How Newcastle’s Passion And Aggression Paid Off Against The Red Devils


It was the best result we have had this season, and maybe one of the best results Rafa Benitez has had at Newcastle, although the last game of the Premier League season in 2016 is probably still the top one for Rafa.

That’s when we hammered second-placed Tottenham 5-1, and that dropped them to 3rd for the season.

And we beat another second-placed team in the league yesterday – Manchester United – and dispatched them by a score of 1-0.

The performance yesterday was excellent, and we are now in 13th place in the table for the next two weeks before our next game at Bournemouth on 24th February.

Jamaal Lascelles challenges Romelu Lukaku yesterday 

But note that if we had only drawn yesterday, we would have been 3rd bottom (18th) and just below Southampton, with an equal goal difference but we have scored fewer goals.

The mood would have been a lot different with only a draw or a defeat.

This is what captain Jamaal Lascelles has said today about the game:

“It was a huge win but it wasn’t a shock for us.” “Most games we have played this season we have been really good.”

“Man United have some world-class players but it seemed like we just wanted it a lot more. With the bigger teams, teams like us will always want it a lot more.”

“And today their quality wasn’t enough to beat us and our hard work and endeavor was enough to get us over the line.”

“All week the manager had been working on how we can beat these guys and we stuck to his tactics and got it exactly right.”

“We can’t go to toe-to-toe with these teams and try to play football – it is not going to happen.”

“What we can do is work hard, make it nasty for them and try to make them play how we did and I can only praise the boys for that today.”

“They have got some great players but I don’t think United turned up today.”

“We have played against Arsenal and Man City and you can really see the quality and one mistake or a lack of concentration and a goal will go in.”

“Today, I don’t think they were at it from the start of the game – a lot of their players went missing.”

“It was probably the way we were playing, we made them play like that.”

“In the first-half they were making a lot of mistakes, passing the ball around but it was down to our pressing.”

“We were aggressive and they didn’t like it. You could see their center-halves on the ball and they didn’t really know what to do with it.”

“We set up really well and we matched up really well against them. The manager got it spot on today.”

“Matt has been pretty frustrated recently but he finally got his goal and hopefully, he can start finding the net a bit more often.”

“But overall, it was a massive team performance and Man of the Match could have gone to anybody.”

This is the new standard for Newcastle, and we have to play every single game with this same intensity.

If we can do that and have Dubravka, Kenedy, and Slimani in the side, then we could get a few wins in the final 11 games of this season.

We could really surprise ourselves.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
11Watford27-1030
12West Ham27-1230
13Newcastle27-1128
14Brighton27-1428
15Crystal Palace27-1727

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16 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 12, 2018 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #1

    I’ll spare you all the repost.

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  • lochinvar

    Feb 12, 2018 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Must be a fix.
    Sunday – Beat Man Utd with epic performance
    Monday – Season Ticket renewal arrives

    Here’s to the next ten years.
    Cheers lads
    HWTL

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  • toon kk

    Feb 12, 2018 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #3

    I think I will remember yesterday’s game like the game against Arsenal when Tiote scored his fantastic goal.
    Great effort off our lads.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 12, 2018 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #4

    It winds me up when people say we should have attacked so and so more. We set up with roughly the same game plan every game. We should have been 2-0 up against Bournemouth in the first twenty minutes, 3-0 up against Swansea. If we’d had a decent striker, Kenedy/Townsend and Willy Caberello from the start of the season people like Munster and Catchy would be complaining that Rafa hasn’t got us in the top six and should be aiming for the PL.

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  • jayphoto

    Feb 12, 2018 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Gotta give Gayle a bit of credit for yesterday! Ran himself into the ground! There is obvious and rightful praise for Shelvey, Diame and Dubravka but really the whole team stepped up… think the only player that probably didn’t have a great afternoon was Perez who still worked hard and pressed! Lascelles and Lejeune look suited to each other, Dummett coming back for us has been big! Cant help feeling he gets less praise that he deserves because to come through the academy and be an established and very solid dependable premier league player is a huge achievement..
    This time of year is when squads become important, the fact that we’ve got Hayden, Merino, Murphy and Atsu fit and not playing aswell as having Slimani to come in potentially gives us an advantage on some sides.. Huddersfield and brightons squad drops dramatically after the starting 11

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 12, 2018 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #6

    toon kk,
    My mate who got my ticket reckons it was the best game he’s been to.

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  • jayphoto

    Feb 12, 2018 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #7

    @Jail – also looks like Benitez’ set up in games like man city etc and our goal difference being ahead of everyone around us might be a valuable point come the end.. think some fans see the picture week by week whereas rafa sees a much larger season long picture as we go into the last 3 months with a fit squad where most players have had the benefit of a rotation system, the squad players are up to speed, the first choice players get rests when needed etc Personally be quite chuffed if we can get through the season without Lascelles especially getting an England call up.. itd be the most Newcastle thing ever for him to get called up to England and then injured

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 12, 2018 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #8

    CL 😮

    1
  • Rob1971

    Feb 12, 2018 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Everything went perfectly yesterday, every player worked their socks off (subs included), the crowd were on top from from start to finish, those 3 points could be massive, I would have been happy with a draw before kick off, the teams below us are playing each other in upcoming fixtures so hopefully we can create a bit of breathing space

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 12, 2018 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Jay,
    I’d be so proud if he got the call up but as you say devastating if he took a knock. Do you think him and Lejuene will be our CB pairing for the run in. I think so but a shame about Clarke. At least he’s a very able deputy who’ll dug in and just get on with it. Given our financial situation I’m very surprised Rafa didn’t keep Hanley and sell Mbemba if he’s not going to play him.

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  • Jib

    Feb 12, 2018 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Jail
    with regard to your earlier point

    It’s a disconcerting stat that
    injuries are more likely against
    lower division sides.

    Probably something to do with
    over compensating for disparity
    in skill levels

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  • chicousa

    Feb 12, 2018 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Question: do we have an option to buy or obligation to buy Dubravka? Hopefully there is something in place with the price already agreed. Because methinks his value is going to sky rocket after yesterday’s match!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 12, 2018 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #13

    I hope Ashley is gone by May 31st or sooner. He simply does not deserve to be associated with our club.

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 12, 2018 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #14

    chico

    “According to sources in Prague, the terms of his loan are that United paid around a £1.7million loan fee to take him from Sparta Prague until the end of the season with an option to make it a permanent deal for around £3.5million at the end of the campaign.”

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  • chicousa

    Feb 12, 2018 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Ron,
    Thanks for that info. If true and his performance yesterday was not a fluke then looks to be another incredible piece of business! 🙂

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  • Paul141726

    Feb 12, 2018 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Late to comment on that fantastic win, but so buzzed about how the team played and the passion that was shown particularly at the end. on a side note I turned on the audio system hooked up to the tv that I only use for movies. well let me tell you it was so great to here St. James’ Park in full roar—-just incredible!!!!.Damn I wish I was there!

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