Rafa On What Newcastle Learned And How The Team Played


Newcastle did well to come back last night and have a fairly convincing 2-0 win against Wolves and move into the last 16 of the EFL (League) Cup and the draw for the 4th round is at around 9:30 pm tonight – so we’ll see who we get int he next round.

Rafa, the coaches and the players seemed to have done  a lot of work in short time period to learn form the many mistakes the lads made on Saturday in losing our first game in seven to Wolves by a 2-0 scoreline.

Goals in the first half from Matt Ritchie and Yoan Gouffran were enough to get us through the tie.

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Rafa Benitez on the touchline last night

But this will be an excellent learning exercise for the team that we have to tun up in every single game whether we have won, lost or drawn the previous game.

And we missed lots of chances in that second half otherwise the scoreline would have been a lot more impressive than just 2-0.

A pleased Rafa Benitez was asked on nufcTV if the team had learned from Saturday’s game:

“Yeah, I think so. We analyzed Saturday’s game and we were prepared for this approach.”

“Afterwards, they changed and played with two big lads up front, but still we managed to make some changes so I was really pleased with the reaction of the team.”

“I think it was important to show that we’re good enough to win these kind of games, and we did it.” “We changed players and still the team did a good job so I was really pleased.”

“We go through, we played quite well and we scored great goals.”

“To start the game well is always really important for the confidence; for some players, it was their debut so to have everyone involved and doing well in the end was a key part of their success.”

“I think the fans enjoyed the night, especially the two goals. The goals were great. It’s important to go through, but scoring these kind of goals is even better for everyone in the stadium.”

“Winning gives you more confidence, so hopefully we will have high confidence for the game against Aston Villa and do well.”

Next up are two really important league games at Villa Park on Saturday and at home to Norwich City next Wednesday night.

So we meet the two teams that were relegated with us last May.

It would be really good to get two wins in those games.

Comments welcome.



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79 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 21, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #1

    We lost a little bit of momentum against Wolves last week, it would be great to show the rest of the league what we’re all about by beating two of our biggest rivals.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 21, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed, all games are important not just just the next two.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 21, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #3

    One just not two.

    Ha ha ha

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 21, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #4

    I’ve just looked where Villa are, they’ve got a bit to do before becoming one of our biggest rivals, not much better than Rotherham 😮

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 21, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Jail, they might give us a match on Saturday.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 21, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #6

    I think they’re obliged to welshie me auld mucka!

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  • Yo-yo

    Sep 21, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Jail

    We are not going up with our current win rate, so getting max points from the next two is pretty important regardless.. Norwich are probably on better form at present, but both are tough games.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 21, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Yo Yo,
    On that logic none of the top three are going up ?

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 21, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Nothing’s going right for José at the moment!

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 21, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Yo-yo
    Ur ignoring our run of fixtures this is the hardest bit of our season

    We are going to get promoted

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 21, 2016 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #11

    I see one of Old man Carr’s duffers Joel Matip made the BBC team of the week.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 21, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Southampton beating Palace (hee hee). Poor old Pards. He does love his cup runs….
    Pardsy: “if I’m honest I love a cup run as much as making up an excuse for the last loss. It’s two sides of the same coin for me.”

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 21, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #13

    Also we’re going to fong some teams like they’ve never been fonged before WWSBRD mate. We’ll fall on them from a great height, knock them oot and then quickly fill the net!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 21, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #14

    Darlow,
    Debuchy…. Van Dijk…..Alderwield….. Pieters

    Cabaye…….. Matip………….Wayama……. Remy

    HBA……
    Bony.
    Old man’s Carr’s duffers, we bought two of them.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 21, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Three of them 😮

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 21, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #16

    Four of them 😮 Oh dear!!!

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 21, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #17

    Desperate times: Zlatan and Rashford on.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 21, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Jail mate he got Cabaye, Debuchy and HBA for us. We only got a loan of Remy. Did he bring in Darlow?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 21, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #19

    Ron mate hee hee! Poor old Mourinho is squirming!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 21, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #20

    G2,
    Not sure who brought in Darlow, I just put him there to make a team

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 21, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #21

    1-0 to the mighty qpr lol. Sandro.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 21, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #22

    West Jam can’t even beat Accrington????

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 21, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #23

    I was just wondering about the four Jail mate. You’re counting Remy as one of the four then?

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  • BandB

    Sep 21, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #24

    Go and have a lie down Jail, you silly goose.
    You are going to do yourself an injury.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 21, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #25

    This is a lovely day of footy! We could see West Jam, Sunderland, Palace and ManU all go out of the cup!!! I know, it’s not likely with ManU especially….. But still Huzzah!!!

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 21, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #26

    Well after the Mackems slagging us last week “Its only QPR ” they are now getting beat off the same team!!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 21, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #27

    1-1 too early to laugh yet.

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  • Ron Knee

    Sep 21, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #28

    Fellaini on. Taking no chances!

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 21, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #29

    @Welshgeordie

    Its not like they are going to score 5 or 6 goals in the next half hour !The amount of them online slagging us off when they are no better than us! I want the Mackems to go through so we get them in the next round and pump them!

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  • lochinvar

    Sep 21, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Looks like Man Utd will still be in next round now

    So is there a bingo style guess as to who we get in the draw

    Probably Man Utd at home or Accrington ?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 21, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #31

    Silly goose, lie down, injuries? What ever next BandB.

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  • Yo-yo

    Sep 21, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #32

    Yeh, I am sure we will go up, but win five / lose three form needs to improve.. Win 6 lose 1 and we’re well away… I hadn’t really bothered about the other teams Jail, but that’s a good point of yours. I just hope them’s aboot us beat each other more often than we get beat.
    It is a tough run Yo, but losing the first two wasn’t in the script, so it feels a bit like we have to play catch up on our own expectations.
    I have more faith in Rafa than any other manager since Bobby, and its a very odd feeling, trusting the manager.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 21, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #33

    Well i did warn you all it’s too early to laugh.

    2-1 Mackems.

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  • BandB

    Sep 21, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #34

    No-one expects the Spanish Inquisition, Jail.

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  • mindshaft

    Sep 21, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #35

    wtf! you mean analysing a team and understanding it enough to change tactics … pffft – mclaren & pards have never heard such rubbish … i love rafa – he will for sure fall foul of the internet bloggers at some stage but he’s the new Bobby Robson
    Gouffran has been a revelation – i know people bang on about championship level player but to be fair to him he’s a class above obviously .. squad player in prem , elite in championship

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Sep 21, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #36

    just was happy to listen on the radio yesterday… and really pleased to see you can be un-pardewed in goofs case.. or is it pardew-free?

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  • mindshaft

    Sep 21, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #37

    mackems or man u at home would be a good draw

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 21, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #38

    No inquisition BandB, just saw Matips name when I was looking at BBC sport and posted what I thought, wasn’t exactly breaking up a riveting conversation now was I?

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  • BandB

    Sep 21, 2016 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #39

    …I’ll come in again.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 21, 2016 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #40

    dok,
    Absolute God send that spreaker link when you’re away from home.

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