Rafa Benitez And Chris Hughton – Reactions After The Game


Two very popular managers were at St. James’ Park today – Rafa Benitez and Chris Hughton.

Chris did such a fantastic job for Newcastle back in the 2009-2010 season.

In his first job as a manager he got us promoted with a fabulous 102 points and 30 wins against all odds, when things looked really black in the summer of 2009 as owner Mike Ashley was trying to sell the club.

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Rafa Benitez and Chris Hughton this afternoon

Newcastle had  their 4th win in a row and our 3rd clean sheet in a week against Brighton – and the lads seem to be getting better as the season goes on.

Rafa seems to have straightened things out after those two initial defeats to Fulham and Huddersfield Town.

This is what a down to earth Rafa said after today’s game:

“It was important to win against a team going well with players and a manager who has experience in this division.”

“We got a lot of the things we were looking for today, but there is still room for improvement.”

“The team has been working very hard. But when you want change and improvement, it takes time.”

“It is good to have another win before the international break, and it would be good to carry it on, but we have a rest now.

Chris Hughton heard the chant “There’s Only One Chris Hughton” at the end of the game – but he was disappointed Brighton didn’t do better:

“I thought it was a harsh red card. If you watch the second challenge, the keeper kicks Sam Baldock. He is not that sort of player.”

“Newcastle were very efficient but it feels like a missed opportunity. They scored from two set pieces and although they hit the bar, we had the better chances.”

“We are disappointed because we felt we had a good chance today and we didn’t pose as much of a threat as we should have.”

This was an excellent win for us and now our next game is on September 10th at Derby County in exactly two weeks time after the International break – we have to win that one too.

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111 comments so far

  • manxpie

    Aug 27, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #1

    manxpie // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    ww seriously a CB?
    he’s played there less than 5 times lol
    he plays LB for wales he has played over 60 games for us at LB
    HE IS A LB!
    he didn’t play much last season so i agree he was a reason we were relegated but that is why
    once he came back in we were unbeaten, again which points to balance
    he is our best lb tell me anyone better?

    50manxpie // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:47 PM

    charlie there we go maybe it shows that people in the stadium don’t see the best picture

    sels was brilliant and the punches were very very needed btw

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  • BandB

    Aug 27, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #2

    I hope you got there Jail For Ashley…in time to see WWWW.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 27, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #3

    When I seen Brighton had Sidwell and Kayal in the engine room I knew if our lads in the middle turned it on we would boss them Shelvey and Hayden are streets ahead of them in every way

    Would still like us to try another bid for Knockaert he did look quality

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 27, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Also, it should be noted that the singing for Hughton was a very nice touch from the crowd in the last 5 minutes of the game – acknowledged by Hughton as well.

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 27, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #5

    manx
    His time as a CB was the only time he looked comfortable

    A better LB ok Lazaar

    Also Anita is a RB plain as day…how often has he played there for us?

    And Dummett is certainly not a scape goat he’s just not a good LB

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  • Novocastrian66

    Aug 27, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #6

    I can understand Hoots trying to put a positive slant on their performance however we outclassed Brighton today. I did not expect us to win and we controlled the game.
    As for the sending off; the challenge on Sels was definite yellow card, a second booking and therefore a sending off. There were some unjustified bookings today but that was not one.

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  • manxpie

    Aug 27, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #7

    ww he might have done well in CB but no one else over the years has done better than him at LB and you saying our new LW is better tells the story lol
    i want defenders to defend thats it and i want the other 5 to attack with add ons if possible

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  • Belfast

    Aug 27, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Yo-yo Few championship pundits predicting he’ll be a good signing.

    I would still take Knockart at the drop of a hat. We done a very good job on him today.

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  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 27, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #9

    A rueful Hughton said, “I was disappointed that we missed a really good opportunity to get something here.

    “We were up against a very good Newcastle side, who scored from two set-plays, in what arguably wasn’t one of our better performances, but we had the two best chances.

    “In the second half, I can’t remember a good opportunity that they had, but at that stage they had done their work and I think we missed a really good opportunity to get something here
    “I have had a look at Sam’s sending off again and it’s very harsh. My first impression was that he went for the ball and he got there just before the keeper. Seeing it again, Sam’s momentum is normal and if anything, it’s their keeper that’s kicked out.

    “I don’t know whether it’s the linesman or referee that’s made the decision, but I think it’s a very harsh one. At that stage, we needed to stay in the game and keep it at 1-0 as long as possible, and I felt that we could get stronger in the game. We did get stronger, even with ten, but at 2-0 it’s very difficult.”

    This is Hughtons full quote, seems a hugely distorted view, which is unusual for Hughton as he’s one of the most honest men in the game.

    Baldocks tackle on the keeper was definitely a yellow, just as it would have been if it happened anywhere else on the pitch between two outfield players. Don’t really understand anyone saying anything different

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  • manxpie

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #10

    novo i agree it was defo yellow always was but thankfully the only time we feigned injury so they got wat they deserved

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #11

    manx
    Then mate that may be the issue here, u see a FB spot as a very simple position might be why ur happy with a CB out there

    Rafa thus far has bought players to play in their positions but time will tell as to whether he’s knocked that on the head with Lazaar

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Superb win…

    Rafa effect starting to take shape. For the first time, we looked FAST on the ball thank God. Diame looked great actually bargain buy, so does Ritchie, Sels couple of great saves, Gouffy is re-born. Does he have a place in the team after all …could be.

    Still need that umph signing…things are starting to look up, hope we keep it up.

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  • manxpie

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #13

    after watching the game ww did one of the best wingers in this league which we were after, totally dismiss going down his wing?

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #14

    GeordieTwo

    I am right here I am not like the rest of the peachy squad when it goes bad also run away not to be seen so touché.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #15

    Some of Brightons rough house tactics were over the top but out players dished it out as well which was good to see!

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  • sammypee

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #16
  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #17

    From having loads of midfielders a couple of weeks ago, we now look a bit short there. Four players for three positions…

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  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Sorry Chris Hughton but how can you say your team had the better chances, you hit the bar and sels had to make a great save late in the match.

    We scored two, gourffran had 3 chances, one of those was hitting the bar, Ritchie had a chance in the first half that went for a corner and Shelvey could have scored his second goal but the keeper tip it away for a corner.

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  • Yo-yo

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #19

    Whatever happened to the James McCarthy rumour ? Apparently he’s put in a transfer request. Hope the part ex with Socks is still an option.

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  • manxpie

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #20

    ww the lack of LW links tells me he see’s him as a LW might be wrong but i don’t think so lets face it he used janmaat and anita as wingers

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  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #21

    SUTTY

    How do work that out?

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  • manxpie

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #22

    mccarthy had a shocker last season i hope to god we don’t get him

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #23

    manx
    Did u see the Fulham game? One of the average players in the league control the ball with his back and sauntered past a frozen Dummett…we aren’t going to agree mate so let’s agree to disagree?

    For me signing a LB to play LB sounds like a good idea, for u playing him LW in front of Dummett if the solution. I will go with whatever Rafa picks

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  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #24

    Isn’t James McCarthy a defensive midfielder.

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  • manxpie

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #25

    oh nd yedlin tonight

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #26

    manx
    One thing though do u think Galloway was going to play LW?

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #27

    Shelvey man of the match again for me. All played well except Perez who nevertheless gets 10/10 for effort and attitude.

    Sels needs to be more commanding but one very good save.

    I don’t know why but Jesus worries me. He’s done nothing much wrong so far because he’s not really been tested but there’s just something about him that puts the wind up me.

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  • NoahJ

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #28

    welshgeordie

    agreed- “we had the better chances”; I genuinely can’t think of any apart from the save from Sels at the end. we were good today, but Brighton were extremely poor

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #29

    @Sutty

    Agree with you there would like to see us sign another midfielder because once Hayden and Shelvey are out of the team we have a severe drop in quality with Colback and probably Anita in the middle who is much better at full back

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  • BandB

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #30

    sammypee

    The fans think Rafa is in charge of the transfers.
    The journos haven’t been told by him that he is.
    They want to see him do well, so they don’t push the question.

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  • Clematis

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #31

    What game was hoots watching??? Best chances?? We should have scored about 6. Their shot off the crossbar was offside. Ref totally in Brighton’s pocket – an absolute disgrace.

    All respect I had for hoots has gone. His team of thugs were sh!t.

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  • manxpie

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #32

    i did see the fulham game mate and that ludicrous skill got past him but for 90 mins of that same game he was up against 2 players non stop infact that same player and team have been performing since

    we won’t agree on this point but sorry i like all your posts and especially when you are the voice of reason
    but always look out for yours

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #33

    Both goals were first class. As a header and a free-kick they could have been admired at any level of game anywhere in the world.

    Great to see.

    I’ll say it again, I can’t wait for Mitro to start having chances on the end of Ritchie’s early crosses. Even better if we can get a similar left winger. Gayle will also benefit from this.

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  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #34

    LCBP, given the choice I would like to never see Anita or Colback play in CM for us again.
    For me Anita should be our first choice RB and only play there.
    Colback can be the teaboy
    The only three I want to see there are Diame, Shelvey & Hayden (who is doing brilliantly). All three of them started today so who is the back up.
    We do still have Tiote but I presume he will be offski.

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #35

    manx
    Haha sorry? Give over man haha mate I like ur post too but doesn’t mean we will always agree…be boring if we did

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  • funlovingexpress

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #36

    Sammy Pee how does it not look like Rafa is in charge of signings?
    The response was as expected.
    He wouldn’t say they were our players until medicals etc have been done.

    So he concentrated on the football. What is wrong with that?

    Its not like he is a doctor and can assess the medical evidence himself now is it?

    Its down to charnley to make sure everything goes swimmingly. He will be the one negotiating wages etc.

    Long gone are the days when a manager did that.

    He will tell charnley who he wants and its up to charnley to get him.

    The same as it is in almost every club in the land.

    Rafa walked from Liverpool because he was getting players pushed on him he didnt want.

    Do you really think he would act any different at a championship club?

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  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #37

    Sammypee…………… Rafa is in charge of transfers. He’s not in charge of overseeing medicals, negotiating contracts , or salaries or agent’s fees.
    He just gives his approval and Charnley does the admin. That was his point today when he said he didn’t know where they were upto with the admin. as he was busy organising the team to play a football match.

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #38

    I assume Rafa didn’t know we had a bid accepted and tbh nor should he on a match day, doesn’t mean he’s not in full control

    I don’t get people questioning that in all honesty it’s Rafa fing Benitez

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  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #39

    Rafa isn’t in charge of transfers, he just has the final say. Can you imagine him asking Charnley to sign Murphy?

    Rafa: Lee, I think we need to get another striker in
    Charnley: ok I’ll get Carr on it

    Charnley: right Rafa, here’s the list we’ve got for you
    Rafa: Where’s the rest of it, there’s only one name on here and I’ve never heard of him
    Charnley: look Rafa, were a bit short on readies as I haven’t been able to flog Sissoko, it’s him or no one, shit or bust
    Rafa: guess I’ll have to take the shit then, what’s his name again?

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  • mattyNUFC

    Aug 27, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #40

    and who cares about transfers?

    only posters like BandB who will look under any bin for a shred of negativity.

    it’s glaringly obvious these are all Rafa buys. Because he’s coy on it….nay, inclusive of the team effort behind the transfers, you lot jump on it

    we just won 2-0 against a top team in the division without our two best strikers. give it a rest

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