Jonjo Shelvey was continually booed (and abused) by the Wolves fans during Saturday’s encounter and after the game the Wolves manager and the local Wolves press accused the referee of basically handing the 3 points to Newcastle.
The Magpies defended superbly throughput the game and won 1-0 and that was our 21st win in the 30 league games so far this season in the Championship – a 70% win rate.
But we learned during our last two catastrophic seasons from our managers in the Premier League – it’s results or reasons – so after losing the game Wolves had all kinds of reasons (sometimes called excuses) why they lost this game.
Jonjo Shelvey congratulates Aleksandar Mitrovic after he scored the winner
As usual Rafa Benitez described what happened in the game in his interviews after the win and he thought the key to the game was the excellent play of our defense and Wolves didn’t put a shot on target until the 87th minute.
But Rafa has hit out at the home fans who continued to abuse Jonjo Shelvey who was banned for five games after he was charged with racial abusing of an opposing player in the Wolves surprise 2-0 win at St. James’ Park in mid September.
Here’s what Rafa had to say about Jonjo after the game as reported in the Telegraph:
“It was not an easy game for him but I think he did well.”
“The team was working hard and he showed composure and a cool mind to play and to keep the ball.” “He did a good job for the team.”
“He is a professional. He knows you have to concentrate on the game.”
“Yes, we knew what was coming, but one thing the FA has to maybe consider is what the fans say to players.”
“Maybe, to control what the fans say in every stadium and then they have more respect.”
The Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles also offered his support of Jonjo Shelvey:
“It was terrible what happened to him” “Jonjo is not that type of person” ” A few of us told him to keep his head.”
“I just said ‘play your football and you can embarrass them by being the best player on the pitch’ and that is exactly what he did.”
“With this team, we approach every game to win and get three points. We are going to aim much higher than that record.”
We hope we can go on another nine game winning streak, but we have a long way to go and that was only our second win in a row after allowing a last minute own goal equalizer against QPR three games ago.
This was another tough game for the lads but they came through quite well without getting anywhere near our best form.
Maybe against Norwich City on Tuesday night?