The Brilliance Of Benitez Shows Through When It Matters Most


Newcastle pulled of their second great away win yesterday when we beat an in-form Huddersfield team 3-1 away to go 5 points ahead of second placed Brighton and 11 points ahead of 3rd placed Huddersfield.

If there was ever any doubt who the best team in the Championship is, then the last five days have shown it’s Newcastle and hopefully we can keep winning games and get the promotion wrapped up as soon as possible.

I mean even Sky Sports pundit David Prutton may now take us to beat Reading on Tuesday night – maybe.

A happy Rafa Benitez at the end of the game

Then we can all relax just a little bit and look forward to the summer transfer market.

And Rafa Benitez has shown what a great coach he is in the big games and his team changes and the way he can read the game quickly about what’s happening and change things, has been a big factor in these two wins.

He’s just phenomenal at what he does.

This is some of what Rafa said after the game yesterday when our players did us really proud – again:

“We knew that we were playing against a team that is comfortable in possession, so we decided to defend and give them the possession.”

“They were pushing and they were passing the ball quite well but our game plan was good. We were working and trying to stop them getting in the middle.

“We defended well and showed we could play in the counter-attack. The last goal was unlucky for them because they were taking a risk.”

“We needed discipline and work-rate. They were working so hard and I think they were well organised and tried to do what we said we’d do.”

“It is still one game at a time. We have more games to play and more points to play for. “

“We have to enjoy today but in a couple of days we have to play a game so that is a difficult part of this game.”

“We have to be ready.”

The Fans Forum meeting notes have been released and there will be money available to Rafa to bring in new players in the summer.

They also tried to play down the stuff brought up by the Sunday People and they say Rafa still has the same authority he had last May.

That’s good and it seems the whole thing may have been overplayed to try to upset the club and the fans.

It’s a great feeling indeed when Newcastle play well and win a big game and the lads have now done that twice in the last five days.

All credit goes to our players and to Rafa Benitez of course, who was a study in coolness in his subdued interviews after the game.

All Rafa wants to do is to keep winning games – we know that now – so next up is Reading on Tuesday night – we must win that game.

Did I say it was a fabulous win yesterday?

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6 comments so far

  • outside the box

    Mar 5, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #1

    from previous post
    ED
    sorry to hear about health issues
    any chance of a ST JAMES SABBATHICAL….
    during/after a treatment window could you fit a visit to toon…before or at startof season
    im sure a season tkt holder would get you a seat…or it would be good pr from nufc to show you around …bob moncur has/had similar issues …
    meeting up with blog readers would be interesting
    whoa getting carried away ….
    keep a haad

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  • spidermag

    Mar 5, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Very best of wishes Ed for your continued fight in restoring your health back to A1 condition.
    Keep it up!!
    HTL

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  • spidermag

    Mar 5, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #3

    Very best of wishes Ed for your continued fight in restoring your health back to A1 condition.
    Keep it up!!
    HTL

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  • spidermag

    Mar 5, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Sorry for the duplication. Not sure what happened there

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 5, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #5

    “Siem de Jong to NU Sport: “I want to return to #nufc – it’s a great club, especially in the PL. I want to fight for my chances” (1/2)”

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  • banjax

    Mar 5, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #6

    Rafa and the lads are doing fantastic work on the pitch and wracking up the points to promotion. It’s hard not to talk about promotion for all of us, but once again Rafa has that covered ‘keep calm ‘ is his advice- how right he is. So for now we all have to get a grip of ourselves as well as trying not to gloat about Sunderland’s impending relegation. Just wandering too if their air message over St James’s will be repaid at the end of this season. We’ll see. The only dark spot on the horizon would be a sudden collapse in Form, but with lower ranked clubs to play from now on and the points gap in our favour, the odds for that happening look slim. Keep it going lads – so very proud of our manager and team. Howay the lads !

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