Bentitez’ Praise For Henri Saivet After A Good Performance And Great Goal


It was a complete shock when Rafa announced his side for the game yesterday at West Ham and we thought any chance of winning the game had gone.

Isaac Hayden, Mikel Merino and Florian Lejeune had all picked up knocks in training and Jojo Shelvey was suspended so it was down to Saivet and Diame.

Rafa had also placed the two of them on the transfer list on the preceding day and it was Saivet’s first ever league appearance under Rafa Benitez.

Henri Saivet – scored a great goal yesterday to put Newcastle level

This is what Rafa said about his selection which went over like a bomb (at least initially) with Newcastle fans:

“I could not say too much before the game about the selection because I knew West Ham manager David Moyes was listening,”

“But we had problems with Merino and Hayden, and Jonjo Shelvey was suspended.”

“Saivet understands the game. Technically, he’s good, and he can take free-kicks.”

“Both he and Diame are from Senegal, so it was important they understood each other and they did really well.”

“In terms of the club, you have to keep winning to be sure that you stay in the Premier League,”

“That’s the target. But for the fans this is about belief and showing we can win games and can compete.”

“You can see the team spirit and work rate of different players, but it doesn’t mean we don’t still need players to compete at another level.”

“They are different things.”

That last paragraph is in case Mike Ashley sees the win and thinks we now don’t need any reinforcements in January – the team should be able to get by.

Not do well – but just get by which seems to be Ashley’s ambitions for the club over the last 10 years.

Henri had a good game and he gave an excellent interview to nufcTV after the game – he comes over as a real team player who has just a fantastic attitude to the game.

It’s worth watching.

Not sure who will be available from those knocks for the tough home game against Manchester City on Wednesday – but Jonjo Shelvey is available after serving his two-match suspension.

We have moved up to 15th in the league table.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
8Everton38-1449
9Leicester38-447
10Newcastle38-844
11Crystal Palace38-1044
12Bournemouth38-1644
13West Ham38-2042

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145 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Dec 24, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Jib, I find the below to be the paranoid ramblings of a mentalist, you do not even seem hungover either, for which I could have forgive you. Alas, carry on frater. (oddity)

    “I find it strange that people are baffled by
    the change in the players attitude yesterday.

    I think it’s obvious.

    Rafa didn’t have to motivate that team in London
    just remind them that we have been taken over.
    There is serious money coming in to the club
    with all that means in terms of new wage structures
    and all players are in with a shout.
    Take Saivet – he was playing for a contract renewal next June.

    And btw Merino and others having knocks is bollix
    you can see them in the pics I posted of training on
    Friday morning they are training with the rest.

    Rafa the sly fox is going to go all out for the win
    vs Man City to please our new owners

    Expect a humdinger on Wednesday
    SJP will be throbbing
    We’ll show the Blue Moonies and their owners what
    proper support is.
    expect a cracker”

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  • calvinzolamakongo

    Dec 24, 2017 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    Bloke next to me yesterday was saying shelvey is off in jan (apparenty heard from the horses mouth) by a driver of some sort…also said kruls knees are so bad that he isnt mobile enough now and thats why we found it so hard to sell him..great game yesterday only bad thing was our 3 corners we had were terrible but its good to see we dont shit ourselves when crosses come in now also dealt with their long throw everytime too and gayle was really good i thought held the ball up well and was unlucky not to score

    4
  • toontaff2

    Dec 24, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Jeremy, I’m hungover 😆 But don’t tell Jester!

    2
  • AncientC

    Dec 24, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Jib, btw, Charnley is the not the CEO of Newcastle United. You had better get crackin’ with your googling.

    Learning as you go, eh.

    3
  • toontaff2

    Dec 24, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Was it Shergar’s mouth 💡

    1
  • G

    Dec 24, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #6

    I had thought Saivet a dud. After yesterday I think I was a bit hasty and he is worth another look.

    0
  • AncientC

    Dec 24, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #7

    Tomato Juice and Ibuprofen ftw, toontaff2.

    1
  • sparky55

    Dec 24, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Not too bothered if Shelvey goes TBH but if he does go we need to find a midfielder who is just as good or better than Shelvey at quickly getting the ball to Merino and the wide men.

    The key to modern day football is the speed of transition…we have been useless at this in the past and we give opposing teams far too much time to get people back and to re-organise.

    Who that player might be I have no idea..but it’s a key appointment along with the No 10 and the striker and the keeper and another central defender…so plenty of work to be done but that central midfielder who can orchestrate speed of transition alongside Merino is key

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #9

    catchy in norway

    Dec 23, 2017 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #1
    rAFA losing the plot
    msk21dec

    Dec 23, 2017 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #8
    rafas team selection is baffling. saivet hardly in squad but gets a start? why not mbemba as a defensive midfielder? 2 left footed left back on bench? why not start one to give balance to defence as manquillo on right foot messes up our forward play a lot.

    Tuttelbom

    Dec 23, 2017 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #11
    This is the recipe for a disaster.:(

    geordiemark

    Dec 23, 2017 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #12
    diame I shake my head

    Geremi’s Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Dec 23, 2017 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #14
    Why? Just why? What a shocker. I understand rotation in this period but we will lose our next game by default and this is winnable!!

    If we lose this game due to this selection he has so much to answer for.

    manxpie

    Dec 23, 2017 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #15
    Seriously 2 lbs on the bench and mbemba who has played better there than manquillo but he still starts

    JDdubai

    Dec 23, 2017 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #16
    Diame and Saivet in CM……….

    Not sure what to do with that….glad I have 20 quid on West Ham.

    ilovetoon8788

    Dec 23, 2017 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #46
    God bless us today… I see a heavy defeat

    This is all before a ball is kicked, not a comment from any of them about anything, No matter what team was put out we’d have had the same reaction. Fans my ar$e.

    15
  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #10

    LOL – missed the bus

    Dec 24, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    “”To say we have to play a certain way, or try to, every game is great in theory, but depending what players you have got you have to play to their strengths and cover up their weaknesses.””

    When I read this in the interview with Allardyce it made me wonder about Rafa who has seemed to dictate a style of play, especially in the latter part of the Championship, despite not having the players that can carry it through. However more recently he has changed the tactics, starting formation and players and I would imagine with the oppositions strengths and weaknesses in mind.

    It is great to finally have a win after so many games going against us from mistakes and it certainly inspires confidence ahead of the leagues top team, although predicting anything other than a loss is only inspirational. One good performance does not make us world beaters but I am sure looking forward to watching us giving it a good go, cheering on the lads (whoever plays) and not giving up my support.

    Dec 24, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    They missed Noble and Lanzini

    Dec 24, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Diame and Saviets performances should give Hayden, Shelvey and Merino a good kick of motivation.

    Dec 24, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    This blog is really going to the dogs!

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  • Jib

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #11

    Cenk Tosun’s price has shot up
    Juventus and Crystal Palace seem to have
    dropped out of the race for his signature
    Interestingly the article below lists NUFC
    beside Everton and Man City as a club
    who can afford his £35m fee
    I wonder if the Turks know something
    Fikret Orman the Besiktas chairman
    is concerned about replacing him
    which with us offering Mitro in part/ex
    would put us in pole position

    https://www.a24.com.tr/cenk-tosunun-degeri-uce-katlandi-haberi-40113403s.html?h=52

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  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #12

    Lindisfarne – you mentioned the dogs…

    I used to love a night out at the dogs, Gosforth Greyhound Stadium until it was pulled down in the late 80s (showing my age here), then the one near Byker/Walker.

    Mental nights.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #13

    Merry Christmas eve guy’s 🙂

    I’m expecting a good reception against man city regardless of the result.

    Could the takeover be announced just before the new year?

    I have a feeling the new owners don’t want other clubs to find out how rich they are as the other clubs will be asking for much more whilst drooling.

    QPR announced to early and look what happened to them lol

    DubaiMicky anything on your end about progressing?

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  • ArtyH

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #14

    Was like most of us, surprised with the team sheet yesterday, but hey just shows you how wrong you can be. Its always the fight in the dog, not the dog in the fight! Really pleased for Diame and Saivet with their contributions, I even saw the former win a header, honestly he did! Role on City should be a rip snorter of a game, dont envy Rafa having to make up the team sheet. HWTL’s 1-0 will do to see the year out!

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  • Jib

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #15

    Ancient
    from the Ronnie Gill
    ” Director Lee Charnley has dodged the limelight and risen
    from executive understudy to head honcho at St James’ Park.
    Mr Charnley became managing director of Newcastle United
    in April 2014 aged just 36 ”

    from Wiki
    “A chief executive officer (CEO) is the position of the most
    senior corporate officer, executive, leader or administrator
    in charge of managing an organization”

    You are a foolish man
    you accuse Charnley of not
    doing his job properly
    then say he doesn’t have that job !!!!

    2
  • expatmag

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #16

    JIB

    A clear case of journalists attempting to join the dots and failing miserably

    1
  • Jib

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #17

    Dubai
    I preferred Gosforth
    to Brough Park

    1
  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #18
  • AncientC

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #19

    On the subject of dogs, ‘jackostoon’ has some nice Leonbergers in his avatar.

    Jib, surely you can deduce that Charnley is not the CEO. Charnley is Ashley’s pipsqueak. If Charnley truly does hold power at the club, then you have no right to defend him, as he wouldn’t only be complicit, he would be responsible for the bad decisions made since he became ‘managing’ director.

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #20

    DubaiMicky

    I could never pick a dog at the races so was not all that enthused about going until I started to run my own book in the group I went with. £5 in pick a dog winner takes all, or shared between winner and rolled over to next race if none. It certainly helped keep up the interest.

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #21

    The number of collapsed deals would indicate that Penfold does not hold Executive power.

    3
  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #22

    @Nezza, no not heard anything other than what I posted the other day that to all intents and porpoises (sic), the deal is agreed. So the only thing I can think is slowing up any announcement is the FA doing due diligence on the owner/s as mentioned before if a Sheik here gets stopped by the FA from owning a football club because they aren’t suitable he (and his family) will never live it down.

    0
  • Nufc-83

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #23

    Just watched the full 90 min replay as missed the game yesterday. Was looking forward to seeing Saviet after the reports but overall thought he was poor. He has good physical attributes and looks ok technically when on a dead ball but the lad can’t pass. Even 5 yd passes looked forced and seemed to go off target. He also didn’t really show for the ball when our defenders had it. Overall it tells me he is not comfortable with the ball at his feet in the middle part of the pitch. Saying that to come in after no games he did ok I guess but overall going forward he is not the answer.

    I would really like Gareth Barry brought in to add the much needed prem experience. He come in against United the other day and ran the show with real quality.

    1
  • lochinvar

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #24

    Keep Shelvey away from the starting team against City – Saviet earned his place and has more pace than Shelvey

    1
  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #25

    Lindisfarne, I lived in Romford (Essex) for a year in 2011, what a giggle going to the dogs was there, the sights, well you can’t imagine. Prober Essex Girls, fake tans and tits and done up to the 9s (so they thought), it made the Bigg Market last Friday look classy.

    2
  • carl

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #26

    No No No Jeremy Corbyn !!
    Give it a rest no advertising politics on a football blog.
    HWTL

    3
  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #27

    Jeremy is never wrong

    1
  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #28

    God luvs a Chav

    0
  • msk21dec

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #29

    Im guessing takeover not announced so prices dont go over the top in january. Rafa i think said he wants transfers to be done by jan 20. We play man city on jan 20. Could owners make announcement then and show up in etihad as new owners and have players ready to embarass mancity that day and win 5-0? Thatll be a statement

    1
  • toontaff2

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #30

    Lest we forget:
    Catchy from Norway
    Msk21
    Curmon
    Hail work ashley
    Geordie mark
    Kimbo
    Tuttelbom
    Ilovetoon88
    Toonkk
    Geremi plf

    The plank walkers 😆

    4
  • msk21dec

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #31

    If its middle east then newcastles direct rivals will be man city in owners terms

    0
  • toontaff2

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #32

    Jeremy, does a livener work?
    💡

    2
  • msk21dec

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #33

    The way people go on here its like no one else is allowed an opinion unless it matches theirs

    5
  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #34

    Atsu is getting better and better. Makes a refreshing change to see a winger wanting to beat his man. That nutmeg on zabaleta made me chuckle

    6
  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #35

    And tonight Mathew I’m going to be…….

    2
  • toontaff2

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #36

    Shire, we need Jeremy here as the voice of reason, keeping us drunken delinquents in check!
    Meanwhile, has Captain Catchy’s crew run a-ground?
    Was too busy watching the dodgy stream at the pub, imbibing of the local ale, to read their comments – take it they were on top form ❓

    1
  • toontaff2

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #37

    And Jeremy’s forgiven me for being hungover!
    Though Ms. Jesper’s furious 😆

    1
  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #38

    Taff
    I bugged out before they swarmed the blog with there negative views and £20 bets against the team they supposedly support.

    Is Jeremy really the voice of reason?

    2
  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #39

    Tinny time!!

    2
  • c-dog

    Dec 24, 2017 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #40

    If we get the win at Brighton it’s been a good year given the circumstances. Just with one stinker of a bad run which left everyone forgetting what a win felt like. In Rafa, Josiére, Big Mo & Saivet we trust.

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