Rafa Pleased With Newcastle’s Late Resurgence To Win Championship?

When Brighton gained a well deserved automatic promotion on 17th April by beating Wigan 2-1 at home they had won five games in a row and had gone 7 points ahead of Newcastle at the end of round 43  of games – and just 3 games to play.

Brighton were away at Norwich, home to Bristol City and away at Aston Villa on the last day and they needed 3 points from those 3 games to ensure they went up as Champions.

So two of the last three games were at clubs relegated with Newcastle last May.

It looked like Newcastle had thrown the  Championship away after we had dropped 2 points to Leeds United at home on Good Friday and 3 points at Ipswich Town on Easter Monday – 5 points dropped in two successive games.


Rafa Benitez – pleased with two wins on the trot

We did gain automatic promotion in our 44th game this season when we hammered Preston 4-1 at home so all was forgiven.

And if we couldn’t go up as Champions well at least the main goal of an automatic promotion spot was reached in our first season down below.

Then on Friday night the lads had a very good 2-0 win at Cardiff City and suddenly we were only a single point behind Brighton, but they had a game in the hand.

They lost that game in hand later yesterday afternoon when they were surprisingly beaten 1-0 at home by relegation threatened Bristol City, after losing 2-0 at Norwich on the Friday (21st April) in their previous game after they had gained promotion.

Rafa was asked in the Chronicle about our recent record after the game at Cardiff and before the Brighton game against Bristol City:

“I’m really pleased, because I think the players were doing so well all season, especially away, that it was a pity not to have broken the record before.

“To do it after the promotion and be closer to Brighton is quite positive for everyone.” “After promotion we gave them a day off,”

“During the week they were training well. I think they were quite focused.”

“You could see, especially in the second half, that we played very good football.”

“Something that they have is experience,” “We did our job. We’re happy with that.”

“Also, when you play away, always it’s good for your fans if you can win, and especially if it’s a long, long trip.”

“I think that the fans were delighted and hopefully they can go back even happier.”

“I don’t think I’ll bother to watch the Brighton game tonight.”

“I will try to enjoy the evening with the family if I can. “I can’t change anything. Why do I have to be there suffering or not suffering? “

“It depends on them. We have to wait.”

Newcastle seem back in form with both Ciaran Clark and Isaac Hayden back in the side and we must be favorites to now win the Championship with a celebration crowd of over 52.000 at St. James’ Park  on the very last day of a successful season as we say a fond goodbye to the Championship.

If Newcastle win then we are Champions, unless Brighton can win at Aston Villa and they have lost only three games at Villa Park all season.

And you can bet that Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce wants a (very) good performance and result to go into the summer transfer window with some real momentum as he prepares the Villa club for a real promotion attempt on the Championship next season

So with any luck we can go up as Champions and that would be absolutely fabulous – it would be icing on the cake.

And we’d all have to thank manager Rafa Benitez for his absolute brilliance this season – with more to come next term back in the Premier League.

It all sounds very good to ys.

🙂 🙂 🙂

Comments welcome.

70 comments so far

  • Jib

    Apr 30, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Chelsea giving the Toffees a bit of a chasing after a goal-less first half !
    Everton 0 Chelsea 3

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 30, 2017 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Mark Douglas:-

    CONFIRMED: Sky will NOT show NUFC v Barnsley.

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 30, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Looking at the prem, once we buy well and get some counter attacking pace and power, we can Deffo target mid table. Sadly we need a LOT of new players

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Another crap player suggested by Carr. just what is this man thinking about.


  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #5
  • AncientC

    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Craig Bellamy was talking a load of guff on Bein Sports.

    ‘And when asked if the crowd expected too much, Bellamy replied: “You have to embrace it, there’s nothing wrong with that.

    “Is it realistic? Of course it isn’t. They will go up not thinking about relegation or mid-table, they should be a Champions League club – they honestly believe that up there.’

    So Newcastle fans are thinking about qualifying for the Champions League next season. I knew Bellamy had a bit of a reputation, but I didn’t realise he was so dense that he had to make things up to compensate for it.

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #7

    Lacazette another one – scored 31 goals this season for Lyon.The Toon would not pay £10 million.
    Would have been a good no 10.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Craig no neck Bellamy talking bollox again

  • Clematis

    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Sky will be showing the forest and blackburn games.

    I think confirming the champions is far more exciting/better than the race to see who can be the 21st shiteistteam in the league.

    Well done Sky.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Watching bein sports. Ain’t Richard Keys got a massive heed. He looks like he’s gonna explode. If he shaved his head he look like a fcukin egg in an egg cup man! 😀

  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #11


    Sky don’t like us and they’d hate to show us winning the title live!


    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #12

    In fairness how many are thinking about relegation next season?

  • Mag52

    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Looks like Brighton have taken their eye off the ball at just the wrong time.
    One more win and we could be champions. HWTL.


    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Bellamy has always had a hair up his arse about us ever since shearer apparently put him on his arse….always having little digs and spouting shite…a little respect for the club and fans that helped make him the name he is would be canny, but guess u have to have class to do that…..

  • Clematis

    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #15

    Shirebrook @ 11: I genuinely think that’s what it is.

    I personally think Sky will try to make Sunlin the darlings of the EFL ala Brighton i.e. total bias towards the mackems. Sky loves those cnuts.


    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #16

    If its true we are not on sky thats a shame….wonder if the dodgy channels are picking it up

  • Clematis

    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #17

    I’m there as usual on Sunday…cannot wait! With it being such an important game I’m sure there be streams available 🙂


    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Enjoy clematis mate…..hope its a crackin day

  • Clematis

    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #19

    Cheers, bud. The title will be icing on the cake but if it’s not meant to be it’ll still be a mint day! 🙂

  • AncientC

    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #20

    WW “AncientC
    In fairness how many are thinking about relegation next season?”

    Bellamy didn’t just mention that fans were not thinking about relegation, he said “They will go up not thinking about relegation or mid-table, they should be a Champions League club”.

    He isn’t making anything close to a realistic point.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #21

    The only people thinking about relegation next season are ToF, kimbo, W Lancs Geordie, toon kk and……. you 😮

  • Clematis

    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #22

    I personally think we qualify for Europe as Everton managed this feat on only about 57 points.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #23

    Does the season ticket card get scanned like the paper tickets?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #24



    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #25

    Hes a pundit when dont they go over the top but his point is NUFC expects a lot and its rare we prove that wrong, just look at this season theres been a melt down after every loss…in fact we werent going up according to a vocal section of our fans a couple games ago

    Haha I bet u its Rafas aim to make sure he avoids it next season

  • Tsunki

    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #26

    When Bellamy uses the phrase “Thats how they think up there” it betrays the way he thinks of his former club and fans, and is therefore worth no more than ignoring.

  • LGFUAD21

    Apr 30, 2017 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #27

    Relax guys. Weve been on tv plenty this season. For some fans relegation battles on the final day are more interesting. Especially when you have forrest and blackburn looking at dropping down to league 1.

    I wouldbevery worried if i was a sunderland fan. Just like us and villa the rot was setting in for years. Fortunately we bagged a great manager and a bit of oomph in the boardroom to rebuild our emotionally damaged squad funded by sales of players. Sunderland dont really have any assets like we did and they have a tired old dog managing them.

    If you star player is a 30-odd year old jermain defoe then of course youre going to be f***ed.

    If swansea go down id love to try and get sigurdsson. What a player he is. I know a few spurs fans that are gutted they lost him.

    Interestingly atsu had a great game on friday playing in the right. I said about a week back that he olays better on the right. I think hes worth a punt.

  • LGFUAD21

    Apr 30, 2017 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #28

    Mister tuff

    The list of players carr has extensively scouted that we didnt get says it all really.

    On top on pea and alli there was Giroud, Lacazette, Matuidi, Gameiro, Bony, Payet and Ayew to name a few. Theyve all gone on to do well.

    Sometimes we just need t bite the bullet and take the risk. Even if they turned out sh!te wed still have lost less money on them than we will with rivierre.

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 30, 2017 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #29

    why does anyone even listen to these so called experts, they about the same as you and me, some of them even less , Bellamy and sourness fall into the less bracket. they always go with the popular vote rather than think for themselves

  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 30, 2017 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Swansea in the bottom 3 is a bit of a strange one. They are a good side not sure how they’ve ended up in this mess.

  • manxpie

    Apr 30, 2017 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #31

    Wat this game needs is moussa sissoko! Just to liven it up in the comedy stakes
    Also xhaka Is a shocking player how much did he cost 30 odd million?
    Colback would do a better job for them

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 30, 2017 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Spurs are great to watch such an exciting team.

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 30, 2017 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #33

    Swansea are in the bottom three because they are a tin pot club who have punched above their weight and somehow retained premiership status despite being the worst team in Great Britain.

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 30, 2017 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #34

    2 goals in a matter of minutes.

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 30, 2017 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #35


    You keep telling yourself that.

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Apr 30, 2017 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #36

    If I wanted a ticket for the game when would I be able to purchase it?

  • Tsunki

    Apr 30, 2017 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #37

    You could ask somebody going into the ground on the day how much they’d take for their ticket. Take your piggy bank.

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Apr 30, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #38


    Is there a way I can get one on the website? I’m seriously considering going to my first game. Seems like a good time.

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Apr 30, 2017 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #39

    I’m guessing tickets aren’t available? 🙁

  • LewSpi v2.0

    Apr 30, 2017 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #40


    I’ve been in the mountains all weekend cut off from the world

    We been linked with anyone other than Pickford?


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