Rafa Happy Fans Sing His Name – But Support The Players Too


The 1-0 win at home against an in-form Derby County side was a really vital win for Newcastle and the lads defended very well and especially over the last 20 minutes, when Derby went all out for the equalizer after we had again missed too many chances to kill off the game.

But we came up with all 3 points with the defense playing very solidly for our second clean sheet in the last 11 games in all competitions.

The capacity crowd of over 52,000 fans sang Rafa’s name repeatedly throughout the game.

That was to let him know we support him and want him to stay at the club – just in case he has any silly notions of leaving this club this summer – for whatever reason.

Rafa Benitez – happy after the game

After the game a happy Rafa had this to say to reporters:

“The fans have been amazing for me all year and I’m happy if they continue singing my name, but also supporting the players.”

“If the players win I win, and if the players win the fans win.” “It was important they realized that they can make the difference in a game like this.”

“From the start they were ready to back the team and cheer the players. “The players responded to it. We started the game well and the fans were happy with that.”

“You could feel the atmosphere when we scored the goal and the fans know the players will run a little bit more if they can feel this support and this atmosphere.”

“We played good football for a while and every three points is important. “It doesn’t matter how you get them.”

“In the end we had to defend really well against a really good team to get the points that we deserved.”

We are now top of the league and 3 points better off than seven years ago when interestingly enough we suffered our biggest defeat of the season in our 29th game – a 3-0 defeat at Derby County.

We then finished the final 17 games of the season without losing another game, drawing only four and winning 13 for 43 points out of a possible 51 – not too shabby.

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25 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 4, 2017 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Well tell the players to pull their fingers out Rafa and the crowd will respond accordingly, it’s not just up to us get these multi millionaires to put a bit of effort in for 90/180 minutes a week.

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  • Jib

    Feb 4, 2017 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #2

    I still think we’ll go up as champs but I’m not so sure we’ll be accompanied by Brighton !

    Hoots has some job to get his side up against Brentford (away) after their mauling by Huddersfield.

    Huddersfield /Leeds – Yorks derby tomozz lunchtime should be entertaining – fourth versus fifth.

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  • jimmysmith

    Feb 4, 2017 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #3

    I think we’ll get better from here as the ACoN guys return along with Gayle, and also Sammy making a good contribution. Diame has more to offer also, and should find some more form as the side really begins to develop as a unit as the season pans out. Plenty of quality, depth and cover and half a season under its belt to build a better understanding should see the side find another gear and drive on to the title.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 4, 2017 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Frankie
    I can’t believe the motm poll results. Unbelievable. But as Bobby says, we’ve all got opinions.

    On Yedlin, I thought he did okay. He looks more lightweight and ineffective recently. I think his earlier performances were better.

    On Gouffran, I thought he worked hard as usual and was more effective with it today than in recent games. Today was won by hard work, something which is anathema to Mitro.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 4, 2017 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Hibbit
    I was surprised to see Ben Brereton playing this evening because not many academy lads get a chance. He looked the part and took his goal great. Good luck to the lad.

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  • jimmysmith

    Feb 4, 2017 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #6

    I wonder if there wasn’t an element of Ashley trying to put Rafa in his place a little with the lack of transfer movement in the last window. He is the owner after all, and immensely successful. A sort of shot across the bow, as if to say if you want to run the show then you have to deliver, and you have to earn your corn, which is quite considerable.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 4, 2017 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Jib
    I’m going to Hudds v Leeds tomorrow. Looking forward to it. Never been to this fixture at first team level before. Bitter rivalry.

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  • toontaff2

    Feb 4, 2017 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #8

    Great atmosphere today – sore throat getting quenched!

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  • toontaff2

    Feb 4, 2017 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #9

    Went for Diame as MoM, but Ritchie, Dummett and Hanley also played well

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  • toontaff2

    Feb 4, 2017 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Perez was lively when he came on.
    Hayden good.
    Clark too.
    Yedlin is like shyte off a stick -started behind his marker in first half and left him for dead, then produced a great cross. Will be far more than a flyer if he keeps on like this!
    God the ref’s are getting worse – if it is possible!

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 4, 2017 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Yedling was by far our best player today, but i will give a special mention to Mitro, for me he had an excellent game today and was let down by our MF, esp Diame, yes Mitro should have scored but when tthey used him his hold up play was good, his little lay offs worked well, players like Diame were just shooting from silly distances. Mitro needs someone the ball played up to him, or good crosses which we didnt do enough of, we have been playing as if Gayle is still up front, long shots that he can feed off the scraps.

    a win is a win, and we are back top, thats the main thing.

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  • toontaff2

    Feb 4, 2017 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #12

    Perez was wiped out by their keeper and got a corner!
    Mitro and Ritchie should have got pens.
    Mitro should have scored and looked disinterested -must have been my faultfor slating his misses v Oxford!

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  • toontaff2

    Feb 4, 2017 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #13

    If allof the ball is more than 6 inches over the touchline it must be a throw in, linesmen! FFS

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 4, 2017 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #14

    Catchy
    Please let me know how you followed the game? Because that is so far away from what I watched, it could be a completely different game.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 4, 2017 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Must ask Yorky who he wants to win tomorrow?

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 4, 2017 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #16

    reading some of the comments on here are great, whilst we all love the game, i can see many have not played the game or simply don’t understand it.
    mitro was not used to his strengths today, he is not Gayle but we played like it was him, Gayle has not strength or gold up play, he rarely brings others into play, yet lots are critercising mitro for not playing Gayle style, Mitro has hardly played and the team is set up for gayle, yet Imo Mitro had a great game when they used his strengths, his hold up play was good, his link up play was also good, and he set the goal up, our MF would rather shoot from distance than look for him. our whole MF were crap today, personal glory is what they went for.

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 4, 2017 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #17

    bnb

    ? tv

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 4, 2017 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #18

    Catchy
    I passed Sir John Hall in the M&S in the Metro Centre the other day. Reminded me of the time I was in the lift with him at SJP. He said of Shola Ameobi, “He’ll never make a footballer as long as I’ve got a hole in my arse.” And he was right. And that’s what I think of Mitro. I don’t know what you think his game is but if it’s converting crosses with his head, he’s too soft for that. Easily bullied. Might get one or two headed goals a season.

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 4, 2017 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #19

    Vital win for the club today irrespective of performance. Plenty of time to hit higher notes performance wise. I still think mitro has plenty to offer, at this level anyway.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 4, 2017 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Catchy
    Your comments on Mitro and on your own superior ability to understand the game and experience of playing it suggest you’ve been on the tinnies while watching the tv.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 4, 2017 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #21

    Munster
    Just watching Costa, Giroud and Lukaku. They’re light years ahead of the daft Serb.

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 4, 2017 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #22

    bnb

    i purposely wrote it that way because i’m sick of reading about the crap from people who go to the game as if it’s the only way to see it and any other way is just inferior, good for u, u got tickets.

    i went for a drive around gateshead once with Douglas Hall in his ferrari f40, he told me Shola only got as far as he did because SBR liked him, and that SBR didn’t rate Chopra, even though most at the club thought chopra was the next ENG striker.

    Regardless what u think, mitro was fed scraps today and we won because of him.

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  • Nufc-83

    Feb 4, 2017 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Catchy I think you are being a little harsh but agree with the general point on mitro. The problem is he has no aggression or determination (not in a violent way as he certainly has that). If you watch a player like carrol for instance when I cross is played in he will attack that ball no matter where the cross is delivered to and do anything to get his head on the ball. When a cross comes in for mitro he stands there and doesn’t attack it at all. The cross has to be pin point almost and then he will use his strength to try and beat the defender to it which in a lot of cases doesn’t work (if cb a beast). He needs to learn how to move in the box and how to attack crosses if he is to become a decent prem player but I wouldn’t completely right him off which seems to be the case with you.

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  • Nufc-83

    Feb 4, 2017 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #24

    Sorry not catchy I meant Blackie

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  • Owldman

    Feb 5, 2017 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #25

    Lets face it we got lucky today, what ever the reason Rafa changed the formation at half time with Diame playing behind Mitro we were always a threat his strong runs were drawing 2 some times 3 Derby players out of position hence creating space, ater half time Derby started to pile forward and we got lucky in the end.

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