Our Man Of The Match – A Star In The Making – A MasterClass

Jonjo Shelvey in the past has been labeled as having a poor temperament and in all honesty it’s probably been overdone.

Jonjo came back to training on July 1st some 14 pounds lighter and he had employed a personal trainer over the summer and even shortened his summer holiday so he could to come back to pre-season super fit.

That’s not a bad attitude to have for a player whose club had just been relegated from the Premier League.


Manager Rafa Benitez and Jonjo Shelvey after the game
You played well kid – I’m quite pleased


After containing Derby County last Saturday and winning the game fairly easily 2-0, Newcastle followed that with a master-class of out-and-out attacking play at Loftus Road on Tuesday night to put in one of our best performances for a long time.

We won 6-0 – our biggest win in the league away from home for 54 years.

We’ve had some great publicity for it and for once Rafa Benitez is getting some credit for the miracle he’s overseeing at Newcastle United.

It was an unbelievable performance from our lads and to read the QPR press and the frustrated QPR fans after the game (we know what it feels like to get hammered)  – they agree with that assessment of Newcastle.

We were fantastic on the night.

The star man who ran the show for Newcastle was Jonjo Shelvey, who got two goals and now has three goals in the last three games and he looked a great player on the night.

Jonjo has always had the talent and even after the game when interviewed on nufcTV he was calm and said we have to do the same thing on Saturday afternoon and beat Wolves – we cannot relax.

So that Rafa Benitez winning mentality, borne by over 20 years as a player and a coach at Real Madrid, has certainly rubbed off on Jonjo and our players.

Jonjo was simply sensational on Tuesday night.

He got 70% of the vote and was followed by Ayoze Perez with 7% and Ayoze showed a physical presence at QPR which was good to see.

But it was really one terrific performance from every single one of our players, so we take our hats off to them all and thank them for a scintillating performance.

We are so proud of them.

Now we have to keep it up against Wolves on Saturday.

Howay the Lads!!

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13 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 15, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1

    A lot of people had down Lascelles as their player of the season in martoon predictions. But the front runners so far could be the unlikely duo of Gouffran and Shelvey.

  • Spoof

    Sep 15, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #2


    Your very pragmatic, I would love to go to a game and have a few pints with you, you talk so much sense, shame your not a woman, I’d do a part exchange for the one I’ve got.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 15, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Think I went for Shevley in MArtoon’s player of the season prediction.

    Was certainly defending him when others were ready to throw him on the scrapheap. Was dumbfounded that some were tearing into our 1 true playmaker, particularly after the reports of him coming back in better shape than ever with the determination to continue to improve.

    His mobility and stamina were always his issues and he’s gone a long way to addressing those, his quality will always show if he stays on top of his fitness, especially under Rafa’s tutelage.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 15, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #4

    But spoof,
    The new manager has come in and got rid of everyone who he thinks deliberately got rid of the last manager. I’d be careful going down that road if I was you!

  • Jib

    Sep 15, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #5

    Don’t forget Rafa bought him at 18 for Liverpool – him having played at U16 U17 and U19 for England.

    At Liverpool he played at U21 and full level for England.

    He seems to have recaptured his physique of those days.
    Born in East London I hope he plays as many games and is as successful as that other “Eastender” – the iconic Rob Lee.

  • Spoof

    Sep 15, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #6


    we should get martoon to add another prediction to his game, that being your Rafa bingo, what score will win it.

    I’d go for 45 to win it which does seem quite a high score based on the rotations that we have witnessed so far, but my thinking is that we are rotating as much as we are due to only one outfield player being injured, that being Aarons and surely that will change at some stage so when we are missing a few it could be easier to predict a line-up, then again——————it is Rafa the gaffer !!

  • expatmag

    Sep 15, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #7


    Teresa Hibbitt is a woman mate. Make her an offer she cannot refuse……lol

  • stuart no9

    Sep 15, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #8

    i only saw the highlights of the game on tuesday , but what i noticed was shelvey played a part in every single goal, even the ones that hit the post . His passing was simple but productive , his tackling was clean, his movement on the ball was confident, his awareness and reading of the game from the first whistle was pure scholesy at his best. the best personell performance ive seen for a long time , as for the attacking , that was pure keegan era from 96. More of the same on saturday lads . brilliant

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 15, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #9

    Hail- I saw Jonjo at Southend and it was clear just how much effort he had put into his overall fitness. Everything went through him and he dictated the play – outstanding albeit in a friendly.

    I was surprised that Benitez left him out at seasons start but clearly it was all part of sending a clear message to him and the team. He’s being spoken of as being in an England squad before too long but let the toon get maximum benefit from his current form.

  • Spoof

    Sep 15, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #10


    some of the regular’s this season have been, Anita, Mbemba, Lascellas, Dummett, Shelvey, Gouffran, Colback and Perez, can you name one of those who done better before Rafa came, seriously Jail, in any form of work place if a manager wants to get the best out of his/her work-force then he/she has got to get the respect of their workforce, without respect of their manager results will not be as good as they could be, football is no different.

  • Spoof

    Sep 15, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #11


    Teresa Hibbitt, or is that Terry for short, Terry Hibbitt, now he was a footballer and a half, not sure about an offer but he could certainly make a pass !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 15, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #12

    I understand what your saying but there seems to still be a bit of opinion that Mclaren was solely to blame for relegation and the sight of him with his head in his hands did nothing to help him. It’s all very well saying a better manager would have got more out of the players but it’s a moot point as a better manager wouldn’t have worked under the conditions he did.

  • Essex Geordie

    Sep 15, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #13

    I was at the game on Tuesday along with around 50 of us in the stand next to the Toon Army. Unfortunately we couldn’t celebrate the goals on the outside but inside we were ecstatic. What a performance from all 14 of the players and the Toon Army. Our dream is to join you all at one of our away games and thoroughly embrace the atmosphere. What a difference Rafa is making and when he gets us promoted he should be given the highest award the city can bestow on him. Finally I would like to heap praise on one of our players who I think is going to be a real star and that is Hayden. He quietly went about his job on Tuesday breaking down the opposition and the giving the ball tho jonjo to do his stuff. Roll on the next game.


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