Rafa Reveals What Was A Real Positive Last Night

Newcastle dug bit of a hole for themselves last night in the first 17 minutes of the game at Norwich even after going ahead with a goal from Ayoze Perez after only 23 seconds of the game.

But there was then some lax defending from Newcastle and we conceded a goal after 12 minutes when Murphy scored.

But then 5 minutes later it was simply a horrendous error by goalkeeper Karl Darlow.

Karl completely mis-kicked the ball in what should have been a simple clearance and that allowed Cameron Jerome to tap the ball home to put the home side ahead.

Karl Darlow can’t believe it – after his error in the first half

But after that to their credit and roared on by the away fans the players stuck together and Rafa got them steadied at half time and Newcastle came back and finally equalized on 81 minutes through captain Jamaal Lascelles to get a well deserved point.

After the game Rafa was pleased with the way the side reacted to the adversity in the game and that showed a strong mental attitude which has been apparent all season.

This is what Rafa said after the game:

“We started really well, scored one goal and then could have scored another so it was a big shock when we went behind.

“There were a couple of mistakes but I told them  at half-time to forget about it and just concentrate about the next 45 minutes.”

“Because we were playing well against a good side, not a normal one in the Championship.”

“I thought we responded brilliantly to going behind – the character of the players, and their reaction to the setbacks, was the most positive thing for me tonight.”

At the end of the day it was a good point and certainly we didn’t want an in-form Norwich side to gain 3 points on us, which is one reason the fans were delighted when the equalizer came late in the game.

But we also have to defend a lot better and that’s an area Rafa will be working on with the players this week and over the weekend in preparation for the home game against Aston Villa on Monday night.

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19 comments so far

  • dem

    Feb 15, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #1

    Anybody know if Ritchie was booked last night? He’s 1 booking away from a 2 match ban. If he was , he’ll miss AV and Bristol. If he wasn’t we are running the risk of losing him for one or possibly two of the big away games coming up.

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 15, 2017 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #2


    Not according to nufc.com.

  • cyprus

    Feb 15, 2017 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #3

    Why is it that some players split opinions so much? Do some people know so much while others don’t? But even footballing people get it wrong!

    Mitro, Shelvey, Cabaye, Bellamy, HBA, Robert, even Ginola, have all experienced this.

    Mitro and Shelvey are there with some illustrious company, but that’s not my intention, to prove they’re in that category. They’re young, they may well prove duds still.

    So, what is it? Obviously there’s talent in at least some of those players! I’m guessing people spot something they don’t like, right?

    *Laziness: some of the best players in history were, or appeared, lazy. Do they save their energy for the brilliant little move? Do they not have the engine? Are they really lazy?

    *Their worth is indeed questionable: many prefer good all round players, so if someone is only good at something, or bad at something else, he’s easy pickings.

    *Character flaws: thugs, racists, arrogance, or whatever, real or imagined, for example, can get you a bad wrap. I see that: Rooney, Bellamy, Keane, Wise, Terry

    *Look at the judges: we prefer people who are like ourselves, or people we’d like to be similar to. This is not so straightforward, but I won’t get into it 😉

  • cookie109

    Feb 15, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #4

    No he wasn’t booked. Only lacelles and colback. Is it a one or two game ban he will get? I get confused with the bookings tally changing after Xmas. Think you can get 10 for a one game can’t you? Might be wrong.

  • cyprus

    Feb 15, 2017 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #5

    * Bandwagon: go with the crowd man

  • martoon

    Feb 15, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #6

    cookie109 – pretty sure it is 2 games because on the commentary last night they were saying he was better off getting a card last night and missing Villa & Bristol rather than one or both of the big games following them.

  • Bobbybee

    Feb 15, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #7

    Turned into a decent point and really should’ve been three. Once again, it was individual mistakes that cost us. Turning into a bit of a theme sadly.
    That said, Norwich were top of the form table before the game and without those two cock ups we certainly would’ve won. On another day, at least one of those that hit the woodwork would have rebounded in. Pretty much dominated the second half from the five live commentary – an unbiased and none misery version! 🙂
    A point will have to do. Gives us something to build on for the next two games at home. Villa not exactly setting the world on fire and ditto Bristol City. Preferably get a few goals and get the confidence high.
    Gayle should be better for his little cameo last night and I expect him to start v Villa. Colback – who generally pairs well with Shelvey – has struggled the last couple so I think Hayden coming back will also strengthen us. In fact, Rafa should have his strongest side for at least the Villa game, depending on yellow cards.
    Despite the current hype, I can’t see anybody catching us tbh. Brighton look to be getting nervous and a home draw against Ipswich won’t have helped. Next two could see us pull a bit further clear hopefully.

  • Fostino

    Feb 15, 2017 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #8

    villa always turn in a good performance against us so we will; need to be at our best


    yedlin lascalles clark dummett

    rithchie hayden shelvey astu

    diame gayle

  • Bobbybee

    Feb 15, 2017 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #9

    Yeddears’ pretty much nailed the right back spot down – taken full advantage of Anita being injured imo. Villa will crumble if we score early and I expect Rafa to have the lads at full throttle on Monday night. Listening to their fans last night on the phone in it sounds like a like they’re in turmoil – which is nice. Help to push them further into a relegation battle with luck. 🙂 Agent Bruce working his magic again.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 15, 2017 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #10

    Would quite like to see Diame in midfield more it sounded like him coming on changed the game and helped pin Norwich back

    Good to see Perez with another lovely finish he probably should have scored another couple mind you

    Would like to see us rest Gouffran and give Atsu a few games especially with the next 2 being at home

  • Jib

    Feb 15, 2017 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #11
  • sing in the corner

    Feb 15, 2017 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Hope Jamaal’s neat volleyed equaliser gives him a confidence boost. He’s been a different guy from the up and at em fella who tried to shake up the dressing room last season.
    I think he’s bulked up too much for this season and he’s lost what sharpness he had before.

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 15, 2017 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Perhaps rather than only concerning themselves with the next match, Rafa should concentrate on only the next 45 minutes.

  • Bobbybee

    Feb 15, 2017 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Need to take full advantage of Villa’s nervousness on Monday night. Come out all guns blazing and get a couple of early goals. Do that and we could have a real treat on our hands. Listening to Talksport and they had a ‘huge crowd’ of 26k last night apparently. Seems they spent 76m this season, So why are we the ones always being slated as big spenders? They’re having a laugh.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 15, 2017 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #15

    Looking forward to abusing Stephanie Bruce on Monday, we gave him absolute pelters at Hull.

  • martoon

    Feb 15, 2017 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #16

    I don’t know what it is about Norwich but we always seem to have some cracking games against them.
    Like most I only listened to the radio commentary and watched the highlights but it seemed to be a good game. I’m not having a pop at those who voted but I couldn’t choose a MotM from what I heard.

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 15, 2017 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Watching those extended highlights we have to be confident after that attacking second half display. Creating chance after chance.. Right up to Shelvey’s last minute free kick pinging around the six yard box like pinball.
    Can’t wait to get into St James’ on Monday night – we’re gonna batter the Villa bus!!

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 15, 2017 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #18

    Norwich got one freak goal and another dubious one with Lascelles ‘fouled’ otherwise they huffed n puffed. We didn’t get any luck this time…

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 15, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Hope the lads don’t get over confident for Villa as they always play well against us. We need to be sharpnin out play and not cocky. If we do that it will be another 3 points in the bag.


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