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Rafa Benitez And Chris Hughton – Reactions After The Game

9:45 pm, Saturday, August 27th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 111 Comments

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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  • 1 manxpie // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    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

  • 2 BandB // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:51 PM

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

  • 3 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    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

  • 4 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    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.

  • 5 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    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

  • 6 Novocastrian66 // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    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.

  • 7 manxpie // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    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

  • 8 Belfast // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    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.

  • 9 SUTTY1978 // Aug 27, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    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

  • 10 manxpie // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:00 PM

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

  • 11 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    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

  • 12 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    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.

  • 13 manxpie // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:03 PM

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

  • 14 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:03 PM


    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.

  • 15 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:03 PM

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

  • 16 sammypee // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    So is Rafa in charge of transfers or not?

    This article makes it sound like he’s not.

  • 17 SUTTY1978 // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:04 PM

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

  • 18 welshgeordie9 // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    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.

  • 19 Yo-yo // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    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.

  • 20 manxpie // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    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

  • 21 welshgeordie9 // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:06 PM


    How do work that out?

  • 22 manxpie // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:07 PM

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

  • 23 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    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

  • 24 welshgeordie9 // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Isn’t James McCarthy a defensive midfielder.

  • 25 manxpie // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    oh nd yedlin tonight

  • 26 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:08 PM

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

  • 27 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    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.

  • 28 NoahJ // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:09 PM


    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

  • 29 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:09 PM


    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

  • 30 BandB // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:09 PM


    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.

  • 31 Clematis // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    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.

  • 32 manxpie // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    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

  • 33 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    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.

  • 34 SUTTY1978 // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    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.

  • 35 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    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

  • 36 funlovingexpress // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    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?

  • 37 bettyswallocks // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:23 PM

    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.

  • 38 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    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

  • 39 SUTTY1978 // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    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?

  • 40 mattyNUFC // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    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

  • 41 anthc // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    I thought we controlled the game well today and what a massive improvement to our last two home league games.
    Gouffran take a bow, you worked your socks off considering your supposed to be getting pushed out the door.
    On a sour note I know the officials played their part but the amount of stupid free kicks we gave away was far too many for my liking. Could be our downfall if we’re not careful. On the whole though, I actually enjoyed the game and came out happy. Onwards and upwards!

  • 42 sparky55 // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    I see some are trying to erode the euphoria of what will prove to be a very telling result come the end of the season.

    Who gives flying fcuk what Rafa is or isn’t in charge of at the club…so long as he’s in charge of the coaching then we’ll be fine…he’s doing a great job and we’ll be fine

    Stop fcuking whinging FFS…we’re in very good hands and he’ll get us over the line.

    Keep the faith!!!!

  • 43 mattyNUFC // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    and for the record BandB, long long ago you were a joy on this blog…a voice of reason in a wasteland of stardusts and gorgonzolas. you’ve become nothing but a tired ol’ record these days

  • 44 sparky55 // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    I see some are trying to erode the euphoria of what will prove to be a very telling result come the end of the season.

    Who gives a flying fcuk what Rafa is or isn’t in charge of at the club…so long as he’s in charge of the coaching then we’ll be fine…he’s doing a great job and we’ll be fine

    Stop fcuking whinging FFS…we’re in very good hands and he’ll get us over the line.

    Keep the faith!!!!

  • 45 sparky55 // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    doh…dont know what happened there like…too much sauce and fat fingers…sorry lads!

  • 46 welshgeordie9 // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Well said sparky55.

  • 47 welshgeordie9 // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    Can’t believe some already moaning about Murphy, poor sod is not even here yet, ffs.

  • 48 anthc // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    Oh and while I’m on, can someone tell lascelles to sort his hair. Apologies in advance but men with these little knot ponytails look like twats!
    Sorry if anyone has one!!!!

  • 49 sparky55 // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    Welsh…very pissed but muddling through 🙂

  • 50 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    Am not excited by Murphy but Rafa knows more than anyone on here

    Plus I grew to adore Kuqi so fingers crossed

  • 51 jimmysmith // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    Surely in charge of transfers at a big club with so many other responsibilities involved in being the manager means first and final say when push comes to shove on the positions that need strengthening and targets, with Carr responsible for the scouting, Charnley the business of getting it done, and Ashley the money. How else would it work?

    Great to see Shelvey and Gouffran do well. Hayden and Shelvey can potentially be our epl central mid next year, and Gouffran our left winger this, or at least provide good competition for a worrying position for us. Yedlin might also offer us another alternative further forward on the left. Squad and side starting to look the business.

    I like the way he’s doing it without rash moves in the market, because inevitably a lot more money will need to be spent should we go up, and if it isn’t in the coffers when the time comes, then we will be at the mercy of the owner and FFP, which wouldn’t augur so well.

  • 52 spitfire_ // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    I like Hughton a lot, but he’s wrong about the red card. Sels kick the ball, and his leg couldn’t stop instantly. So Sels didn’t kick Baldock. Also i’m sure that if this was happen at their goalie, they will want at least yellow card.

    This is a yellow card at any time. Doesn’t metter is it the first minute of the game, the last one, if this should be second yellow for a player or the first.

  • 53 welshgeordie9 // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:39 PM


    I liked that comment.

    ha ha ha

  • 54 Tsunki // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    I think jamal has a steelie in that knot to give his hammer header more balance send power 🙂

  • 55 lochinvar // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    While most of the talk is about individual transfers it does appear that there is a big picture plan devised by Ashley and delivered by Charnley and Rafa.
    Namely sell all the big tine Charlie’s such as Gini, Townsend and Sissoko to recoup transfer fees but also to reset the wages structure at the club and save significantly on what may have been some exorbitant wages. Krul’s new contract and loan to Ajax also fits that directive but I exclude him from the above as his heart and soul has been with Newcastle and only the bad injuries he has had have affected his position.
    Players such as Murphy coming in is clearly part of the plan – cover for Mitro , Cup matches and super sub when we need some height to attack tiring defences. It’s
    The team today were up for it as a team and it was good to see a fired up Gouffran , such a pity that strike came back off the bar.
    The ref was very close to loosing control of the game and clearly had TV fever but that apart lots of happy faces. Sorry for the wee lad walking back after the game who went smack into a lampost, he’s ok but that ref would have red carded him too for dangerous walking.

  • 56 Tsunki // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Well I’m no trying to get cold water on the result but I must admit the tone of Rafas deflection about the state of transfers did worry me a little but. On reflection I suppose he just doesn’t get immersed in the nitty gritty of Contracts and cheque writing is all. And that he really does think a middling 33year old striker is a bargain. 😐

  • 57 jimmysmith // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    I also agree that was clearly a second yellow. It was a late challenge taking the man at full speed and not the ball.

  • 58 Bobbybee // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    That was about the best we’ve played for quite a while. No individual stars today, just a well balanced all round team performance – what you’ve come to expect from a Rafa side. Gave Shelvey motm for his all round effort and killer free kick, but really it could’ve been anybody today. All the ott panicking after the first two games was unnecessary – the team just needed time to click and it’s clearly coming together.
    Ref had a nightmare, but having seen him before I know he’s usually very good. Just one of those days I suppose. 😉
    Anyway, onward and upwards from here hopefully. Like a juggernaut – slow to get going and then crush everything in our path. Easy being my pessimistic self after that performance. 😉 And now to watch Star Wars.

  • 59 JamesToon // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    Murphy will do a job for us this season. People were asking for an alternative to Mitro if he gets injured, we’ve got one.

  • 60 Tsunki // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Bobbybee – I the end they all die btw 🙂

  • 61 bettyswallocks // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    Unfortunately there are a few posters on here that are determined to keep the theory going that we are still operating under the wrath of a dictator and his subordinates with the sole intention of exploiting NUFC fans with no intentions of providing us with a competetive football team.

    To discuss the wicked tyrant and his vile agenda is only really of interest to most of us when it’s obvious that the team is crap, the manager is crap and there appears to be no hope for the future. When we have a new manager who has had a complete clear out of the old guard and put in place a new playing staff that actually looks fit for purpose then the Ashley haters have to sit in hope that we will slip up so that all us Wonga Top wearing nitwits can be reminded again that we are blindly supporting a regime that is giving us more of the same.

    An example of

  • 62 ShirebrookToon // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    Except chewbacca

  • 63 Tsunki // Aug 27, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    I don’t know what the pundits were trying to sell but the forward knew Sels would kick long before he got there even to block. Professional foul all day, designed to shake the keeper.

    We always seem to get these match day bods who moan about the team we are beating needing to beef up their attack to get back into the game, or if we are losing they bang on about how the opposition need to deal the killer blow and finish us off. If it’s not ex mackems it’s disgruntled ex-mags 🙁

  • 64 Tsunki // Aug 27, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    An example of what Betty? WhaAATTT? WHAAAATTTTT?

  • 65 bettyswallocks // Aug 27, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Tsunki…….. Tactical withdrawal of sentence after the first half.

  • 66 JamesToon // Aug 27, 2016 at 11:17 PM


    If Rafa was still under the conditions that mcclaren and pardew were under, he would have walked out by now. I truly believe every single signing and player sale he’s had the last word on, and I think he’s told Graham Carr to look at more domestic based players, and also used his own knowledge, it’s so obvious that Ritchie and Gayle were his signings as he likes wingers that have pace can cross and cut in and shoot but also work their socks off, Ritchie ticks all those boxes, he also likes strikers with pace who will run the channels that’s what we’ve got with Gayle

  • 67 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 27, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    I agree with those saying Perez was decent today. He did what was asked of him in a set-up which was not ideal for him. And by the way we deserved to have a lot of those fouls given against us. They are a physically stronger team and our players struggled with that at times. They were well in the game when the red card came and all. Good 3 points to collect though, no doubt about it. Thought M’Bemba had a top game today.

  • 68 JamesToon // Aug 27, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    Rafa just isn’t a yes man, and charnley and Ashley are doing their jobs properly and sticking to what they’re best at. Contracts etc are probably still operated by charnley with probs barely any input from Rafa, but by no means are charnley and Carr forcefully choosing the players for Rafa. You can just tell with the kind of signings we’ve made. Imo this is one of the best transfer windows we’ve had in years as we’re getting rid of the overpaid deadwood and mercenaries and players who don’t want to be here, and our bringing in players that address issues like lack of work rate, pace, physicality, and domestic experience. Most of these signings I would have taken if we were in the premier league. Players like Thauvin and Cabella, Riviere, de Jong, obertan, marveaux, just aren’t on the same levels as Ritchie, Gayle, Diame, Hayden etc

  • 69 bettyswallocks // Aug 27, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    James……… That’s the whole point of a fresh start, long overdue I might add, with a proper manager who is being allowed to manage.

    If we can’t have some hope that things might be changing for the better after years of terrible decision making then what’s the point.
    I don’t want to continue being a fan steeped in negativity and cynicism even if others do.

  • 70 JamesToon // Aug 27, 2016 at 11:31 PM


    Exactly mate. It’s pretty obvious that things have changed hopefully for the better and it will stay like this for the foreseeable future.

    If they hadn’t have changed their ways, Rafa wouldn’t be here…simple.

  • 71 JamesToon // Aug 27, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    Really want to just get rid of Sissoko now ASAP, even if the bid is as low as £20m just get rid, and Riviere just get rid of him no matter How much the bids are.

    never thought I’d say this, but I hope we keep Gouffran!

  • 72 itsmehere // Aug 27, 2016 at 11:39 PM

    Great win today,thought the whole team played well . Good to see Chris Hughton back in toon, however wasn’t convinced with his summary of the game. His team “didn’t play as well as they normally do “, just a thought Chris ,the toon didn’t allow your team to play well !!.
    The tactics Rafa employed was to stifle your ball players and harry your defenders into playing the ball long,thus cutting out any penetration from midfield. Once that was maintained that nullified your attackers.
    For the toon to be able to do that for 90minutes of course is demanding but Rafa is building a team who can perform for the whole game . Onwards and upwards!.

  • 73 Belfast // Aug 27, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    Manxpie do you look out for my posts? He he

  • 74 Belfast // Aug 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    Look and skip no doubt lol

  • 75 Belfast // Aug 28, 2016 at 12:05 AM

    Rafa was concentrating on the football and charmless was looking after business. There was nowt out of the ordinary about it imo

  • 76 manxpie // Aug 28, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    belfast ofcourse i do i replied to you last time which you totally blanked me so i have taken where i stand 🙁

  • 77 manxpie // Aug 28, 2016 at 12:20 AM

    maybe i should have said buster i don’t know but i am hurt 🙁

  • 78 Belfast // Aug 28, 2016 at 12:25 AM

    Sorry about that Buster must have missed it.

  • 79 Belfast // Aug 28, 2016 at 12:27 AM

    Must have been below or above one of Tsunkis posts. I usually scroll fastly when I see his name pop up.

  • 80 Essex Geordie Bill // Aug 28, 2016 at 1:27 AM

    Give it a few more games and I think Huddersfield will start to implode, I reckon they are punching well above their weight.

    Fulham I think will figure in the playoffs.

    The present league table will look a lot different come February/March and we will be way ahead by then.

    I’ve seen it in my crystal balls.

  • 81 Essex Geordie Bill // Aug 28, 2016 at 1:29 AM

    I don’t suppose there is anyone about now, not in this time zone anyway.

  • 82 JP...from The Rock // Aug 28, 2016 at 1:55 AM

    I am still here Essex! And still buzzing after todays result! 🙂 Really hope we finalize the Lazaar signing tomorrow. We seem to be well interested in Atsu I think he’ll do well for us. It’s hard not to be impressed by a new LW as what we’ve had for years have been mediocre to say the least. I really like that Rafa is trying to inject more pace into the team as pace is a crucial quality to have in any modern football team. We now have competition in all positions and we’ve never had that I hink. It seems that at long last we are finally being run like a proper football team.

  • 83 Essex Geordie Bill // Aug 28, 2016 at 2:17 AM

    Hi JP it must be late where you are as well, another night owl. 🙂

    I think the sheer size of our squad compared to our rivals and it’s quality should be enough to get us top two position by the end of the season.

    I don’t think Rafa will tinker too much with what he regards is his best team so some of the newbies will not be automatic starters.

    But as most of us are saying there is real competition for places now.

  • 84 Essex Geordie Bill // Aug 28, 2016 at 2:23 AM

    I had better get some sleep as I have a busy day tomorrow,so goodnight and pleasant Toon dreams.

  • 85 DubaiMicky // Aug 28, 2016 at 4:41 AM

    @ Essexx Boy Bill, Didn’t everyone say the same about Leicester last year?

    I’d love Huddersfield to go up – in second place to us of course.

  • 86 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 28, 2016 at 7:05 AM

    It was pleasing to see Shelvey still running hard towards the end of the game. Hasn’t generally been the case since we’ve had him here I’d venture to say. Looks like he really did put in some solid fitness work in the off season so fair play to him for that.

  • 87 JDdubai // Aug 28, 2016 at 7:06 AM

    Lets get these signings in and we should be ready to rock in 2 weeks.

    Murphy as backup to Mitro.
    Lazaar LB
    Just need 2 wide players ideally – would happily take Knockaert, tyhink he could handle the PL too so put in a 15m bid now and accept 20-25 for Moussa to fund the deal if need be.

  • 88 Veltman // Aug 28, 2016 at 7:13 AM

    lordy – how did you managed to fully say there wasn’t even a problem? Ofcourse there was.
    Our displays and the manner we had lost those two games were worrying.No cutting edge, no proper movement and barely threatening?
    Ofcourse you can’t win every game and couple of losses are expected but you can’t accept a defeat by the likes of Huddersfield at home.

  • 89 hibbitt // Aug 28, 2016 at 7:23 AM

    just read through the comments made during the game yesterday it looks like we have more than one loony toon

    do people ever look back and read what they wrote ??

  • 90 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 28, 2016 at 7:28 AM

    Why are so many complaining of Murphy. He’s brought in simply as a back up when mitrovic gets his usual 3 match suspension from red card.

    We are a championship club and attracting quality players are hard. We just need to accept that this season. As long as the average players perform better than expected of them. We’ll be fine.

  • 91 Bambams // Aug 28, 2016 at 7:35 AM

    i must admit i was not sure we would get all three points yesterday, well chuffed and was this the game the boys ‘clicked’…..

    I am also going to stick my neck out here, i reckon Lazaar is going to be some player. Spent quite a bit of time yesterday reading as much as i could about him and a bit of Denniswisetube…. I think this kid will do well. just hope he gets off to a good start.

  • 92 davis_toons // Aug 28, 2016 at 7:36 AM

    Diame is the Steel and the Drive.

    We badly needed this kind of player to set confidence to the team so that others play well.

  • 93 SUTTY1978 // Aug 28, 2016 at 7:43 AM


    I remember the same thing being said about Colback “don’t worry, he’s only coming in as back up, he’s not Cabayes replacement”. He then played (badly) in nearly every game from then on.
    One of the few things I agree about with our transfer policy is buying younger players. Everyone likes to see a player that can improve.
    Murphy had one good season 2 years ago, that’s one good season in his entire career. If you’re going to get a 33 year old then at least get one that has been absolute class in his career and can bring that winning mentality with him. This guy is just an awful journey man. 20 odd games for Ireland without a goal tells its own story.

  • 94 check the toastie // Aug 28, 2016 at 7:44 AM

    We should get Knockheart, he is the real deal, offer 20million he guarantees promotion.

    Mbemba was the best classiest player on pitch, brilliant player.

  • 95 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 28, 2016 at 7:58 AM

    check the toastie – I voted Mbemba as my MOM. Looking at the results I figured I’d got it wrong so I’m pleased to see your comment

  • 96 Jail for Ashley // Aug 28, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Daryl Murphy is not a stellar signing. He is a big lump who has signed to sit on the bench or in the stands so when the lunatic lump Mitrovich is injured or suspended he can do a job. If our resident lunatic manages to stay injury free

  • 97 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 28, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    Give my full teams opinion now

    Great Win
    Sh*t ref
    Not a Chris Hughton team that I can remember – tried the get in the TOON’s faces kick us instead of playing football.
    My MOM was Goufran all over the park today tackled ran shot always available for the pass passed well which freed up space for Shelvey to do his tricks
    Not far behind was Shelvey and Diame.
    and I thought Perez battled away without much help upfront – did well with the lack of good ball he saw
    Anita another good game at full back
    Week points none really y – maybe Sells for his command of the six yard box and his punching.
    SELS – 6 had his best game for the TOON – still looks a bit shaky in the airing when diving to save needs to punch palm it it out or away from goal a lot stronger.
    DUMMETT – 6 had a decent game put in one great sliding
    tackle first half
    MBEMBA – 8 Oozed Class had all the time in the world today
    LASCALLES – 7 best game this season scored looked like a well worked training pitch goal
    ANITA – 7 another excellent game great little tackle when need be
    RICHIE 7 Quieter game for the Toon but still played well great delivery for first goal
    SHELVEY – 8 Another who had his best game this season great free kick bossed midfield
    DIAME – 8 Excellent all-round performance – better than Sissoko and with attitude
    HAYDEN – 8 Excellent on the ball today made it look simply got it passed it moved
    GOUFRAN – 8.5 Just edged it for me covered every blade of grass – great shot that hit the bar, another volley just over the top, great clearing header from a corner, passed, moved closed the opposition down, got it, passed it – creates space for our other midfielders by his running and positional sense.
    PEREZ – 7.5 that is for his effort up-front again chased a losses cause at times and got back and got a couple of tackles in – needs a player to play-off to be most effectual.

    SUBS not on long enough really to give a merit
    GAMEZ – slotted in well kept ball moving
    COLBACK – what can you say…Gallowgate taking bets to see how long it would take before he gave away a free kick – alas 5 minutes – quite a long time for him
    YEDLIN – didn’t touch the ball

    Wet-weather gear on and away for the papers

  • 98 Jail for Ashley // Aug 28, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    And does not get himself suspended Murphy will have limited game time. Another 15M striker would not be prepared to do that and more than likely would not join a Championship club in the first place.

  • 99 nut meg // Aug 28, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    A solid showing from every player yesterday which promises a lot for the long season ahead.It brings a bit of pride back and puts a spring in the step of fans once more.I can’t name my man of the match, just too many to choose from. The best team performance for a long long time.At long last we’ve somebody in control who knows how it build a team/squad instead of just buying for sell on gain.We’re well on the way to having those solid foundations that some of us on here said were so badly wanted & needed. We can expect clean sheets to be the norm now rather than the 3/4 goal mauling’s that have been so common over recent seasons. I’m excited for the future of our beloved football club instead of fearing the death of it. Onward & upwards

  • 100 davis_toons // Aug 28, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    @67 ..agreed. Perez was doing what he was told to do. He did ok but his touches could have been better.

    His link up play, forward pressing was to let Gouffran, Diame and Ritchie to come forward and press together. Supported by both Shelvey and Hayden.

    Making it compact at the top, once we got the ball back, we were attacking like a pack of wolf.

    Rafa..all the way…10 years extension for me.
    Even now McClaren, is still above Pardew for me (those goals not converted weekly really cost him his job)

    Look at Pardew with CP the club is almost giving him their cheque book and only time will tell.

    If Pardew were to get the England job, i think England football team is done, i mean done deal…gameover! Even if it survive the rounds don’t expect to win any cups.

  • 101 Budge123 // Aug 28, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    Really good game.
    Not impressed with Brighton.
    Ref dreadful.
    Ritchie had quieter game than usual. Good that others covered that.
    We looked a good team and at times looked like we will take someone apart.

    Disappointed with the subs. We should be going for the game at 2-0 against 10 men and Armstrong a proper chance. But a small negative on a good day.

  • 102 firebug666 // Aug 28, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    Loved the win yesterday, and great to see the team working together. They look stronger and wiser than any team we have had in the past few years.

    Players that we had written off like Gouffran for example are now showing what they can do in a team that actually works. He was able to show what he can bring to the team simply because they move forward and backward as a unit, this was allowing players to create space and options to pass the ball around and frustrate the opposition and we did that well yesterday.

    The only downside was the Ref, he was poor and gave a few unnecessary yellow cards that may come back to haunt us later in the season if key players get suspended.

    All in all a great day for NUFC and nice to see the fans buzzing again. HWTL

  • 103 Budge123 // Aug 28, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Anyone else worried that Mbemba isn’t here post Wednesday?
    He would be worth a punt for many premiership teams.
    Hopefully nothing comes in for him

  • 104 firebug666 // Aug 28, 2016 at 8:31 AM


    Arsenal are showing an interest according to reports, but I am confident he will still be here after Wednesday marra.

  • 105 Budge123 // Aug 28, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Hopefully they’ve spent their money!
    Fingers crossed he’s still here and that Le Sulk isn’t

  • 106 Spoof // Aug 28, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    Great performance yesterday, we really have set a bench mark now as we were streets ahead of Brighton in every department and they only missed out on promotion due to goal difference and have not sold any of their better players but have strengthened their squad so it really does bode well for us.

    So many positives, Hayden was a serious concern for me as the anchor role is so vital, win or compete in that area and you have a chance, lose that area and your goose’d as we were so often last season with Colback and Anita in that role, and with me not knowing Hayden and with Tiote looking likely to finally leave I was seriously concerned, not now, and with Rafa doing what Rafa rarely does by having only one anchor man, especially against what is possibly one of the best if not the best team in the league and for Hayden on his own still being able to dominate then that was really pleasing.

    Another positive has got to be Shelvey, what a game and what a free kick, with Hayden being the sole anchor man and doing his job so well it allowed Shelvey to play higher up the pitch and what a difference it made, due to playing a few yards higher he was in a position where he could dictate the play and what a job he made of it.

    The biggest positive of all though for me was the role the defence made, it was noticeable that they were playing a higher line than what we have been playing so far this season which gave very little space to Brighton and it allowed Shelvey and Diame to push on and dictate the play which they did.

    What a difference from the first two matches where for me Rafa was too conservative and paid our opponents too much respect which resulted in drab displays which were so negative that they were scary, but now after seeing us play a higher line, allow Hayden to be a one man anchor and then take the game to the opposition and do it to great effect then I have to say that I am rather happy at present, but we have to keep it up !

  • 107 Spoof // Aug 28, 2016 at 8:45 AM


    I can imagine many PL teams wanting Mbemba, but so far Rafa has always got a replacement in before he has allowed a player who he rates to leave, so unless we sign another CH by Wednesday I fully expect Mbemba to stay put.

  • 108 Moonraker15 // Aug 28, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    Rafa is the new King of Newcastle! Best thing to happen to the club since KK in ’92.
    Seeing him rebuild our club I’d s nothing short of amazing!

  • 109 Moonraker15 // Aug 28, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    * is

  • 110 Moonraker15 // Aug 28, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    There’s only on e place Mbemba is going and that’s the PL with the Toon next season !

  • 111 davis_toons // Aug 28, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    This kind of display really created competition for places and keep every players on their toes.

    It really motivate players to train to start the game and not r&r on the bench and collect their pay cheque.

    Think about those players not playing today. What are their thoughts now? (only those that wanted to stay)

    i guess is to work harder and be ready to start and put on a good show.

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