Rafa Adamant About Crystal Palace – They Are A Good Side

In most games we play, Rafa Benitez usually concentrates on the strengths of the other side.

Even in the Championship he never took any side lightly, and he was proved correct a few times.

For example, we were beaten twice by Blackburn Rovers when they were in the bottom three in the league and ended up relegated to League One.

So you can never take any team lightly as Manchester United found out yesterday at newly promoted Huddersfield.

The home team won on merit 2-1 in what could have been one of their best results and best performances in their history.

They were absolutely terrific!

Mikel Merino – after scoring late winner yesterday

Brighton also beat West Ham away 3-0 on Friday night, so all three promoted sides won their games this weekend.

And maybe this season all three will stay up in the Premier League as a testament to the improving standards of the Championship.

After the game yesterday Rafa reminded the local journalists that he had said Palace were a good team before the game:

“We knew before, because obviously my staff analyzed the last games and we knew they were a good team.”

“I was telling the players and I was telling you, the journalists, but you didn’t trust me!”

“It’s always very difficult. When a team is at the bottom of the table, you can say 100 times, ‘Be careful, they are a good team, they create chances, they have quality.”

” They have players with ability, players who can pass people and they can make the difference on their own.”

With Newcastle in 6th place, it’s going to be a pleasant 8 days before we play at Burnley a week tomorrow.

A win in that game and we will reach for the blood pressure pills – as a safety precaution.


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8 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Oct 22, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #1


    Nobody likes player bashing. But this morning go through Twitter.. Newsnow.. Most football media links regarding yesterday’s game and see the response to Perez’s performance.
    Fans pay good money and travel long distance’s to watch Nufc, And when you see a shambolic performance such as that yesterday, Then we have a right to vent our fury whether we won or not

  • Harley

    Oct 22, 2017 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #2

    totally agree


    Oct 22, 2017 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #3

    It was a good win but a poor game with below par performances by most,the passing was bad all day by everyone…yedlin for me had as bad a game as perez,but these players cant be great every game but still have enough about them to dig out a win…. couldn’t of said that a few seasons ago.

  • hibbit

    Oct 22, 2017 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #4

    can anyone who was at the game make sense of this MoM awards on here

    how on earth does Yedlin get more votes then Lascelles Manquillo Lejeune

  • hibbit

    Oct 22, 2017 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #5


    Perez is taking the brunt of it but there were so many poor performances all round the pitch

  • check the toastie

    Oct 22, 2017 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Back four and midfield are decent, forward line stinks. Rafa needs to shake it up,
    Don’t like bashing Perez as he does put effort in, but it’s as if he’s knackered by the time he receives the ball so continually lacks end product.
    Take him out the team Rafa, play Joselu behind Mitro.
    Merino must come in for Hayden an all.


    Oct 22, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Just seen boufals goal for Southampton,very similar goal and play we would of seen from ben arfa a few year back….great goal….where are the rumours we are after ben arfa again came from ….any ideas?

  • MontySmythe

    Oct 22, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8

    Stop complaining, we won, we were in Championship last year. Do you think berating players in public makes them play any better? How good are you at your job out of 10?


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