Rafa – Defending And Attacking Today – We Were Brilliant


Rafa Benitez has talked to Sky Sports after the 2-0 win at Elland Road today – a game in which Newcastle again put in a thoroughly professional performance against an in-form side and that was our 4th away win on the trot and the seventh win on the road this season.

Rafa brought Dwight Gayle back into the side today and that choice was rewarded with yet another brace from the Newcastle number 9 to bring his goals to 13 this season – the most in the Championship.

Who said Dwight didn’t deserve to wear the iconic number 9 shirt for Newcastle?

🙂

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Rafa Benitez on the touchline today at Elland Road

This is what Rafa said after the game to Sky Sports and he started off by talking of the difficulty who to play up front between our two in-form strikers – Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic.

“I have to say it was difficult for me to decide who to play because all of them were coming back and training well.”

“You can see the team is creating chances so to choose one or the other was quite difficult.”

“Yeah Gayle’s goals are important, but at the same time I have to give credit to the rest of the team.”

“We have another clean sheet in a very difficult stadium, the performance of the team defending and attacking has been brilliant.”

“It’s good and all we have to do is keep doing the same thing, keep playing with the same intensity, no complacency.”

“We know that until the end everything can happen, so we have to approach every game the same.”

That’s a record equaling 9 wins in a row in all competitions and Rafa Benitez can become the first manager in Newcastle’s long and glorious history to win 10 games in a row, if we can beat Blackburn Rovers next Saturday at St. James’ Park.

Hopefully a sold-out crowd for that possible record-breaking win – but we will take nothing for granted.

This season is now turning out to be unbelievable and we have won 16 of our last 18 games – and in the league we are now 9 points ahead of 3rd placed Reading – 10 points if you take goal difference into account.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
1Newcastle464594
2Brighton463493
3Reading46485
4Sheffield Wednesday461581
5Huddersfield46-281
6Fulham462880

We are really well positioned there after just 17 games.

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18 comments so far

  • WWSBRD

    Nov 20, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #1

    manx
    I’d agree if we had another option at number 10 but Diame is struggling there aswell

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  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 20, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Rewind selector

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  • Novocastrian66

    Nov 20, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #3

    WWSBRD; De Jong would rip this division to shreds.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 20, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Vote Darlow to make Newcastle great again.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 20, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Novo
    A fit one very much so but I don’t think he’d cope with the league

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 20, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #6

    219bettyswallocks // Nov 20, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Very impressed with Shelvey first half. Since Rafa his movement off the ball Is far better. He used to be quite static but now looks to play little give and goes and his range of passing is top drawer.

    He’s going have to be careful not to become a hate figure and a target for refs especially if the FA hearing goes against him.

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  • toontaff2

    Nov 20, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Well said, Spotlight Kid! Luckily, never called you a mackem!!!!!

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  • manxpie

    Nov 20, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #8

    yeah diame still looks of the pace infact haven’t been impressed at all really, i still want to see a mitro and gayle in behind tbh just think gayles runs would thrive of it
    but rafa must’ve tried it in training and he hasn’t fancied it so i think i should bow to his far far far far far far greater knowledge lol

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  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 20, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #9

    This ones for Dwight-man:

    https://youtu.be/qBFR3TdD73E

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  • Jib

    Nov 20, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Siem would appear to have his mojo back !

    http://www.ed.nl/sport/voetbal/psv/jong-psv-traint-met-versterkte-ploeg-voor-duel-met-de-graafschap-1.6662415

    Apologies to the blog warden – Jail for Ashley – for daring to post a foreign link

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 20, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #11

    manx
    Making Gayle drop back means he’ll have to run more and he won’t be able to poach mate am not keen on that at all

    Mitro isn’t a starter for me, come Jan hopefully we will bring in a good quality CAM and Diame can get back to being box to box as he should be

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  • Legolas

    Nov 20, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #12

    I picked Gayle for MOM. He was the little spark we needed. I thought Shelvey and Colback played well in the middle but thought Clark was brilliant at the back today. We look less shacky at the back since he came in. I was indifferent when we signed him but think he has been a quality signing for us.

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  • JamesToon

    Nov 20, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #13

    WWSBRD

    What happens to perez then? do you reckon his career at newcastle is over?

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  • clinath@ed

    Nov 20, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Hard to choose today, great team performance. But I think Darlowe excelled when required.

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  • manxpie

    Nov 20, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #15

    nah for me in this league it won’t matter so much he’s a cracking finisher where ever he is that first chance he had was heading for the back of the net from a difficult angle on his weaker foot and at least mitro would batter defenders for at least 70 mins allowing gayle to capitalise afterwards, tbh i just want to see it once if its an absolute failure then fair enough but 2 strikers wanting to play and score goals and are in form can’t be a bad thing either way lol

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 20, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #16

    James
    If he doesn’t get better aye can’t carry players

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 20, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Legolas
    With you on Clarke. Just quietly going about the business of defending,no major dramas since the pen give away when he first came. Very solid.

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  • We are the mags

    Nov 20, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #18

    @Lindisfarne

    i love that tune takes me back to my cheesy quaver days

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