Rafa Talks About Newcastle´s Amazing Fans

Rafa Benitez is a very astute manager and after the game on Saturday, as usual,  he had some inciteful comments to make about Newcastle´s display, which was poor in that first half but much improved after the break once Rafa had made a few changes.

And Newcastle got the all important win – maybe the most important result for us so far this season, because we gained 2 points on Sunderland and now seem to have a chance to survive, if we can win our last two games.


Rafa Benitez on the sidelines on Saturday

This is what Rafa said after the game:

“We can’t win the game if we just fight.” “We have to play football so we tried to move the ball on the floor and you could see the difference with the chances we created and control we had.”

“They were still dangerous with second balls but we were much better in possession.” “The fans are amazing.”

“They are always with me, with the team, hopefully it will be the same against Tottenham and they can make the difference.”

“We didn’t play well in the first half but it wasn’t an easy game.”

“Physically Palace are stronger than us you can see the size of their players so we had to play a bit better with the ball and we improved in the second half.”

Sunderland are also getting some decent results of late,  but in the last four games we have now gained 3 points on Sunderland and let´s hope we can keep it up in our last two games of the season.

It´s going to be very tough but it´s at least possible now.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 2, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    It was obvious sitting in the Gallowgate End – in the first half we played into their hands by resorting to playing their style of football – hoofing long balls up to Cisse who was never going to get much change out of their centre halves.

    In second half when we kept the ball on the deck passed and moved and ran at them we looked a much better team and in doing so pushed Palace onto the back foot

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 2, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Ashley Out unless Rafa’s IN!

  • Veltman

    May 2, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Still buoyed and chuffed by that Townsend cracker.We need something like that out of nothing, even if u don’t play well sometimes.

    Jib,Jail & Ibizatoon
    That’s my opinion and the way I saw it 🙂

  • magscar

    May 2, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Rafa needs to get them playing for 90 ( make that 95) mins for 2 matches and the points should come to us A win at Villa and it ratchets up pressure on Mackems and Norwich – margin for error severely reduced.

    A few threads back Ed quoted Rafa as saying

    “We are doing everything right”

    Heard that before but why does it sound so different surely not just the Spanish lilt

  • magscar

    May 2, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #5


    A sort of “Get out of jail card” 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 2, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    No entiendo!

  • Ibizatoon

    May 2, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #7

    Magscar…Rafa warrants respect, trust and patience.

    Steve McClaren didn’t.

    I was a little disappointed that Rafa never said “Judge me after 10 games” mind.


  • Ibizatoon

    May 2, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #8

    Jail…What’s that, I don’t understand…

  • lesh

    May 2, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #9


    If we stay up, Rafa stays and is given control of abd oodles to rebuild the Club’s footballing side, will you be changing your name?

    Just a thought…. 😀

  • Ibizatoon

    May 2, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #10

    Lesh / Jail…At best, I’d suggest swapping the J with a B.

  • ToonToon

    May 2, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Looks like Rafa has settled with 8 of the 10 outfield players for the remaining games since the 3-0 win at home to Swansea. He’s only swapping Cisse with Mitro and Gini with Perez. Of course we only start to get going in the 2nd half, but is there a way to score early in the 1st half and go into the break with a lead? Surely there are options on the bench like Aarons or De Jong even though Rafa says he will use experienced players. I think it is still worth the gamble in the first half as the back four and 2CDMs can cope with the opponent. If it fails to produce goals we can always look to the 2nd half tactics.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 2, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #12

    Carcel para Ashley

    Ahora tienes pensamientos segundos sobre ashley, a condición de que rafa se queda? No me gusta Ashley tampoco, pero haciendo Rafa el entrenador de NUFC es una cosa buena la que ha hecho.


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