These Were Newcastle’s Best Two Players Yesterday – Two Monumental Performances

It was a game and result that Newcastle fans dream about – beating a top football club at home at St. James’ Park in front of a sold-out 52,300 fans.

And we also got our credit for winning the game and out-fighting the more famous Manchester United players.

Rafa worked all week with our players putting together a game plan to win the game and combat the many expensive stars who play in red.

And it all worked beautifully and first of all, we have to say every single one of our players played their hearts out yesterday and did their job.

We were proud of every single one of them – let’s be clear about that.

Martin Dubravka – fantastic debut for Newcastle – well done

Martin Dubravka made his debut in goal for Newcastle in that white-hot atmosphere and showed he is not only a top-class goalkeeper but cool and decisiveness under pressure.

He was magnificent all game long and if this lad plays like this for the rest of the season – that alone can save us from relegation.

Martin is top of our poll with 45% of the vote.

He will also be motivated to play well because he wants a permanent transfer to play for Newcastle United in the Premier League.

And he is closely followed in the voting by Jonjo Shelvey with 42% and Jonjo showed what a great player he can be when he’s in the mood.

And he controlled himself superbly during the game and he was here, there and everywhere during those final 15 minutes of the game; that’s when it was all hands to the pump for our players.

Jonjo Shelvey holds off Alexis Sanchez 

This is one of the best ever games Jonjo has played for Newcastle in the two years he’s been at the club and we hope he can keep that passion and top form up for the next 11 games.

Mikel Merino will soon be 100% fit again and the Spanish U21 International will be challenging for Jonjo’s position in central midfield.

All our players deserved kudos after their performance yesterday and Dubravka and Shelvey were our best two players in the poll.

They were both simply magnificent.

And Shelvey is worth only £12M?

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177 comments so far

  • chicousa

    Feb 13, 2018 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #162

    Well lads I’ll leave you to it. Nearing midnight on my side of the globe time to return to dreams about beating ManU someday! Oh yeah Sunday was not a dream was it! Still buzzing! 🙂

  • beermonkey

    Feb 13, 2018 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #163

    maybe we should start a jail and mr tuff appreciation society

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 13, 2018 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #164

    If I may butt in..

    I think its because you are just about the only one who consistently bites on every comment designed to wind you up. I’m sure this is obvious to you, but you are unable to help yourself. I enjoy having the craic with you, but you use far too much time engaging with people you don’t know from Adam trying to have a pop. I would just answer each once, then ignore til the next time. Would save you a lot of grief.

    What do you think of Atsu’s performances this season?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 13, 2018 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #165

    Technically he followed Colin W@nker but I think he was just an interim manager after Pulis quit. It was very much a well drilled Pulis side though.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 13, 2018 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #166

    You may but in and you are right. It’s the poster called carl and I think everyone knows that and you’re right I should ignore him.
    Personally I don’t think Atsu is good enough, if we had have got Townsend last January Atsu would be back on loan in the Championship or at a mid table ligue one club.

  • hibbit

    Feb 13, 2018 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #167

    sing in the corner

    don’t forget Cenk Tosun the center forward the screaming masses on here were all calling for
    looking like another howling success ???

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 13, 2018 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #168

    I had high hopes for Atsu, hesitate to accuse him of just playing for his contract because he doesn’t seem that sort of lad, but he looks a different player now he’s permanent. Of course there’s the small matter of the step up to PL but it’s his body language that’s changed.
    I won’t judge him on this season alone, we never know the full story. But you’d have thought he would have the bit between his teeth with competition from the likes of Murphy, Ritchie and now Kenedy.

  • magscar

    Feb 13, 2018 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #169

    Isn’t it great to have a matchless fortnight (well just about) being able to bask in the joy of a deserved win over one of top 4. Probably our first 90 minute(95) performance with no player less than an 8 I thought.

    Wonder if Man U and pundits were expecting a Man Cityesque approach – haha.

    Great debut by Dubrovkna which coupled with return of Lejeune in form give a great platform for us to be able to take game to Man U with midfield battle dominated by our dynamic duo.

    Points were very welcome and usually at this stage it is all that matters but I believe the performance especially at home was also vital . We need to carry it and the confidence it brought into every game now. Still think goal difference could matter in what is going to be a tight finish.

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 13, 2018 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #170


    Aye. And you could even say Tammy too. Not set the world alight. If, and it’s a big if, Slimani comes in and gets half a dozen suddenly Rafa’s dealings under the severe restrictions we know about have a whole new look.

  • lochinvar

    Feb 13, 2018 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #171

    According to The Times Jamaal Lascelles has accused Manchester United’s players of “going missing” during their 1-0 defeat at St James’ Park on Sunday. The Newcastle United captain claimed that the visiting team wilted in the face of a physical confrontation.
    While Lascelles praised Newcastle’s performance and Rafa Benítez’s game plan, he was dismissive of United’s attitude. “They have got some great players but I don’t think United turned up against us,” the centre half said.

    Separately Mourinho is believed to have indicated that he will replace Centre backs both Smalling and Jones for next season.

    Jamal – don’t even think about it. Eat more Snickers. Focus. The future is with “United ” as in Newcastle not Manchester Town who are a second club in that City. And Mourinho can take a running jump. Remember Amanda is on her way to build NUFC into a European Elite club. As Captain lead by example as you did on Sunday and be part of the Rafalution.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 13, 2018 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #172

    Abraham went to Swansea because he became available due to our dithering. For us he was the striker Rafa had identified and went out of his way to get. It’s all ifs and buts but I think he’d be in double figures for us.

  • lochinvar

    Feb 13, 2018 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #173

    According to Allardyce he’ll only play Tosan when Everton are safe from relegation which is where they should be as they’ve been gifted to many points so far and patently he doesn’t like the cold at the moment and his Mam won’t let him out to play.

    Palace – Zaha injured
    Everton – Tosun staying in by the radiator
    WBA – Sturridge with hamstring strain but maybe back in 2 weeks
    West Ham – Andy Carrol has a sick note
    Newcastle United – getting ready to fire up Slimani

    Maybe strikers should only be allowed out in the autumn and spring so the rumoured FA proposed winter break must be to protect them.

  • magscar

    Feb 13, 2018 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #174

    Looking at recent posts I see some sympathy for West Brom and they are not one of the sides I usually look to lose with relish but if they are doomed it ieaves 2 spots to concern us.

    Having said that if they can cobble together a Leicester type performance of a couple of seasons ago they have a lot of 6 pointers coming up which could see another great escape after Swansea clawed their way out. Yeah I know they have a terrible record this season and it is Pardew (who isn’t getting a tune out of them as he did at first at Palace) but if it was us that would be my (probably forlorn) hope right now. I think they need to win more games out of last 11 than they have all season so it doesn’t look likely.

    37 points might be enough with goal difference but with relegation still hovering over half the league and therefore lots of 6 pointers to come depending on how they fall 40 might not be enough!!

    Easter is usually a time when picture clarifies but as it is a little early this year don’t think much will become apparent other than whether West Brom are down and which if any of the teams have probably done enough to breathe easier. Probably be a last day scenario for at least one spot – please let it not be us involved!

  • firebug666

    Feb 13, 2018 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #175

    Tosun complaining about the cold?

    he came from Istanbul and it’s bloody cold there this time of year, in fact, it’s been known to snow in April in Istanbul. I know from experience how cold it gets in Turkey, but especially Northan Turkey.

    Is Tosun pulling the wool over Fat Sams eyes?

  • magscar

    Feb 13, 2018 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #176


    Dithering or Chelsea preferring a link up with Paul Clement who knows and who cares he isn’t here. Personally not bothered as I don’t believe he would have got us 12 by now . Just an opinion like yours and therefore no more ore less valid. Can’t say he had caught my eye at all for Swansea.

  • Jib

    Feb 13, 2018 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #177

    The lower PL teams in the 5th round
    of the FA cup at the weekend

    Swans away to Sheff Wed
    WBA and Southampton play each other
    Huddersfield away to Manyoo
    Brighton away to Coventry City

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