Rafa’s Full Press Conference After Terrific 1-0 Win Today – Video

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  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Feb 11, 2018 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #121

    Maybe Mrs Jail has put her foot down. He did briefly appear earlier, but been quiet the last few days.

  • lochinvar

    Feb 11, 2018 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #122

    One shocking aspect of today’s game is that the ref and linesman failed to award us any corners, not one.
    That the team can overcome that sort of bias is to their credit and for Rafa to confuse Man Utd’s defenders by that strategy is a stroke of genius.

    Not many mentions for Kenedy which he deserves for the energy he brings to the team and his physicality takes some pressure off our other players such as Ritche and Perez allowing them more freedom. He’s made a huge difference to the tempo we play at.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 12, 2018 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #123

    What was the difference today? A World class coach versus a manager skilled at bringing together an expensively assembled squad. Rafa has coached, chivvied, moulded and exhorted this group of players to enable them to fulfill their potential, and they are not finished yet. It’s taken most of the season, but they are peaking at the right time. Onwards and upwards from here. Great result, great performances across the pitch. Lascelles and Shelvey for England!

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 12, 2018 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #124

    Loved that Dubravka name checked wor Pavel on the MotD interview. If he carries on like that, he’ll get the same love and respect Pav enjoyed here.

  • Pitmatic

    Feb 12, 2018 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #125

    Fantastic performance today. Obviously it was just the result the team needed, but first and foremost it was really the fixture that the club has been waiting for. There’s been so much nervousness around these “must win” games, and I’m not sure we’d have taken the points if it was a Southampton, Huddersfield or West Brom who’d been visiting today. Let’s hope it’s the lift-off for our home form now.

    MoM Dubravka. The best debut I can remember. Played with the spirit of Pavel behind him.

    Nice words from Jose. As someone said earlier, I really think he might fancy it here. (He used to be equally complementary about Man Utd when SAF was there…)

    Still so much to do though. I really think someone might go down with 40 points this year, having looked at the fixtures. It would all be so entertaining if we weren’t in the bloody middle of it.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 12, 2018 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #126

    Think I’ve watched it 5 times now and too many glasses of red with it. Long work drive tomorrow, early. Noooo!! Snow please!

  • beefman13

    Feb 12, 2018 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #127

    We created our luck today didnt we , we were positive whenever we could be, everyone one of us knows get our crowd on the front foot and we have that extra player, if we can get a win loose n draw out of the next three games it will be such a bonus, tall order i know,but hey lets give it a proper go eh!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 12, 2018 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #128

    Nobody seems to see Southampton as relegation fodder but on today’s performance I think they’ll be well in the mix.

    Alan Shearer seems to think (if I remember it correct) it’ll be Stoke, WBA and either CP or Huddersfield.

    I reckon that Bournemouth might well figure especially if we turn them over.

    So plenty of other teams who could and should finish below us.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Feb 12, 2018 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #129

    I am biased of course, but to me West Brom, Southampton, Stoke, Brighton, Huddersfield, Palace and Swansea are certainly worse placed than us for the run in. Maybe even Bournemouth, Watford and West Ham. Wouldn’t surprise me if we outpoint the lot of them in our remaining games. We have glaringly lacked a proper epl centre forward all season, and now we have Slimani to provide that one thing we’ve so sorely missed, and Kenedy and Dubravka on that showing have already lifted us a notch.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 12, 2018 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #130

    We’re 8th in the PL form table. That’s improved by today’s result but shows that we’ve been playing well over a number of games, not just today. If we can keep up there over the next few matches, we should climb away from the bottom 3. Only problem is that Swansea, Bournemouth and West Ham are 7th, 6th and 5th so are also climbing.

  • toonincheek

    Feb 12, 2018 at 2:46 AM

    Comment #131

    Ref was a ‘homer’.

    He knew that if we had gone ahead as early as the
    Gayle penalty incident, the extra time ManU would
    have had to score would surely have prevented
    our win.

    Master stroke for us to not go ahead too early – just
    gives the opposition more time to pressure us and

  • twotonearmy

    Feb 12, 2018 at 3:05 AM

    Comment #132

    It’s remarkable how tight it is at the bottom of the table, I honestly think there’s more focus on the bottom 10 than the top 10 right now. Other than Man City being in first, I had no idea who was in the other top 4 spots, who was fighting for Europe, totally oblivious. Normally I keep an eye on those things but this year its so boring at the top that all the drama is at the bottom.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 12, 2018 at 5:31 AM

    Comment #133

    Great result and especially a team performance that one. New keeper was so cool and confident, like he knew he was good and had a lot of self belief. Let’s hope can continue like that as the norm.

    Shelvey and Diame we’re both excellent, and Rafa had them all organised superbly – thankfully they were carrying out his instructions well it seemed.

    A massive 3 points and promising moving forward with Slimani in he picture.

    Kenedy brings a huge amount to the side and opens up completely new dimensions and routes of play. This has a knock on effect from players like Shelvey who came play off that.

    If Rafa could have a few of those Man U calibre of players, we’d be doing alright in the long run. Just have to hope the take-over happens sometime soon.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 12, 2018 at 5:37 AM

    Comment #134

    LR32…that confidence and self belief is what can/safe us this season…look at what happened to Sels!

    …whether he would have ever been good enough I don’t know but confidence at times is half of the game!

    Look at Joselu maybe with some confidence he would be half a player! Maybe that’s why Rafa is not playing Slimani (knowing now how important a good start is)

  • JDdubai

    Feb 12, 2018 at 6:44 AM

    Comment #135

    And Garth Crooks team has no Newcastle players in.

    There isn’t another English CB playing as well as Lascelles, would love to see him for England but at the same time that may make others take an interest in him, let’s keep it quiet instead, nothing to see here….

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 12, 2018 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #136

    Great post. The spirit of Pav within Martin!? You could be onto something there.. He seems a character, that’s for sure. And Mourinho loves us. Doesn’t talk about any other club that way.

    It was our day, when it comes to it. And even the harshest critic couldn’t begrudge us that, the way things have been going on and off the pitch. If you’d have been dropped into the ground at the final whistle and witnessed the ‘celebrations’ you would have thought it was a title decider.

    This is what you have let slip through your fingers Mr Ashley. And no matter what you do you will never have it back.


  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Feb 12, 2018 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #137

    Outside of the 2 Man City losses either side of Christmas we are unbeaten in 8 games. That’s a good record for the bottom, just take a few more Ws instead of Ds and we will be fine.

    I thought before the game we just couldn’t win these type of games and it would see us down. Amazing what one win can do when it’s so tight. We’ve proved we can beat the big boys. Now let’s beat those around us.

  • lochinvar

    Feb 12, 2018 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #138

    Mourinho is a master politician.
    His carefully worded statements are usually edged with a few barbed quips aimed at the opposition or officials but not this weekend. He’s also shrewd and remembered his respect for Sir Bobby Robson and thereby Newcastle United. He knows that his part of Manchester have conceded the title to the other half of Manchester so was surprisingly relaxed.
    Hope Rafa had a decent wine to give him while he sipped his orange juice.

  • willowdalerez

    Feb 12, 2018 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #139

    A cracker of a match so of course I wasn’t able to watch it today with family duty calling! Sounds like a real squeaker and with some great “make your luck” goal line blocks. Wish I could have seen Dubravka’s first appearance and Shelvey in action today. Take it we didn’t have much possession but Diame made dispossessing ManU without giving fouls seem like second nature and Shelvey showed the promise he had early in his Liverpool days. Reading the match reports is both exhilarating and frustrating since i couldn’t see it for myself!!!

    Saw the goal though on you tube and boy what a feeling! Honest to god it was like watching Citeh in action. Shelvey lovely cross in, perfectly knocked down by Lejeune, clever reaction flick of the back heel by Gayle and clinical finish by Ritchie? Whoa left me breathless where has that been all season?

    Wow, just wow, this gives me real hope we can hit 40 points and safety before then end of April and be able to breath easy come May. We continue to do half of what I read in the papers and in comments on the blog ad we could easily take 12 of 15 points just off of the likes of the Cherries, Soton, Hudders, Everton and Baggies not even considering Liverpool, Spuds, Foxes and Gunners fixtures.

    Yeah I know that’s getting way ahead of things but this 3 points might be the difference. Can’t believe how tight it is at the bottom only 2 points separating us from 18th position and an incredible 7 teams on between 25 and 28 points it’s insane.

    Way to get in Ritchie!
    Way to work lads
    Hats of everyone and most especially Rafa and the fans!!!

  • Jib

    Feb 12, 2018 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #141

    The Man Yoo “fans” are giving Chris Smalling
    dogs abuse on twitter.
    Apparently it was his fault they lost to NUFC

    Ha ha ha

  • lochinvar

    Feb 12, 2018 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #142

    See that Ritchie’s photo after scoring the goal has made The I, Telegraph, Mirror,Star,Sun front pages.
    No mention of Amanda but maybe that will be sooner rather than later.

  • Jib

    Feb 12, 2018 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #143

    A Centre Half getting a yellow card for
    diving ,in his own half , is pretty naff like.
    But if the deluded hordes that “support”
    Yoonoited think we didn’t deserve that
    win,they need to find another sport.

  • Jib

    Feb 12, 2018 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #144
  • Ozzy

    Feb 12, 2018 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #145

    NUFC since Dummett returned to the team: W 3, D 4 L 2 (both v Man City). Conceded 8 goals in 9 games. In the previous 9: W 1, D 1, L 7 Conceded 20 goals in 9 games

    From NUFC Reddit.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 12, 2018 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #146


    The stats were very similar the season we went down when Dummett played we hardly lost a game…..

    Dummett is good but it shows that we haven’t had adequate backup or competition for him for quite a few seasons now


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