Forest Manager In Huge Compliment To Newcastle Side


Before the game on Friday night Nottingham Forest’s French manager Philippe Montanier had talked about meeting Rafa Benitez at a conference a few years back and how he had talked with the world-class manager – and he seemed to be a fan of Rafa

Benitez has won three European titles (Two Europa Leagues and one Champions League)  and won the Spanish League twice with Valencia beating out Real Madrid and Barcelona in so doing.

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Nottingham Forest manager Philippe Montanier

This is what Philippe had said in the Chronicle before the game last Friday, about one of the most respected managers in football:

“I met Benitez three or four years ago during a managers’ conference in Spain,”

“After the conference we spent a little time together.”

“It is very important to have communication like that, with one of the top managers in Europe.”

“It was a good memory for me.”

It was a completely bizarre game on Friday night at the City Ground, when we had two players sent off in the first half and gave up two penalties, although our very capable goalkeeper Karl Darlow made two excellent saves.

We were winning 1-0 at the half through Matt Ritchie, but Forest finally got their second goal late in the game to win 2-1, but they found it tough against a well-drilled Newcastle side.

This is what Montanier said about Newcastle after the game:

“For me they are the best team in the Championship.”

“They have the best attack, the best scorer, one of the best defenses and technical quality, as well as physical strength and very good organisation with a top manager like Benitez.”

“For me it is the best team.”

“For that, even 11 against 9 it was difficult because that team have a lot of qualities.”

It was our third defeat in six days on Friday night and very hard to take.

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In contrast it was Forest’s third win in a row.

But a huge positive was how our lads played their hearts out until the very last minute of the game – and they were applauded off the field at the end by the appreciative Geordie fans.

That’s a huge difference from last season when we would simply give up in a game as soon as we went behind with Steve McClaren as manager.

How things have changed under Rafa and the fighting spirit we have in the team augers well for the future.

We were proud of our players on Friday night – even though they lost.

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85 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 4, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #1

    I wonder how Liverpool will fare without Coutinho!

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  • hibbit

    Dec 4, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #2

    it will be interesting to see if Steve Martin gets a game this week
    always good guide how he was judged to have handled our game !!

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  • Jib

    Dec 4, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #3

    The Saturday 3pm Championship game chosen by the EFL for foreign broadcast next week is Huddersfield Town v Bristol City.
    So it’s back to steam radio for our game v Birmingham.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 4, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #4

    hibbitt – gutter press -like who do you mean.

    Svens book admitting shagging. Mark Palios admitting shagging.
    Are you saying you don’t believe their sexploit admissions. Note THEIR admissions.
    Well if you don’t believe what they themselves have admitted openly – that’s fine by me – you are entitled to your opinion.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 4, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #5

    hibbitt – better still – what is your take on the FA.
    Both currently and over recent years.

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  • manxpie

    Dec 4, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Doesn’t he mean “For that, even 13 against 9 it was difficult because that team have a lot of qualities.”

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  • Jib

    Dec 4, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #7

    manx
    12
    I think
    one of the linesmen (assistants) was OK

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 4, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Why do some footballers snatch a piece of turf before the start of a match? It’s clearly religious, but what’s the thinking behind it?

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  • manxpie

    Dec 4, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Jib that’s why it’s 13 not 14

    This Liverpool kit is atrocious wonder how much they rob for it, it looks the cheapest crap they could get

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 4, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #10

    Personally I hope Lansbury very worst foul terrace abuse that is legally acceptable.

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  • martoon

    Dec 4, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #11

    Jib – This maybe an outlandish idea but you could try going to SJP to watch the match 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 4, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #12

    *gets the

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  • Sazzer

    Dec 4, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #13

    lochinvar
    In hindsight Mbemba with Yedlin as midfielder probably would have been better given that Diame had such tired legs and his positioning was off for defending 1 on 1s.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 4, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m sorry to say it but Rafa needs to get off his arse and have the balls to play both Gayle and Mitrovic, only once this season in the league we have hammered someone and that’s away to Qpr, we haven’t dominated a full game since then, we have been good in 1st half of a game and then crap in the 2nd half and vice versa, Rafa needs to stop fannying about during matches when they are close and concentrate more on dominating the game, to many close matches for my liking, I don’t care what formation just get those two players playing together.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 4, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #15

    I think it’s very fair to say with hindsight that Rafa should have played something like the team that faced Hull against Blackburn and vice versa. My theory is that he wanted to put a message across that he didn’t have certain players just for the cups and that everyone was important for the whole season. He underestimated Blackburn which has had a knock on effect.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 4, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #16

    welsh,
    You’ve got enough to worry about for a life time with the remarkably quick ageing Bradley.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 4, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #17

    Leave the UEFA elite manager to get on with it boyo!

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 4, 2016 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #18

    Is the liverpool strip battery powered….so bright!….its also bloody awful like! Lol

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 4, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #19

    Jail

    Not bothered to be honest, going down and won’t be coming back up, the squad won’t be as strong as the one that went up.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 4, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #20

    My opinion on Rafa still the same.

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  • Jib

    Dec 4, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #21

    manx
    once it gets past 10
    I run out of fingers
    and that’s me knackered

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 4, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #22

    welsh
    We have dominated almost every game we have played, we are top of the table and got to the quarters of a cup already…pretty silly comment really Rafa knows what hes doing and its clearly working

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 4, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #23

    Why play just 1 up front, look at some of the forwards that played together before.

    Shearer and Sutton
    Shearer and Ferdinand
    Yorke and Cole
    Fowler and Owen
    Rush and Aldridge

    We should be doing the same.

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  • Jib

    Dec 4, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #24

    martoon
    I will be in foreign parts

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 4, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #25

    SPRINGY,
    Seems to be bloody working for them, they are definitely contenders, have they played Chelsea yet.

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 4, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Bournemouth look pretty terrible against 10 man Liverpool (its away from home so Gini doesnt count as being on the pitch)

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 4, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #27

    welsh – have you bought Bob Bradleys’ recommended new Swans supporters outfit yet.
    Available at the Swans Club shop.

    Image of model wearing the new supporters’ outfit.

    https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1MsO1KVXXXXb9XXXXq6xXFXXXJ/FREE-SHIPPING-8136-blue-font-b-Cheerleader-b-font-Costume-Cheer-Leader-font-b-Outfit-b.jpg

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 4, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #28

    some matches have been close, look at Cardiff for example, they could have easily beating us after dominating the 1st half.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 4, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #29

    foreign parts = Pennywell, Sunderland.

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  • hibbit

    Dec 4, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #30

    Mister Tuff
    Absolutely useless self centered set of cowards who are more worried about there job than the facts
    don’t see how it matters who those two were shagging all those years ago

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 4, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #31

    Jib,
    Hopefully those parts are far flung and wide spread and no one can put you back together again 😀

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 4, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #32

    WW

    Wijnaldum doesn’t contribute much, does he? (He’ll probably score now!)

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 4, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #33

    welsh
    We’ve played 19 and won 13, the draw came from a keeper gaff 2 loses when we were half a team, we were cheated out of a win Friday, Blackburn and Wolves were both shock results where the players didnt turn up (it happens to all teams regardless of quality). We’ve got the best attack and 3rd (I think) best defense

    I repeat I think its a silly comment

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 4, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #34

    hibbitt – it is more about the culture of not being caught/.protected/unasssailability which appears to extend to more recent times.
    Ie That knacker Dyke accepting a watch bribe at the World Cup.

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 4, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Ron Knee
    I though he’d score as soon as I posted that little snipe mate haha

    But overall no hes pretty average, not sure what he contributes to the Liverpool CM Can is the pure DM and Henderson is the everywhere man…Gini is just there really

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 4, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #36

    Oh I really dislike Gini by the way so I am pretty bias

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 4, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #37

    hibbitt – should also add the culture of covering things up.
    The FA tried to keep Palios out of it (emails prove this).
    Now we have suggestions of cover ups in the new football abuse scandal.
    Plus a new poll suggests most folk are not happy with the FA enquiring into this latest abuse scandal.

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 4, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #38

    Jail
    Not sure if they’ve played chelsea yet,but agree they are lookin like challengers at the minute.

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 4, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #39

    WW

    Yes. What’s his role exactly?

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 4, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #40

    Welsh
    Playing one up front,seems to bethe in trend the last few years….not a fan myself…..at times seems like theres nee one in the box… but its workin for us,so cant complain.

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