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10 Man Newcastle Take Spurs To The Cleaners

5:48 pm, Sunday, May 15th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 17 Comments

In what could well be Rafa Benitez’ final game as the manager of Newcastle – the lads put on a stunning performance against second placed Tottenham Hotspur today and laid bare the folly of Lee Charnley and Graham Carr – and showed just how poorly Steve McClaren did with the players he had available for 28 matches when he got a paltry 24 points.

Newcastle literally took this Spurs side apart and ran out 5-1 winners – our biggest win of the season – and Spurs are the only side we did the double over in what was still a disastrous season.

Rafa Benitez had a bad start at Newcastle with one point from his first four games but then he got three wins and three draws in his final six games for 13 points form the 10 games he managed Newcastle for.

And Newcastle fans pleased with Rafa Benitez to stay with us when we go down next season – but maybe it’s Mike Ashley and the completely incompetent and arrogant Lee Charnley who need to get their acts together and sign up this guy before other clubs see what he did at Newcastle in the final 6 games and come after him.

Heads must roll soon.

gini wijnaldum scores poenalty

Gini Wijnaldum after scoring his second from the penalty spot

We ended up in 18th place with 37 points – 2 points behind Sunderland who drew 2-2 at Watford and 3 points better off than we were last relegated in 2009.

Georginio Wijnaldum scored twice (19, 73 pen) and showed what an excellent player he is when in the mood – and it was Aleksandar Mitrovic (39), Rolando Aarons (85) and Daryl Janmaat(86) also scored in a game when we literally took Tottenham apart when we were down to 10 men.

Remember it was 2-1 when Aleksandar was sent off so we won 3-0 with 10 men – amazing, unbelievable and astonishing – but that’s what can happen when you have a world-class coach in charge.

Mitro was sent off for a daft foul on Kyle Walker after 67 minutes, and he will now miss the first 3 games of next season – silly boy.

And it was great to see one of our very good young defenders Jamie Sterry make his Premier League debut when he replaced Moussa Sissoko late in the game – and Moussa was applauded from the pitch – maybe his final appearance for the side – and he’s been reinvigorated by Rafa.

Moussa was outstanding today and how Moussa plays is how Newcastle play.

There was nothing important about this game for Newcastle but pride – and it shows you how Benitez can get players ready for the game – inspire his players for a game – just like the great Sir Bobby Robson used to do.

If Rafa does stay we can see him start coaching and improving some of our younger players – lads like Sterry, Aarons, Armstrong, Toney and others.

As promised at the end of the game Rafa and his players gathered in the center circle and they applauded the fans – who have had to put up with yet another nightmare season.

Rafa’s name was continually chanted throughout the game and he left the filed smiling away talking to local lad Paul Dummett.

Surely Mike Ashley will step in now and give Rafa what he wants to stay on at Tyneside – surely!

Mike’s  not that stupid is he?

No he isn’t and we expect Mike to meet with Rafa forthwith on a one on one basis so they can talk.

Mike Ashley has to get the job done and sign Rafa up – we love him and he loves Newcastle.

Get Rafa!!!!!!!!

Teams and stats:

Newcastle: Darlow; Janmaat, Taylor, Mbemba, Dummett; Colback, Tiote (Shelvey, 62); Townsend, Sissoko (Sterry, 84), Wijnaldum (Aarons, 76); Mitrovic. Subs not used: Woodman, de Jong, Perez, Cisse.

Tottenham: Lloris; Walker (Chadli, 71), Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Mason; Lamela, Eriksen, Son; Kane. Subs not used: Vorm, Rose, Wimmer, Carroll, Onomah, Clinton.

Goals: Wijnaldum 19, 73 (pen), Mitrovic 39, Lamela 60, Aarons 85, Janmaat 86

Sent off: Mitrovic 67

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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JamesToon // May 15, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    Please please please Rafa stay and be given full control!!!

  • 2 RUNAWAY777 // May 15, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    Tell charnley get this sorted with rafa fast or never set foot in N.U.F.C if he knows what is good for him we have sat back to long now lads.

  • 3 Jib // May 15, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    “Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 15, 2016 at 5:42 PM
    Sorry, what I meant to say was”

    Ruddy we are the ones who should be sorry !
    For giving you the idea that anyone on here cares a fig for the opinions of some student who decided to spend his grant on Tyneside.

  • 4 Average_Contents // May 15, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    Turning up today when they’ve barely been fit to wear the shirt.

    Not shocked in the slightest.

    Two words….shop window.

    Shirkoko along with the curly haired coward should be first out the door for me.

    The most annoying thing is, imagine if rafa had more time.


  • 5 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 15, 2016 at 6:00 PM


    Didn’t land the first time you made that quip.

  • 6 Jib // May 15, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    You are Mr Infuriated
    If it wasn’t the Toon it would be something else .

  • 7 Tsunki // May 15, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    Going down to ten men and stuffing spurs anyway should be on any given day a cause for rapturous celebration. But if these players were made to stay in the championship they’d go missing again like they’ve deserted us all season. Don’t let the Hollywood show fool you, most of these gutless fairies need shipping out. Annoying and not a little bit of an insult.

  • 8 Tsunki // May 15, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    Jib, you haven’t noticed Bobbybee then? Mr FFS. 🙂

  • 9 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 15, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Rafa may, or may not have been able to keep us up had he came in earlier.

    We can point to certain games where we performed well, Liverpool for example, and the good win against Swansea. However, how do we explain the abject performance against Aston Villa? Rafa inherited and worked with the same shower of w****rs who dragged us into this mire so I don’t think it’s a given that had he come in 3/4 games earlier that we would have stayed up.

    What I do find infuriating is that while a lot of people can point to the investment we made as an indicator of MA changing his ways, we invested wholly in the wrong areas which left us with gaping holes in crucial areas of the field.

    Whether Rafa stays or goes is the wrong thing to focus on. It is whether the running of the club changes wherein we trust a manager to be actively involved in signing players as well as being able to suggest players he wants to sign – regardless of arbitrary transfer restrictions.

    Arguably, if Rafa decided to stay, the assumption rests that such a change would have to take place, but if he doesn’t stay, and another manager is brought in under the same restrictions that we have operated under for the last decade then even if we manage to return to the Premier League, we will be faced with the same situation that has plagued us upon our recent return – that is under investment, managers with no real power within the club, with the club hiding behind the balance sheets as indicators of progress.

    I don’t trust that the club will change their ways. I don’t believe Rafa will stay. I don’t think any appointments, managerial or otherwise, really matter until Mike Ashley is out of our club.

    Bleak outlook from where I’m sitting. But it has all been of our own making.

  • 10 mfw13 // May 15, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    The most annoying thing is that if Charnley hadn’t dilly-dallied and had sacked McLaren immediately following the Chelsea debacle, we wouldn’t have been relegated.

    Rafa would have had the entire international break to work with the players, we almost certainly would have beaten Bournemouth, and we would have gotten more than 1 point from the games against the Mackems and Norwich.

  • 11 Tsunki // May 15, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    I noticed Pochettino did a tribute to McCardew when No. 5 went in. Head in hands. Nice touch that to our late managers career.

  • 12 bettyswallocks // May 15, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Lads and lasses, fello? bloggers and Jib. I have just emailed Ed to ask if he has had any further thoughts about the blog’s future.
    Maybe it would help if we all give Ed and the blog a show of support.

    I’ll kick it off with, “Please Don’t desert us Ed”.

  • 13 Tsunki // May 15, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    The most annoying thing got under way ten years ago.

  • 14 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 15, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    37 F**CKIN games to late!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bloody annoying sicked off – Just goes to show what we could of done if the players put their minds to it.

    And playing like that just shows the Atmosphere that can be generated

    My MOM was Townsend who in the last ten minutes tried to get onto everything to score against his old club – in fact they all played well

    oh but!!!!!!

  • 15 beefman13 // May 15, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Yes Ed we took Spurs to the cleaners, shame it is down in Huddersfield or is it Burton.

    It just makes it all a bigger letdown, Rafa is our only hope for a bit of salvation.

    After watching the Toon through this season and having not one a copper coin on the buggers including today, it aint going to be supertoon from me, they have to earn that, they have been awful and gutless for 8/10th of this season,its just to surreal for words this football club.

  • 16 Yo-yo // May 15, 2016 at 6:23 PM


    Please do not make any, not one, nix, null not a single prediction for next year.
    Nothing positive whatsoever.
    Every damn thing you predicted was totally and utterly wrong.
    I blame you and your total confidence in the manager, his coaching team, the players, team performances, defence, signings, finishing position etc., I think you jinxed the side completely and gave them totally the wring type of encouragement and even confidence that they did not deserve. So zip it for 2016-17 please.

  • 17 bettyswallocks // May 15, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    Ruddy……Let’s just say hypothetically, for argument’s sake that Rafa does stay which would presumably mean that Ashley has agreed to his terms and demands and agreed to give him the authority to manage the club from a position of final decision maker.

    I know you don’t expect this to happen and I know you don’t want it to happen as you will be hindered in your main objective to incite hatred for Ashley.

    Other than to sell the club or die which doesn’t look imminent, what does Ashley have to do to soften your aggressive agenda?

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