Rafa Benitez – Shelvey Controlled The Game For Us

A nice bit of man management by Rafa Benitez tonight as he gave the returning Jonjo Shelvey the captain’s armband, maybe to remind him he is a very important player for Newcastle United.

And the former Liverpool man put in sparkling performance before he tired a little bit in the second half (not surprising).

Jonjo also knows he owes the team something after his five game suspension and he put in a great shift tonight.

Jonjo seems to play well for Rafa Benitez who is able to get the very best out of a player who in the past was difficult  to manage.

Jonjo Shelvey in action tonight

After the game Rafa was asked about Jonjo Shelvey by the local press and this is what he said as reported in the Shields Gazette:

“It’s always important to have numbers in terms of players around but especially someone like him that has quality and can pass the ball.”

“He can make the others play. It’s another big boost for us as a team. “You saw Jonjo controlling and dictating the tempo of the game.”

“He was training really well. It’s not the same match fitness, but it was not too long.”  “He was training really well. He’s fine.”

“He needed to play. I think it’s positive for him.”

We also needed to use the squad and we didn’t take risks.”

“It was important to use the young players and that the Academy staff  are seeing their players come through.”

It was an excellent win for us tonight – two great wins in a row – let’s make it three against Rotherham United on Saturday –  and let’s remember we cannot underestimate any team.

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7 comments so far

  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #1

    6bettyswallocks // Jan 18, 2017 at 11:01 PM

    Onwards and Upwards. Why people have to keep looking for the negatives is very strange. Still , there’s nowt as queer as folk. We’re in the next round of the FA cup having played a team with three first timers and we’re top of the league ? We have a transfer kitty surplus and a uefa elite manager to guide us back to the top level. Our owner has given the club permission to spend all proceeds on the team and a full stadium with a big feel good factor running through the city.

    Am I missing something?

  • giimps

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #2

    You forgot that virtually everybody is singing from the same hymn sheet……its only the gutter press making shyte up……means we must be still very newsworthy as well…….bring it all on!!!!!

  • Thump

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #3

    That pass that Shelvey made to Goofy that led to the penalty.

    Take a bow, Jonjo.

  • county down magpie

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Well pleased with the result tonight and great to see the young blood coming thru well. Taking the kids to the game on Saturday for their first time so am sure the atmosphere will be great

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #5

    Anyone else like goofy as a Striker?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #6

    just got in from match

    Enjoyed game and result

    Started slowly except Tiote giving away a free kick first minute.
    Game changed with Shelvey’s superb pas to set up the penalty for first goal from then on we were in charge until midway through second half sat deeper and deeper letting Birmingham have more of the ball.
    There goal came from lack of concentration poor marking.

    Shelvey Ritchie and Goufran were outstanding but
    I am giving young Stuart Finlay MOM for a debut I thought he was outstanding at the back tackled, headed and comfortable on the ball.
    Also Dan Barlaser had a good debut.

    Merit marks
    Self – 5 like Dracula hates crosses stuck on the line time and time again
    Yedlin -7 great going forward defending so-so
    Hanley – 7 good game but went to sleep for their goal
    Finlay – 9 My MOM great debut – makings of a excellent player can defend and PASS
    Lazar – 6 good going forward nearly scored but not the strongest in the tackle
    Shelvey – 9 Class oozed class tonight – passing was sublime at times
    Tiote – 7 stared slowly grew into the game until ran out of puff – put some crunching tackles in but over does the touches on the ball and gets dispossessed
    Barlaser – 8 started slowly but as the game went on grew in confidence and wanted the ball got involved in a lot of moves and carried/passed the ball forward – kid going to be a canny player
    Ritchie – 9 best game in a TOON shirt for a long long time
    Goufran – 9 good game led the line well full of running – intelligent runs in and behind there defence along with his usually tackling in midfield – Took his goal well
    El – Mhanni – 7 full of running got up and down the wing but tends to overdo the tricks – did ok

    subs Colback – 5 did OK coming on – actually passed the ball forward
    Hayden – 6 played as a full back at times and looked very good in that position
    Perez 5 – full of running got into some great positions but took the wrong option to many times

  • TyneMouth

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #7

    All’s well, that ends well…


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