Manager And Captain Criticize Wolves Fans – Call For FA Action


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?

Comments welcome.



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13 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Feb 12, 2017 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Looks like they still say jonjo was stitched up for the wolverhampton tickle. 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 12, 2017 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Ooh first!. I miss those first post competitions.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 12, 2017 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Ashley Out! btw

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  • banjax

    Feb 12, 2017 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #4

    A great display by Shelvey and all the lads. It was a tough game not so much for the football but more so the whipped up crowd displaying foul mouth thuggish behaviour. You expect mangers to be biased but not the Sky Commentators who attracted so much attention to themselves for their one sided portrayal of a game where Shelvey and Mitrovic were vilified using their past behaviour to tar them unfairly. So let’s forget the unawarded penalty and Wolves having nil shots on target and move on. There are better days ahead for Newcastle by playing well and winning and it’s that which will put the pettiness of Wolves to rest.

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  • andrew84

    Feb 13, 2017 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #5

    I watched the game on Sky. To be honest I just took the treatment of our players by the Wolves fans with a pinch of salt. It got embarrassing by the second half as by that stage they had a list of players to give dogs’ abuse to and I personally found that a bit cringeworthy. Aside from that, Wolves fans are some of the worst in the country anyway so leave them to it.

    I also thought the commentators were disgraceful but having said that, one of them was Wearside hero Don Goodman so I wasn’t surprised. They might as well have brought Andy Gray back.

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  • Matzmag

    Feb 13, 2017 at 5:19 AM

    Comment #6

    It’ll be an incredible history if Leicester do go down.Yesterday’s loss indicates one foot is already gone.Who cares but I like to take some of their players,Demaray Gray is one as Goufran replacement.That Swansea center back Mawson also caught my eye.Big strong cb,
    exactly what’s needed.Don’t think our current center backs can cope in the Pl.
    At least one experienced dfder is needed.Also the likes of Wilshere is a good shout for midfield.I also take Aaron Ramsey & Oxlade Chamberlain.
    Interesting to observe what Rafa will come up with.Hope will not paint the squad with Spanish & Italian misfits.

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  • cyprus

    Feb 13, 2017 at 5:25 AM

    Comment #7

    Seemed the booing was of the normal type, fans pick on a player or two and do it, nothing unique there.

    More thuggish that the wolves players were out to get a colleague sent off. They almost managed it.

    Both teams were very poor. We limited them to a very late shot. But it’s not as if we bombarded them.

    0-0 would’ve been fair. I’ll take the three points and move on and try to improve. Mission accomplished.

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  • Matzmag

    Feb 13, 2017 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #8

    Sunderland,Middlesbrough and Bournemouth are my bets.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 13, 2017 at 6:05 AM

    Comment #9

    Wasn’t going to make any comments after the Wolves game, because I thought it was totally forgettable. But Rotonda Heights seems desperate to hear from me. So, in brief, it was the same uninspiring rubbish we’ve served up all season. With Mitrovic off in the second half, as usual, to have a plan “B” was one letter too many along the alphabet for our mighty man from Madrid. All our best players were defenders, as we clung on against the might of Woverhampton Wanderers, one of the elite teams in Europe as everyone knows. Just take the three points and shut up Rotonda, nothing to crow about here, dickhead. (That that sit better with you than “pal”?)

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  • EllaGuru

    Feb 13, 2017 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #10

    @9 Frenchman

    You can only play what’s in front of you. Also, let’s consider the priors with Wolves, and the fact that we were always going to be playing in a hostile environment.

    With all this taken into consideration, I think a 1-0 victory, with no injuries nor pending suspensions is a massive result. Granted, the football was not always flowing, but that is really only an afterthought in the general scheme of things…

    If you are expecting 3-0 victories every weekend, regardless of the opposition, then you are sadly deluded.

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  • firebug666

    Feb 13, 2017 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #11

    I think that sometimes people miss the bigger picture, We set up at Wolves with a game plan, that was to sit back and soak up the pressure we knew we would be under, and hit them on the counter attack.

    We knew it would be hostile, we knew it wouldn’t be pretty, and knew they would be throwing everything at us.

    All in all we did a brilliant job and came back with the three points, you would think that would be enough to keep people happy.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 13, 2017 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #12

    EllaGuru – I’ve never been of the train of thought that we should be winning 3-0 every week. I don’t think we have a squad capable of that, for a start. My bone of contention is that we play ugly, unimaginative football, and that we’ve been lucky to get the results we’ve had. Given the resources of the club, with the highest paid manager, biggest payroll etc. etc. it’s expected that we should dominate this league. We sit on top, so that’s hard to argue with. But I don’t enjoy watching us play, and assuming we are promoted, we are a million miles from being competitive in the Premiership. If Benitez doesn’t get $100 mill to spend we’ll be back down, because I don’t have any faith in his ability to build a successful squad without a huge budget. Allied to that is the spectre of the ongoing incompetence of the top level of management in Ashley, Charnley and Carr. Proven failures, and still pulling the strings. To be honest, I feel ambivalent about promotion. If it signals “more of the same”, with Ashley and his mercenaries (including the fat Spaniard Benitez) taking the fans for a ride I’d be happier without it.

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  • firebug666

    Feb 13, 2017 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #13

    The overrated Frenchman

    I’m pleased not every one feels like you marra, could just imagine SJP full of people worrying about what might happen in the future rather than enjoying the moment.

    Back here in the present, we won against Wolves and are still top of the league looking odds on for promotion. So without all the suppositions and what if’s and but’s, let’s just enjoy the fact the we are challenging to win the league, have a team that tries to win every game, and a manager that deserves a lot more respect than you seem to want to hand out, who may or may not be working under strict conditions.

    He is doing his best, as is the team, I’m glad most fans don’t share you negativity.

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