Benitez Describes What Magpies Must Do To Gain Promotion

We watched the game a second time last night and in truth there is not much in these games at all.

But Newcastle are very well organized under Benitez and we thought both Ciaran Clark and Jamaal Lascelles were outstanding for Newcastle and Karl Darlow was very secure in the Newcastle goal.

And Karl needs to be good these days with Rob Elliot now on the bench and breathing down his neck for that number one jersey.

Jamaal Lascelles lining up the wall yesterday

Jamaal in particular came back with a great game, after he had been rested last week and Grant Hanley came in and gave an accomplished performance in the 1-0 win last week at home to Derby.

Grant can take some satisfaction for why Jamaal had to be at his best yesterday with Grant pushing for a first team starting position.

Newcastle deserved the win simply because we were the better team and because Wolves did not have many chances at all.

Their first shot on target came after 87 minutes and it was straight at Darlow, but it would be nice to have more than one goal leads late in these games.

The opposition always has a late attempt to get the equalizer and they were successful at Villa Park and recently at home to QPR – 4 points dropped.

But in the main Newcastle have defended their one goal leads extremely well this season.

Rafa talked after the game about how important this win was for us which keeps Newcastle at the top of the Championship and maybe we need only 9 or 10 more wins to seal promotion.

This is what Rafa said after the game as reported in the Chronicle:

“For us every game is important, we try to get three points.”  “If you can do it then the others have to continue winning.”

“We have a couple of them that have won – Brighton and Huddersfield – but there is still a long way to go.”  “We need to keep going.”

“The team is defending as a unit and a team.”  “When you do that it’s always easier to have a clean sheet.”

“You have to give credit to them because they kept working.”  “They were organised and worked very hard.”

What Rafa says can be summed up in just three words what we need to do to get promoted – win, win, win.

Howay The Lads!!

Here’s the top six in the Championship after yesterday’s games.

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29 comments so far

  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 12, 2017 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

  • expatmag

    Feb 12, 2017 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #2

    For us, every game has to be a cup final especially all fixtures until mid march. During rhat time, we play every one of the top 7 teams and only Leeds at home…. the rest all away…..Brighton Huddersfield Reading Norwich included.

    Trsting time undeed

  • lesh

    Feb 12, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #3

    If Ashley really wants Carr to have more involvement in transfers then someone’s told him he’s not. Now who could that be? It won’t have been Rafa that’s for sure.

    If Carr’s been been telling Ashley that his involvement in buying players has been curtailed, then he’s not to be trusted and furthermore, if Ashley’s prepared to make an issue of it, then he’d be an even bigger fool than previously imagined.

    By all means, we should all expect Carr’s knowledge, experience and opinions to be taken into consideration but how much and when is surely for Rafa to manage.

    Until there’s real evidence that all’s not well with the Ashley, Rafa, Chatnley and Carr relationship, then speculation can only lead to dissatisfaction and fan unrest.

    Maybe it’s as well not to publish stories such as this until there’s information available which is stronger than the red-top muck-raking we’re seeing.

    In saying that, it’d be comforting if the ‘club insider’ who’s invariably mentioned by the media, were to leak a story about the club’s aspirations and ambition under Rafa’s management.

  • mindshaft

    Feb 12, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Be a tough game on Tuesday night against an in form Norwich .. hopefully Gayle back, think he may stick with Colback as DM

  • mindshaft

    Feb 12, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Think the Carr story about him wanting more control is boll0cks – Ashley simply didn’t want to spend any cash as current wage bill is too high – it’s long been his mantra that the club needs to be self financing and this includes the wage bill – so as ever it’s sell to buy even as Ashley includes wages in the purchase cost
    Sadly Tiote was still here throughout the window so his wages were still on books

  • lochinvar

    Feb 12, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #6

    2lochinvar // Feb 12, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    The Mirror hacks are just predictable and really not very clever.
    It’s well known that the way these lesser hacks create headlines is by saying something contentious or asking a question so as to avoid lying directly.
    Hence they state ” has Elvis been found on the moon ? ” when there is no story other than some half stoned numpty in Grimsby thinks a crater looks like Elvis.

    So now we have ” Benitez for Arsenal ? ” when Tuchner is stated as the favourite.

    Sad bunch really.

  • Fostino

    Feb 12, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Here’s my 2 cents on thesuch yesterday.

    Back 5 solid. Lb position should offer a little offensively. Is a position that needs an uograde if promoted.I like dummett. Haidira and lazaar can’t seem to cut it

    Same can be said for left wing. Will def need an upgrade in summer. Astu can lose the ball too many times and is easily shrugged off in degence. may be why he’s struggling in English football.

    Shelvey class act. Rithchie even though he’d a quiet afternoon, he was tireless in defence and put himself around.

    Diame had a poor game. Couldn’t seem to do anything right. Is looking like a poor mans sissoko…Which is prob what he is.

    Colback was terrible once again.
    .From his opening foul in first few minutes, he continued to concede fouls in dangerous positions and didn’t do enough to impose himself in game. Wasted a glorious opportunity to score or assist early in game too….He’s just not good enough. I’d sooner mbemba given a chacne as fm neXT time then this pretender

    Mitro was very frustrating. A goal saved him but he can’t be trusted on a pitch still. Stupid decisions and challenges nearly got himself sent off early in the game. Another ref on another day would have sent him packing which would have seriously derailed the game plan. The sooner gayle back the better. He hasn’t taken his chance to fill the gap.

    Speaking of game plan I feel rafa (no surprise) went with a cautious away approach. Starting colback…goofy on wing limits our offense for sure. He doesn’t really have many other options to be fair. Mitro wasn’t Able to get the better of their 2 c.b. And Diame didn’t do much to help in fairness. Again rafa didn’t have many options here.

    I commend his decision to put MOM lascalles back in and for keeping mitro on pitch until half time at least which lead to him getting the decider. Putying goofy up front abs astu on ar half time was a brace decision that worked out ok. Murphy might feel hard done by I can understand rafas view. .We needed to get a sat in the midfield and get mitro off abd 2 subs at half time..especially from rafa is a no go.

    In conclusion the game highlights a weakness in the squad that should have been addressed in the Jan window. We might struggle over the line but an offensive player or 2 should have been signed to help the push.make no mistake, we very lucky yesterday. We got a lot of the big ref decisions and the goal was very fortunate. A game og no clear cut chances was always along to be won by the luckier team and in fairness we saw the game through very well when we went ahead. Onwards to Tuesday. The good news is we have gayle and hayden back soon to greatly improve us and there’s a good player in mbemba that could help solve dm. Diame can turn it up too. Perhaps it’s time lazaar..astu..sammy started putting in a claim in the left wing with the ever reliable goofy.

  • hibbit

    Feb 12, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #8

    so who giving the Official media partner these stories or is it official media shit stirring these stories are becoming boring if there’s no grounds to these why don’t the club sack the the mirror and ban them from from the club
    OR is the devious Mr Bishop hard at work in the background carrying out Ashley’s instructions trying to undermine Rafa
    if these stories are lies the Mirror should be made an example of if they’re not there’s a good chance Ashley’s behind them

  • banjax

    Feb 12, 2017 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #9

    The Newcastle plan thrashed out by all parties involved last Summer was a long term plan circa 5 years. As we all know in football, plans can fall apart very quickly with managers and players departing like trains in a station. At Newcastle whether Benitez stays depends on promotion and Mike Ashley keeping to his side of the agreement and I mean ‘agreement ‘. We can all remember the tortuous time it took for the announcement to come forward that Rafa was our manager. The well publicised announced was a staged agreement with Rafa in complete charge of ‘Football ‘ at the club. If we are promoted then the next phase of the 5 year plan kicks in – which is to assemble a squad that will compete for the top of the table and to take part in winning silverware. All that will take a shed load of money which has been agreed to be given to Rafa. For me Rafa will not walk away in the Summer unless the word given to him is broken. There isn’t another club that could offer him the rapturous support and virtual carte blanche. If Mike Ashley keeps his word and does what he has agreed, then Rafa will stay to achieve the transformation of a sleeping giant that is Newcastle United. Howay the Lads!


    Feb 12, 2017 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #10

    colback has got to stop making stupid fouls around the box,time after time he did it yesterday and it puts the defence under so much pressure……maybe its a bit like mitro, as in… he’s trying to hard coz he’s been out the squad but he’s got stop daft tackles and try to read the game better.

  • NoahJ

    Feb 12, 2017 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #11

    don’t know if it’s been said already, but huge credit to Shelvey- completely remained professional despite constant abuse from fans, and still managed to control the game, particularly in the second half.

    I’m also so impressed with the back triplet of lascelles-clarke-darlow. how many confident catches did darlow have to make at the death- 4? 5? can’t say I’d have the same confidence in sels to command his area like that

    not a pretty win, but was a well-earned win!


    Feb 12, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #12

    the communication between keeper and cb’s looked a lot better yestereday,working as a unit,funny at times at home they look rabbit in headlights but yesterday was a good team effort.


    Feb 12, 2017 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Trouble is Ashleys word has already been broken during Jan according to a lot of people so the damage may already of been done in regards to Rafa stating on

  • Belfast

    Feb 12, 2017 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #14

    There is a very strong possibility that Rafa is on a shortlist to replace Wenger. He would probably be on a lot of clubs minds when looking for a new manager. It’s not really a huge story like.

    Me personally I think if Arsenal really do want him in the summer he will definitely go there.

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 12, 2017 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #15

    Although Rafa is a wealthy man he needs a challenge and Newcastle certainly offers that!
    So his options to meet his ambition are fairly limited if, as we think he wants to stay near his family and be in the Premier league. There’s nowhere in the existing top six; Arsenal will want a young gun! I can’t see any other club that Rafa could go to that haven’t already reached their full potential!
    Rafa and Newcastle are made for each other! His record with us is almost unbelievable! 65 points from 30 games in this league is the best in the whole EFL and computed to 100 points from 46 games! Most goals scored; fewest conceded! Fantastic and may it continue! Rafa rules! Howay the Lads!

  • toontaff2

    Feb 12, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #16

    Was it the ale or was I the only 1 who thought Mitro should have got a penalty? Did he really deserve the first yellow? Maybe a warning and yellow for the goalie incident? Those Sky ‘commentatoes’ really are like spud heads! Poor commentary, biased and worse than Ando!!!

  • toontaff2

    Feb 12, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #17

    Lambert is like a poor man’s Gollum -stop whining, man -your team are shyte – good at cheating and play acting – but crap at football!
    87 minutes to get a shot on target, despite all the possession.
    And the crowd booing Jonjo’s perfect pass were clueless too!

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 12, 2017 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #18

    By the way Rafa is used to doing battle with owners everywhere he has been including Liverpool so this is not new to him, that’s why he was so relaxed about not getting the players in January. However he has a plan for Newcastle and Ashley has to step up to the plate. It’s not new he has spent big in the past and has to do it again!

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 12, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #19

    The early Mitro “penalty” appeal was just outside the box but definitely a foul! Can’t believe how bad that ref was and agree with you about the yellow cards! Rubbish!

  • Vask

    Feb 12, 2017 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #20


    Worse than ando? I really didn’t think that was possible. Glad I didn’t watch it now.

    On the toon.

    Lets hope we can keep winning and ignore the provocative rumours about el messiah-o doing a bunk. Norwich should ve an interesting game. Can anyone tell me if it is at Carrow road?

  • toon kk

    Feb 12, 2017 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #21

    Rafa will stay as long as Mash doesn’t fk him around or a top club comes knocking.
    To be expected i suppose, but he’s here now and let’s hope he stays.
    Enjoy the time he’s here, managers come and go at every club that’s football.

  • toon22

    Feb 12, 2017 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #22

    The “News”about Rafa is just that,its Newspapers having to publish something.
    Im glad the club are ignoring it as any reply would be twisted as usual.
    Its a sign that things are going well
    Imho Rafa wont goto Arsenal unless MA shits on him in the summer, spmething that eben hes not stupid enough to do
    Imho Rafa will get a huge transfer budget

    At Arsenal Rafa knows exactly what to expect,its something he will avoid and its probably the main reason hes here


    Feb 12, 2017 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #23

    West Ham, Stoke, Southampton, Everton and Sunderland off the top of my head who aren’t fulfilling their potential

    Rafa and Newcastle fans for certainly but Rafa and NUFC? Not so sure

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 12, 2017 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #24

    Of the challengers for promotion Huddersfield look to have the best team of what I’ve seen. Leeds were looking dangerous but seem to have faltered, Reading seem to be fading and Sheffield Wednesday are too far back. Question is whether Huddersfield have a strong enough squad for the April push of 7 games. We are best placed for that having a big squad excellently assembled by Rafa!

  • mindshaft

    Feb 12, 2017 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #25

    I’d be surprised if Huddersfield maintain current form , biggest games for us will be the 3 game run of away games to Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading – if we win those (or at least don’t allow them to take all 3 points ) then we should be good for champions spot

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 12, 2017 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #26

    West Ham maybe but Stoke have peaked, Saints are at max, Everton Rafa can’t go there, Sunderland are heading for oblivion!
    Newcastle is Rafa’s spiritual home!


    Feb 12, 2017 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #27

    Not sure how u can say Stoke have peaked? And Southampton are streets ahead of us challenging for European football

    Barring Sunderland all those clubs have had more ambition than us recently

    His spiritual home? Why?

  • Toon Tang

    Feb 12, 2017 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #28

    You been rubbing people up the wrong way this morning Ed?

    This just popped up on my FaceBook – “This writer is absolutely terrible! A pond life, bottom of the barrel, begging for likes clown. Picks up on any rumour and stirs the shit. Dr? Dr of talking shite!!”

    Send them a ‘turd in the post’ Ed lad

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 12, 2017 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #29

    Those clubs won’t be able to get higher than where they are is what I mean cos the ones above them will always be stronger!
    Rafa seems to have bonded with the fans, seems to have an interest in the city; which other managers have gone to visit local venues such as the castle and who engages with the fans like him? He doesn’t need to do that!


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