrageous.

    I do agree about Mbemba. He’s really good. I’m more than happy with our current back 4 for the last 2 games. I don’t see it getting changes, unless there is an injury.

    3 conceded in the last 4, 11 in the 4 before that. Just leave it alone imo.

    Then there is the added goals from Lascelles too.

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // May 2, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    There’s some rubbish posted on here, I should know as I post most of it but your comment @8 is taking rubbish to a new level.

  • 14 giimps // May 2, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    I’m hoping little Vurn is ok for Saturday, according to Rafa he was ill/injured prior to the game vs Palace and was lucky to play (wanted to play though) which is why he was take off.
    He may not be the equal of Jaanmaat going forward (yet still has a goal) but him and Toonsend work well together even if Toonsend spends gintloads of energy bombing up and down the pitch to cover and then attack.
    I just wish we had another Toonsend on the left rather than players who don’t want to do that role.
    GinI was much better at the weekend but won’t get involved with the physicality of bigger teams, should play vs Villa and Spurs though just for his guille…….Rafa will sort it though……….just pray for an injury free week in training and if all goes well on Saturday we could be 4 points clear of Sunlin and 5 clear of Norwich……..Hwtl

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