Newcastle Defended Deep And Counter-Attacked – Almost Snatched A Late Point

Newcastle held Manchester City last night to a 1-0 win after the visitors have been scoring goals for fun recently with four goals in each of their previous three league wins.

The only goal of the game came after 31 minutes from England International winger Raheem Sterling who is having an excellent season for the league leaders.

The team played well, and Rafa used the only tactics he could to try to get something out of the game after Manchester City had previously won their last 17 league games.

It was a good performance by our team, and they carried out the game plan well, and luck was on our side last night a little bit with City hitting the woodwork 3 times.

Rafa Benitez – on the touchline last night

Late in the game, Newcastle came back and had a good 15 minutes, and Dwight Gayle had an excellent chance to equalize but he missed that opportunity otherwise we would be talking today about how we ended City’s fabulous winning run.

The critics complained of Rafa’s negative tactics, and this is how Rafa responded and talked about the game:

“If we’d scored a goal at the end we’d be really pleased with the performance. When you play against Man City the way they are playing now.”

“Our fans are clever and they know we needed to do it this way. Some of the counter-attacks weren’t the best.”

“We knew what we had to do and tried our best. We can’t forget we have a couple of games against teams at the bottom in a few days.”

“We tried to create something. We had a couple of chances with Rolando and Dwight at the end.”

“He felt a little bit of contact It was quick. I was disappointed because it was a chance. It was a booking and that’s it.”

We cannot complain since the game plan almost produced a late point for us against a side who are beating every team in sight rather easily.

Now we have two games – at home to Brighton and away at Stoke – where we hope we can get 2 wins and lift the spirits of Newcastle fans everywhere.

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8 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 28, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #1

    Three sleeps to match day!

    (I hope that is correct)

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 28, 2017 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #2

    Even better – two!

  • hibbit

    Dec 28, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #3

    no disrespect but you were obviously not in the ground last night spirits were high for the full game not the football we want to see but sometimes needs must Rafa and the team were cheered of the pitch at the end
    unlike the mood of the morons that post on here during the game

  • beefman13

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #4

    Yes we defended deep alright, Pacific ocean deep, ok spurs tried to match them and got stuffed but Man City that day punished them with the opportunities they were given and took them, Man City did not take their opportunities last night, I said it in a comment last night NEWCASTLE UTD will know go down in football folklore for those first half tactics, thanks Rafa for making my club look a laughing stock in front of the World tv, it made a mockery of the prem league, i did not ever envisage the day we would do that at home,it’s my opinion but Rafa we should not ever do that at home, shame on you.

  • cornishman

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #5

    Well Rafa played his cards and it nearly worked. Sure city could have scored more but due to poor finishing they did,nt, fact is Elliot will feel disappointed to be beat on the near post with a soft shot. I do wish Gayle had stayed on his feet as the chance was there and we could have snatched a point, lets get three from Brighton.

  • runheed

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Good comment Hibbit. We need a dose of realism here.
    The PL is dead basically because of the enormous wealth that swills about in the top half dozen teams. It is definitely not a competitive league. Commentators need to recognise that and the FA needs to do something about it rather than living in a gold plated fantasy island. Otherwise it’s writing a suicide note for football as the people’s sport. We don’t need to emulate Man City or Chelsea or whatever, we need to cut them down to the same size as everyone else. It’s become a game of elitist bullshit. Rafa does an excellent job on limited resources with an owner that undermines any progress.
    I read this blog religiously, but it’s depressing. There are too many amateur critics and narcissists on the blog.

  • bladeuser

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #7

    Jamie c is spot on the epl is a joke we and the rest are there to make up the numbers and pick up the scraps
    The old league cup is the only trophy the rest have a chance of winning and I state some of the time if the top Six put weakened teams out
    But not us as we cannot even beat a weakened Forrest side
    You lot can harp on all you like and I am not debating your love in with rafa about his tactics team selections excuses because all you ever see is in black and white
    This league is now the equivalent of la
    liga 99% of the time only a few teams can win the main prize and don’t give me Leicester that’s the 1%
    That might happen in another 50 years
    Bring on the super league as the top teams need to play better opposition
    Or do you want the crappy Scottish scenario where Celtic win there league by 50 points
    Finally rafa is a dinosaur compared to the new breed of manager but as your used to
    Watching crap carry on
    Why don’t you start a petition to play in the Scottish league and at least you might see nufc finish second every year

  • toontaff2

    Dec 28, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #8

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