Rafa Benitez – There Are Still Lots Of Points To Play For

Rafa Benitez seemed to be upset on the touchline nearly for the whole game last night which is strange for Rafa.

But maybe it was the refereeing again which wasn’t great and it was Robert Madley – one of the youngest referees in the Premier league at just 31 – who had given Brighton a soft penalty after 14 minutes.

But Rafa managed to get the job done and brought on both Daryl Murphy and Ayoze Perez in the second half and both players made an impact and of course Ayoze Perez scored that dramatic winner in the last minute of the game.

Rafa Benitez on the touchline last night at Brighton

That followed great build-up play from Matt Ritchie and Christian Atsu and after the game Brighton manager admitted the winning goal had real quality.

This is what Rafa said to BBC Sports after the game:

“I said before this was just an important game but we have to play a lot of them.” “It’s three points but there are lots of games and lots of points.”

“You could see we needed to change little bit to get more impact.”

“It gave us fresh legs and different movements, but I was pleased with the players that had been on the field.”

Since we were surprisingly beaten 1-0 at Blackburn in the first game of the year on 2nd January we have played 9 Championship games and won six of them and drawn the other three – so that’s 21 points from the last 9 games.

Coming up next are two crucial games at Huddersfield and Reading and we cannot get too carried away with those games both  coming up in the next six days.

Two wins in those games are what we need.

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8 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 1, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #1


    i think you would be moaning if you had to contend with that ref. the refs in this league have easily seen us lose 10 points plus.

  • toontaff2

    Mar 1, 2017 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Every game I’ve seen, far worse goes on in front of us at the Gallowgate – Bristol City had 3 or 4 doing it at each corner.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 1, 2017 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Just to clarify what the rules say when for example it’s a corner and the players are holding each other, shirt pulling etc before the corner is taken.
    At this stage the ball is not in play – so cannot be a foul. Any the Rules state :-

    Holding an Opponent
    Referees are reminded to make an early
    intervention and to deal firmly with holding
    offences especially inside the penalty area at
    corner kicks and free kicks.
    To deal with these situations, the referee

    warn any player holding an opponent
    before the ball is in play

    caution the player if the holding continues

    award a direct free kick or penalty and
    caution the player if it happens once the
    ball is in play.

    So warning the players is what should be done.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 1, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #4

    any = anyway

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 1, 2017 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #5

    Charlie – not entirely sure but Mr Tuff is on the ball now.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 1, 2017 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Lochinvar, sorry for late reply, I’ve been trying to catch up with Ed’s fast moving international bus service. Probably need to repost this by the time I post it.

    lochinvar // Mar 1, 2017 at 7:55 AM

    Essex Geordie Bill ( from previous post ) – don’t know how your missus would have put up with 80minutes of verbal abuse at the TV but no doubt the last ten minutes were all wine and roses.
    Hope you made her pancakes as restitution

    I actually didn’t shout that much last night after the first 15 minutes as I was concentrating on my Guiness + Clarkes Bourbon whisky fueled Matrix like meditation control of the match. I have to say I was quite pleased with my efforts. 🙂

  • giimps

    Mar 1, 2017 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Bobby Madley is a tool though, hes proven to be a poor referee, especially against us ,i do feel sorry for referees though and think probably controversially that the sooner video refereeing comes into play the better.
    As long as we have the old guard in the fa and fifa we will never have video refereeing though.
    Technology is there to have virtually immediate replays of events ,high def and in realtime or slomo, its time we brought football into the 21st century and take it out of the 19th

  • toonincheek

    Mar 1, 2017 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #8

    I think managers have to submit a report on the reffing.
    Doubt if Rafa will have much good to say.

    And as Rafa is highly respected as a manager who doesn’t
    usually slag off refs, his words will carry a lot of weight.


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