Rafa – We Did A Lot Of Things Well Today – Kenedy Has Potential

After beating Southampton 3-0 today in a crucial game, our next game in three weeks is at home to Huddersfield and that’s another must-win game for us.

EWe are now on 32 points and we need another 8 points from the final 8 games to secure safety from relegation and wins is the way to do it.

Rafa Benitez was quite happy after the game but said he didn’t see too much difference in the league table with Newcastle now back in 13th place.

Rafa has also commented on young Kenedy – the on-loan winger we have from Chelsea.

Rafa congratulates Kenedy – after the youngster scored two great goals

Rafa seems to be bringing out the best of the 22-year-old Brazilian.

This is what Rafa has said after the game as reported in the Northern Echo:

“I have seen the table, obviously, but it’s not a big difference for me,” “We knew that we had to win this game, and now we will have in three weeks Huddersfield and it will be another massive game.”

“But still we have to win two or three games if we want to be sure that we are in the Premier League next year.”

“Kenedy’s  a different kind of player to what we had,” “He’s comfortable on the ball with his left foot, his deliveries, his passes, his shooting, so he’s quite comfortable with his left foot.”

“He is still a young player who is improving, but he has the potential to grow, to be a much better player.”

“It’s the challenge for him to be ready for the next team or whatever, but we are happy to see him here and playing well for us.”

“We needed to start with intensity and we did it.” “We scored the goal and after, we were pushing, we were aggressive, we scored the second goal.

“After the game against Bournemouth we said, ‘We have to kill the game, we need to score the third goal’, so everything was perfect.”

“The commitment of the players and the work rate was fantastic, and also the way that we were playing.”

“We knew that Southampton are a good team, that they would have good possession, so we needed to be strong in defense, regain the ball and play good counter-attack.”

“There were a lot of things that we did well today.”

Newcastle had good performances all over the field this afternoon and it was a good performance and a phenomenal result we will now savor for three weeks before our next game – again at home to the Terriers.

We must win that one too and then be 4 points from safety – there can be no letting up.

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6 comments so far

  • Basogeordie

    Mar 10, 2018 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #2

    While I’m here to all the nuggets that are thinking Mitro scoring for Fulham is a bad thing and a mistake by wor gaffa give your heads a shake man.

    Mitro can’t fit into the way we “have” to play this season. Rafa needs players that will listen to instruction to the letter and the tactics do not suit Mitros game. He wasn’t going to get many chances this half season to play. Now he’s scoring for fun he’s either going to come back with confidence to a team that’s hopefully had some decent investment (won’t hold me breath on that last part, mind) and maybe be able to fit in under different circumstances to that of this term. Or he gets sold for a healthy profit on what we paid for him, win win. My guess it’s gonna be the latter as I don’t believe Rafa can trust him, shame but no player is bigger than our club.

    The lads and lasses thinking they know better than a world class champions league manager live on cloud cuckoo land. I’m not saying Rafa won’t/doesn’t make mistakes, just the loan move wasn’t one of them.

    Good on Arma too, player of the month followed by another brac

    I can finally face watching MOTD on a Saturday!!

  • Basogeordie

    Mar 10, 2018 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Good on Arma too, player of the month followed by another brace.

  • Jib

    Mar 10, 2018 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #4

    For me the biggest plus is after Man U and this game
    we’ve finally laid the home hoodoo to rest.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 10, 2018 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Great result and to cap it all – results went our way.

    Started on the front foot great control and turn for the first goal should have had another couple before we got our second. southampton were poor
    Kept going all game Diame and Kenedy were immense today.

    Merit marks
    Dubravka – 8 – did not have much to do but what he did was excellent
    AND about time – 20 years since we have had a keeper that commands the six yard box
    Dummett – 8 – Another around excellent display and got i some crunching OLD fashioned tackles. 3 for his swallow dive second half when he got a nudge
    Lascalles – 7 – One of his easiest days in a TOON shirt strolled through the game
    LeJuene – 8 – Class act great on the ball cool under pressure today except when Dubravka missed threw the ball out
    Yedlin – 7 – Another who had one of his easiest games in a TOON shirt in defence and attack
    Diame – 8.5 – My MOTM just shaded it from Kenedy set the tone with timely tackles and seemed to sniff out danger all game and closed down their midfield all game ran himself into the ground
    Kenedy – 8.5 – great piece of skill for first goal tap-in second seemed to play a lot more forward today on the shoulder of Gayle. ran out of steam and good substitution by RAFA
    Shelvey – 8 – Another polished performance great ball for first goal even if Kenedy had a lot to do. Tende to try and do the Hollywood ball too often
    Ritchie – 7 – Started slowly but grew into the game and scored an absolute pearler calmly side-footed a curler from outside the box
    Perez – 6.5 – Did OK kept a cool head when passing to Gayle for the second goal. Ran around a lot as if he was the midfield player instead of Kenedy but all to easily gets knocked off the ball
    Gayle – 6.5 – Another who played OK kept his cool for Kenedy’s second goal with his pass – but should of had two before we got our second.

    Merino – 5 – OK slotted into Shelvey’s role
    Atsu – 4 – Out of sorts at the moment
    Joselu 5 – did ok when he came on in holding the ball up

    Must praise the Ref for letting the game go for our first goal

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 10, 2018 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Slimani should be available for our next game and if he’a not then what a pathetic signing that will have been.


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