Rafa Unhappy With Performance – Championship Is Priority

There are reports in the Chronicle that after the game Rafa Benitez was not a happy camper in his press conference and he was unhappy with Newcastle missing their chances in the first half and then defending like schoolboys (our words not his) in the second half – with apologies to all schoolboys everywhere.

But apparently it was that bad in the second half today as the home side virtually dominated the game in those final 45 minutes and scored three unanswered goals in our worst defeat ever under Rafa Benitez.

Rafa Benitez – smiling before the disastrous defeat

Rafa will have his work cut out for him to get the lads ready for the next two games at home against QPR and Derby County on Wednesday night and Saturday.

We need two wins in those games with Reading beating Cardiff 2-1 at home to go 3 points closer to Newcastle, although we have a game in hand now.

The Newcastle club owes their fans all out 100% effort and commitment in those games – and two wins.

Here’s what Rafa said after the game:

We didn’t underestimate Oxford.” “We didn’t take our chances in the first half, then we missed a penalty, and they took the chances that came their way.”

“We didn’t mark properly from the corners, and we gave the ball away.”  “You have to give credit to them, because they were fighting for the result, but we made too many mistakes.”

“We had to make the changes – it is very clear.” “I said before the game that if we were going to go through, it had to be with the squad, and if we couldn’t do that, then we couldn’t.”

“We could have been ahead in the first half, but we didn’t do it and then we paid for the first mistake in the second half and that was it.”

And Oxford manager Michael Appleton could afford to be magnanimous in what is his best ever result as a manager – good for him.

Although the defeat is so hard to take it’s great for Oxford and their fans.

Well that didn’t make me feel any better.


This is what the Oxford manager had to say after the game:

“The only way we were going to win today was by being brave and getting on the front foot.”

“We’re delighted we’re in the last 16.”  “It’s a fantastic achievement for the club.” “We thought it was on when the second goal went in.”

“But it was the save from the penalty that gave the players more belief than actually going ahead in the game.”

“My celebration was certainly bigger – it gave the players a massive belief that it might be their day.”

“Newcastle will be plying their trade in the top 10 of the Premier League next season.”

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9 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 28, 2017 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Another way of looking at it is that Rafa was proving a point to Ashley, the squad isn’t good enough and he needs cash to spend.

  • toontaff2

    Jan 28, 2017 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Mitro will come good?
    No, he is just not capable – overrated, will be glad when he is sold. With Murphy proving to be better, Gouffran proving to be better, Gayle clearly better, probably some in the kids’ ranks better than his powder puff shooting and finishing. The loon is too busy getting involved in daft shenanigans!

    Can we put Mitro and the other crazy brigade on here, the Rafa oots, the WUMs , Mackems and just outright whining whingies on a slow boat to Sunderland?

  • toon kk

    Jan 28, 2017 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Rafa surprised? Strange that team couldn’t compete in league 2 ffs.

  • Our Toon

    Jan 28, 2017 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Rafa wasn’t proving a point to anyone, he got it wrong massively and picked rookies and players out of position.

    I’ve always maintained that I’m not fussed about cups this season, but getting tonked by a side like Oxford is simply not good enough

  • Belfast

    Jan 28, 2017 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Should be an interesting few days now. Manager has made it clear numerous times he wants to bring in player/players. Will he get them ? I’m voting no.

  • toontaff2

    Jan 28, 2017 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #6

    The only player out of position was Mitro! His position should be anywhere other than in our first team!

  • reilly

    Jan 28, 2017 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #7

    shlupp’s done his hamstring.so this might stop townsend coming back.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 28, 2017 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #8


    well said not much younger than you just 62 but been following going to games since 1962

    That’s54 years watching – and how many of those 54years have we been embarrassing beaten by non league teams, teams in lower divisions – reckon at least twenty off the top of my head.

    NOT F**IN GOOD ENOUGH for a suppose to be ‘BIG’ team

  • magicmac54

    Jan 28, 2017 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #9

    Just like old times with Ashely back at the wheel again, cant get any players over the line and fielding weakend teams in the FA Cup. In my humble view Rafa will finish the job and get us back to the premier league, and then he will be gone History. Rafa is a man of great , integrity he is also very ambitious, he is also very humble and honest, he is everything that Ashely will never be, we all know that Ashely would be very happy to finish 4th bottom of the premier league every year, the shit will hit the fan next year, when Rafa will want proper investment to match is ambition to make Newcastle able to compete in the premier league, this is when it will all end in tears in my humble opinion. Watch this space. HWTL.


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