Rafa Benitez Happy With “Positive Result” Against Liverpool

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez seemed satisfied at the end of yesterday’s game with a 1-1 draw against Liverpool who were once again wasteful of the chances they got and leaked a goal at the back with some poor defending.

Newcastle do not have the players that Liverpool have acquired but are a difficult team to beat – hold their shape well during a game and the players worked their socks off yesterday

When we watched the game again yesterday afternoon we felt tired at the end given the work our players put in for the Newcastle cause – it was excellent to see that.

Liverpool have won only one of their last seven games in all competitions whereas Newcastle have won three.

Rafa Benitez and Jurgen Klopp before the match yesterday

Here’s what Rafa Benitez said after the match when asked if he thought Jurgen Klopp was right and that we were lucky to get a point:

“It’s not a question of if I agree with Jurgen or not, it’s a question of some games, you have what you deserve, some games not too much.”

“In this case, we got one point at home and I don’t like that, but still against a top side, I think it’s positive.”

“If you had asked me before (if I would have taken 10 points from first 7 games), maybe I would have said yes.”

“But after the first two games – Tottenham was different because we were playing with 10 players – that we lost.”

“I think we deserved something more in that game and maybe it could be even better.”

“But I will not be greedy and I will just be happy with that.”

Jurgen is under some pressure to get wins at the moment, and the Reds are in 7th place in the league – only two places above Newcastle and 2 points better off.

So we are well positioned as we go into the two-week International break.

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5 comments so far

  • Jib

    Oct 2, 2017 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Amanda Staveley is a Reds fan and
    was at SJP as a guest of Kenny Daglish
    A lot of 2 + 2 = 5 going on here.

    Jonjo Shelvey is what he is:-
    a risk – taker par excellence
    who is not afraid to make a
    chancy pass and look a fool
    or give the ball away.
    Players like him and Philipe Coutinho
    make the PL
    the best watch in the world

  • Jib

    Oct 2, 2017 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #2

    I don’t normally think Ian Wright says much of value
    I agree with him that a fully fit Daniel Sturridge would
    be a good signing for NUFC

  • lochinvar

    Oct 2, 2017 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Jib – Kenny was of course a successful manager at Newcastle and understands the clubs importance. Just maybe it’s an undercover operation and he’s helping Amanda gain more insight into the clubs potential for her investors. Maybe Kenny wants a piece of that commercial action. Smoke and mirrors etc

  • sing in the corner

    Oct 2, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Thrilled with the performance yesterday. The atmosphere was very good, lots of support especially when mistakes were made. Rafa wanted the crowd and the players together. Well he’s got that now!
    I was pleasantly surprised with the Mikel / Jonjo first showing. Had my reservations defensively but we just about held our own in the centre, mainly by dropping off when not in possession, and Liverpool didn’t know what to do with the ball for long periods, going side to side and back. Obviously there were instances when they really got at us but on the whole we proved we can live with these big spending clubs and their top quality players if we stick to our plans.
    Howay the lads!!

  • sing in the corner

    Oct 2, 2017 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #5

    Liverpool obviously had a plan to do something akin to NFL blitz on Merino, tried to press and deny him space as soon as he got the ball, at one point he was pirouetting with 3 players snapping round him.


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