22-Year-Old Showed His Class For Newcastle Yesterday In The Terrific Win At Stoke

Newcastle were worthy winners at Stoke yesterday, and we were the better team for the first 75 minutes of the game, and at that time were ahead from a good goal by Ayoze Perez after 73 minutes.

The goal was set up brilliantly by winger Jacob Murphy who put in a superb cross from the right wing that beat Stoke’s defense, and Perez was there to stab the ball home.

But up to that point, we had wasted too many chances and should have been comfortably ahead.

Stoke came at Newcastle in the final 10 minutes or so, but we defended well and were (very) thankful for two brilliant point-blank saves from goalkeeper Karl Darlow to preserve the win.

Karl was superb in goal for us yesterday and deserves a lot of credit for that display.

If we can get two new strikers in this month that will go a long way to Newcastle winning games like this a lot easier than we are doing at the moment because of missed chances.

Jacob Murphy – played very well yesterday – so creative 

But hey – we are not complaining (well not too much) – it was a fantastic team performance from our players.

Newcastle paid up to £12M for Murphy from Norwich in the summer, and he is showing the class he has, and he had an excellent game yesterday and got the assist for the winning goal.

He showed some class and that’s what has been missing from our team this season.

You cannot criticize the effort or pride shown by our players – they are giving everything they have in every game.

This is what Benitez has said about Jacob’s performance yesterday as reported in the Shields Gazette:

“He’s a young player who’s learning how to understand the game, and also learning about the pace of the Premier League.”

“He’s doing some good things, but he still has plenty of room for improvement.”

“We are trying to do our best, and we will see what can happen,” “But now it’s about enjoying the Stoke win and trying to concentrate on the next game.”

“Everyone has to do his job.” 

“The fans were really good,” “We have seen the fans away last year and this year, they’re fantastic.”

“When they travel so far away, it’s a perfect day when you win and score and can celebrate in front of them.”

“They will go back home with a smile on their faces.”

“They were giving their support to our players, and maybe that made the players give a little bit more – if that’s possible.”

“I don’t like to see the team defending and not taking the chances that we had on the counter-attack.”

“But if you cannot do that, then you have to defend in the way that we did in the last few minutes.”

“That’s the kind of team spirit that you are expecting from a team that is desperate to avoid relegation and stay in the Premier League.”

Rafa will now be hoping for up to four new players coming in this month during the January transfer window to strengthen the Newcastle squad.

He must be supported by Mike Ashley.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 2, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #1


    Not sure about your idea of two teams but there is certainly a difference in approach required mentally to playing home and away. Being in the Gallowgate you may not personally experience it but others have mentioned how nervous the home crowd gets which makes it tremendously difficult for the players. Even Houghton mentioned how he tried to exploit it.

  • toontaff2

    Jan 2, 2018 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Man of Match for me, Murphy.
    Come on, who said 12 million wasted by Rafa and who was it, slating young Jacob?

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 2, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #3

    The negativity towards certain players has also been discussed on various nufc channels and can be witnessed on here during matches. Some fans let nerves get the better of themselves and attack players with preconceived ideas about them, rather than watching the actual match and judging what is in front of them.

    The type of football only needs to change depending on the opposition and Rafa needs to coach tactics against a team that sits back.

  • toontaff2

    Jan 2, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4

    And where’s Hibbit?
    I got the bug from him, hence need a few Doc Halliday types and a few Earps to join me in the pub park 😉
    Were the usual suspects whining on from 2pm until 5pm, or had they disappeared around 4-30 ❓

  • Jib

    Jan 2, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #5

    We probably all remember that lad on tv about
    40 feet from Allardyce with the veins popping
    screaming ” you don’t know what your doing”

    I was abroad watching that at the time , with
    footy fans from all over the place.

    Jeez it was embarrassing – received a lot of
    mockery about
    “the Geordie faithful thru thick and thin”
    that day.

  • runheed

    Jan 2, 2018 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #6

    I think it’s a well known effect at St James, Lindisfarne. It’s a consequence of years of unpredictable performances, we always seem on the edge of conceding a goal. Other teams exploit this as much as they can….. soak up the early pressure and push on to frustrate the team and increase anxiety in the crowd. It’s almost a reflex response, the crowd never seems confident in the capability of the team. Hopefully Rafa can steady the ship … Relax and breathe…. In 2,3,4 and out 2,3,4…. In..

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 2, 2018 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #7

    Don’t get to away games now but what I have seen on the tele is that we are much more fluid away – a lot more movement off the ball a lot more running and little hooooofball.

    I know teams at home tend to attack more so giving us more space to counter-attack but somehow we have got to find a way to break down the opposition at home who sit back and hit us on the counter-attack. I think it is a bit of both the nervousness rubs off on both the players and the fans which ends up with the players not trying anything and being ultra-cautious with the football ending up like a hot potato.

    Any ideas ????

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 2, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Points wise, we should expect to beat Brighton and draw away to Stoke, so we’re no worse off. Ifs and buts but if we had of beaten Brighton we’d be three points off the top nine and still no where near safe. It is seriously tight down there and no one outside the top eight has a positive GD, that is worrying.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 2, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #9

    I don’t think Mitrovic would be motivated enough to play against Luton, he knows he is on his way out and will not wish to risk injury or potentially raise the amount of money the club receives.

  • NezzaNUFC

    Jan 2, 2018 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #10

    What a result 🙂

    I’m also glad the haters kept away as we don’t need the WUM at the moment.

    Rafa must focus on the strikers first before bringing in defenders and midfielders, we’ve shown we can be solid at the back and keep control in midfield but we still lack the scoring ability.

    We need a proper goal scorer not a chancer even if it means to spend all the funds on a top striker!

  • NezzaNUFC

    Jan 2, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #11

    Oh and happy New year guy’s 🙂

  • dannitoon

    Jan 2, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #12

    The positions we got into yesterday, with a “striker” in the team, like many previous games we couldve wouldve been 3 or 4 up by ht…

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 2, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #13
  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 2, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #14


    All about the points….you will be looking to claw some back once the hangover subsides.

  • toontaff2

    Jan 2, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #15

    Lindi RE:Swansea – I’m in North Shields – not that I could have told you much about Swansea, 20+ years ago, when I last lived in Wales.
    Mind, I asked our resident Swan about Carlos, the new manager, a few days ago, but he went all mute and Belfast provided the answer required 💡
    Huw Jenkins, the owner, is like Gibson at Boro, I think, but pretty sure they also have American backers, now. Hence Brad Bobbley, manager! Should have plenty for transfers, I’d have thought.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 2, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #16
  • Sav

    Jan 2, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #17

    Take nothing from a positive performance but we are set up as a counter attack side as our strikers generally aren’t good enough. Stoke were woeful but had to play open. The test will be against Swansea at home to see have we the nous to break them down. And if we have a goal advantage next time I hope we show far more composure. Against a better side it would have cost us.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 2, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #18

    Interesting article – that’s one thing that the Toon don’t do have the patience and try the long ball hooooof.

  • Jib

    Jan 2, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #19

    Hope that’s a brew as in tea
    Not a brew as in beer

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 2, 2018 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #20

    From the BBC
    “Hughes rested a number of key players against Chelsea with the home game against relegation rivals Newcastle in mind – a decision which has been heavily criticised” Except from Munster Mag who posts on nufcblog.com. He thought it perfectly acceptable to completely throw the game while at the same time heavily criticising Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez for setting his team up to try and nick a point against run away leaders Man City while avoiding a heavy defeat. A tactic that has seriously back fired with Stoke having the worst GD in the Premier League

  • toontaff2

    Jan 2, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #21

    ITV: Munster’s denying it – Lie detector results, after the ad break! 😉


    Jan 2, 2018 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #22

    Murphy has gettin a bit of grief this season,i know the price tag is a big issue for a lot of people,but he has shown flashes of talent and quality and when his age of 22 is taken into consideration and the fact he’s stepping into the premier in a struggling side for the first time,he probs could do with a little slack thrown his way…funny thing is if man city had paid 12m for him,started him and he set up the winning goal people myt be thinkin this kid looks half decent for the money considering how much they can and usually do spend….give him time,he myt not make it… but if he does 12m will be a great deal in this day and age.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 2, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #23

    I see Munster Mag who provides fair, balanced and open minded criticism of our manager giving Rafa and the team a big thumbs up yesterday. This just shows how fair and open minded his criticism is. It totally justifies his calling the manager an outdated, past his sell by date, living off past glories, poor man manager and control freak the next time we lose.

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 2, 2018 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #25

    I was one of the posters asking for Murphy to come off as in the first half his confidence was low and he was so wasteful. I don’t think you can use the assist to bash people like myself who at half time were not happy. He is a pure confidence player and his play improved dramatically when in the second half he took 2 players on and won a free kick. Even for the goal he was looking to pass the ball and only ended up running with it as he realised nobody was in support. Great assist and well done to the lad but we need a bit more consistency which will be hard for him being young and new to the league. I would expect that consistency to come from Richie but by god something has happened to that lad as he is the most negative non influential player most games now. I still want to see Aarons given a fair crack as I’m sure there is a top player in there somewhere.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 2, 2018 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #26

    I don’t agree with that comment check to see if you can still post in an hour!

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 2, 2018 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #27

    Will any of the loaned out players be available for the Cup game?

  • martoon

    Jan 2, 2018 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #28

    I’ve got to hold my hand up and admit I wanted Murphy to be subbed at half time but he did have a dreadful first half giving the ball away several times. However credit where it’s due he had a much better second half and of course the assist for the goal.

  • Macas

    Jan 2, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #29

    Murphy had an excellent game? Great assist for the goal but he had been terrible up until then, had numerous chances to put decent balls into the box and failed miserably. He’s showing flashes of talent now and again but still has a long way to go. In an ideal world we’d sign an established winger in the transfer window and allow Murphy to slowly progress instead of being thrown in at the deep end.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 2, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #30

    Clark is very good at clearing the ball from in front of goal!

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 2, 2018 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #31

    Nufc-83- I agree 100%. Murphy came alive when he won that foul and then provided that beauty of a pass for the goal. Still have my doubts about him as I too wanted him subbed and was shocked to ser Atsu come off for Gayle instead of Murphy. But thank God it worked a treat as that assist got us the win and must have done his confidence no harm at all.

    I am one of Ritchie’s biggest fans but something is definitely wrong with him lately. A shadow of his former self. A real worry as we need his old performances at this moment and not this ineffective player we have now. Hopefully he will be back to his usual brilliant self soon.

    Really want us to get a class ST to help us finish the chances we’re creating. We’re not lethal enough when we do create chances and a CAM is key to keep creating clear chances on goal. If we get those two positions sorted this January we will be wel safe this season.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 2, 2018 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #32

    Martoon…my name is Jesper is that really a problem for you to write when addressing me or is this what it has come to?

    Is it an issue for you that I addressed you and your point to Online Guy seeing as I agree with him and I didn’t agree with your assessment of who the blog “idiots” and “WUMs” are, but I acknowledge the difference of opinion!

  • toontaff2

    Jan 2, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #33

    Aarons had a mare, second half v Citeh – think he’ll be away, on loan, to Championship!

  • Jib

    Jan 2, 2018 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #34

    for the love of God go away
    It’s a footy blog not your
    personal ego trip


    Jan 2, 2018 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #35

    Not pointing fingers mate,as i have myself this season have had serious doubts about whether he can make it,i could of worded my comment better…just think the losses we’ve had,the disappointment we as fans of the way the last month or so has been and his price tag haven’t helped the lad…i agree with u totally about ritchie tho…he seems to have lost that little bit quality recently whilst always looking like his aggression myt boil over…lets hope its just a blip like he had last season.

  • Jib

    Jan 2, 2018 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #36

    According to Italian , Brazilian and Spanish media
    Kenedy is on his way on loan from Chelsea to NUFC

  • Singinginthecorner

    Jan 2, 2018 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #37

    All the best to one and all. Great result for newcastle yesterday rafa is picking the right team for the right games 20 points from those around us proves that. Have enjoyed reading the blog last couple of days big change long may it last.

  • Jib

    Jan 2, 2018 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #38

    I f Kenedy and Ings coming on loan is
    true then any other loans will have to
    come from Europe or even further afield


    Jan 2, 2018 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #39

    Hope we get players in early….hate the usual bull of if,whens,maybes and disappointments.

  • toontaff2

    Jan 2, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #40

    Tjing tjang tjing……………… 😉


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