Confident Benitez Brilliantly Sums Up Last Night’s Game


When you hear somebody speak about their passion – whatever it is – be it singing, maths, running, swimming, astronomy or even football management – it’s always very interesting and commands your attention.

That’s because the person loves what they are talking about and they always come across very interesting and they think it’s exciting what they are talking about – it’s their passion.

And you can see that clearly  in Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez.

It’s quite obvious he loves doing what he’s doing and especially (hopefully) at Newcastle, where the fans have always been football daft and now have a football manager who eats, sleeps and breathes football.

That’s very appropriate.

🙂

A happy looking Rafa Benitez before the game last night

Rafa seems a master at tactics and he used three different match plans to get two wins and a draw in three successive away games – at Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading – teams who are all in the top five in the league.

Some local journalists are saying now it’s matter of when we get promoted and not if.

But given that catastrophes and disasters that have overtaken Newcastle these last three years, we will celebrate only when we are technically promoted – and then we’ll celebrate big time!!!

We may even talk about winning the Champions League next season.

🙂

Rafa has given an expert summation and review of what happened in the game last night in Berkshire and he comes across extremely pleased with his players who really seem to be able to deliver on what exactly Rafa wants from them.

It’s a very good time to do that.

Here’s what Rafa has said – as reported in the Chronicle – when he was asked about last night’s 0-0 draw at the Madejski Stadium:

“It is important to be solid. This team is consistent and knows what to do.” “We have to carry on with that. We can draw games too, but we have chances to win in every game.”

“At Reading we had 13 attempts and they had just 6. That is the main thing – we create chances.”  “We made a couple of mistakes at the start of the second half and gave them a little bit of hope.”

“When they made changes and played with wing-backs they switched things a bit.” “We were a little bit tired but to be fair to play three games in a row.”

“Especially the midfielders, it was not easy for them because they have to go to press and cover.”

“The others have to counter attack and you could see that we were a little bit short of legs in some cases.”

“We knew that they like to keep the ball but in the first half they had just two attempts on target and we had four but ours were clear chances.”

“That is what we are looking for.”  “If we finish in the top two then yes the Brighton result was pivotal.”

“If we don’t I will not think about them. But these 7 points have been against the top four teams in the table.”

“It means we are strong enough to carry on. However, every game is different.”

Rafa sounds really pleased with his players.

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74 comments so far

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Mar 8, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #1

    What we need for next season if we are promoted.

    First we need a winger who can beat a couple of players & defend also. Like a townsend. Gouffy has done well for us this season but he should make way.

    Second mo diame needs replaced. He does defends well, but doesn’t offer enough going forward in the championship, never mind the premier league.

    The rest I think will be strong enough as we defend solid as a unit.

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  • Oldgit1

    Mar 8, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Just been reading that the reason Mitro is not in the squad is that his Bairn is in hospital. Hope that puts paid to people thinking his days at NUFC is over. Hope his kid gets well soon.

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  • g.s.tooner

    Mar 8, 2017 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Kets

    Might be easier suggesting who is good enough to stay…

    1st XI starters next year

    Any of Krul, Darlow, Sels are good enough.

    Yedlin (borderline – fine going forwards sceptical about defence)
    Lascelles
    Mbemba / Clark

    Atsu (borderline)
    Shelvey
    Colback(borderline)
    ritchie (borderline)

    Gayle (borderline)

    The Bench

    Selz / Krul / Darlow
    Clark / Lascelles
    Perez (borderline)
    Mitrovic(Borderline)
    Armstrong (Who knows????)

    Every borderline starter could do a job but, if you’re honest, you’d probably want on the bench.

    Every borderline on the bench needs to step up their game to deserve a place in our squad.

    We NEED a new TOP TOP quality

    LB, ST CAM (back up to Shelvey)

    Would be nice to have an extra TOP quality

    RB, CDM, LW, RW,

    not too much to ask right? 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 8, 2017 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #4

    I still think mitro is on a time limit.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Mar 8, 2017 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #5

    I think we need a left back, a right back (sub), Knockeart, Townsend and Shaqiri. I’d have Abeid back too. We need a player like Marveaux who can create chances and score goals. We also need 3 top class strikers. Sign up Sebastian Haller, Jay Rodriguez and Lacazette.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 8, 2017 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m hoping there’ll be about five quality signings to improve the first team, anyone expecting wholesale changes will be disappointed imo.

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  • maggymay 53

    Mar 8, 2017 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Rafa has given the pride back to the fans ,he talks a game that we all understand,yes we question colback is he good enough?, but he must see what I don’t as I believe the mbemba is a better all round player.,but for me Rafa is doing a great job,he’s built a squad to get us out of the championship,let’s worry about the premier when we get there.
    I don’t think it matters who we play in the last 10 games if we want to be a premier league team we have to beat what’s in front of us 3 home games out of 4 including Birmingham away who are in disarray,lets all make it a season to remember.

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  • lochinvar

    Mar 8, 2017 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Rafa looks much more relaxed in last nights photo compared to earlier weeks so hope that’s a good sign that all is well at SJP

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  • toontaff2

    Mar 8, 2017 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Did the Chronic’s inractive score predictor:
    ended up:
    Toon 102
    Brighton 95
    ‘Udders 91

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  • toontaff2

    Mar 8, 2017 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #10

    interactive even!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 8, 2017 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #11

    We already have a lot of young exciting prospects that are in a similar vein to Osborne, so that could pad out some of the team needs for next year.

    Ketsbia, looking at your lists I think Rafa rates a lot of them much higher you seem to.

    Sorry but I know whose opinion I would have more faith in.

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 8, 2017 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Mitro will most likely be gone in the summer unless Rafa leaves imo proved this season he doesn’t fit in the plan

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  • toontaff2

    Mar 8, 2017 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #13

    EGB – Kets? 😀

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 8, 2017 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #14

    EGB,
    Ketsbaia9 is an oddball who wouldn’t be on here if you had to sign in with captcha.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 8, 2017 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #15

    oldgit

    obviously hope his kid is ok, but still think mitro is gone. doesn’t tick enough of the right boxes.

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  • toontaff2

    Mar 8, 2017 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Marveaux 🙄

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 8, 2017 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #17

    i’ve missed ket’s fantasy world!

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Mar 8, 2017 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #18

    Marveaux has scored 4 goals in 16 games this season and is on fire. Abeid has scored 3 and is consistent.

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  • hibbit

    Mar 8, 2017 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #19

    Rotonda heights
    kets is a wum never forget that !!!!!

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Mar 8, 2017 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #20

    I would like to see Thauvin given another chance.

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  • Bobbybee

    Mar 8, 2017 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #21

    Seven from nine – and the right seven at that, beating Brighton and Huddersfield which were genuine six pointers – gives us the platform to push on and win the league. Starting Saturday at home to Fulham.
    You can argue that the players need to lift the fans first, but that’s not really true. Last night’s game wasn’t great, but the fans never shut up. With 50k making that noise, we could do no harm and likely a lot of good. We all have a job to do. Rafa manages, the players play, we support. SJP has been quiet lately until needed, like v Bristol when we woke up and give it some. It definitely boosted the players. Maybe doing it before we’re needed might help. It always has in the past when SJP was a real fortress and clubs hated coming here. Time to make it one again. I’m not having a pop, just talking from many years experience. Great examples are Arsenal and 4-4 and Norwich 4-3. We lifted the players to greater heights and scared the opposition into making mistakes. It works. We all want promotion, we need to help.
    Jail, a six pointer is where you gain three points and prevent them from getting three points in a game. They lose three, you gain three, hence six pointer. Of course no game ever gives you six points unfortunately, but a game passing by without your rival getting any points and us getting three; that’s why they call it a six pointer anyway. Hope that helps. We beat the teams we needed to to stop them getting any closer. Happy days.

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  • hibbit

    Mar 8, 2017 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #22

    Ketsbaia9
    get back to pennywell fool just a wum looking for a reaction

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  • Bobbybee

    Mar 8, 2017 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #23

    Hibbett, that’s why I’ve ignored him mate. Clown first class. 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 8, 2017 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #24

    Bobby,
    I’ve always understood a six pointer to be where you are three ahead of the opposition and a win will take you six ahead, otherwise every single game is a six pointer.

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  • JackBall

    Mar 8, 2017 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #25

    It is a six pointer when you play against any team. You don’t us the term unless the points mean something, so only used when top teams play against each other. It is called a six pointer because of the difference created by who wins. If both teams are equal and you win, you are three up. If they win, they are three up, and that is a six point difference.

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  • Bobbybee

    Mar 8, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #26

    Jail, no mate, it’s a term that technically isn’t true, but does make sense in a way. It’s only used in terms of close rivals. Say we’re on twenty points and they’re on sixteen. Points don’t matter really, but an example. If they win, they get to nineteen, but by us winning, we go to 23 and they stay on 16. We don’t get six points, but we gain six points. Hence six pointer. It’s a daft expression really, but it does make sense.

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  • Bobbybee

    Mar 8, 2017 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Jack, agreed. 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 8, 2017 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Bobby,
    Aye, according to Collins, you’re right
    “a football match between two teams in similar positions in the league table, considered as being worth six points as it not only gains the winning team three points but denies three points to the losing team

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  • Bobbybee

    Mar 8, 2017 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #29

    Jail, there ye go. It is a confusing saying really and easily misunderstood.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Mar 8, 2017 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #30

    Thauvin is having a good season. Looks a threat.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 8, 2017 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #31

    Mitro’s Anderlecht chum will be on his way too I think.

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  • Bobbybee

    Mar 8, 2017 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Crikey, didn’t realise it had become a term worthy of the dictionary. It’s a relatively recent term, but can’t remember who first coined it.

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  • AncientC

    Mar 8, 2017 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #33

    I see Liverpool are lining up a £50 million state of the art training ground. It kinda puts into perspective the £2 million ‘state of the art’ facilities that have taken years to even get started for the Newcastle players. Surely they will crack on with the upgrades this summer…

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 8, 2017 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #34

    Hail
    Tielemans? Hope ur right, maybe a swap for Mitro or Mbemba would sweeten a deal

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Mar 8, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #35

    Arnautovic and Shaqiri would be good coups. Tielmans would be as well.

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  • Bobbybee

    Mar 8, 2017 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #36

    Talking about wums… Adrian Durham on talksport having a dig at us for not winning last night. Saying we should win the league in second gear. Blah blah blah. Needs to look at the two sides who came down with us. Neither anywhere near going back up. Villa have spent 70m+ and bottom half, closer to relegation than promotion. Norwich staying down too. Another know nowt gobbing off. Just wants us to phone in so they make money, his favourite trick. 🙂 He says something stupid and the phones go crazy. They never learn! Nobody has the right to win this league, it has to be earned the hard way.

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  • cyprus

    Mar 8, 2017 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #37

    Our defense is the strongest we’ve had for ages. Arguably our best defender from last year can’t get a game, and decent backups have the same fate.

    Not much will be done there, I think. Unless Rafa is still not happy with the goalie.

    We’ll need one excellent and creative winger, on creative MF and one CF. Minimum.

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  • Offkey

    Mar 8, 2017 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #38

    6 pointer……You cant be serious

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 8, 2017 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #39

    Bobby,
    First time I remember it being used was on football focus and Liverpool were playing Everton in a top of the table clash, one was three points ahead of the other and it was described as a six pointer, so I’ve always thought of it as that.

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  • JackBall

    Mar 8, 2017 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #40

    Offkey, I would talk about the players we may pick up over the summer instead, but for two reason: 1, I have no idea and 2, before reading, I joined that conversation and my superstitious nature tells me not to do it again. I think I’ll wait to we are up 11 points with four to play.

    As for the draw. I would have said take the 7 points at the beginning of the week, but it still hurts when you can sweep and do not. As Rafa says, on game at a time and that was the one game, and I was hoping for a bit more. Hope and expect are different though, and I did not expect this team to be any further ahead than we are, in fact, I could have envisioned it even closer. So, I am happy, but I still can always hope.

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