Rafa Talks To NBC Sports After First Win In 9 Weeks – It Is Fantastic!

Rafa was a calm but inspired manager after our first win in 10 games yesterday at the London Stadium after going nine games when we picked up just one point.

But the team recently has been showing signs of improvement and even Rafa seemed confident of a win before yesterday’s game at West Ham.

It was a good performance from the lads, and we were surprised at the win with Henri Saivet and Mo Diame in central midfield.

But all the lads got the job done yesterday including Saivet and Diame who both scored a goal.

It was Saivet’s first goal for the club, and it was an excellent free-kick from close to 30 yards out after 10 minutes.

It was 4 minutes after he had gifted Marko Arnautovic with West Ham’s go-ahead goal after 6 minutes.

It was a terrible mistake due to rustiness and lack of match play when he passed the ball straight to the Austrian International.

Arnautovic then powered his way past Ciaran Clark before scoring.

Rafa Benitez – on the touchline yesterday

Newcastle then hit the post and the crossbar before going ahead with a breakaway goal in the second half.

It was Diame who scored after 53 minutes from an Atsu quick breakaway and cross.

And  Atsu, who had a terrific second half – maybe his best ever 45 minutes in a Newcastle shirt –  put the ball in the back of the net to make it 3-1 after a pinpoint cross from Joselu on the left wing.

West Ham came back strongly and it was Ayew who scored on 69 minutes after missing a dubious penalty earlier.

The lads had to hang on, but we deserved the 3 points – there’s no doubt about that.

Here’s what Rafa told NBC Sports after the game yesterday:

“We needed a performance and a victory like this.”

“We were pushing really hard against Everton and hit the post twice. I am really pleased for the lads and the fans.”

“It is fantastic.”

“It was important to win to show that we could do the things we are doing.”

“We know it will be difficult to the end but we know that we can win and achieve things doing things as we are.”

It was exactly what Newcastle fans needed before Christmas – our first win in a very long and miserable 9 weeks.


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10 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Dec 24, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Made me laugh when Atsu scored the players all ran over to the fans rather than Atsu, Poor lad didn’t know what to do

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 24, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Man City are a bit like the Toon’s Keegan team, not the best defenders but going forward they will/are ripping teams apart.
    First ten-fifteen minutes yesterday City defence mis-passed and gave the ball away, passed into trouble umpteen times.

    With the TOON having nothing to lose and a crowd that will be on a high I hope RAFA sets us up to have a go at them counter-attack with pace and numbers.

    Does he change it for WED night – most likely will – but I would leave Hayden and Shelvey out as both of them slow play down to a crawl playing backward and sideways with long hoofs up-field.saw none of that yesterday – we carried -played the ball out of defence with pace and numbers – A PLEASURE TO WATCH

    More of the same – I know we have not been getting results playing two up front but I have enjoyed the games a lot more – playing with much more purpose

  • jazzyp

    Dec 24, 2017 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #3


    The mind boggles mate what this great club could achieve with owners who share the same vision as us fans.And its amazing what a win can do for the club as the feel good factor is back amongst most of us.

    If a Takeover does happen then it’s next summer that I see real investment within the squad and this January enough to keep us up

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 24, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Lascelles availability is a worry

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 24, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #5

    £91.15M spent on players in three windows.

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 24, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #6

    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    We always have a chance!

  • sparky55

    Dec 24, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #7

    We got loads of people running into their box yesterday on the break with great regularity which was refreshing to see…but think perhaps we won’t be so hung-ho on Wednesday…we’ll see different players playing within a different formation playing in a much different way….which is a shame really…rather go down in flames rather than see a leaky bus parked…no-one has successfully parked the bus against city and got anywhere.

    They won’t expect us to have a go so why not…it’s a shot to nothing anyway and we’ll get enough points off other teams to stay up anyway.

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 24, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #8

    Shearer kicks Neil Lennon in head.


  • Bambams

    Dec 24, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #9


    The new owner can’t get here quick enough for me.

    I also believe the deal is sorted bar the fit and proper person test…..we could just photocopy the one we sent in for Ashley – he passed !

    The next three windows will be interesting to say the least.

    In my opinion

  • JohnJ

    Dec 24, 2017 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Just a little note of thanks to Ed – you are a star – I hope you have a relaxed & peaceful Christmas. Best Wishes from me and I’m sure all the other readers & writers on this blog!


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