Newcastle’s Strength And Why We Can Now Beat Other Big Clubs

Newcastle got a lot of praise and rightly so for their performance last time out in beating Manchester United 1-0.

Not only did our players like their lives depended on it but we outfought the opposition.

Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame, worth together just over £16M in the middle of the park won the midfield battle against expensive opposition such as Frenchman Paul Pogba who cost £90M.

The key to Rafa Benitez teams is that they are good defensively, and they never give up – and the 11 players play as a team.

Journalists concentrated on why Manchester United lost rather than how Newcastle won – but that’s to be expected these days we suppose – everything in the Premier League is about the big six clubs.

Jose Mourinho and Rafa Benitez – before the game

53-year-old Former Scotland winger Pat Nevin got it right when he said this about the Red Devils to Newstalk:

“I felt sorry for Matic.” “He was basically on his own.”

“I looked around the Manchester United team…”

“Sanchez was quiet. Lukaku quiet. Lingard unusually so. Martial was in a huff.”

“They looked like a bunch of individuals.” “Manchester United didn’t look like a team.”

He could have followed that by saying Newcastle were a team – but he didn’t.

Coaching is what you can get out of the players available.

And based on that good definition Jose Mourinho was completely outclassed by his rival Rafa Benitez.

Rafa showed everybody he is still a world-class coach, and the way Newcastle played was a tribute to our players, the City of Newcastle and Rafa himself.

We have to play Liverpool and Tottenham away and Arsenal and Chelsea at home – and we now should be able to pick up some points in those games, if we play like we did last time out.

It was the best performance of a Newcastle team for a long time.

But now – first things first – we have to win against Bournemouth on Saturday.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

3 comments so far

  • GPPaweyyekna

    Feb 20, 2018 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Sorry, had to share this;
    A man sees a sign outside a house:
    ‘Talking Dog For Sale’….He rings the bell, the owner appears and tells him the dog can be viewed in the back garden.
    The man sees a very nice looking Black Labrador Retriever sitting there.
    “Do you really talk?” He asks the dog.
    “Yes!” The Labrador replies.
    After recovering from the shock of hearing the dog talk, he man asks, “So, tell me your story!”
    The Labrador looks up and says, “Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so I joined the SAS.
    “In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one imagined that a dog would be eavesdropping.
    I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years, But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn’t getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at Heathrow to do some undercover security work, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded several medals. I got married, had a few puppies, and now I’ve just retired!”
    The man is amazed. He goes back into the house and asks the owner how much he wants for the dog.
    “Ten quid!” The owner says.
    “£10? But this dog is absolutely amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheaply?”
    “Because he’s a lying c’nt. He’s never been out of the garden!”

  • Jib

    Feb 20, 2018 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Rafa showed everybody he is still a world-class coach,
    and the way Newcastle played was a tribute to our players,
    the City of Newcastle and Rafa himself.

    Well said Dr Ed

  • Toondog2

    Feb 20, 2018 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #3

    B funny Gpp
    I liked it


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