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Rafa Benitez Disagrees With The Press

9:33 am, Thursday, September 15th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 23 Comments

It was a terrific performance from our lads on Tuesday night at Loftus Road and everything seemed to click and it will now be interesting to see how we play against Wolves on Saturday afternoon at St. James’ Park.

We don’t necessarily expect the same level of performance, but hopefully we can get the win – which is always job one in any game.

rafa benitez training

Rafa Benitez – feet firmly in the ground

We were hammered by the press after the first two games of the season – both losses – after we were installed as red-hot favorites not only to get promoted but to win the Championship.

Of course it’s exactly what the press loves – a big upset – so they put the boot in on Newcastle after those two initial defeats.

We should point out that didn’t come from the local press who remained fully supportive of Rafa and the lads during those two bad defeats.

Rafa was asked about those two initial defeats today and this is what he said:

“I don’t think we played well in the first two games but we weren’t as bad as people said.”

“They said we deserved to lose, I don’t think so.” “But we can’t change that.”

“We had a difficult game away at Bristol and it showed sometimes you can win without playing really well.”

“At QPR we had both things, we played well and got the result.”

“Maybe against Fulham or Huddersfield we could have got a draw and it would have been totally different.

“You have to do things well, look forward and try to improve your team.”

Newcastle are a massive club who have won nothing since 1969.

But there is some envy and even jealousy in the second division – but Rafa has always said this season will be very tough for Newcastle – he has never wavered from that.

The 56 year-old has never said it would be easy and we just love the way he always respects the opposition before and after every single game.

He is a credit to the club and a terrific front man for Newcastle United.

But he still gets criticized – that always happens when you are successful – the more successful you are the more you get criticized.

All Newcastle have to do is to keep respecting our opponents and the Championship – which is no doubt a very tough league to play in – and if do that we should be OK.

After four years of pain and suffering at Newcastle we are certainly not getting carried away this season and we are pleased and thankful for every single win we can get on the board.

We just need to keep it up – that’s all – and to get promoted next May would be a dream come true.

That’s how we feel – with pain comes compassion – and we knew exactly what it was like for those QPR fans on Tuesday night.

Howay The Lads!!

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23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Sep 15, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    On previous

  • 2 Spoof // Sep 15, 2016 at 9:47 AM


    spot on mate I totally agree, but that doesn’t alter the fact that intentionally or not they do a lot more for Rafa than what they did for McClaren, now some would say that is unprofessional, which I can understand, but me personally I would say that is human nature as I do exactly the same myself, and footballers are human after all, which at times people do seem to forget.

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Sep 15, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    It’s natural to apply yourself more to someone you like and respect. I don’t agree with Toon Prodigy on it being nothing to do with the managers but see where he’s coming from when people like expat and anthc absolve Ashley from any blame because he allowed Churnley and Carr 80M to spend.

  • 4 Jib // Sep 15, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Lee Ryder in the Ronnie Gill suggests 6 fresh players who may start against Wolves on Saturday

    Jack Colback, Dwight Gayle and Mo Diame unused subs at Loftus Road and Daryl Murphy, Jesus Gamez and Achraf Lazaar are fresh.

    Not trying to effect Jails bingo like

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Sep 15, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    I doubt Lee Ryder would get five points either, it’s Rafa bingo not Jails bingo

  • 6 Ron Knee // Sep 15, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Good morning, Jib

    Who are you today?

  • 7 Spoof // Sep 15, 2016 at 10:04 AM


    I can see both sides on that one, on one side who allowed Carr to spend that £80m, straight away Ashley has some responsibility, but at the same time managers can still eran respect under difficult circumstances, McClaren clearly didn’t as he was dreadful from day one as was Carver, but Pardew did a lot better than both of them and based on Joey Barton’s view that Pardew was loked amongst the squad and seeing that both Cabaye and Remy have rejoined him at Palace you can see how respect for Pardew could have been there, perhaps that is why he done better than both Carver and McClaren.

    So Ashley has some responsibility but even so Pardew gained the players respect so that has got to be a failing from Carver and McClaren.

  • 8 RolandoOverhead // Sep 15, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
    (Albert Einstein)

    With reference to the above, we witnessed McLaren, Carver and Pardew playing Saylor or Willo alongside Collo.
    We conceded 15-16 (65), 14-15 (63), 13-14 (59), 12-13 (68) nuff said.

  • 9 Spoof // Sep 15, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Jail, did anyone get the five points on Tuesday ?

  • 10 Jail for Ashley // Sep 15, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    But like I said, no decent manager would work under those restrictions, even the bang to below average Pardew bailed out in the end.

  • 11 expatmag // Sep 15, 2016 at 10:07 AM


    From the last thread regarding whose responsibility it was.

    McLaren was yhe head coach. He organised the training. He set tbe tactics. He selected the team. He made the substititions. He would have had a say in who we spent tbe 80 million quid on.

    Whether true or not, Rafa hasnt spent any money. In fact, he has made a 30 million pound profit. The team is far far better ubder his tutorship.

  • 12 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Sep 15, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    ed says we were red hot favorites to win championship. we are now even shorter at evens. against wolves in league cup on tuesday we are 21/20 incredibly good as we will put out a team of players who will be playing for a run in the team.

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Sep 15, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Nobody came forward, a guy called Tynemouth said he got everyone but Gouffran but I never checked it out.

  • 14 Jib // Sep 15, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Jail’s Rafabingo©
    Has a ring to it.

  • 15 Spoof // Sep 15, 2016 at 10:09 AM


    with all due respect that is all they had to choose from, what would you expect, Aarons or Anita to be played at CB, Pardew made it clear that he wanted a towering CB but Carr signed Mbiwa instead, so as far as insanity goes, nuff said.

  • 16 hibbit // Sep 15, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    spoof i can assure you i am a man with 4 kid to my credit 41…..36/////////////12 and 10 had two goes at this wife thing
    on the name Hibbit terry and his family live in a club house next to my mam for a number of years lovely family on one occasion my mam fell and broke her arm terry took her to the general and stayed with her till we arrived a pure gentleman
    sadly missed by all who knew him

  • 17 Spoof // Sep 15, 2016 at 10:11 AM


    does that mean that I am joint league leader lol.

    On that note, these night shifts are telling me it’s past my bed time, see ya’s later.

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Sep 15, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    That there can be no doubt of. But the blame has to be shared between, Llambias, JfK, Churnley and Mcardew with Ashley taking the lions share for our eventual relegation, it didn’t happen overnight it’s been threatening since we finished fifth.

  • 19 Ron Knee // Sep 15, 2016 at 10:12 AM


    Reliable reports suggest he didn’t want Coloccini, but he went along with the ‘Board’s’ decision.

  • 20 Jib // Sep 15, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Pretty comprehensive

  • 21 Jail for Ashley // Sep 15, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    That is why it is a joy to have Rafa who has demanded four CB’s to choose from.

  • 22 martoon // Sep 15, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Jail – just checked what you were asking on the last blog.
    4 people have predicted Shelvey as Player of the Season including your big mate jib 🙂 . Amazingly Essex Geordie Bill has Shelvey as Player of the Season and Gouffran as top goal scorer – I thought he was joking but obviously he knew something we didn’t 🙂

  • 23 davis_toons // Sep 15, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    Florian thauvin scored…

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