Rafa Deftly Explains Exactly What Happened Today – After A Good First 30 Minutes


We like the way Rafa Benitez win, lose or draw after the game gives his analysis of what happened in the game.

Today we were holding our own and were on top when Chelsea made a quick breakaway, and at the time it was against the run of play.

And then just before halftime, they made it 2-0 with another breakaway – both goals being scored by a former target of ours – Belgium International Michy Batshuayi.

The second half was a no-contest.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez – explains precisely what happened today

If only we could have Michy at Newcastle – what a difference that would make.

This is what Rafa said after the game as reported in the Chronicle:

“We tried today.” “The team selection was to stay in the competition and the way we played after you have to accept the difference between the two teams.”

“You have to play against Chelsea away and normally the difference between the top six and the other teams it’s really difficult.”

“We tried and we played really well in the first half and did what we needed to do to put them under pressure.“

“After that, the difference of quality in some situations was the key.” “The first half we did really well, we had chances and were on top of them.”

“For me we controlled the game and made a mistake on the counter-attack.” 

“We were unlucky in the second counter-attack and were 2-0 down against a good team.”

“In the second half they were much better because we were more exposed.”

We thought Newcastle were outstanding in the first 30 minutes or so, but the second half became depressing as Chelsea were so much better than us.

When we are on top if only we can take some of the chances that we create to get a foothold in the game – but we miss far too many opportunities – just like last season.

Remember – goals change games.

Anyway, for the sake of Rafa and Newcastle – let’s hope our owner can shock us all, and get two or even three good players through the door before Wednesday night.

We need them badly to go with Kenedy who looks like an excellent young player.

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246 comments so far

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 28, 2018 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #1

    The ref must have been Chelsea mom. Stoutly and bravely defended Chelsea players from being tackled or dispossessed, was on top of his game! Shame he didn’t cap it off with a red to the opposition.

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  • geordiemark

    Jan 28, 2018 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #2

    its simple we were beaten by Chelsea who fielded 14 players on the field of play 11 players plus 3 extras in the linesmen and a ref, this is how we got beat today

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 28, 2018 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #3

    I would love it if Rafa publicly came out and explicitly explained everything wrong with Ashley, listing all his lies etc. I mean let’s be honest, I don’t think Ashley is in a position to sack him, just confirming relegation. Plus won’t want to pay the £5/6m payoff and if the pcp takeover is stil to go ahead then Rafa appears to be the one consistent in all offers.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 28, 2018 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #4

    ronaldo aarons
    sorry mate but there is no need to use the ref as an excuse,
    they outclassed us from start to finish we offered nothing
    light years ahead of us over the 90 minutes

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 28, 2018 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Chelsea were there for the taking today, team low on confidence and they didn’t play well at all. Unfortunately Norwich showed us how play against them and we didn’t follow suit.

    Rather than change things up and match them we should have gone for them. Norwich put up a much better display and that says it all.

    I assume Ulloa isn’t on the A, B, C list that rafa have Charnley, shame as he could add value to our starting XI.

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  • c-dog

    Jan 28, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Rafa dishing dirt could weaken his reputation and hurt his chances of getting another job. I’ll buy the book when he retires.

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  • Jib

    Jan 28, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #7

    geordiemark
    The one that really worries me is Perez
    is really keen to take Mauricio Pochettino
    to Real Madrid.
    If they could convince Rafa to live in or travel to
    N.London he would be a good fit for Spurs.

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  • check the toastie

    Jan 28, 2018 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Still don’t understand how Ashley backed Maclaren with 80million and still doesn’t to any degree support a great manager and bloke.
    Ashley is a total moron, has no idea about football and has ruined the club.
    Nothing he does makes sense.
    Shameful what he has done

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  • hibbit

    Jan 28, 2018 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #9

    geordiemark
    watch the game again they outclassed us and outplayed us for 80 of the 90 minutes just a league above us nowt to do with the officials

    we don’t have one player on our books that would get in the Chelsea team not one

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  • check the toastie

    Jan 28, 2018 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Jib – Agree Rafa would be off to spuds if Poch moves to Real.
    You couldn’t blame him like. Nice fit and he’s wasting his time here.
    Respect to Rafa he’s still here, albeit he’s very well paid.

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jan 28, 2018 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #11

    We get to this stage every year – and yet we still believe something is going to change. I just hope the internet doesn’t go down on Tuesday or Chumley wont be able to do his last minute scouting. Couple of Spanish unknowns – potential but no purples – will be the most we can hope for.

    As for Rafa – either Amanda comes in soon with a fire sale offer or he should walk with his head held high.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 28, 2018 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Our Toon
    Chelsea didn’t even have to step up a gear today quality counts
    and Chelsea most certainly have quality in every department

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  • toon kk

    Jan 28, 2018 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #13

    If Ash bought City within five years they’d be decimated into a lower league club.
    All the best player’s would be cashed in and replaced by chancers.
    The bloke shouldn’t be anywhere near a football club.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 28, 2018 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #14

    Hibbit
    I don’t think they outclassed us first half, thought it was quite even actually between the teams. 2 no half they outclassed us.

    And who is using an excuse? I just said he was their mom. 😉

    I posted what I thought about the match last thread, this was more tongue in cheek but let’s be honest, first half ref was giving them everything and didn’t help things.

    Chris Waugh
    @ChrisDHWaugh
    ·
    3h
    Rafa is furious as Saivet is adjudged to have fouled Batshuayi in the middle of the park. He remonstrates with the referee, making it clear he thinks eight or nine decisions have now gone against #nufc

    This was at 36 mins of game.

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  • toonluvva

    Jan 28, 2018 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #15

    A very poor Chelsea were able to beat an even poorer NUFC.

    My only consolation is that they MIGHT have been saving themselves for our next match.

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  • Toondog2

    Jan 28, 2018 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #16

    Hibbit

    Your absolutely right . Total difference in class .there is the top 6 and the rest now.

    No other teams can compete with the money spent on the top 6 players. We are well behind now.
    Sad but we hav3 to b3 realistic . How to compete?

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 28, 2018 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #17

    Toondog

    Step 1: Change owner.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 28, 2018 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #18

    Hibbit

    I don’t think we were outclassed in the first half. They scored 2 goals from 2 very poor errors though, Norwich played them with even less quality and gave them a better game.

    It’s a cup game and goal difference means nothing, the big difference between us and Norwich is they actually worked hard, manquillo strolling for the first goal and yet he still gets a game is beyond belief. We just switched off when it mattered most in the first half.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #19

    sorry ronaldo didn’t pick up on the tongue in cheek bit

    but we were well beaten by a much better team in the game i watched

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  • toon kk

    Jan 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #20

    Chelsea did enough to win the game comfortably today, the difference in quality was so evident.
    If we played all night there’s no goals in our team.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #21

    Munster,
    Let’s say we find this young talented Portugese, Italian or Spanish manager who can build a top ten team under the restraints of Mike Ashley, how long will he stay. Pochetino left Soton after a season, even Alan bloody Pardew had enough of it here and done off, get a grip man.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 28, 2018 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #22

    Our Toon,
    What use are you to Newcastle United?

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Jan 28, 2018 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #23

    No way will Spurs go after Rafa.

    He is too negative for them and would break up their style of play. They would go for another young up and comer who could seamlessly fit into what they have already built.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 28, 2018 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #24

    Our Toon /ronaldo aarons
    i did say over the 90 minutes better team won

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 28, 2018 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #25

    Hibbit
    Second half I agree, well beaten. Not sure how we were outclassed in first half. Pretty sure we have different views on what it means to be outclassed.

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Jan 28, 2018 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #26

    Rafa is tailor made for Newcastle without Ashley or if Ashley could relinquish control.

    He thrives when making decisions and has autonomy to build.

    He’s one of the last few of a dying breed which is the classic manager who can coach, but more importantly build and manage an entire club.

    Nowadays, being such commercial giants, One Individual cannot do that at a club at the top level. It’s too much to manage and

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Jan 28, 2018 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #27

    … and too risky for ownership to allow.

    As Newcastle is so badly managed and organised, it is desperate for someone like him to be given the tools to let it become a football club that punches its weight.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 28, 2018 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #28

    Jail

    I don’t get the question, what use are you to Newcastle?

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 28, 2018 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #29

    Ronaldo

    Agreed, I think we just gave up in the 2nd half though. First half we made them make mistakes but defended poorly which cost us in the end.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 28, 2018 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #30

    Well you’d think after Rafa gave the moaners what they wanted – more of Mbemba & Saivet and a more attacking passing side you’d think they’d be satisfied that the reasonably comfortable 3-0 scoreline illustrated the dangers of getting what you wished for.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 28, 2018 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #31

    Another lost today, no more signings, championship next season me thinks.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 28, 2018 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #32

    Loss

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  • Mag :P

    Jan 28, 2018 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #33

    You truly are such an important member of the blog Welsh. What would we do without your insight?

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 28, 2018 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #34

    Blackley likes to paste a selected snippet from a poorly observed match report in The Independent but decided to omit this bit –

    “This is what happens, of course, when you have a squad so thin on quality that it prevents meaningful rotation. The need for reinforcements in the last few days of the transfer window is manifest. On these next few days, you would imagine, rest not just Newcastle’s Premier League survival but the future of Benitez and very possibly the long-term health of the club.”

    Blackley your tacky undermining agenda is unwelcome and not what supporters of this club need right now. Go support Ashley somewhere else….oh…wait….what’s that? You’re persona non grata just about everywhere else that’s why you’re here 🙂

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 28, 2018 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #35

    Mag, what makes you think we are going to stay up when Rafa had all summer to sort it out.

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  • jarra mick

    Jan 28, 2018 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #36

    How many times is he gonna say we were unlucky? We were crap and we are going down if that muppet stays, Rafa out!!

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  • Moonraker15

    Jan 28, 2018 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #37

    Any truth in the Sandro Ramirez rumour?

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  • jarra mick

    Jan 28, 2018 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #38

    Too many blinkered fans who refuse to blame Rafa. He is part of the problem, Pardew got us to 5th top under the Ashley regime yet he was hounded out. When we win Rafa is god, when we lose Ashley is to blame. It’s embarrassing.

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Jan 28, 2018 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #39

    What I have noticed over the last few weeks, pretty much since the takeover blew out, is that national press and more media outlets are appearing to take a bit more of a stab at the way we are run and managed organisationally.

    Whereas a couple of years ago, the general consensus of anyone neutral was that we were doing ok, Ashley bailed us out blah blah blah. That narrative seems to have disappeared now and people are starting to see how badly we have been damaged under Ashley.

    I put that down to Rafa making it public when things are not right, rather than shamelessly defending it like Pardew and McLaren did.

    Whilst it’s not going to change anything, at least it’s less frustrating to talk to neutrals and read about in the press.

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  • Singinginthecorner

    Jan 28, 2018 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #40

    jarra mick

    You seem to be missing the point rafa would be a good manager under a good owner where as pardew was never a good manager

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