Rafa’s Rallying Cry – We’re A Team And Must Keep Working Hard


Newcastle goalkeeper Matz Sels is getting criticism for last night’s defeat after he could not hold onto a shot from Marcus Henriksen and the ball went to Scottish International Robert Snodgrass who gleefully slammed the ball into the net for the equalizer.

That was only just after Newcastle had just taken the lead with a goal from Mo Diame early in extra time.

Rafa was not pleased with the outcome of the game last night, after we had controlled the game for long periods and carved out chances in the first 90 minutes that we didn’t take.

If things don’t improve we think Rafa may want to bring in another striker in the January transfer window to try to rectify the situation.

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Rafa Benitez with Matz Sels last night

Rafa is big on team spirit and that the team as a whole needs to take responsibility for the defeat last night (and the wins too) and blaming the goalkeeper is too simple – and Rafa didn’t even want to talk about the goalkeeper after the game last night.

This is what Rafa has said today  as reported in the Chronicle:

“I don’t want to talk about the goalkeeper – the team as a team made mistakes. That is what allowed them to score.”

“It is not about the keeper – it was the midfielders, the defenders, everyone. We allowed them to get to a position where they should not have been.”

“When you are winning so many games, every time you have a defeat or a bad result, people will talk and ask questions. Now, we will see what will happen.”

“But it was a long season before this week, and it will be a long season after this week.” “We still have to carry on working hard and doing things in the same way.”

“We had five or six chances in the first half where we could have scored, and we played really well against a Premier League team.”

“The game was different in the second half, they were pushing, but still we were defending and doing well.”

“In extra-time, we had the control, but we made one or two mistakes and that is something we have to do better.”

“To concede the goal in the way we conceded, and to allow them to counter-attack in the way they did, is something we have to manage and improve.”

Rafa never really wants to talk about individuals after a game whether they have played well or whether they have played poorly.

That’s one way to build up team spirit that will tell during the big games as our lads get more and more experienced playing together.

Our lads can learn massively from what happened last night and yes – we should have won the game – but we didn’t.

And let’s not crucify Matz Sels – we had enough of that stuff after the Aston Villa game – Matz is a Newcastle goalkeeper and we need to respect him for that.

We all win and we all lose together.

We know that’s true because Rafa said it.

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56 comments so far

  • MadisonToon

    Nov 30, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #1

    No keeper was going to win that shootout for us. Sure, Sels pushed a hard shot back forward into the penalty area, but our defenders have just as much of a right to get to that ball first as their attackers and they won that race. They shouldn’t have gotten that opportunity from the knockdown to begin with which is on our defence and DMs.

    Lots of things wrong with how things went for their goal that had nothing to do with Sels and you will never win a shootout if 3 of your first 4 miss, no matter the heroics of your keeper.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 30, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Madison
    Sorry bud but Sels cost us the game last night with that ‘save’

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Nov 30, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #3

    It’s pointless working hard carrying bucket loads of water up the stairs to fill the bath tub if you leave the plug out.

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  • Mag52

    Nov 30, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Jail.

    It is the goatee isn’t it.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 30, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #5

    spotlight

    that’s quite good, not heard that one before.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 30, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #6

    52

    it’s the silver fox with the daft specs and sad dancing isn’t it.

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  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Spotlight are you from North Shields ?
    I’ve got taps in my bathroom !

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  • Average_Contents

    Nov 30, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Haha, don’t forget the micro shorts.

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Nov 30, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Jib, does it show?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 30, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #10

    mag 52 – are you an aficionado of the King Percy Dance routine. Or have you ever tried to learn “the moves”.

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  • Belfast

    Nov 30, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #11

    I’d read on here he was the best keeper in Belgium last season ? Although I should warn you all I’d read Cabella and Thauvin amongst others where world class on here.

    I’ve a hunch this was another red herring folks.

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  • Mag52

    Nov 30, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #12

    Rotonda.

    Were you going to let me know how long you have supported NUFC ?
    Or are you thinking it’s maybe a bit lame to admit to only 46 years ?

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  • MadisonToon

    Nov 30, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #13

    WWSBRD

    Sorry but we are against 10 men, they shouldn’t have a clean look from the top of the box with another guy beating our backline to the rebound, pure and simple. If you’re against 10 men, your keeper isn’t losing you the game.

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  • Belfast

    Nov 30, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #14

    *Snails was the best keeper*

    Think it was Manxpie.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 30, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Madison
    There’s a reason teams have a keeper, it was an easy save and Sels made a complete hash of it (again)

    Aye the team switched off but any of our other keepers are in the sticks last night and that’s not a goal

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 30, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Mag52,
    Like I said, it’s more to do with his thirteen major honours and his place as a UEFA elite manager plus the way he has instilled belief in the city. Your argument for auld rubber lips is pretty stale. I’d say the tenth most expensive squad is quite expensive and shouldn’t be the worst club in all four divisions in terms of annual results.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 30, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #17

    WW…,
    Unfortunately Sels is a duffer, being voted the best keeper in Belgium mustn’t be much of an accolade.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 30, 2016 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #18

    I supported Sels right up until the Villa game where is lack of confidence and belief cost us two points, the manager had every faith in him and he should have grown with each clean sheet, instead he got steadily worse until he finally lost the plot at Villa.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 30, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #19

    Jail
    Aye he’s certainly not living up to his billing unfortunately

    He worryingly didn’t look to of improved during his time out of the team either

    Not great signs for him all told

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 30, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #20

    WW…,
    If we could get anywhere our money back for him I think it would be best for all parties, we still need a third keeper though as Woodman needs to go out on loan and be the No1

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 30, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #21

    Jail
    Sels will at least get a season with us mate then in the Summer we get Krul back fit and someone will have to bite the bullet

    He will get more chances this season am sure but he needs to start showing improvement

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  • Mag52

    Nov 30, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #22

    Jail.

    I’ve never said Pardew was or is anything other than an average manager. His record clearly shows that.
    With us, he kept us in the PL and got us into Europe, while operating under the old discredited Ashley regime. A reasonable effort, some might say, so let’s hope that Rafa, a guy with twice the ability of AP, can take us that much farther.
    It was the ott abuse that he got from people like yourself which was unnecessary.

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  • hibbit

    Nov 30, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #23

    do the folk on here that keep pointing out we need this that and the other honestly think Rafa doesn’t know what we need
    Rafa did an amazing job putting together the squad he did in the short time he had other clubs tried and failed to put decent squads together
    does the squad need tweaking of course it does
    will Rafa tweak it of course he will
    but just in case you haven’t noticed the transfer window is CLOSED

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 30, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #24

    We shouldn’t have been depending on the GK last night the game could have been won easily before extra time.

    I reckon we were so controlling the game in extra time everyone lost focus and gave them the chance.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 30, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #25

    Mag52,
    He did just that, and he done it with one of the most horrendous periods of football we’ve ever witnessed at the club while breaking every unwanted record, his losing record was only worsed by the buffoon we let replace him.

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  • MadisonToon

    Nov 30, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #26

    I’m no fan of Sels, but that game was lost by not scoring, first and foremost, and was then doomed by the defensive lapse right after the goal.

    I agree that any of our other keepers would probably have held it or pushed it too far wide for someone to follow up. But in the cups, you play your secondary keeper and Sels is what we’ve got right now until Elliot is ready to go again.

    I’d be shocked if Rafa’s privately blaming Sels for the loss last night.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 30, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #27

    Mag52,
    What about the 50K fans that let him know in no uncertain terms during the Cardiff game, was that ott.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 30, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #28

    Essex
    Every team depends on their keeper to make saves

    The team gave the a chance yes but Sels gave them the goal

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  • MadisonToon

    Nov 30, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #29

    EGB

    Aye, I agree that we were probably complacent which resulted in the chance. It’s certainly a learning experience and a chance for the squad to refocus on consistency across the full match. Would be worrying if it was commonplace, but hopefully this is just a one-off (or two- if you count Blackburn).

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 30, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #30

    Hard to blame just the keeper when we were so dominant and three players missed pens. A bit different against Villa, you could blame Diame for missing that sitter that would have put us out of sight but it was Sels complete melt down that gave Villa belief and made the team flap.

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  • Ron Knee

    Nov 30, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #31

    “Southgate oversaw two wins and two draws as interim boss …”

    Is he the best they can get?

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  • Mag52

    Nov 30, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #32

    Jail.

    ‘…..the buffoon we let replace him’.
    That’s a joke.
    In what way did WE let Ashley replace AP ?
    I can’t remember being consulted. Oh, but maybe you were. You had, after all, been doing your best to direct the flack Ashley should have been taking during the Pardew years away from fat Ash, the root cause of our problems ever since he set foot in SJP.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 30, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Mag52,
    I meant we as in the club, I should have said they as in the board.
    I don’t know where you have been for the last six years but I have been one of the most outspoken posters on here regarding Mike Ashleys ownership, the clue might be in my username. What was your rubber lipped hero doing to deflect the flak from himself to our portly owner, dedicating wins to him after being hung out to dry, that’s what!

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  • toon kk

    Nov 30, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #34

    Very disappointed about last night, especially after all the missed chances. But it was a reality check tbh, we have a lot of improving to do if we’re going to compete in the premier league.
    I’ll not mention those pathetic penalties.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 30, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #35

    toon kk
    What reality check? We arent very good at penalties and Sels isn’t very good (at the moment I will add there)

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 30, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #36

    Some people keep saying that we need to improve in the PL, the addition of four or five PL quality players will sort that out.

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  • Mag52

    Nov 30, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #37

    Jail.

    Come off it. That user name is nothing but a front to disguise your true feelings towards the fat one. It’s blame anyone but Ash for you isn’t it ?
    And you know what, if things do start to go pear shaped once we get back to the PL, with Ashley reverting to type, taking back the purse strings and making managing impossible for Rafa, I bet I know who’ll be the first to dig the knife in to the manager. You’ve got a history of it.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 30, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #38

    Mag52,
    You sound like one of those Alfred Hitchcock madmen who think they’ve got it all sussed before throwing themselves through a window. Disguising my true feelings for the fat man? Blaming anyone but him? Blaming Rafa if he stitches him up? Go and have a nice cup of tea and give your head a shake.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Nov 30, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #39

    Not sure we will go for a striker in January Ed!

    We already have Gayle and Mitrovic doing alreet at the minute and battling for a starting spot. Im a tad concerned with Perez’s form this season so far. Young Adam Armstrong couldn’t of did any worse. I really hope Perez’s form improves when he plays.

    I can’t bare to watch that penalty shoot out ever again. I watched it live on TV and was totally devastated with how we gifted them the semi’s at the end. Hard to take when you are the best team over 90 minutes.

    At least we have a game quickly on Friday and a chance to put it right quickly. Hopefully we will get a good result.

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  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #40

    What Mag 52 said
    😎

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