Rafa Benitez – It’s All Very Positive For The Future

Last night was positive for both Newcastle fans and the team as we were able to get a good 2-2 draw at the Hawthorns and bring to an end four defeats on the trot.

But the lads still had to come back from being 2-0 down after 56 minutes, and we have now conceded 9 goals in the last 3 games, and we have a trip to Stamford Bridge coming up on Saturday.

But last night’s performance was a lot better than Saturday against st Watford, and it looked more like a Rafa Benitez side.

West Brom hadn’t won since August, so it was good that Newcastle came back to 2-2 – a defeat would have been very embarrassing.

Benitez was asked if it was like Liverpool’s famous comeback in Istanbul in 2005 – this is how he answered that as reported in the Chronicle:

“Obviously it’s different to then but to come back from 2-0 down was very positive and we showed character.”

“The reaction was there.” “We were very positive and the way we played in the last few minutes.”

“We can still improve and we have to improve but at least we could see work-rate, character, commitment and a lot of positives and some good play.”

“We didn’t deserve to lose the four games.” “But it’s something we can’t change.”

“It’s a bad run but reacting the way we did means it’s all very positive for the future.”

We must be very organized and play well against Chelsea on Saturday and try to keep our goal difference as low as possible – currently, it’s at -6.

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14 comments so far

  • toontaff2

    Nov 29, 2017 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1

    WBA fans – You’re getting Pardewed in the morning! 😆

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 29, 2017 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #2

    come on jail, that’s half a season of wasted playing time and potentially many points lost.

    again though, i could say don’t complain about Ashley when the window is shut, but no it’s a permanent fixture from you

  • Our Toon

    Nov 29, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Biggest concern should be that we’ve struggle to score in open play. Set pieces saved the day again

  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4

    They gave them the old
    Arsenal song as well
    (to the tune of Petshop Boys
    Out West)
    Then it was Four Nil
    Last night it was
    “Two nil and you
    fcuked it up”

  • JohnJ

    Nov 29, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #5

    It seems to me we need to be grateful that we have Rafa as our Team Manager – OK he’s human and yes he can make mistakes, like we all can, but he’s the BEST manager we could hope for! Where would we be without him working magic on such limited resourses?

    I shudder to think!

    Rafa has had to pick up the pieces from all of Ashley’s broken promises and body swerves and he has done amazingly well. So get off Rafa’s back and support his management of our team – he knows best!

  • Tsunki

    Nov 29, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #6

    We conceded two goals due to poor defending add to that the erstwhile fans darlings Yedlin & Ritchie starting to lose their shine. We take a goal back and then its shelvey (who so far hasn’t lit up the league) and mitrovic who save the day and PROVE as a FACT! that it was because they were not started we would have won this game. Not much mention of the previous saviour Merino being yanked off.

    It’s ok being selective about facts but let’s see how the next couple of months pan out before wanting – I can’t believe I read this – Allardyce in place of Benitez. 😐 I remember toward the end of last season when injuries hit that Rafa was being called out for negative boring football and poor selection. We won the league lol. Let’s watch the long game instead of widdling ourselves at every loss.

  • Little h

    Nov 29, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #7

    Been reading for years finally decided to sign up, God it’s been a hectic season so far, the rollercoaster that never stops!! I was fairly happy with a point last night after nearly smashing the radio off the wall as we went 2 down… games over chelsh*T next let’s see how it goes HWTL!!!

  • Tsunki

    Nov 29, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8

    When most of us said before the season started that it was going to be a slog, which part of that did some of the hysterical tubes on here not understand?

  • NUFCadon

    Nov 29, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #9

    There is a lot of talk about Rafa making the wrong decisions. I think its important to remember being a great manager is not about who you pick on match day. Pardew and the rest always picked the team you expected and the one that looked right on paper. Rafa see’s these players day in and day out and he is a tactical genius. Loch hit the nail on the head why he is playing Joselu. He is holding teams for 70 mins (or trying) and then going for the attack in the last 20mins. Jail is right as well, could you imagine getting a Megson or a Pulis in to replace Rafa! it would be a nightmare. Lets all take a step back and look at what we have by some stroke of luck, trust in Rafa and get behind the team. Our support and love for Rafa is the only reason he is still here. lets not mess this all up because people want Mitro to start. Yes, I do as well but lets not forget he was hardly banging them in when he used to start regular. Trust in Rafa and show support for our club THAT’S THE ONE AND ONLY WAY WE CAN HELP

  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #10

    Copied from the Daily Mirror

    The popular assumption is that a takeover will immediately make Newcastle United contenders again.
    The image conjured in some fans’ heads is of fabulously wealthy backers ready to back Rafa Benitez with cash and pump in millions.

    Clearly that is a dream scenario.

    The consortium of investors led by Amanda Staveley have serious financial clout.
    That means having funds over and above the £350m asking price, with cash left over to allow Benitez to buy top quality over two to three seasons.

    Staveley is confident of tying up a deal before the January window
    But is that realistic? What if the prospective buyers are scraping together the asking price, with no extra cash to invest?
    What if they want to run the club as a business, rather than a fantasy football project?
    That is the more likely scenario. It will mean a substantial downgrade in expectations on Tyneside.

    But does that mean a takeover would be pointless? Swapping Mike Ashley for another business driven owner?
    No. Newcastle United needs a fresh start and a new era. A re-set at the top.

    There is more value to extract from the club’s stature – in sponsorship deals and commercial opportunities – that could add millions to the balance sheet.
    There’s a way of spending slightly more in fees and wages and allowing Benitez to compete, without bankrupting the club.
    The baggage of the Ashley era needs shedding.
    The name stadium name change, the relegations, the club legends mistreated, the attitude – once a club policy – that the Cups don’t matter.
    All of that needs sweeping away by a new owner – even if they probably won’t be the sugar-daddies that most fans are hoping for.

    It seems increasingly unlikely that Staveley can get a deal done in time for the January transfer window, with talks over the price stalled.
    Benitez is not expecting a huge hike in his budget in January if the club changes hands.
    He might get around £20m in the New Year under Ashley. That would double under new owners looking to protect their investment and keep the club in the top flight.
    Tensions have arisen because last week’s bid became public, with both sides upset that it leaked.
    But it is said Staveley remains optimistic it can be done, and that she shouldn’t be underestimated. That remains to be proven.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 29, 2017 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #11

    A lot on here really over rate our squad and under rate Rafa.

    We have two or three Premier league quality players a handful with potential to be Premier league players and the rest are bang average, some aren’t much better than wearside jack.

    If you read the papers there’s someone linked with other teams quite often, that’s Rafa not any one of our players.

    Have any of the squad even challenged for a major honour?

    People who shouted for 442 got it and look what happened, we got smashed, people are shouting for us to attack we’ll get smashed again. We can’t score more than we concede we don’t have the players, our best chance is to keep it tight and go for the win in last 20 as a few have pointed out.

    I may not agree with all of Rafas decisions or selections but he’s way more qualified than me or any of you.

    Shut the fcuk up back the team and manager.

    Ashley out!

  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #12

    I think we may have a goalie lined up
    The rumour in the midlands was that
    Elliot didn’t play last night because he’s
    going to join Pardew at WBA
    Ben Foster is 34 and looking to retire

  • Tsunki

    Nov 29, 2017 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Ashley Out After concluding an equitable deal before January!

  • lochinvar

    Nov 29, 2017 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #14

    Dear WBA,

    You’re getting Pardewed in the morning
    ding dong you’ll be going down
    that’s a real shocker
    a real football focker
    playing at Burton next time round


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