Benitez Pleased With Great Win – Our Players Worked Very Hard – BBC Video

Rafa gave his interview on BBC after the game, but anybody looking at this interview without the sound would think we had lost the game.

But Rafa’s words were that he was pleased with the work-rate of his players, and he also thought the Stoke players were giving their best too.

Rafa also thought we should have been awarded a penalty when Dwight Gayle seemed to be fouled in the penalty area in the second half but surprise, surprise – we didn’t get it.

Rafa Benitez – always on an even keel whatever the result

Remember when you watch this interview we actually won the game with Rafa almost in the exact same somber mood whether we win, lose or draw.

Rafa’s BBC interview after the game.

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31 comments so far

  • lesh

    Jan 1, 2018 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #1


    Didn’t you read Ed’s plea for decency on the Blog?

    Carry on with posts like yours on the previous thread and you’ll be another one banned!

    Grow up or take your humour elsewhere.

  • jane

    Jan 1, 2018 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #2

    yes lesh and all the insults of Ashley must stop too

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 1, 2018 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Great win
    And great to see Diame back today should not of been dropped on Saturday after he had two good games against WHU and City
    Half decent Christmas New Year for a long time. Well done the lads after Saturdays performance

  • Pottsclock

    Jan 1, 2018 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #4

    “In general, we’d ask you to be civil towards other readers and refrain from obscene language and any comments on religion, ethnic groups or politics.”

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 1, 2018 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Highlights, but doesn’t show Clarks miss:

    Well done lads.

  • sparky55

    Jan 1, 2018 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #6

    What a difference a day makes!

    Wasn’t at the game but BBC commentary suggested we played well and deserved the win.

    Seems we can only win with Perez in the team! …Who’d have thought that!

    Great result…relative peace on the blog and all of sudden the world’s a better place

    In Rafa I trust 🙂 🙂 …even if don’t understand why he does half of what he does!! 🙂 🙂

  • manxpie

    Jan 1, 2018 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #7

    Went for diame just because its probably the only time i can genuinely do it
    Was immense today great from darlow obviously but diame allowed us to play today and stopped stoke from playing all game long

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 1, 2018 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #8

    What a fantastic win. Great three points and the best thing that’s happened to me this year. Apart from the win what me feel even better as an unashamed Rafalite was the way 3200 supporters constantly chanted “Rafaels black and white army” through out the game.

    catchy in norway

    Jan 1, 2018 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #104

    63% of fans on this site dont think we can win this game. 42% think we will lose it.

    loads have fans have confidence in rafa right now

    This says everything about people who attend games and those that don’t.

  • c-dog

    Jan 1, 2018 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #9

    7 points from 12 – I’d call that solid form.

  • manxpie

    Jan 1, 2018 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Oh and tbh thought when he was cheered off the pitch for all the wrong reasons that was his career over for us but hes turned it right round which deserves a hell of alot of credit imo

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 1, 2018 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #11

    Prior to the match (which I missed to see Paddington 2 – recommend) I had two distinct thoughts:
    1) perhaps Rafas over use of some players, like Joselu, is because they are longer term prospects and whilst we pay for their poor performances now, they will eventually come good. Plus selecting a consistent starting eleven, barring injuries, has a greater chance of success rather than constant change of tactics and personal.
    2) the strikers and attacking four are not really providing much of a threat but the only alternative is to play Perez up front and/or Atsu as a second striker.

    I just wish I had had time to document the above before family duty called, but I just dismissed it as pointless day dreaming.

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 1, 2018 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #12

    I know I said I wouldn’t comment but by Jesus the self importance of online guy is excruciating!! Clearly a good atmosphere on here due to the fact our team won and nothing else brings fans together like 3pts.

  • Online Guy

    Jan 1, 2018 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #13


    Notice the blog was in good form from early morning ..everyone being respectful to each other . Before the match. All day…

    Despite you still not accepting your moderation I know it’s a better place because you have cleaned your act up ..accept it ..we are not putting up with low life attacks on others and go back and read Ed’s request. Your still Nashing your teeth ..let it go man . Good luck.

  • lesh

    Jan 1, 2018 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #14


    The way Ashley’s treated the club and insulted its fans, don’t you think reciprocation is understandable? I’m sure you’ll agree that foul language is inappropriate though?

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 1, 2018 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #15

    I have not seen any passive aggressive bullying today so not felt the need to get involved to be honest. So well done yourself for cleaning your act up.

  • Online Guy

    Jan 1, 2018 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #16


    the good atmosphere and decent way people are talking to each other now is most probably because of Ed’s Request..have some respect man ..

    I was just doing what I thought was the decent thing to do despite your personal attacks on me ..before you were moderated. Blame anyone but yourself, your own actions got you moderated , moderated . Let it go and behave in future.

  • Online Guy

    Jan 1, 2018 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #17

    Everton getting stuffed….been a few stuffings today. Everything in moderation eh ?

  • c-dog

    Jan 1, 2018 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #18

    I highly doubt Josiére will improve.

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 1, 2018 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #19

    Alright Sanctimonious Guy, you have made your point now…?

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 1, 2018 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #20

    “”Although Hughes insisted he had no regrets about his team selection at Chelsea and claimed he “would still make the same decision given the same circumstances again”, the Welshman lost his cool when pressed on that subject after Newcastle’s win and stormed out of his post-match press conference.””

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 1, 2018 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Mark Douglas
    The difference in #nufc with Lascelles and without is stark. Since he returned: Two clean sheets, two wins, 7 points from 15 (inc games v Arsenal/Man C). Some captain, @Lascelles16.

  • Jib

    Jan 1, 2018 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #22

    Online Guy
    Everton getting stuffed….been a few stuffings today.
    Aye the filth got stuffed on Wearyside by Barnsley
    Barnsley ffs
    ha ha ha

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Jan 1, 2018 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #23

    Couldn’t find a stream, but managed to find a live commentry from Mark Hughes; must say we sounded very lucky to get the win.

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 1, 2018 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #24

    Anyone got a link to the Hughes press conference would love to see that

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 1, 2018 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #25

    Lol, carragher praising Everton for staying in the game and hoping to nick a goal. You always get a chance late on apparently.

    You really couldn’t make this stuff up, these pundits really have no shame whatsoever.

  • manxpie

    Jan 1, 2018 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #26

    “Stoke fans not happy with Mark Hughes and were shouting ‘your hair is sh*t and looks like my nan’s’ as he left the field.”

  • Online Guy

    Jan 1, 2018 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #27

    Aye Jib ! I was listening to the commentary and Radio Newcastle Gary Bennett lost it compleat ly with the host back in the studio ..lost his temper …got really aggressive..

    It’s the phone in afterwards whither whinging Mackems that entertains.

  • manxpie

    Jan 1, 2018 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #28
  • Online Guy

    Jan 1, 2018 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #29

    Sing in the corner

    Cheers up wer all mates on here man. I love wicked banter but just rooting out the low life before it gets any worse..I draw a line on a lot but can also take it ..I can give it as well but try to remain fair minded. Good luck

  • Online Guy

    Jan 1, 2018 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #30

    15 points from next ten games is not to much to go for…Hopes and dreams.

  • ArtyH

    Jan 1, 2018 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #31

    As it was a toon game we all know it could have gone either way, by luck, bad officials or a fluke shot like against Arsenal. Over the moon with the win and really pleased for Diame who I have heavily criticised lately, he was great today, has he finally found his feet in the team? Not sure yet but he did us proud today. Great for Darlow too, should give him some confidence for the next game. Great start to the new year.


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