Rafa Benitez Sky Sports Interview After Close 1-0 Win – Video

Here is Rafa’s Sky Sports Interview after the game today and he seems he’s satisfied with all 3 points in the 1-0 win against Palace.

It was another excellent Matt Ritchie corner that allowed Mikel Merino to head home late in the game to get all 3 points.

It was a tough game, but we did just enough to win it – that’s the sign of a mentally strong side.

Here’s the video.

Rafa Benitez – on the sideline today

Here’s where we are in the league table aftre today’s games.

11Crystal Palace38-1044
13West Ham38-2042

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 21, 2017 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #1

    A minute of highlights for overseas supporters:


  • Jib

    Oct 21, 2017 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Wher did they manage to find a whole minute ?

  • willowdalerez

    Oct 21, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #3

    re-post (Ed’s putting these up to quickly for me)

    Ugly win but we stole 3 points (all that matters). MOTM for me today was Yedlin (but just as easily Van Aanholt for missing that tap in from Loftus-Cheek – how he did not score I’ll never know but it saved our bacon).

    Thoughts for next match:

    – God has forsaken us if Ritchie doesn’t recover his form
    – Hope we drop Joselu and start Mitrovic.
    – Shelvey – Merino is obviously our best midfield pairing for passing and control but doubt we’ll see that so Hayden – Shelvey with Merino as impact sub is what I’d stay with
    – Desperately need Perez and Atsu to play better because we don’t have much in options on the bench.


    Happy with our defenders for obvious reasons though they could be better passing and were slow to close down today… of course we were all around poor today so what can you do. Wonder if Diame’s performance was a one off or if that mix up with Lascelles really has lit a spark under him (which will do us a wonder of good as an impact sub).

    Elliott also looked good and coralled that ball in that was going to be an easy goal.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 21, 2017 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #4

    Whoa Ed

    Just got in
    what did I think great 3 points but a poor display for most of the game until Merino and Diame came on.
    With Shelvey in the team alongside Hayden and Perez the team is to predictable and easy to defend against. To manty square and back passes as there was lack of movement all over the pitch

    All Hayden and Perez do is look for Shelvey who all to often looks for the Hollywood ball as the team are to static and tries to make things happen with long floated balls which are easy to cut out.

    As soon as Diame and Merino came on the Palce players had two other players who could pass the ball and like to go forward and carry the ball or pass forward with a bit more pace and movement.

    Palace oplayed the better football but at the same time looked unlikely to score unless a deflected goal or long shot.

    My MOM was LeJuene who was outstanding – what a buy.
    also Lascalles did his England chances no harm with a solid performance in front of Southgate

    my merit marks.
    Elliot- 7 had one of the quitest games he will have, but needs to make up hgis mind quicker when passing out of defence.
    Manqulla 7.5 his best game so far in a TOON shirt
    LeJuene 9 – Oustanding defending got in some great tackles and blocks also very comfortable on the ball passes it well
    Lascalles 8 – Another steady game and drove forward second half
    Yedlin 6 – Our weak link in defence willing runner but got caught out of position to many times
    Shelvey 7 – his passing was a Tad off today but tried to make things happen when the rest were standing still. Looks slow at times and gave away stupid free kicks at the end with his lack of tackling ability.
    Hayden 6 – Ok but needs to do more with the ball than just pass it to Shelvey.
    Ritchie 6 – poorest game this season to many passes went astray was loosing his head near the end – but still produced the pass/corner for the goal
    Perez 6 – A lot of running around with no end result – anothr who gave the ball away all to often – and his control let him down badly today
    Joselu 6 – started well but faded as the game went on could of easily been sent off if ref had given him second yellow
    Atsu 6 Another who got into good positions but was wasteful with his crosses

    Merino 7.5 made the difference in the TOON’s play when introduced and scored – help to loosen the shackles off shelvey – carried the ball forward and made a couple of good forward runs and capped his performance with his goal.
    Diame 7 like Merino wanted the ball and again drove forward with the ball
    Mirovich – not on long enough

  • lochinvar

    Oct 21, 2017 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #5

    You may already have left us again but 2020 seems a long time to wait so here you are


  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 21, 2017 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #6

    We have to start Mitrovic against Burnley their centre halfs will eat Joselu alive he just doesn’t look up for the physical side of it and his confidence looks done although we aren’t really setting up any chances for him which is going to eventually bring a striker down!

    Palace marked Richie out of the game in open play but he still managed to get another assist from a set piece !

    Might be time to freshen the team up and start with the team who ended the game against Burnley

  • Harley

    Oct 21, 2017 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #7

    Perez was awful again today. Got to play Merino in his place. Agree with others that Mitrovic has to start, he’s our only premiership striker. Josalu looks nowhere near good enough after his initial great game against West Ham.
    Game changed slightly today when Merino came on, then dramatically when Diame came on.
    We’re doing brilliant considering we have 3 of our front 4 who should be 2nd/3rd choice.
    Palace were very well organised today. I’m not having it that they were poor. They looked so well drilled by hodgson.


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