Rafa – Somebody Made A Lot Of Mistakes In This Game

In Rafa Benitez’ interview in the Chronicle today he doesn’t mention the referee on Friday night by name – Stephen Martin – but he does say that somebody in the game has made a lot of mistakes.

In his long career – 20 years in management and 30 years in coaching – Rafa may not have seen quite a bizarre performance from a referee than he saw in that first half on Friday night.

To call it bizarre is not doing Martin’s performance justice – it was simply unbelievable.

It also caused the actor and comedian of the same name in America to wonder if any Newcastle fans would ever attend his films ever again.


Rafa Benitez Serious Look Close Up

Rafa Benitez – not a happy camper on Friday night

Rafa knows there’s little he can do about it now, but he does say that they have to analyze what happened in this game – and they presumably being the FA.

This is some of that Rafa said in the Chronicle today:

“The number 10 kicked him first and Shelvey kicked him back. He made a mistake but he was provoked.”

“It is something that somebody has to consider.”

“But in my experience, I can’t change anything, but at least somebody has to see the images and say something was wrong. Somebody has made mistakes.”

“It’s not just Jonjo, we lost a game and somebody made a lot of mistakes and they have to analyse if it was players or decisions.”

We have to move  on past the last game and the only thing that matters now is that we get back to winning games against a good Birmingham City side on Saturday.

Brighton play Leeds United on Friday night and if they win that game between two in-from sides, the Seagulls will be top of the league when we kick off against Birmingham at 3:00 pm Saturday afternoon at St. James’ Park.

We expect a sell-out crowd for that game who will urge Newcastle on and back to their winning ways.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

35 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 5, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #1

    And I used to pass a church whose vicar was called Rev. Pagan.

  • Mag52

    Dec 5, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #2


    I lived in the Hammersmith area in the70’s for a time, and a mate of mine from New Zealand had a tooth problem.
    He couldn’t get over the fact that the guy’s name turned out to be Fang.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 5, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #3


    My bus used to drive past his surgery. It would be in 74/75!

  • BandB

    Dec 5, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #4

    How did he get in?
    Did he also manage to get The Tonedeafs signed to EMI?
    Anyway Ron, all this witty banter has quiet worn me out.
    We’ll get talked about.

    Back to footy crack and debating which poster smells the most of poo, boys.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 5, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #5


    It must have something to do with the gripping match tonight!

  • Tsunki

    Dec 5, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #6

    It’s games like that last one that do more good for morale than harm, as someone mentioned before, it galvanises a siege mentality and a stubbornness which will only bode well for our continuing campaign. Even with a man missing we looked the far better team, and only cheating and imbecilic incompetence by the so-called referee helped them wear down nine men .

    We will have eleven again next game, and thanks to Benitez ‘ refusal to please the “best eleven” football managers , I’m sure the team will settle into winning ways again. It’ll do us good to see how the contingency players that have been assembled for purpose work out, and maybe even our forcibly rested players will be ready to come back into play in the next half of the season.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 5, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #7

    In Rafa we trust, well for a minute anyway.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 5, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Going to be interesting this weekend top six sides in the championship are all playing each other.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 5, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Brighton vs Leeds is gonna be a good match.

  • Belfast

    Dec 5, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #10

    Very good attempt at polishing a turd Skunki.

  • Jib

    Dec 5, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #11

    Heart of Midlothian – 30-year-old Ian Cathro has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal at Tynecastle and will take charge of Saturday’s Premiership game at Rangers. He replaces Robbie Neilson who has signed for MKDons.

  • Belfast

    Dec 5, 2016 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Think Brighton could probably shit them again on Friday night. I’m more concerned about the gap between us and third place to be totally honest.

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 5, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #13

    We will need to use the whole squad to get us through the season. Rafa has put together a big squad with the intention of using it to keep players fresh and motivated. What’s the point of having squad players that never play. The same with the development lads, loanees and reserves. Once it becomes clear that they won’t make the first team they’re of no use to us and I’m sure Rafa will cull accordingly.

  • firebug666

    Dec 5, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #14

    So then Cathro will not be replaced anytime soon, maybe Rafa will wait until the summer.

  • cyprus

    Dec 5, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #15

    If we assume Brighton will be up there in the top two, we actually want them to win. What is needed is lots of space between second and third.

    We’d love a win vs Birmingham but a draw will at least keep the distance intact. We cannot start losing these 6 pointers.

  • cyprus

    Dec 5, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #16

    Oops Belfast,
    You got that point in first.
    Anyway, fully agree 🙂

  • one fine day

    Dec 5, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Off to Birmingham in the third round .
    Mackums home to Burnley
    After the last week be very interesting to see what side Rafa puts out in the cup.
    at least we know even a team of fringe/ squad players will at least have a go which wasn’t the case in the past few years

    Was hoping for forest at home so we could annihilate them twice in a fortnight .
    never mind i will get over it

  • lesh

    Dec 5, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #18

    The MD of a Tyneside based company that made lifting gear and cranes for marine application was named Winch.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 5, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #19

    Well done Boro for beating Hull tonight 1-0.
    How about Hull , the Nackems and West Ham to go down ?

  • Jib

    Dec 5, 2016 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #20

    one fine day
    We meet Forest in the League the week before the FA cup tie against the Brummies.

  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Dec 5, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #21

    Hackett doesn’t think the club should appeal the Dummett sending off. It was a clumsy challenge, and a foul, but that’s it.

    Has the last man rule not been changed then?

    Not a massive problem for us anyway. Dummett can benefit from a rest. We have plenty of capable cover, in Lazaar, Anita and Haidarra, even Clark with Mbemba drafted in alongside Lascelles.

    Also Anita and Hayden would be an interesting central mid pairing in Shelvey’s absence, as are both technically very good and most importantly pass and move well.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 5, 2016 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #22


    Hahahaha – got to laugh at the clots and (if you pardon my expression) the knobbers on here who said Shelvey was innocent/did nothing/was pulling his leg away to free it.
    Well just as I have posted about this we get a quote from Rafa :-

    ““The number 10 kicked him first and Shelvey kicked him back. He made a mistake but he was provoked.”

    Hahahaha. You know who ye are – clots/Zebra watchers/Blind Pews.

    Please book an appointment at Spec Savers and you may then be able to comment upon incidents correctly.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 6, 2016 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #23

    I see we play Blackburn away (on Sky) on Monday 2nd January —–then cup game………..
    Birmingham away on Saturday 7th January and then…………………….
    Brentford away on Monday 16th January (on Sky).

    Certainly more days between games than last week. For recovery.
    Rafa I’ve no doubt will be playing his best eleven for all games – with possibly very slight rotation of players – certainly not half a dozen changes like last week.
    Yes definitely best eleven with only a couple of rotations.

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 6, 2016 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #24

    Mister Sh#t Stirrer

    Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
    – Marcus Aurelius

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 6, 2016 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #25

    Lindisfarne – report fact and true events is not stirring the sh#t.
    explain more if you want or be guided by Confucius.

    Confucius say :-
    “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”

    Oh well I suppose you’ll be quiet now.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 6, 2016 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #26

    report = reporting

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 6, 2016 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #27

    Lindisfarne – Aha – now I recall you saying there was no aggressive behaviour from Shelvey.
    Do not shoot the messenger – Rafa says he retaliated – therefore it was aggressive behaviour.
    Putting it bluntly you were not correct in your analysis of the incident.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 6, 2016 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #28

    Check out the below site :-


    Free eye check and 2 pairs of specs from £69

  • Veltman

    Dec 6, 2016 at 5:14 AM

    Comment #29

    Ah, Jib and Mr Tuff reconciled their relationship finally.That has to be the biggest news for the week, than Cathro leaving Newcastle United.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 6, 2016 at 5:37 AM

    Comment #30

    Interesting to see Kris Boyd’s comments on Cathro. Very similar to what I was told when I was at Celtic earlier this year. Very much a loner and not a people person. Wish him all the best at Hearts, it will be interesting to see how he gets on there.

    Haven’t seen either red card or any highlights of Friday’s match, but just cause Shelvey was kicked doesn’t excuse a reaction. Rather than us appealing, the FA should probably be looking at Lansbury’s actions.

  • Veltman

    Dec 6, 2016 at 6:11 AM

    Comment #31

    Lilo – how are you?Been a while. I’m also interested to see how he gets on there.Thought of him as future Newcastle mgr one time.Rafa hasn’t mentioned whether he will replace him any time soon I suppose. But if he does,I’d prefer Steve Clarke,if available.That Paco fella wouldn’t be a bad choice either.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 6, 2016 at 6:25 AM

    Comment #32

    Are you not signed up for Nufc TV, they’ve stopped charging for it and there’s ten minutes of top quality highlights after every game.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 6, 2016 at 6:40 AM

    Comment #33

    I’m good, just get on far less than I used to.

    I am, but everything here is pretty crap/limited at the minute, power, water, internet, so don’t use it much at the moment.

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 6, 2016 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #34

    On finding a replacement for Mr smiley face

    “We all send Ian our good luck for his future and thank him for his good work for Newcastle United. We will not be appointing a replacement to Ian in the immediate future. We will take some time now to decide what is best for us, our team, coaching staff and the club.”

  • Jib

    Dec 6, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #35

    Marcus Aurelius actually said

    Prospectum quae videmus, non veri.

    much snappier in Latin


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