Newcastle Crowd Deserve Big Applause For Doing This

It was really great to see Matz Sels so warmly welcomed back in goal by Newcastle fans on Tuesday night and Matz got applause whenever he touched the ball at the beginning of the game.

After his hesitation for Aston Villa’s equalizing goal at Villa Park in late September he was severely criticized by a small section of the fans on Twitter.

But it was way over the top and completely uncalled for and he was dropped for the next game.

In came Karl Darlow and he has again taken his chance and played very well for the side – as he did at the end of last season after Rob Elliot picked up his ACL injury in late March.

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Matz Sels in action against Bristol City

But Matz is settling into the English way of playing football and he’s trying to settle in at Newcastle at the same time – so hey – he needs some time to settle down and he looks a very good goalkeeper in the making.

Don’t be surprised if Matz is Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper at the end of this season, although he does have severe competition from both Karl Darlow and the returning Rob Elliot who are two popular players on Tyneside.

Certainly Matz seemed delighted at the end of the game on Tuesday with his clean sheet and Newcastle’s great win and he threw his gloves into the crowd.

Rafa Benitez seems pleased with the positive reception his Belgium goalkeeper received on Tuesday night:

“It’s good for the players – if they give everything, the fans will appreciate that.”

“We changed the keeper because we thought it was the right time and not because he was doing badly.”

“I am really pleased also with the clean sheet, and the save that he made, so everything has been really positive.”

The three goalkeepers we have at the club this season are all very good and it will be interesting to see who Rafa picks between the sticks for the game at Preston on Saturday.

We think Karl Darlow will come back in after a string of very good performances from the former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper.

But again the crowd showed their class on Tuesday night and that they are supportive of all our players  and we are all pulling in the same direction for the club.

It’s something that Rafa keeps asking for from everybody associated with Newcastle United.

It seems to be working.


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23 comments so far

  • gaz 44

    Oct 27, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Be a tough game at the weekend, worth taking note pne beat Norwich the game before.. not into this oh they played their reserves argument as I think we made more changes than them but still think whatever team they put out they will be hard to break down and be determined to put in a performance to show the 6-0 was a one off

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 27, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Yeah, nobody’s talking about that anymore so it’s all forgotten then.

    And by nobody you mean you.

    Jfa, the reformed poster boy of blogland, sticks up for bloggers he once seen as vermin or at least would never talk to before, decides what banter is no longer banter (describe to me again how it’s banter with a Troll who’s allegiance has always been questioned)

    and is loving being the general all round Mr popular he successfully hid so well for so long

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #3

    Who’s saying it’s all forgotten but we’re all desperate for change and there is a feel good factor in the air. I’m not going to worry about what the fat Man has up his sleeve until he pulls it out.
    Ha ha, when have I ever been Mr popular on here. And sticking up for Jib? Really???

  • cyprus

    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #4

    That Hanley was very good. Seems a polished CB.

  • manxpie

    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Woah let’s rewind a bit THE only reason rafa came here was Ashley shit himself and it was the last spin of the dice re relegation!
    No other reason at all he has never once listened to the fans!
    Strange how certain posters are now totally fine with changing their opinions when in the past hounding other posters for doing just that lol

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Mag 52It

    It is ironic how the very, very poor level of management that preceeded Rafa’s appointment is what led us to finally getting a proper manager and not another charlatan / fraud.

    If Pardew, Carver and SM had not been so abject and spineless Ashley may never have finally seen sense. I guess in a bizarre way we should thank AP and co, after all, it was ”never his fault” and ”science was against him”.

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #7

    As long as Ashley keeps quiet, is he even worth arguing about? It was pretty pointless before because he was always going to do things his way, and but it’s even more pointless now he’s letting Rafa run things his way. Hands up who’s unhappy with our current situation? Top of the table and quarter finals of a cup. If he messes up again then bring it up, but why bother now?

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #8

    I’m not saying don’t embrace the feelgood factor, I have.

    The difference rafa’s made to the club is immeasurable.

    It still doesn’t mask the fact that it took us getting relegated and continually laughed at for the slug to finally do something right. And even then it was rafa’s reps who got in touch about succeeding shteve, not the club.

    I just don’t sound like a loved up teenager or tell people to not talk about it because it might burst a bubble.

    Oh, so you do remember defending jizzum, funny because at the time my question never apparently warranted a reply from yourself on the matter.

    Let’s face it, you’ve softened to everything.

    Good for you.

    As I said, it’s not for me.

  • Our Toon

    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Interesting debate yesterday regarding Ashley and turncoat etc. Think everyone should feel good about this season…..we have been here before though, Houghton g9t us promoted, playing good football and then once safety was virtually guaranteed the rug was pulled from under him.

    I’m cautiously optimistic regarding the future but won’t he returning back to SJP until Ashley leaves, wouldn’t surprise me come February 2018 having a new man in charge…..a yes man!!

  • mindshaft

    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Ashley is just one in a long line of terrible chairmen / owners we’ve had … anyone who’s old enough to remember pre KK years will have many a relegation scar in memory

  • gaz 44

    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #11

    Can’t believe I can’t believe I’m going to post this but I honestly believe Ashley may have recognised doing things his way was in fact costing him money
    Constantly scrimping and saving in the summer was leading him to have to spend big either just to survive or in last seasons case go down,
    I think he will probably be enjoying the feel good factor that’s around the club, I read they were pulling the wonga deal at the end of the year also. Ashley is always going to be primarily a businessman and a successful one at that but happy fans are the ones likely to spend the money.. buying my lad the kits for xmas for the first time in 5year so I’m a prime example of a fan willing to splash the cash when happy.. after being a season ticket holder for 27 year I stopped it the season before last, I’m now considering getting a half season ticket for myself at xmas lol
    At the moment I can only applaud Ashley for finally running the club the way it should be and until something changes my mind I will be happy with him in charge. There’s always going to be things that occur that I don’t agree with but that’s life, I certainly don’t judge people on past mistakes, his past mistakes are not forgotten but for the time being are being forgiven

  • gaz 44

    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #12

    Ourtoon the one thing that strikes me about houghton is he was most certainly a yes man
    Like the bloke but I think the players committee that was there had as much say as he did and he lost the control, something joey Barton said recently made me think that?

  • Our Toon

    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #13


    The way I see it Ashley had no choice because he wants the massive amounts clubs get from TV deal. Short term pain for long term gain, he’s had to take a hit this season to return back to the big pot but when that guaranteed will he back Rafa to get us further, into Europe etc etc…..he will have a breaking point and rafa will walk away. This man hasn’t changed overnight he’s been forced to change temporarily.

    I can’t see him changing a lifetime habit when we return to the premier league.

  • Our Toon

    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #14


    Yep he was a yes man but let the players have a say as well….that was his downfall. Pardew recently commented that his hands were tied etc…..he knew what he was signing up to when he agreed to take charge.

    Let’s enjoy this season, hopefully it continues, once bitten twice shy though when it comes to Ashley and his motives

  • derekm

    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #15

    Darlow has to play on saturday at Preston, they will have Baptiste and Gallagher back, and if you check out their recent wins prior to tuesdays debacle Gallaghers delivery from set plays into the box is exceptional, they get a lot of goals from this. Equally Lascelles and Clark have to come back into the centre. Would start Mitrovic if only for the way he can boss their big lads around!

  • clinath@ed

    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #16

    They targeted Yedlin with the long ball from the Keeper on Tuesday. Obviously see lack of height in places as a weakness…!

  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 27, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Ashley will be too busy running his beloved sports direct empire. NUFC is being run brilliantly by Rafa and Charnley. Long may it continue

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 27, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #18

    Clint, Yedders surprised me how high he was jumping on Tuesday night, getting above much bigger players. The added pace he brings is why I prefer him to Anita right now. Nothing wrong with Anita, just a matter of personal choice.

  • clinath@ed

    Oct 27, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #19

    Agreed Bobby mate. He gave a very good account if himself, though on one occasion at least, one of the centre Halves came over an competed, so it was noted.
    Going forward the lad is a revelation, as was Atsu on the other wing. Really was a Joy to watch all over the pitch.

  • Mag52

    Oct 27, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #20


    So, if MA proves that the leopard can’t change his spots by imposing his mantra ‘no cups, no European competitions, no relegation’ should we gain promotion, and reverts to his favoured policy of ‘buy ’em cheap and sell ’em for a big profit’, no doubt you’ll be leading the shouts for Rafa to go
    when our results take a down turn.

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 27, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #21

    Clint, Rafa changed tack on Tuesday with playing Mitro up front. The two out and out wingers was a deliberate ploy to supply him with crosses and it was effective. Horses for courses. The whole team was Buzzing around the pitch and nobody put a foot wrong imo. The longer the season goes, the more it looks like we’ll win the league at a canter. We’ll no doubt lose the odd game along the way but not enough to cause concern. The whole club is in great shape with everybody pulling in the right direction. Expect another win on Saturday too.


    Oct 27, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #22

    Crowd deserve applause for not picking on Sels? What?

  • Jib

    Oct 27, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Gaz 44 // Oct 27, 2016 at 10:52
    – not into this oh they played their reserves argument as I think we made more changes than them

    Report from Lancashire Evening Post :-

    “Simon Grayson’s decision to make nine changes to the side ahead of the league meeting with the Magpies on Saturday, backfired, with the second half resembling an attack versus defending training game.”

    We changed seven from the Ipswich game.

    The real difference being , we have about 27 first team players , the rest of the Championship have about 14 each.


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