Rafa Benitez – I Was Really Proud Of My Players

Rafa  Benitez is taking the high road about Friday night’s disastrous referring display from Stephen Martin and he says that even with 9 men in the second half Newcastle could have won the game.

Given it was 1-1 after 85 minutes he’s right – we could have scored and won it 2-1.

But we didn’t and Forest scored after 86 minutes after exerting a lot of pressure on the defense – but we had no luck at all at the City Ground on Friday night.


Paul Dummett saw red just before half time

Rafa is taking the positives out of the game and he says he’s really proud of the way his players performed in what was a very very difficult situation.

This is what Rafa Benitez said in the Chronicle today:

“I told the players that there are still a lot of games to play.” “We were doing really well. We now have to carry on doing the same. If we show the character we showed at Forest in the next games we will do better.”

“For us every game is big.” “I said before when we were doing well there are a lot of games to play, there’s a lot of games in April too, and it will be the same until then.”

“We have to manage to the situation in the same way we were doing it before. We have to show character, play well, control the game and create chances.”

“Even with nine men we could have still have won the game. We have to take this as a positive.”

“The only thing I can do is praise my players because of the way they played, their intensity and understanding of the game, it was quite good.”

“They were in a very, very difficult situation. I will take the positives from that.” “The team showed with nine players to compete against a good team.”

“In those circumstances, it is almost impossible. I was really proud.”

We need to win at home to Birmingham City on Saturday.

Comments welcome.

45 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 5, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #1

    Tuff-previous :-

    ‘If both players commit offences that warranted being sent off – fouls must have occured.
    The original foul of the two players -chronologically – has to be punished by a free kick/pen.
    Therefore a bounce up/dropped ball should not apply.’

    But if the ref /linesman didn’t see any foul/ but the resulting fracas then who does he give the free kick to – the first one he/they spot punching or kicking someone?

    Be interesting what is said on Radio Newcastle Total sport tonight?

  • lochinvar

    Dec 5, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Dictionary definition:
    “an accepted principle or instruction that states the way things are or should be done, and tells you what you are allowed or are not allowed to do” e.g.
    A referee must know all the rules of the game.

    He didn’t !

  • lochinvar

    Dec 5, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been banned for four matches after his second dismissal for violent conduct this season.
    Aguero, 28, was sent off for a high and late challenge on Chelsea defender David Luiz in Saturday’s 3-1 home loss.
    City’s Fernandinho was also sent off after he clashed with Cesc Fabregas in the scuffle that followed Aguero’s lunge, and the midfielder will serve a three-match ban.

    But no Chelsea players banned ?
    Does money talk then FA ?

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 5, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Former top referee and head of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), Keith Hackett, has given his verdict on Newcastle United’s red cards on Friday.

    Steve Martin turned the match at the City Ground into a farce with a series of dubious decisions affecting Newcastle at both ends of the pitch.

    The disallowed Ciaran Clark goal and the non-award of a clear penalty in favour of the Newcastle defender only affect that Forest match – but the red cards obviously go beyond that.

    On Monday morning we revealed that The FA had put a three game ban against Jonjo Shelvey and a one match one for Paul Dummett – but are either/both of them worth appealing?

    Keith Hackett agrees with the Newcastle point of view that it was bad refereeing on the red card decisions BUT counsels against appealing.

    To have any chance of success in these two cases, he says that a ‘clear and obvious error’ would have to be shown, which despite the ‘bad refereeing’ he doesn’t believe can be shown in the Dummett and Shelvey incidents.

    With seemingly no chance of overturning either case, Keith Hackett warns that if an appeal is made, there is the chance of an increased suspension if The FA think it amounts to a ‘frivolous appeal’ by Newcastle on behalf of either player.

    Keith Hackett talking to The Journal:

    “I don’t see how Newcastle can appeal (successfully). The only way that these two decisions can be overturned if there is a clear and obvious error and, although it was bad refereeing, I can’t see them going with that.

    “It depends on who makes up the panel and the mix of people on it but I think they’d go with the referee on both occasions on the basis that it’s not a clear and obvious error. But they’re both poor decisions.

    “Do the FA then deem it a frivolous appeal? If they do that, they could get an additional suspension.”

    As things currently stand, Paul Dummett would miss Birmingham at home next Saturday, with Jonjo Shelvey missing that game and the away trops to Wigan & Burton.

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 5, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Sorry, that was from the mag.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 5, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Charlie – it has to be the first one they saw infringing.
    As we know, human nature, they do not always see everything.

    Should all change in a couple of years – Italian League are currently trialing video evidence -but I think only four categories if I recall, cannot remember them all but definitely penalties.
    So once it has been trialed 18 months/2 years???-should be rolled out worldwide.
    Should eliminate the controversies about penalties – or at least most of it.

  • brklyngeordie

    Dec 5, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Have not posted in a while want to touch on a few things:

    Please to those that are panicking or doubting Rafa please stop I saw the same things being said after the first 2 games, Rafa will right the ship, not 1 of these last 3 losses was concerning in sense we were not outmatched we lost all 3 in hard fought battles but came away empty we will bounce back.

    Want to acknowledge how pleasantly surprised I’ve been with Clark has done a really fine job. With that said worried about Mbemba really thought we had the makings of a good CB had good speed and seemed up for the physicality of the game I am happy to have him as backup as he is a quality one but felt he would be way more then that, not that I’m writing him off hopefully his best days are ahead of him.

    The GK situation is something we seem to need to commit it to will it be Darlow from here out ( He has my vote) or will Elliot and Sels be in the mix, and what of Krul for next season? We also have Woodman down the line, so seems we are at a luxury hope we make the right choice because years back we made the wrong one with Forster.

  • beermonkey

    Dec 5, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #8


    is video evidence a good or bad thing

  • lochinvar

    Dec 5, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #9

    How could the Dummett appeal even remotely be considered as frivolous ?
    To suggest in advance that it might be is indicative of the corrupt nature of how the FA works and pre-judges situations.
    Each incident and appeal should be looked at solely on evidence available to the FA – surely they are capable of impartial decisions based on facts and reality .

    Are they ?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 5, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #10

    I think it’s madness not to have it, they have it in all other major sports, how many wrongs has hawkeye put right over the years. It wouldn’t slow the game down at all, play just carries on unless the ref is 100% certain and will hear about the decision 20 secs later.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 5, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #11

    Beer monkey-tuff
    Video evidence is useful for sure as a means of confirming many decisions. However the use of TMO video in real time would surely eliminate so much of the after the event controversy and ensure that outcomes of situations and ultimately match results are fair.
    The Refs want it – as much to make them mini celebs for sure but that has to be better than the incompetence leading to questions of integrity that we see so often now.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 5, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #12

    beer – video evidence.
    Football authorities will have it for only a set number of categories – the big decisions like penalties – cannot remember the other categories.
    Not for every piddly decision.

    Opinion and controversy fuels football. So some of that will be lost – however in a multi million pound industry nowadays we cannot really let major decisions be down to possible human error by refs/linesmen.
    There will still be plenty of things to argue about.

    Currently we can only look at rugby – when the ref asks for a video review – it just takes a matter of seconds – and really does not spoil the game at all. No more than players feigning injury or indeed proper injuries as happens now.
    So for the big decisions in the top leagues a definite yes.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 5, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #13

    the time that elapses when players are attended to on the pitch.

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 5, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #14

    The only problem with video evidence (I’m all for it) that I can envisage is who would make the call? Would the ref do it or would it be like rugby and get referred?

    Can’t see the ref’s liking that much with their ego’s and the thought of being undermined.
    A referee for a referee they’d say.

    Fcuk em I say.

  • Jib

    Dec 5, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #15

    Thee 3rd round draw for the FA cup in about 20 minutes on BBC2

    For expats



  • Jib

    Dec 5, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #16

    For some reason this may be a better link


  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 5, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #17

    Little bit about video evidence trials.
    It’s already started.


  • BandB

    Dec 5, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #18

    One dodgy ref isn’t going to derail our season.

    Rotten refs have always been and will always be part of the furniture, and the governing bodies will try to stand by their man because that’s the culture of shared responsibility you’ll find in all walks of life.

    Masses of pretty much instant technology can’t put right the original mistake. Even in tennis, where a bad line call can be corrected instantly, you see players crumble at the break in their concentration.

    I think we will take the FA Cup seriously, as we should.


  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 5, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #19

    Light hearted entertainment at the village show.


  • NezzaNUFC

    Dec 5, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #20

    Video evidence should only be used against players that are pieces of shit like Lansbury and Ali for spurs.

    Makes me sick that players still do this and it’s disgusting and disrespectful towards both fans and the sport.

    Video technology should stop these so called professionals from being disrespectful and could lead to them getting heavy fines and bans themselves or even points deducted.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 5, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #21

    Ian Cathro latest – NUFC

    “Little bit of Cathro news – I hear from Edinburgh that Hearts are hoping to hold a press conference tomorrow to unveil Ian Cathro. There’s a thought that he may be announced as Hearts boss tonight.” (The Chronic)

  • BandB

    Dec 5, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Cathro has been afforded a kind of mythical status as the next big thing, the potential future of the club.
    But it’s fairer to say he was just another throw of Newcastle’s “lucky dice” …the hope that we’d spotted a hidden gem that had escaped the notice of other clubs.
    None of us knows enough about him for his abilities to be more than we project on him.
    He has been the runt of the litter since Rafa was appointed, and a chosen disciple he isn’t.

  • hibbit

    Dec 5, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #23

    Ron Knee
    good luck to the lad just hope he knows what he’s doing !!

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Dec 5, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #24


    so we drew saylor’s number?

    is that lucky or unlucky? lol

  • BandB

    Dec 5, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #25


    Steve’s departure still cuts deep.
    Particularly for the traffic wardens of Tyneside, to whom he was always a gift that just kept on giving.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 5, 2016 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Birmingham away in Cup

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Dec 5, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #27


  • BandB

    Dec 5, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #28

    Fair test.
    Anyone think we should play the reserves and make getting knocked out the mission, like in the good old days?

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Dec 5, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #29

    at least we didn’t draw manure or citeh

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 5, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #30


    Yes. All the best to him.

  • BandB

    Dec 5, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #31

    Birmingham, Dok?

    It’s a place where people go to dance the night away.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 5, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #32

    Not to be confused with Birmingham, Alabama.

  • BandB

    Dec 5, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #33

    But definitely way down south, isn’t it Ron, though but?


    Dec 5, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #34

    its funny how often teams playing each other next game or either side of the cup draw,get the same side in the cup seems to happen alot…..
    would of liked a home draw but no doubt those who want us to go out so it does’nt effect our league form will be fairly happy that its a tricky draw for us.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 5, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #35

    Must be all of 200 miles, BandB!

  • BandB

    Dec 5, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #36

    That’s still probably five or six buses, Ron.
    At least it was when I was being dragged along for an audience with second (or third) cousin Ronnie.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 5, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #37

    Chelsea v Notts County/Peterborough

    Tough one for Antonio

    No relation, of course!

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 5, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #38

    The last line was a reference to cousin Ronnie.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Dec 5, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #39

    Boyd is not criticising Cathro’s use of a laptop, Ed. He’s extremely concerned about a lack of man-management skills. I’ve said before, the kid looks like he’s had a charisma bypass operation. Boyd’s comments don’t surprise me in the least.

  • BandB

    Dec 5, 2016 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #40

    Those Knees get everywhere!
    Did you know that Vice Admiral Horace Knee briefly stood in for Nelson while he nipped to the little boys’ room during the Battle of the Nile?
    And that Caesar’s final words were actually “Et Tu an’all, Knee?”as he perished under the statue of Pompey.


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