Newcastle Fans React To Brighton Defeat

After only drawing 2-2 last night with QPR we could have been four points behind Brighton if they had beaten the Terriers away tonight but they went down to a 3-1 defeat and remain just one point ahead of Newcastle in the table after 28 games played.

Newcastle fans have reacted to the result fairly positively and it puts Huddersfield on 52 points – 7 points behind Newcastle in 5th place.

We need to beat Derby County on Saturday to get right back on track in the league.

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

First of all here’s the state of things at the top tonight.

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And here’s some responses from Newcastle fans to the Brighton loss.

56 comments so far


    Feb 2, 2017 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Well am happy with that our draw means we moved a point closer to Brighton which is where we should be aiming imo not one of our losses have worried me so a draw isnt going to change that

    Onwards and upwards

  • reilly

    Feb 2, 2017 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Papers reporting rafa could walk and the chronicle have news on rafa and nufc at 10:30.Lets hope its all just click bait.

  • Mag52

    Feb 2, 2017 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #3

    I’m with Yorkymag on the Brighton result.
    Huddersfield now getting seriously into the mix, which is not in our interests.

  • kimbo

    Feb 2, 2017 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Rumours Rafa has walked out on twitter

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 2, 2017 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #5

    I suppose Ashley is not at all unreasonably enquiring as to why we haven’t been able to make better use of our expensively assembled squad, and that the deals for our January targets turned out to be unfavourable for us. Rafa’s on 4 million quid a year by accounts and has been allowed to build his own squad of elite players by Championship standards to pick from. I expect Rafa will do his job and the side will knuckle down successfully to the task at hand.

  • reilly

    Feb 2, 2017 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #6

    not looking good

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 2, 2017 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #8

    all not happy
    F**in power struggle…
    Tensions have been inflamed behind the scenes, where there is a power struggle taking place between Benitez and others loyal to Ashley, by the fact Benitez understood he would be allowed to reinvest the £30m the club received from Tottenham Hotspur for Moussa Sissoko.

    Tell ya Graham F**in Carr berind this – should of been pushed in the summer

  • toon1707

    Feb 2, 2017 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #9
  • Jib

    Feb 2, 2017 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #10

    All the red tops are running it but they all quote the Chronic.
    Most saying he will go in Summer even if he gets promotion because Ashly does not share his vision.
    They all released the story within minutes of each other.
    Looks like a big informal briefing has been organised.
    Strange it should all happen shortly after the Southern press’s darling Brighton got humped in Huddersfield.

  • jane

    Feb 2, 2017 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #11

    all the teams are going to drop points and play each other.


    Feb 2, 2017 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Well Rafa still wants to be here but he wants backing in the summer, sounds fair to me. Over to u portly Southerner with illegitimate lineage

    Until then I will continue enjoying NUFC again and hope he stays true to his word for once

  • Jib

    Feb 2, 2017 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #13

    Do calm down Charlie
    It’s hot headed tw@ts like you that organise lynchings and start wars
    Calm the f’ck down and grow up.

  • Belfast

    Feb 2, 2017 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #14

    Every single paper is running that story Jib. The full shabang!!

    Which suggests to this thicko that someone close to Rafa has briefed the media.

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 2, 2017 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #15

    It is important I think there be some push and push back between Rafa and Ashley. The tension should encourage what’s best for both the side and the club, so long as Rafa always holds the whip hand by getting results on the pitch, and having the support of the fans.

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 2, 2017 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Yeah Charlie.

    Don’t speak out of turn regarding anything to do with club policy (I.e what fat man wants) otherwise you’ll get a tongue lashing from the slugs fan club president.

    Oh wait….

    There’s no smoke without fire. And it’s some smoke.

    I believe BandB called it correct a while back. She mentioned the summer. Slightly off timescale wise but right none the less. Unfortunately.


    Feb 2, 2017 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Thats my thinking as well…good for Rafa putting pressure on the board and not being scared to speak up we’ve not had anyone here who would do that since Hoots

    It’ll also galvanism the fans hopefully

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 2, 2017 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #18


    He’s a shrewd operator is Rafa.

    Let it be known I’m not happy but it didn’t come from me.

    Plausible deniability.

    Wish the fat fcuk would just do one or if he has no intentions of it just leave well alone.

    Imagine that old failed fart whispering into his ear.


  • U.S Magpie

    Feb 2, 2017 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #19

    Why is it, when all this shite comes out in the papers the board and especially Mike Ashley does not say something publically to defuse the situation. I mean, if this is all bullshit then take five minutes to address it with the media.
    Job done onwards and upwards. They need to remember, the fans want Rafa, so ease there pain and say something.

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 2, 2017 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #20

    Does seem though that this is down to the club baulking at a 2-3 million outlay for the loan of Townsend, which really doesn’t seem a massive amount of money at all given what’s at stake.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 2, 2017 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #21

    No I am not a hot headed tw@t

    Facts Carr is back in charge of transfers
    Benitez was stunned to learn that he would not be allowed any funds to strengthen in the transfer window that closed on Tuesday, with Graham Carr, the former Northampton manager and club chief scout, given far more prominence in player recruitment than he has under Benitez.

    The Newcastle manager had held a series of meetings about potential signings two months ago and he believed the club would move to land first choice target Andros Townsend.

    That deal fell through as the window closed on Tuesday, despite Benitez being privately encouraged that the signing could still take place. Newcastle officials refused to match the loan fee Palace had asked for which would have preceded a permanent transfer in the summer.

    Benitez wanted the permanent deal done now and has been left furious by the failure to sign players he had lined up to move to St James’ Park. The failed move for Townsend has further undermined his position and he has been taken aback and bewildered by a dramatic change in transfer policy at the club.

    Ashley, however, has insisted the club return to the policy of signing young players on the recommendation of Carr, who significantly sat with the owner for the FA Cup tie between Birmingham and Newcastle. Newcastle did not have the funds to go anywhere near Everton’s £16m price tag for McCarthy and failed with their move for Townsend.

    Benitez is expected to see the rest of the current campaign though but has been angered to such a degree by the change at the club that there is a major doubt whether he will be in charge at St James’ Park next season.

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 2, 2017 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #22

    It’s usually ‘we couldn’t get them over the line as hard as we tried’

    Rafa’s let it be known on camera it wasn’t his call and then let someone leak it he’s not a happy bunny about it just in case of confusion (for bellends like jizz)

  • Belfast

    Feb 2, 2017 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Noboby take any offence – I’m actually starting to think the bloke has autism/adhd or something along them lines. It’s the only explanation left in the book for the strange behavior.


    Feb 2, 2017 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Its refreshing isnt it…worrying but its about time we got an idea about whats actually happening with our manager


    Feb 2, 2017 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #25

    Jeffery ur talking about?

  • lochinvar

    Feb 2, 2017 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #26

    Surely funds were available otherwise all the negotiations were a sham.
    Is it the case that Charnley failed to deliver and that’s where the problem lies.
    Have aw signed the two Croatian lads on a pre- contract ?


    Feb 2, 2017 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #27

    What negotiations? We only went for loans mate and said no if a fee was involved

    As for the Croatian lads I can confidently say no we haven’t signed them on a pre contract

  • Belfast

    Feb 2, 2017 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #28

    Haha No Mike Ashley of course. My own son has it. I recognize the traits. 🙂


    Feb 2, 2017 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #29

    Ah easy mistake to make haha

  • Belfast

    Feb 2, 2017 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #30

    Jib has chlamydia.

  • Sav

    Feb 2, 2017 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #31

    Its time for Charnley to come out and give an interview explaining what went wrong and reassuring Rafa and the fans for the summer. Not too bothered about our supposed targets tbh as we would need better than most of them if we reach the Prem but clearly Rafa is rattled. Fans need to decide how they will respond and do so in a concerted fashion if Rafa is driven to walk out.

  • reilly

    Feb 2, 2017 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #32

    George Caulkin ?@CaulkinTheTimes
    It’s not just about new players – it’s about trust, relationships & communication. All those things have eroded.

  • lesh

    Feb 2, 2017 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #33


    Charnley doesn’t do media statements remember?

    And he wouldn’t anyway without Ashley’s blessing so I think we can assume that Charnley’s not been acting in good faith in regard to signings AND Rafa and did not even make any serious attempts to sign Townsend or anyone else Rafs wanted.

    Sadly, we’ll be a laughing stock yet agsin come summer.

    What a state of affairs where the owner of a major football club appears to prefer the opinion of a man like Carr over those of a highly successful and respected manager.

  • lesh

    Feb 2, 2017 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #34


    Csulkin’s hit the nail on the head and if those things are beyond repair, Rafa’ll be off because he seems like an honest sort who’ll feel deeply hurt by Ashley’s short sighted actions.

  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 2, 2017 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #35

    This is just sickening. Whether or not it’s being sensationalised to sell papers Rafa is clearly not happy. It makes me remember what Keegan said on the ESPN interview, ” You just can’t work with these people.”

    If Rafa feels he has been undermined and lied to then his pride will mean more to him than money.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 3, 2017 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #36

    Won’t be surprised if rafa walks at the end of season. Just sick of our Ashley runs the club. Carr should have been fired long ago.

  • TyneMouth

    Feb 3, 2017 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #37

    Sometime, in distant land, people will look back at the paranoia being churned out on this blog, doom and gloom throughout the kingdom.

    Think back to last May. We were relegated, eight months later we are one point behind Brighton, it could be worse, a lot worse!

    The big difference from last year is the support at home games. On Wednesday night Newcastle played a team who had a better away record than their home form, QPR.

    QPR share their away success with three other teams, Fulham, Wolverhampton and… Newcastle.

    QPR, Wolves and Fulham also beat us at home! Our away form is better than at SJP.

    Most media reports are very flattering about our travelling support. Contrast that to the noise at SJP.

    The prawn stottie brigade at SJP need to get behind the Lads, and the Gaffa’…

  • Oldgit1

    Feb 3, 2017 at 2:13 AM

    Comment #38

    I’m not expecting Rafa to walk away from the club to the end of the season, but I will not renew my season ticket until it is clear that he is not going. I would advise other season ticket holders to do likewise. That is the only message we are able to give Ashley.
    Who ever follows Rafa will be another yes man and would suggest that he has not learnt from previous mistakes.
    I’m sure he has stated he will no longer play an active part in the running of the club and would leave all football matters to Rafa and Charnley.
    All trust appears to have gone, with Charnley still being a little lap dog for Ashley and Carr.

    What chance has Rafa got when they side with Ashley.

    All supporters should band together and get behind Rafa and hope he carries on fighting for our cause.

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 3, 2017 at 2:17 AM

    Comment #39

    Mister Tuff // Oct 6, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    The potential for Mr Tubbs to do the dirty on Rafa when large sums of money are needed to upgrade the team – certainly exists – and is worthy of highlighting. However, time date now, there is no evidence that there will be any “Keegan like” events.
    But……………………you never know. Time as normal will provide the answer.

  • toonincheek

    Feb 3, 2017 at 2:57 AM

    Comment #40

    As Charnley won’t speak publicly, I expect the club to issue an
    email from him, drafted by Bishop, naturally, trying to put
    a more positive spin on the Jan transfer window efforts.

    I know Rafa wanted Townsend back – BUT – Rafa is canny with
    money and if Townsend wanted to maintain the extra £20,000
    p/week salary AND get a share of the transfer fee (as he would
    not submit a transfer request) I wonder if Rafa himself would say
    “OK – he was asking too much”.

    But if Bishop drafts something that includes lies, Rafa being Rafa
    would regard that as a serious breach of trust.

    I don’t doubt that Rafa has the final say on who comes and who goes,
    but just because he identifies targets doesn’t always mean we can
    get them in at a reasonable price.

    What worries me more, perhaps, is that to get good players
    next season in the PL, we will have to re-write out salary cap.
    Not sure MA will sanction that.


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