Rafa Delighted With Win – Red Card Didn’t Change Much


Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez  was very happy after the game tonight even though it looked like a fairly mediocre performance from the lads against Nottingham Forest.

But justice when done after our 2-1 defeat at the City Ground four weeks ago, when we had two players sent off in the first half.

This time is was Matt Mills who was controversially sent off after 60 minutes with the score at 1-1 and Dwight Gayle scored four minutes later to put us ahead and added a third for Newcastle with 10 minutes to go.

Matt Richie goes crazy after scoring early goal

Matt Ritchie had opened the scoring with a nice goal from a free kick after only four minutes, but then some really slack play at the back allowed Forest to equalize after 29 minutes.

Newcastle are back on top of the league with Brighton’s game being postponed against Cardiff almost a couple of hours before kick-off and the Reading vs Fulham game abandoned at half time – both because of fog.

Rafa was pleased Newcastle are back to their winning ways:

“I am pleased with where we are because obviously it is not an easy league.” “So to win 17 games is quite good I think. We have lost some games, but we are winning a lot of games too.”

“We have a good team who are working very hard. When you have bad moments, you need that experience. We have had a lot of very good moments, and the main thing for me is to keep doing that, and to improve the little things that we can improve.”

“I don’t think the red card changed things too much.” “I had confidence because at the beginning of the second half, we won corners and free-kicks, and were pushing for a goal. For me, we were doing the right things.”

“After the sending off, it was obviously much better for us in terms of the difference to the last games.”  “We were on top of them this time and controlling the game.”

“We scored and controlled the game after the sending off, but at the start of both halves, the team was playing with the kind of intensity you have to display if you want to win these kind of games.”

Next up are Blackburn Rovers away on Monday night – and we need another win at Ewood Park.

Here’s the top of the table tonight with Newcastle on a schedule to get 100 points for the full 46 game season.

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

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6 comments so far

  • BandB

    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Three points. They all count.

    We don’t have a couple of stones in hand on this league.
    This is the bones of the relegated team with a few bought-for-purpose additions, some of whom are yet to make a mark, with one or two who won’t.
    Houghton’s promotion hunters had more class and more morale.
    Benitez has the team chugging along more or less on full throttle. It plays well when it isn’t asked too many questions. Even when Shelvey is playing.
    He knows they aren’t a great squad. But he knows they should be good enough.
    We should stop imagining this is a top eight team for next season.
    What we have is a team that should get promoted. That in itself is hard enough…an achievement.
    If we view everything through the lens of whether we do or don’t believe we are premiership ready, then we are going to miss what we have.
    I’d rather own a donkey that’s winning than a photo of a racehorse.

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  • lochinvar

    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Nottingham Forest manager Philippe Montanier told BBC Radio Nottingham: “I prefer not to comment [on the Matt Mills red card] on what what’s happened, it’s incredible and it changes the game.

    Oh dear how sad.
    Wonder if they will appeal or just ask Len for 10 for their dives and theatrical posturing.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Red card didn’t change the game not much rafa we needed that little bit help tonight anybody know why the ref showed two yellows tonight lads

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  • lochinvar

    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #4

    At 3-1 up why didn’t Mitro get longer on the pitch ?
    With only a few minutes game time left he’s so animated and more concerned with being the centre of attention than getting on with the game – surely if he had say 20minutes he would have time to play some football and we could all then see if he’s up to the job.

    Rafa must have his reasons but it’s frustrating not knowing what the are !

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  • BandB

    Dec 30, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Lochinvar,

    I don’t think Rafa likes his attitude. To compound that, he doesn’t fit the system.
    Like anyone in that position …Ben Arfa being a good example…he ought to understand the boss will always come out on top.

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  • magpie6699

    Dec 31, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #6

    RUNAWAY777 – As i saw it the first yellow was for a nasty foul. Then I think there was some sort of afters further up the pitch – don’t know what the Forest player did but the ref went to speak to the 4th official who’d seen it. He then ran over to the same Forest player he’d just booked and gave him the 2nd yellow. Btw I thought Forest’s antics, especially in the first half, were pathetic. Of anybody went within 5 yards of one of them, they’d be wincing and rolling. Kamari was the worst – I thought our players must have halitosis because he seemed to fall over if anybody breathed on him. Friend of mine has seen Forest a few times this season said they’re always like this – you’d think officials would be starting to suss them out.

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