Rafa Benitez Speaks About Fans And Incredible Win

Rafa Benitez was cool and calm after the game – as usual – as he spoke to reporters following the 4-3 stoppage time win against league leaders Norwich City last night.

Rafa paid tribute to the fans and also says Newcastle had bad luck in the first half when we should have been ahead at the break, but then we had good luck at the end of the game.


Rafa Benitez gives wry smile at the end of last night’s game

Here’s what Rafa said after the game:

“To feel the fans here when you are scoring goals and winning the game was amazing. I think that we deserved to win.”

“In the first half we deserved to be ahead easily against a good team. The second half was incredible at 3-1 down.

“We didn’t start well in the second half after one or two mistakes but still the team reacted and pushing.

“They played five at the back and we dropped off a little bit. Then we were in attack.

“And for all the bad luck in the first half we had good luck in the second half. In the end we deserved to win.”

The 3 points takes us up to third place in the league table – here’s how the top of the table stands this morning.

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But now we have a potential banana skin game at bottom of the table Rotherham United on Saturday and we must not slip up in that game – we have to win it and take all 3 points.

It will be a lot more difficult than it looks on paper and remember – this is Newcastle.

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71 comments so far

  • lesh

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #1


    And Ed’s still bouncing off the ceiling!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #2

    My report from last night

    just got in from match – Jesper heres mine
    Absolutely washed out – been through every emotion every high every low.

    Norwich came with a game plan keep the score to 0-0 and maybe nick a goal which let Newcastle be on the front front foot – played well first 25 minutes should of been at least 3 up before we scored.
    Soon as we scored Norwich changed their set up and came at us resulting in us going back to our slow slow sideways backwards hoof it long play – which inevitably let us making a mistake and a equaliser.
    Agin slack defending half asleep – crap marking for second and sat back and let the guy shoot for third goal.
    Great ball from Shelvey and great take and shot from Gayle to make it 3-2
    bringing on Hayden for Diame who was poor and Mitro for Colback who was also poor changed the tempo of the game for the TOON – but we still huffed and puffed without creating any chances until the 95th minute – still cannot believe it

    Merit marks
    Darlow – 7 did have much to do heart in mouth in 97th minute when he spilt shot but recovered to grab the ball
    Dummett – 7 defended well but when attacking needs to many touches on the ball in deciding what to do.
    Clark – 4 distribution poor kept mis-hitting the ball out of play and Jerome had the beating of him in the air
    Lascalles – 6 Did ok still wants to pass the ball sideways to much
    Yedlin – 8 pick of the defenders – great pace going forwards got in tackles – put in a shift
    Diame – 3 thought we had sold Sissoko – lazy sod
    Colback – 4 got stuck in but in the wrong places gave away to many needless free kicks and a silly booking
    Shelley – 8 played some great balls over the top for Gayle to run onto tended to over hit t cross field balls.
    Ritchie – 8 non stop running got a great touch and great close ball control – linked up well with Yedlin
    Goufran -7 not as effective as recent weeks gave away pen but his heed never went down and on the score sheet again
    Gayle – 9 MY MOM – great Hat-trick but could of had 5 or 6 constant thorn in norwich’s side with his running onto the ball from Shelvey’s chip passes

    Rafa – 8 got his subs right tonight maybe brought them on a tad to late.

    Hayden 6 – made the difference in midfield when he came on carried the ball forward and got us going forward
    Mitro 5 – had a presence but again got himself involved in shoving and pushing to earn himself a booking but showed hw wanted it tonight – nearly squeezed the life out of RAFA at the end when he picked him up and hugged him

    Crowd like the game noisy up for it down frustrated and the end last 2-3minutes – magical

    Heard good one on radio like – 3 TOON fans had driven up from Swindon for the game – left in the 90th minute to drive back got in the car to find out we had won 4-3!!

    All-in-all great result but still need to improve and put our chances away when we are in the ascendency.

    Referee – 4 – absolute pants hadn’t a clue lost the plot the only reason I gave him 4 marks is 1 for each of the goals

    Alex Neil whinging – lucky it was only six minutes –
    30 seconds for each substitution = 3.00 minutes
    10 bookings 30 seconds = 5.00 minutes

    Theres 8 minutes fro starters – never mind the time wasting

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Then general shape and collective movement from the side now is by far better than under the clueless, off-the-cuff Pinocchio and underwhelming Wally. Players have a better idea of their role within the team – as Rafa will be stressing on a daily basis. Regardless of other games dropping points the cohesion is developing, and with it comes the belief and confidence.

    Shelvey looks so much more mobile and athletic this year, so it looks a good decision if he did hire a personal trainer in the summer. He was playing some very good passes at times last night (and a few poor ones of course).

  • clinath@ed

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Lesh, feel like that kid every time I write anything…..ooops, here he goes again!

  • clinath@ed

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #5

    Left early with my dad once, must have only been about 5 or 6, losing at the time.
    Left the leases end to catch the bus home, By the time we got past the Gallowgate had heard two great roars and new exactly what had happened.
    Dad wasn’t pleased as I recall…

  • EllaGuru

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #6

    While it was a great result last night, and indeed will be a huge confidence boost to the whole squad, I am slightly concerned with the porousness of the the defense.
    It is simply a question of concentration? When you look at the stats it would suggest so. Conceding just either side of half time, Norwich had 7 shots, 5 of which were on target and scored with 3 of them. To be on the receiving end of a 60% conversion rate is either really unlucky, or really poor defensively. Something that I really hope gets sorted out.

    Secondly, our recent profligacy in front of goal is also a concern. We paid the price against Villa, but we were lucky to get away with it last night. 22 shots, with 9 on target. Fine we converted 4 of those 9, but still one would expect to be comfortably home and dry, especially considering we dominated possession nearly 60%-40%…
    Any thoughts?

  • clinath@ed

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #7

    Ella, think your being a bit harsh on the defensive side of the team. One penalty, a deflected shot and a beaut….
    In front of goal, however, I agree with you.

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #8

    I think the nature of the win last night – in the dying seconds must have given the players a fantastic confidence boost and ultimately be part of the players gelling even more/playing with more confidence.
    Probably not the recommended way to do win a game but probably the way it actually happened should cause euphoria between the players and not forgetting fans, including ordinary fans and superfans.

  • clinath@ed

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Mr T…couldn’t agree more…hopefully Rafa will tap into the emotions generated and cut loose a little more, away from this ultra cautious approach

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Very nice listening to that very pleasant lady on 5 live extra comentary too, instead of the miserable Anderson and the other usual guy on radio Newcastle. You could tell she wanted NUFC to win!

    Looking at the replays I think people were unnecessarily harsh on Gayle’s missed chances.
    His second goal in particular was absolutely lethal finishing of the highhest quality.

    Momentum is an amazing thing, 3-2 down with only minutes left, I still can’t take it in, but this being NUFC, I guess it’s stuff like last night sets this club apart as fans. Dream the impossible.

  • Legolas

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #11


    Nut Meg, I ran a men’s Sunday team for years and the ref used to say a minute for a sub. Never heard about time added on for a goal

  • clinath@ed

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #12

    Of the 10 games played so far, only 3 are in the bottom half of the league!
    So, not too shabby a start really.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #13


    is it really ultra cautious? healthiest GD we’ve had in years. 4 against norwich and 4 v reading and 6 v qpr.

  • hibbit

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #14

    didn’t think it was a penalty last night and still don’t this morning just been watching the replays and Dorrans was looking for a pen and dived

  • clinath@ed

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #15

    Legolas, it depends whether or not the Ref deems the celebrations over the top or overly long!

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #16

    “It will be a lot more difficult than it looks on paper and remember – this is Newcastle.”

    Wise words, Ed!

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #17


    i really enjoy your match report

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #18


  • clinath@ed

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #19

    Rotondo…ULTRA cautious is probably a bit strongin fairness, and having seen who we’ve played so far, well justified. Just feel, like most fans, that at home we could be adding another goalscorer instead of a holding midfielder.

  • Wayayman

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #20

    For anyone who missed this last night, BobbyBee’s match report is pure gold and deserves a repost. Hope you don’t mnd, Bobby.

    “Bobbybee // Sep 29, 2016 at 4:18 AM

    Finally i get to the blog. What an incredible experience that was. What a night indeed. That truly was mental. Just mental. Should have been five up by half time, but missed some glorious chances, before finally getting a goal. Then somehow, in a game we’ve dominated, we find ourselves three one down with 20 minutes left. Where did that come from. Some nobs left at that point and you know what? Serves them right. Deserters in battle. The noise increases when minutes later Gayle – chance misser in chief to be fair – drills in a beauty after great control. 3-2 and bizarrely I knew what was coming. Six minutes injury time, four ticked by and then The Gouff nods it home. Queue flaming pandemonium. The cocky buggers on level seven silenced. Still celebrating that and bang! All is forgiven Gayle – sticks one in the corner from the edge of the box. The whole ground, even the dead people in the east stand, stand as one and hurl ‘who are ya? Who are ya?’ at the once gobby little flock of Canaries.
    And of course, daft lad here goes mental and knacks his back big style. Ffs. So I sit typing this after four o’clock because I can’t sleep because I am in agony. ? So so serves me right. Wtf was I thinking? But then, I don’t care. It was wonderful and if I can’t walk for the next few days? A price well worth paying. God, it was like being a teenager all over again. You don’t get drugs that give you a buzz like that. Only football can and only Newcastle United. This is truly what I live for, games like this. All the pants that has gone before? Don’t care! I’m sat here propped up in bed, in total agony and i couldn’t give a toss. That, tonight it what it’s all about. ?”

  • barkel

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #21

    Unbelievable the difference between this and last season, 3-1 down last season could have ended in 5 or 6-1, it’s great to see a bit of fight in the team.

    Can’t blame the defence too much for the conceded goals (judging by the highlights). Going forward we always look a threat, just need to put more of them away. Gayle could’ve had about 10 in the last 2 games. 7goals in 8 starts is hard to complain about though!


  • hibbit

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #22

    Norwich wasted so much time last night it easily could have been 10 minutes extra !!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #23


    Cheers – I’ll keep them going – got no favourites – just give it as I see it.

    missed Atsu off
    Acts – 5 did not have much time on pitch but got down the wing and put in a decent cross – alas no-one there.
    Never realised how small he is

  • Markaccus

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #24

    Gave up checkong the score at 3-2 down. Then before going to sleep, decided I’d look on the bbc sport site and check the fall out of our defeat….. nearly shat me pants. Went to sleep in a much better mood.

  • nut meg

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #25

    Legolas / clinath@ed
    Googled and found this.

  • Markaccus

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #26


  • clinath@ed

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #27

    as I thought Nut Meg. thanks for that

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #28

    Ella… Penalty, deflection and a wonder goal from Jerome. I’d say they were very fortunate. Hardly did anything of note for Darlow to save.

    Shot in last seconds was worrying when Darlow spilled it, mind.

  • BandB

    Sep 29, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #29


    Aye, the long-suffering, uncomplaining bobbybee.
    If he didn’t exist someone would have to invent him.
    Nevertheless, right now he is the perfect counterweight to those who start throwing their toys about unless we are leathering everything in sight.

  • Legolas

    Sep 29, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #30

    Thanks for that nut Meg. I must have been diddled loads on a Sunday. Ha ha.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 29, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #31

    Atsu – bloody spell correction.

    Mitro – Mitro bloody mad – mad – mad. ‘Mad Mitro’
    If he is not going to get sent off – he is going to hug some-one to death.

    You can see why he is becoming/is a cult figure.

    Mind you last minute last night wonder a few people in the Gallowgate didn’t get crushed/hugged to death – amazing noise, atmosphere at the end – and the reaction from the bench when the winner went in and the players reaction to the emotion of the ‘minute’ at the end to themselves and the fans. a minute to saviour.

    And maybe the players realised what to play for the TOON means to the fans the manager and the City.

  • nut meg

    Sep 29, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #32

    We’re 6 hours ahead of the UK so it was a 1.45 am kick off for me.I couldn’t get back to sleep after listening to it on the radio…buzzing ..still kicking, heading & tackling everything an hour after going back to bed !!

  • clinath@ed

    Sep 29, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #33

    two lads Nut Megged in one blog…and both say thanks. Never seen that before 😉

  • Budge123

    Sep 29, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #34

    One question that went out of my head as the game unwound – what has happened to the Gallowgate Flags carry on?
    Not a single flag at any point last night?

    Has it been binned already?

  • nut meg

    Sep 29, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #35

    Haha…a drop of the shoulder, a little shimmy,through the legs & whoosh.. he’s gone.

  • clinath@ed

    Sep 29, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #36

    Budge…read somewhere yesterday, it’s had to be dropped through lack of support. Sad really

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 29, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #37

    Budge, maybe because it was a night match?

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 29, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #38

    The flags were there at the last home game prior to last night.

  • Budge123

    Sep 29, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #39

    Cheers Clinath – that is a shame but it never looked right to me -I think stand isn’t deep enough for it to work.
    Think one massive banner like we used to have would work better?

  • Jib

    Sep 29, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #40

    Norwich away to Wolves and Huddersfield away to Ipswich on Saturday – could be big smiles on Tyneside Sunday morning


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