David Wagner – Newcastle Are A Top Team With A Great Manager


Rafa Benitez’ game plan was to allow Huddersfield  possession while guarding the middle of the defense and making rapid counter-attacks once we did get the ball.

We’ve seen that strategy a number of times this season with teams like Manchester City who like a lot of possession of the ball, but often don’t do too much with the ball when they have it.

And it seemed to work like a charm yesterday and Rafa will have played against teams that play like Barcelona and Manchester City do and he will have experience of how to play against them.

David Wagner – Huddersfield manager

What we saw yesterday was an excellent game-plan from the Spanish manager against the Terriers which paid huge dividends and Newcastle won the game 3-1.

It was a fairly close game and Huddersfield are a good team, but it’s often difficult to look at a game unbiased after the game.

Wagner believes the penalty against Newcastle was a bad decision yet the penalty for Huddersfield was a good decision.

To us both penalties were poor decisions by the referee.

This is what David Wagner said of Newcastle after the game yesterday:

“There is a reason why they are top of the league.” “Even when they’re not at their best in terms of ball possession or shots, they are able to manage results.”

“As we have seen in the past they have a lot of lucky moments, like the Brighton goal or the penalty against Huddersfield and the second goal.”

“But on the other side, I have to be honest, it’s a top team with a great manager.”

“They deserve every single point that they have, even when some of them were maybe a little bit lucky.”

“I think we played well.” “I think the players tried and risked everything. I was very happy with their working attitude.”

“They always kept their heads up.” “This wasn’t easy, because it was harsh to take the first two goals we conceded.”

“I still believe the first pen wasn’t a pen. Maybe there’s a handball before the situation as well.”

“In the second half we really tried everything against a top team.” “Everybody knows this – I think Newcastle have shown this.”

“They are very difficult to break down. They are compact and stable.”

“Even in this situation we tried everything.” “At 2-1 we had some half-chances.” “In the end, it was a good performance.”

“I had no complaints that we lost this football match.” “This is what we have to accept.”

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81 comments so far

  • VanToonMan

    Mar 5, 2017 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Repost:

    Jack 100% – I would rather see an experimental team for the last few games once promotion is confirmed as opposed to grinding out just to win the championship.

    Looking and preparing ahead for August begins the day after promotion is mathematically secure.

    I would test something out as follows:

    Anita – – Lacelles – – Clark – – Lazaar

    – – – – – – – Shelvey – – – Mbemba – – – – –

    – – Yedlin – – – – Ritchie – – – – Atsu – – –

    – – – – – – – – – – — Gayle – – – – – – – – – – –

    Mitro Perez Murphy – good impact subs.

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  • NoahJ

    Mar 5, 2017 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #2

    whilst this chap is working wonders at huddersfield, his post-match interview was embarassing- the comments about the keeper being in control of the ball were ridiculous.

    wish them the best though, they play some great football and wouldn’t be surprised if they nip in ahead of brighton, who are fulfilling their annual bottle job

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  • lochinvar

    Mar 5, 2017 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Yet another manager going into Mourinho mode.
    Well David if our penalty wasn’t a penalty then nor was yours.
    Nevertheless thanks for the respect shown to Rafa and the team.

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  • lochinvar

    Mar 5, 2017 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #4

    VanToonMan – good call but don’t you think a keeper would be useful ?

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  • TyneMouth

    Mar 5, 2017 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Reading between the lines in Wagner’s interview, he was being realistic, he appears resigned to NUFC’s inevitable promotion and knows that he is in with a sniff for the runners-up position.
    His biggest threat to automatic promotion is probably Leeds. We have to play Leeds at SJP soon, can’t see them trying to park the bus that game, to much at stake for them…

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 5, 2017 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #6

    ed

    i guess you didn’t see the city v monaco game.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Mar 5, 2017 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #7

    thats four cups of coffee just about make out the picture on the tv see how these mackems get on to day they normally do well against city but not today let the goal flow.

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  • Mag52

    Mar 5, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #8

    Ok Wagner, we’ve had a slice of luck from time to time, but we’ve also had our slices of bad luck, such as when we had two players sent off incorrectly by a crazy ref.
    I’m quite sure that Huddersfield have had the rub of the green occasionally throughout the season.
    Luck tends to even itself out over the course of 46 games.

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  • JackBall

    Mar 5, 2017 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Sunderland playing well. Although highly unlikely, is there anyone here that would like to see Middlesbrough and Sunderland remain in EPL when we arrive back?

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 5, 2017 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #10

    I think Wagner talked a lot of rubbish after the game but he’s a good manager and Huddersfield are a serious team with excellent athletic footballers with good skills. I think we could go on a run of wins now but rafa will already know ( after about 5 games probably) who is good enough for top flight and who isn’t. We will badly need a Kante type player. What Rafa would give for a young Makalele or Kante.

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  • JackBall

    Mar 5, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #11

    Mag, statistically you are probably correct, but it sure doesn’t feel that way when the the bad luck happens to you.

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  • hibbit

    Mar 5, 2017 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Munster Mag
    the problem Wagner faces a lot of those players are on loan

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 5, 2017 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #13

    Jackball

    Comment 9, Yes.

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  • JackBall

    Mar 5, 2017 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Looking even less likely now. Sunderland will have to have a hell of a good remainder of the season to stay up if they can’t get something out of this. It would be 11 to go and essentially 11 points down and a game against Middlesbrough. Thought it may have been nice to have more top flight games in the area. I certainly won’t cry about it.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 5, 2017 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #15

    jack ball

    i would miss the derbies, despite our appalling record in them

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Mar 5, 2017 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #16

    heights bet your sitting watch the match bro

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  • JackBall

    Mar 5, 2017 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #17

    True, I would not miss loosing those games. Although we must expect more from us if, sorry, when we go up.

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  • JackBall

    Mar 5, 2017 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #18

    Here is a scenario. Sunderland play Chelsea the last game of the year. It is possible that that game could decide relegation and champion. I may be the only one here, but I may dislike Chelsea even more than Sunderland, maybe it was from my short time living in London.. Lets hope we have to choose on that day, it could be fun.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 5, 2017 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #19

    Another great away result for us. Over the moon with our away form under Rafa.

    Ed, I’m sorry to hear about your latest medical update. You have best wishes from all of us bloggers on here. I hope it improves dramatically for you in the coming weeks and months. Good luck with all you will face, you provide a great platform for us all on the site.

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  • Bobbybee

    Mar 5, 2017 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #20

    Well, that just completed a very good weekend. 🙂 ‘I never felt more like singing the blues, when Newcastle win and Sunderland lose…’
    Oh, how times change. They used to have the Roker Roar, now all you hear is the ‘Mackem Moan’. Fans leaving when they went two down. No idea what they expect against City on current form, but two nil was a respectable score. Should’ve been three like, a goal ruled out for offside when he was on.
    So, it’s that time again lads. Expect to see Moyes out the door this week and yet another Messiah brought in to fluke survival with a honeymoon lift. I hear Pardew’s available. 🙂

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  • JamesToon

    Mar 5, 2017 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Although he made some stupid comments after the game, i really like wagner as a manager, innovative and plays good football and wants the team to play with energy and work ethic. He’s a very good manager in the making and someone i’d happily have if rafa (god forbid) ever left.

    On to reading now.

    I hope we keep the same team

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 5, 2017 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #22

    “Should Brighton win all of their remaining games, United would need to secure 28 points from the remaining 33 points available, which would equate to nine wins and a draw from their final 11 games.

    “Should David Wagner’s side remarkably win all 12 of their remaining league games, Newcastle would need to win 25 points from their final 11 games, which would equate to eight wins and a draw.”

    (The Chronicle)

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 5, 2017 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #23

    Ron Knee,
    Both Brighton and Huddersfiels would both have to break club and league recirds for us not to get promoted if we win at least eight of next eleven games.

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  • giimps

    Mar 5, 2017 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #24

    Did anyone hear the Huddersfield fans basically running Newcastle fans out of town cos they got beat, im not sure if this is true but apparently a couple of fans had a bed and breakfast booked and were turned away by the owner cos we won.
    If this is true i hope Huddersfield dont even make the playoffs , they deserve to be thrown out of football for their attitude.
    So as good as the club is , their fans deserve relegation for me

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  • Bobbybee

    Mar 5, 2017 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Giimps if that’s true they should sue them mate. A booking is surely a contract? You’d think they’d be happy for the business in that frigging dump. Stuck out on the moors. Maybe it was a local business that only catered for local people. Should’ve pretended to have six toes, that would’ve done it. 🙂

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  • lochinvar

    Mar 5, 2017 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #26

    The B&B should be taken to court for discrimination. No way can you ban people for being the finest, most upstanding and friendliest guests.
    Who do you want to stay – Mackems ?
    Well you will have next season.

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  • lochinvar

    Mar 5, 2017 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #27

    So start counting your cutlery now.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 5, 2017 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #28

    As a collective show of support for Ed could somebody set up a just giving page from the blog to the SBR foundation.

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  • Belfast

    Mar 5, 2017 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #29

    Sounds like one of those far fetched stories from a Facebook source haha

    It wasn’t two fellas who’d booked a single room by any chance was it ?

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 5, 2017 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #30

    Being turned away from a hostelry in the Cleckhudderswike triangle could be considered a humanitarian gesture. I know that appears Cleckhudderswikeist but they started it.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Mar 5, 2017 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #31

    Where was this B&B? Royston Vasey by any chance.

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 5, 2017 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #32

    An alternative fact, maybe?

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  • Belfast

    Mar 5, 2017 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #33

    I’ve just informed the pink news.

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  • JackBall

    Mar 5, 2017 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #34

    Ron, those only happen here in the U.S.

    Jail,No idea how to Jail, but will happily pledge $100.

    As for the B&B story, I know that have a big win, I want to relax at a quaint b&b, fell bad for the fellas.

    As for the remainder of the season, was just looking and our worst 11 game total was 15 points, followed by 21 points twice. 16 may not assure it, but 21 will most certainly. And that 15 included an FA cup draw and an EFL cup draw/loss (I didn’t add the point, but it was 1-1 at the end of time), and Shelvy served his suspension during this period. I know I said that a win at Hudd will almost certainly guarantee promotion; I may have been a bit to early, but it is looking good.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 5, 2017 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #35

    Did the guests order ahead for champagne and chocolates in their room? Rose petals and matching robes? Just trying to form a clearer picture.

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  • JackBall

    Mar 5, 2017 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #36

    have =after

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Mar 5, 2017 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #37

    No they asked what wine selection they had, to which they replied….. red wine or white wine

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 5, 2017 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #38

    When you go away and win at the home of your biggest contenders, the pole position is yours to chuck in the bin. Only Reading and Leeds to crush now and the life will be squeezed out of the chasing pack.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 5, 2017 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #39

    Hmm. Did they order a cake that had to be iced with a specific message?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 5, 2017 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #40

    Average Contents set one up for his lad he knows how to do it, I think he uses twitter as well, Ibiza is good with computers as well.

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