Rafa’s Showing Why He’s World-Class – He’s Transformed Newcastle This Year

Newcastle players were up for this game yesterday and put in a tremendous first half performance against the Terriers and it was all Huddersfield could do to hang on.

Only our poor finishing stopped us being a few goals up at the break.

Huddersfield came back into the game in the second half, and it was more even, but it was Perez with 10 minutes to go who got us the vital winning goal.

Kenedy got the assist as he seemed the coolest person in the stadium when he laid off the ball brilliantly to the Spaniard – that was really class from the Chelsea loanee.

Rafa Benitez – on the touchline yesterday

The win takes us to 35 points from 31 games and 12th in the league – 2 points behind 10th placed Bournemouth.

Rafa was interviewed after the game and he said the transformation we have seen this year is all about the players:

“It always depends on players.”

“If they give everything, like they have done during the whole season – some games, like Manchester United, that was great for the confidence of the team.”

“Southampton, scoring an early goal was even better.”

“The fans were behind the team and today was the same.”

“Today, it was a question of staying calm and keep creating chances and score if you could.”

“The relationship between fans and players now is really good and they play here with this confidence.”

“You can win, draw or lose, but at least you know that the team is enjoying it and they have the belief that they can win here.”

“We have won three in a row at home – that’s good, it means that we are stronger mentally.”

“And we understand much better that these kind of games, you have to approach them in this way.”

“Maybe we would have been going into it in the past with anxiety, maybe we would have been going in too high and exposed on the counter-attack and then you could lose the game.”

“But now, I think we know how important every single point is and if you can win, fine; if you cannot, be sure that the other team cannot win.”

Rafa said the team would improve as the season progressed and even when we had that terrible spell of one point from 9 games before Christmas the fans remained calm and supporting Rafa and the team.

And Rafa is true to his word this team has improved this year and in 10 league games played we have 16 points and 10 points from our last five games.

Rafa Benitez is absolutely fantastic at what he does, and he is performing another great job this season for the club.

Can you imagine what he could do if he was given some support from the Newcastle hierarchy?

Rafa Benitez is showing again he is world-class at what he does.

It’s an honor and a privilege to have him as the Newcastle manager

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12 comments so far

  • Tinman

    Apr 1, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Agreed, Rafa has done a marvellous job turning it around recently

  • Steve Le Sleeve

    Apr 1, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    I really really hope Ashely backs him or new owners come in. He surely won’t back him for the 4th consecutive window?

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 1, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Giimps, the global warming thing was me being sarcastic mate. 🙂
    Had an SX200, bored out obviously to a 225. 32mil Delorto carb, 18 tooth sprocket, 125 gearbox, 50mil Ancilotti exhaust, padded and ported, sports clutch – the dogs. 🙂 ‘The Grim Reaper’ custom spray job. Still broke down at least once every run like, but that was the magic of a Lambretta – so easy to fix!
    That wonderful smell of a two stroke engine eh? Sounded like two skeletons having sex on a corrugated tin roof. 🙂

  • hellodjo

    Apr 1, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #4

    We need to target wins at Everton and Watford, very winnable games from teams who we are now competing with in the table, top 10 is achievable

  • martoon

    Apr 1, 2018 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #5

    I actually think we didn’t play that well BUT we ground out a result and the 3 points were all that mattered!

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 1, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #6

    Oh well, enough of ‘All our yesterday’s’. Brought back down to earth with ‘Dad, I need a lift’. 🙂 Keep telling him to learn to drive and he can go on my insurance. Imagine when we were his age and being offered that? More like ‘get your dirty mits of my car’!
    Still, might catch up later. Happy Easter to one and all. Howay the lads!!!

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 1, 2018 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #7


  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 1, 2018 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #8

    someone mentioned being freezing yesterday – too right never been so cold as in the second half yesterday when a breeze got up. Absolute numb in the back of the Gallowgate.
    On Everton just read the stats on Man City yesterday – 975 passes of which 92% were successful and had 82% possession the most by any away team since data was recorded in 2003 -04
    Mind you the TOON’s wasn’t too bad yesterday 63% – 586 passes of which 80% were successful
    Just got to sort our second half performances out – seem to get sloppy, but plugged away and got the job done – 3 well-deserved points.
    gave my MOM to Ritchie not spectacular but he worked his socks in defence and attack

  • posada

    Apr 1, 2018 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #9

    Just on Kenedy. He stayed out wide, just one or two metres inside the touch line.
    That gave us width. They had a player go out and tightly mark him.
    The old counter to that is a ball over the top of the left winger into the channel between their RB and CB. For that you need a pacey strong forward. Perhaps we did not have that until Slimani came on.
    Kenedy seems great at running with the ball, but you have to play him into a position where he gets it and can run. If he is static and marked he does not seem to have the trickery of say a Waddle to get past a defender. I used to feel the same about Robert.
    Having said that I don’t think LW is his best position. I think he can play well if allowed inside more, but that was not yesterdays game plan.
    Excellent player though. Even when apparently quiet I think he uccupies the opposition RB and they won’t take any liberties.

  • Jib

    Apr 1, 2018 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #10

    Got a lot of toffee pals
    That yesterday was the
    final nail in Fat Sams

  • giimps

    Apr 1, 2018 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #11

    I hope not Jib, I hint he’s doing a great job, it’s not like he has a team of 40m players is it?

  • posada

    Apr 1, 2018 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #12

    Don’t know how these British managers keep doing the rounds and getting jobs.
    Pardew ! He’ll still get another job.
    Teams tend to turn to them in a crisis, but why.


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