Rafa Pleased With Performance – His Game Plan Was Brilliant

Rafa Benitez was pleased with the away performances at Brighton and at Huddersfield when we played what were the first and third teams in the league.

The fact we won both games and Brighton lost at Nottingham Forest today means we are 5 points clear of the Seagulls and 11 points clear of 3rd placed Huddersfield.

That’s one more point when you consider our much superior goal difference – which is now 40 compared to the Terriers 6 and the Seagulls 27.

Rafa Benitez celebrates a massive 3 points 
He’s almost smiling there!
Whoops – looks like it was Tuesday night with Ayoze there 

This is what Rafa said after the game today as reported in the Shields Gazette:

“We knew that it was a difficult week against very tough teams,”

“Brighton and Huddersfield are tough teams and they were in form. They rested players for this game.”

“I am really pleased with the performance of this team.” “We knew they were dangerous going forward.”

“That they can move the ball from one side to the other. We had to focus on the defensive side. We had to win the second balls and that was the key.”

“We know Huddersfield have game in hand.” “That could be eight points. It is so difficult in this division.”

“We have to make sure we will be ready and get three points, then after we can see what the difference is.”

“We just have to focus on the next game.”

You’ve got to give credit to Rafa for his game-plan which seemed to work almost to perfection.

Nest up are Reading on Tuesday night and we must win that game – no letting up now!

Howay The Bonnie Lads!!

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10 comments so far

  • Douglas

    Mar 4, 2017 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed, best wishes.

  • clinath@ed

    Mar 4, 2017 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Clearly the best team in this league. Now let’s win it in style.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 4, 2017 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed, I just read your health update. I’m really sorry to hear it. Keep at it Ed, keep going.

  • clinath@ed

    Mar 4, 2017 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Sad news on your health up day Ed. Best wishes from me and all your bloggers on here. You keep fighting mate.

  • clinath@ed

    Mar 4, 2017 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Sad news on your health up day Ed. Best wishes from me and all your bloggers on here. You keep fighting mate.

  • JackBall

    Mar 4, 2017 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Read the below from Ben Cooper and it made me laugh:

    “The moment of the match for me was with 10 minutes to go, exchange of passes between Ritchie and Dummett, get a decent ball in, Dummett puts it in the stand. Brilliant. At least he defended well.

  • Roppa

    Mar 4, 2017 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Sorry to hear the news regarding the spreading of your cancer. I pray for your full recovery. Hopefully, you’ll still be doing this Blog when we are lifting major trophies as an EPL team. You’ve seen us through the bad times, now it’s time for you to enjoy the (long awaited) good times!! Good luck Ed.

  • Wayayman

    Mar 4, 2017 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Keep strong Ed, remember you’re a Walker boy at heart and fight it with everything you have. Sending positive thoughts your way and we are all with you on this.

  • The Vicar

    Mar 4, 2017 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #9

    God bless Ed. Keep fighting.

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 4, 2017 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Good words roppa. Gonna have to lie down damn it. Slightest bloody stumble and the back has gone good style. Hope to catch you all tomorrow. Enjoy the celebrations, well deserved today. Rafa’s class shows even more in this league than in the PL imo. Nobody comes even close. We truly are lucky to have such a great manager leading us back to the promised land. Enjoy the night lads.


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